Artwork for Amanda Attfield
Ice Pond Forming
High Summer at Birches Farm Meadows
Ice Age Pond I
I was born in and now live and work in Herefordshire. Much of my work is inspired by this stunningly beautiful and rural county which ir rich in fertile red clay soil and undulating fields and hills. It has a unique and ancient geology. Hundreds of millions of years ago it was a shallow marine environment, and there are still traces of that today. The landscape I see, and what lies beneath it is a wonder; it fascinates, absorbs (maybe obssesively!), and delights me. It is more ancient than human beings, and it needs our understanding, our respect and our protection. I am also inspired by the age old cycles of growth, decline, renewal - that nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, and nothing is ever finished. I am interested in creating pieces that reflect these things whether from an environmental, social or political perspective.
For me it means a hard work, patience, not giving up, research, preparation and practice - and some kind of critical evaluation of what I do. I am a patiently impatient person, or an impatient patient person. I usually have a number of projects on the go at any one time, so if I get stuck on one, I can switch to another which helps me. I also enjoy the freedom of play, just messing about is good sometimes. There are experiments that go wrong but also the joy when it works out. It's important to give myself "permission try, permission to fail", as not everything works out first time or umpteenth time, or at all. Sometimes all it takes is practice - doing it more. It's like learning to walk, ride a bike, play an instrument - fall over, get it wrong but do it again and again. Sometimes the hundred things that go wrong are just the hundred steps that are needed for success. It means a great feeling when others react emotionally to a piece of work, that what I wanted to convey has got across on that level, and maybe more when people see in a piece what I hadn't seen. I am now part of a group of artists with whom I studied for the Diploma, and they are amazing, a constant source of inspiration and support. I am on Instagram and enjoy posting images of my work and photos of the local area, wildflowers etc, getting feedback and being in touch with other artists is important to me.
I am a Fine Artist and work in many forms, 2D and 3D, and a variety of media/mixed media including oil, acrylic, clay, and bioresin. My work is largely conceptual, or impressionist or abstract in the true sense of the word, the essence of a thing, whatever that thing is being abstracted. For me, what I mean by being a Fine Artist is that I usually intend for my work to have meaning, and to convey meaning, and that can come in any form or material, really.
I have a Diploma in Art & Design (Dist.), plus a Drawing Award. I work from my studio at home.
- Diploma in Art and Design (Distinction) Hereford College of Arts 2019.
- HCA Art and Design Progress Award 2019.
- Participating artist and poet “Into the Meadows” Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Apple Store Gallery collaborative project 2019-20.
- Participating Artist "Ice Age" exhibition 2020.
- Member of LaunchGrad HCA 2019-20 & Framework Herefordshire.
- Participating artist in “Postcards from Life”, in aid of St Michael's Hospice “, Bromyard Art Walk.
- Oil and watercolour paintings sold via Tobias James Gallery, Hereford. Certain bioresin work is on view and available via the Apple Store Gallery, Hereford.
- UAL Drawing Award (Level 3) 2014
- Poetry published in various small presses and anthologies including Navis, Rialto, Landscapes on the Edge) . Long listed for the National Poetry Competition 2017. Published novel “Living with Julia”.
- b. 1959. BA Hons Russian, University of London (SSEES) 1982. Former Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development, in public, private, independent and voluntary sectors.
"Small is Beautiful" on line exhibition, Made in the Marches Gallery May 2020. Framework Herefordshire exhibition, The Apple Store Gallery in Hereford, Feb-March 2020. During 2019-20 collaborative project to promote the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Wildflower Meadows at Birches Farm, near Kington - exhibitions and readings planned postponed due to pandemic. The Spring edition of the HWT Members Magazine featured some of my work along with other artists. In 2020 3D bioresin, acrylic paintings on canvas were due to appear in the Art Gallery Museum in Hereford as part of their Ice Age Exhibition - now on hold. Bromyard Art Walk 2019. Invited artist creating work for the St Michael's Hospice Postcards from Life annual charity auction.
Tobias James Gallery, Art and Framing, St Owen Street, Hereford.
The Applestore Gallery, Rockfield Road, Hereford.
On application to me direct via instagram #attfielda or mobile phone 07903 259167
See more of my work here: https://padlet.com/amanda_att/ub6fflm5s7psasal