Tessa Kirby

Multi-faceted artist exploring light and colour, water, shadows, and reflections 

Nature light and colour inspire my work . Water, shadows and reflections in various media. Oils, watercolour and pastel let me explore the emotional responses to my subject matter.

I trained at Reigate art school and gained my degree from Oxford Brookes in Visual studies. I have always painted, it is all I ever wanted to do. I love the challenge of having an idea or being moved by the light, a colour, a mood and making it real. At the moment I am interested in using limited colour ranges, and/or unusual colour ranges. The colours that other artists use I find fascinating.

I have exhibited widely, locally and in London, including The Mall Galleries and I teach locally at The Base, Greenham, as well as at Boxford. 

I started teaching when I was approached by the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) to teach screen printing to the unemployed.  I enjoyed the experience so continued in offering adult education, painting, life drawing, still life etc. in various media at various venues including Newbury College.

 I was proud to be one of the artists taking part in Sexpressions, an AIDS and HIV programme for young people. Run by South Hill Park, Bracknell, it involved sessions at youth clubs as well as the youth remand centre in Reading and was deemed to be very successful. I continue to teach at The Base, Greenham, and at Boxford, plus I undertake private sessions.

 Looking back on the 40+ years of teaching experience, I have enjoyed sharing my love of creativity and inspiring others.

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