Looking back on 2018

lizamackintosh artist

2018 was a great year. The year started with beautiful icy weather, followed by flurries of snow which I find very inspiring. I worked in the studio a lot during this time, creating new work and developing older pieces. I had my Featured Artist event at the Chalk Gallery, Lewes amongst all the snow in February.

During the spring I worked on a series of commissions, including my largest so far for a family at the foot of the Ditchling Beacon, giving me the chance to explore a new viewpoint of the downs for this piece of work.

I had my first exhibition at Artwave West Gallery in Dorset, it was lovely to have my work set in the beautiful landscape of Dorset.

In the summer I had an amazing two week trip up to Scotland where I saw beautiful landscapes and created new work along the way. The drive from Sussex to Inverness gave me the opportunity to take in the stunning British landscape. I found the mountainous terrain in the Scottish Borders particularly breathtaking. We walked a lot during the trip, giving me the chance to really take in the spectrum of colours and textures.

Returning from Scotland I headed straight back to the studio to prepare for my third solo exhibition, ‘A Path Beneath my Feet’ at the Old Brewery as part of the Lewes Art Wave Festival. I was blown away by the opening evening and the reception to my work. I really loved sharing my new work with everyone that was able to come and was so pleased that it was my most successful year so far! I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback, thank you so much to everyone that came to visit and for supporting my work.

Alongside my solo exhibition, I had work selected for the Blue Exhibition at the relatively new Depot space in Lewes, at the Chalk Gallery and had my work selected for the Martyr’s Summer Salon exhibition.

I created a short film of my studio process to give an insight into how the landscape surrounding me changes the direction and results of my paintings.

In September I was thrilled to have had my work accepted into this years SWA annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. It was wonderful to exhibit alongside so many talented women artists.

I have been spending the last months of the year creating a series of smaller studies and a new film of my studio process. I am looking forward to what next year brings and to continue to share developments with you all in the new year. Thank you so much for all your support. I wish you all a very happy New Year.