Melissa Birch is featured artist at Chalk Gallery from September 27th until 17th October. In this conversation with fellow artist and Director of Chalk Gallery, Nichola Campbell, Melissa tells us about her fascination with the lino printing process, and her love for the natural environment of the garden.
Picasso is famously quoted as having said that "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." There is truth in this. Very young children suffer none of the crises of confidence or over-active critical mind-set that a mature artist may have. It is also true that there is often something playful and childlike in the process of making a work of art. Maybe becoming an artist is about allowing a small part of yourself to remain "un-grown up".
From Monday 6th September we welcome three new guest artists at Chalk Gallery, who will be exhibiting with us until 24th October. Read on to find out more about the unique approach of each artist. First up is painter Sue Arnold, who’s main preoccupation has been with still life, finding inspiration in familiar objects. She harnesses the vibrancy and lusciousness of oil paint, and also draws regularly as part of her practise, finding a particular joy in making loose images us