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Berkhamsted Art in Action 2017

8.00. Lindy (Chairman of the Citizens) welcomed everyone and encouraged them to wonder round and look at all the art displayed.

8.20. Lindy made an opening introduction and asked all the artists to introduce themselves briefly

9.00 Hillary Taylor spoke on ‘Be your own creative self’
Hillary is a Chartered Engineer with a background in software, manufacturing automation and business development. A published writer, she has travelled extensively, speaks Japanese and French and has a long history of community service. Today she divides her time between her consulting work, community or other projects that intersect the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) world, and art. While perhaps her best-known art centres around a range of architectural composite townscapes, she also has group exhibitions founded in
mixed media (including one at Obsidian Art from next week). She tries to view life as an exploration, journey or adventure, elected Chair of Herts Visual Arts in July 2017

9.20 BREAK – for everyone to get a drink and have another look round …

9.30 Jeanne Woodcraft spoke on – An Artist’s Perspective on Constable’s Haywain Approaching drawing as an equally compulsive and rigorous discipline, Jeanne Woodcraft’s practice explores the phenomenology of mark-making as both unconscious and conscious gesture, opposites united in the brain through a ‘preprogrammed’ subliminal script. Her work is rooted in the idea of measurement, the systems which quantify human existence. Jeanne’s ‘doodle’ drawings stem from a process of automatic drawing, resulting in the articulation of the psyche in images and patterns that are not impeded by cognitive logic. By contrast, her ‘transcription’ works are highly technical interpretations of old masters’ paintings, exploiting Renaissance principles of divinity within geometry and perspective. Executed in
graphite and coloured pencil on paper, her precise labour-intensive process synthesizes the hand-crafted with ideals of mechanical reproduction. In the parallel worlds of Renaissance painting and electronic imaging, geometry connects the human body, the built environment and landscape in the formalised, idealised depictions of the Enlightenment and 20th century film. Jeanne studied Painting at the Royal College of Art. 1962 -65. Computers in Art & Design at Middlesex University 1892 -93. Now semi-retired but still
teaching drawing at Camberwell College of Art London University of the Arts

Both were wonderful and informative presentations
9.55 Lindy summed up