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 www.ashbyart.co.uk
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