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About me

My name is Annie Lloyd. I trained as a graphic designer / illustrator but gave up working in this field when computers became the new tool of the trade. Sitting at a computer isn’t my idea of fun!

I was very happy to be a ‘stay at home mum’ when my children were young but re-trained as a teacher once they were in school. I still work as a part -time teacher and offer ‘enrichment teaching’ in art to a number of local schools.

In recent years I have begun to realise that painting and my love of art and design is a big part of who I am. I have made big changes in my life in order to pursue my passion for painting.

My influences

Since the age of 16 I have been fascinated by the lives and the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood; a group of young men who transformed British Art during the mid – late nineteenth century. I adore their attention to detail, their use of colour and the historical and fantasy elements of their work.

I love to paint in oils and acrylics. Recently I have concentrated on landscape work using bold brush strokes and vibrant colours. My work has been described as ‘Nature on steroids’ due to my strong use of colour. A new venture for me is seascape work where I have enjoyed using a palette knife which seems to give a great deal of energy to the work. Occassionally I will endulge in a portrait, just to mix things up a bit and take a fresh approach. However, I always come back to my beloved Welsh landscapes, how could I not want to paint the beauty that is all around me?

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