UK Independent artist Shan Roberts
"I have been experimenting with art and craft, and particularly painting, since an early age, but began painting seriously when I moved to South Devon, fulfilling a lifelong dream to live near the sea.
Now I find the beauty of my surroundings helps to inspire a wide variety of work, and I am always learning and experimenting with new ideas, processes and media.
My main subject matter is landscape, which I increasingly take towards abstraction. Collage plays an important role in some of my painting. I use a variety of mixed media, usually starting with acrylics and adding paper, inks, crayons and pastels. Texture and colour, and sometimes found items, are equally important in creating atmosphere, mood and emotion. I am largely self-taught, although I have studies Fine Art at college on several different courses. Ultimately I found that I learnt more from other working artists than from the academic approach, and attending workshops by West Country artists has helped me to develop my technique. I have forged my own style over the years, having gone done a few blind alleys on the way - I now feel that I have found the style and materials that really suit me and help me to portray the way I see the world.
I am an active member of the Teignmouth Art Society, and usually exhibit with them three times a year. I also take part in Devon Open Studios, being a member of the Devon Artist Network. In recent years I have exhibited at the Tin Shed Studio in Shaldon and at TAAG, Teignmouth.
In 2018 I had the opportunity to become part of the Voyage Fair Trade community of artists, and now work in a wonderful light-filled studio there, in the centre of the Teignmouth Arts Quarter. I will be exhibiting there in the Open Studios event this September."