Artist show­cases a love of flow­ers in her paint­ings


THE Rev Anne Bat­ter­shell is a self­taught artist with a love of flow­ers.

Fol­low­ing a ca­reer as a teacher and var­i­ous other roles, Anne de­cided to teach her­self to paint in 1990.

Pre­vi­ously she has held small ex­hi­bi­tions in her own home and dur­ing craft days at churches.

At the sprightly age of 85, Anne is cur­rently hold­ing the first full-scale ex­hi­bi­tion of her work at The Coach House in Lit­tle­bor­ough.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is en­ti­tled ‘Mostly Flow­ers’ and the paint­ings on dis­play in­clude those based on a num­ber of other sub­jects.

Anne first taught her­self to paint by us­ing the ‘teach-your­self-topaint’ books writ­ten by James Fletcher Wat­son, John Block­ley, Al­wyn Craw­shaw and Ann Block­ley.

More re­cently she has been in­spired by sev­eral flower pain­ters such as Janet Whit­tle, Wendy Tait and Wendy Jel­bert.

Anne be­lieves there are re­flec­tions of the work of these artists in her own, and that her own work re­flects ‘the cre­ation which can be found all around us’.

The paint­ings in the ex­hi­bi­tion are full of life, vi­vac­ity and colour.

Anne has of­ten been in­spired by the gera­ni­ums, pop­pies and nas­tur­tiums which grow in her gar­den, and en­joys the sym­bol­ism of these ‘flow­ers of the field’.

There are also paint­ings of king­fish­ers and other birds, as well as a land­scape view of Tod­mor­den from Anne’s home in Wals­den.

Sev­eral seaside­themed works in­clude a colour­ful trio of boats and a de­light­ful paint­ing of chil­dren play­ing on a beach, which is lov­ingly crafted and cap­tures the in­no­cence and joy of child­hood.

The paint­ings em­ploy var­i­ous styles and medi­ums.

Anne of­ten bor­rows ideas for their com­po­si­tions from other artists and these in­clude the painter Anne Block­ley, whom she was for­tu­nate to meet when she at­tended one of her work­shops in 2000.

Ice­landic Pop­pies, one of the paint­ings in the ex­hi­bi­tion, was painted dur­ing this work­shop.

Anne’s more re­cent work has been pro­duced us­ing wa­ter-sol­u­ble oils.

Pro­lific painter Anne also en­joys paint­ing Bi­b­li­cal scenes such as Je­sus calm­ing the storm and the story of Eli­jah and the fire from heaven.

She is cur­rently work­ing on a se­ries of these paint­ings which she plans to ex­hibit in a church later in the year.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at The Coach House in Lit­tle­bor­ough will run un­til April 8. Many of the paint­ings are for sale and prices start at £35.

The Rev Anne Bat­ter­shell with some of her flow­ers

Man­soor Khan

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