Rosanne Guille MA(RCA)
Moving the seven or so miles across the sea from Sark to Guernsey last September has been life-changing for me in so many ways. I left behind the familiar faces of friends and family, the stunning scenery I’ve painted all my life and the car-free lifestyle to join the Guernsey community.
Seeing this as an opportunity to try new things and to break free from the familiar box of watercolours which has been my go-to medium since training to be an illustrator at Art College in the ‘90s, I have now started using pastels and oils. The past year has seen me mostly outdoors with my pochade easel trying to capture the vivid light and colours of a west coast sunset or the drama and energy of a Guernsey sea in a winter storm. I am starting to get to know the landscape and people through my art, and I love it!
Lockdown came just as signs of spring were appearing and I turned the frustration of not being allowed outdoors for more than a couple of hours a day for exercise into getting those paintings done in the studio that I had wanted to do for years. The results of which are in this show entitled New Life.
I hope that my interest in exploring what makes Guernsey such a special Island comes through in this exhibition, and I am thankful that it has given me such inspiration to keep me developing as an artist.