“Faced with the sacredness of life and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude” Pope John Paul II
I grew up in the Scottish borders surrounded by natural beauty and art, with a particular love for the Scottish Colourists and Gothic Art. I always drew and painted and made things. After a Latin degree I went to study in Florence at Charles Cecil Studios – learning to draw and paint from the nude and from plaster casts using the sight-size technique. My time in Italy included 8 months living in Rome where I had an exhibition at La Stelletta –a cooperative where young adults with learning disabilities paint pottery.
In 2003 I met Fr Digby Samuels who wanted to gather artists in his parish in Wapping, East London to ‘evangelise the culture’. With Sr Sheila Gosney and others I discovered art as a tool for prayer and healing, and became involved in running workshops and teaching.
I have done many portrait commissions since training in Florence – in oil, pastel and charcoal. In about 2004 I was introduced to a class – drawing Greek Sculpture at the British Museum. Through following this and other courses at the Royal Drawing School I began to explore greater personal expression and new perspectives. Mainly now I work from observation of the natural world, also from memory and imagination. I like beauty in ordinariness and stories; and enjoy the processes of drawing and painting.
Examples of Alice’s Work: