GILLIAN DURNO (b.1970)
Having graduated with a BA Hons degree in Primary Teaching and Art from Hull University in 1994, mixed media artist Gillian Durno celebrates her interest in still life, flowers and landscape in her colourful, impressionist paintings. Gillian paints from her studio set in her beautiful walled cottage garden in Ketton, and also her studio at North Luffenham Hall, Rutland.
A passion for flowers dominate her paintings. Gillian is permanently making mental notes about colour, shape, line and texture when sketching in the Rutland countryside. She regularly stops the car when out driving to quickly capture a particular view, making notes for a new painting.
Gillian is inspired by the continual cycle of nature, and the changing landscape through the seasons. Texture has become an exciting feature of her work, building up layers of collage and mixed media with a palette knife, before painting with acrylic. Alongside her original paintings, Gillian produces a range of cards and limited edition giclee prints (50 or 75 only of each design) on either canvas or watercolour paper.
Gillian is currently exhibiting on her own stand at Burghley Horse Trials 30 Aug – 3 Sept, and will be exhibiting with Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, Bury Street, London later in the year.