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South Cotswold Rivers and Vistas - two pairs

South Cotswold Rivers and Vistas - two pairs

By Angie Spencer


Original artworks

Oil on board


Image sizes: 20cm x 30cm

Framed sizes: 28cm x 38cm

In order as above:

Flood Waters Near Bowbridge - £325

Alder Reflections in January - £325

Above Catswood, July - £295

Near Stancombe, August - £295


Angie painted these two tranquil and atmospheric river paintings in January when the River Frome overflowed its banks at Bowbridge where she swims. It's always a favourite place of hers to paint and is ever-changing across the seasons.


Both demonstrate her characteristic ability to depict water and reflections, this time in soft, crystalline blues.


The 'big sky' summer landscapes, with tree lines picked out against deep blue skies, are also in two of her favourite locations.


    Angie was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1959 and now lives in Stroud where she has her studio.


    Her paintings explore the beauty of the landscape. She has a particular love of - and expertise in - painting the moving waters of rivers and lakes where she swims regularly throughout the year.


    She works mostly in oils ‘en plein air’ and draws inspiration from the Romantic movement and their approach to the landscape. If work is developed in the studio it always begins with plein air drawings rather than with photographs.


    “I find that there is no substitute for direct observation. I paint best when I'm immersed in the landscape. There are colours and subtleties in nature that are difficult to imagine in the studio. The direct effects of light and atmosphere can only ever be hinted at in a painting but there is a greater chance of capturing it if one is observing carefully from life.”


    Angie graduated with a BA in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire in 2004. She is also a classical violinist and, currently, is leader of the Stroud Symphony Orchestra, as well as playing in the Capriol Chamber Orchestra and in a string quartet.

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