Marie South

Name:  Marie Theresa South

Location:  A small Derbyshire village near Ashby de la Zouch

Formal Training:  None

Subject of Choice:  Any figurative or landscape subject 

Medium of choice:  I do not favour any particular medium. I paint in watercolour and have recently started using acrylic and pastel. I have also tried oils this year. I enjoy making felted pictures and learning this was my main interest in 2018.  I am very interested in print making and have experimented with block printing methods , lino and wood block..  In the last couple of years I’ve explored screen printing and etching. I can etch at home using non toxic methods (using a copper sulphate mordant to etch  aluminum plate). My husband made me a jack based printing press, which can handle small prints of any type. I am also a member of Derby Green Door print Workshop and Leicester Print Workshop and can use their facilities/ courses and obtain advice and encouragement 

What inspires you:  As well working with a variety of printmaking, painting and felting methods, I enjoy photography. I find that the discipline of composing and taking photos helps my drawing, painting and print making endeavours. I love going from an initial idea and sketches, to compose a picture and then moving on to paint or print it. It is very satisfying to see an idea come to fruition in a frame! 

Do you have any artistic ambitions that you art working towards:
I would like to add a sewn element to my pictures. I have just obtained a sewing machine and now I have to work out how to use it!

My website contains examples of my completed work, see

I was delighted to win the People’s Choice prize at the Ashby Festival this year 2019 for my felted sheep

In 2019 I decided to enter some juried exhibitions as well as the local art club exhibitions. I have had pictures accepted ( and some sold) at the Harley Open, Welbeck Abbey, the RBSA exhibitions in Birmingham, Derby Open Print, Ty Pawb International Print and the Sock Gallery Loughborough Open exhibition. I also entered the  2019 Buxton Spa prize exhibition ( where you draw lots for a location, which you then have to depict) and the Buxton Come Rain and Shine Exhibition.  The latter exhibition involved completing a painting, ready to hang in 5 hours en plein air. I enjoyed the challenge but it rained heavily the whole time!!! 

Do you offer workshops/ Tuition: No