Its not a secret that there aren’t many women artists

Its not a secret that there aren’t many women artists

There was an article on the radio yesterday discussing why there aren’t many women artists, and of course I pricked my ears up when it came on. Expecting them to say the obvious (to me) answer. They talked about women artists not being taken seriously by men, and there not being many women artists exhibiting in the right galleries. They talked about how many women students there were compared to men, and then the article finished. With me starting incrediously at the radio. And that’s it? That’s all you’re going to mention about it? To me there was a startling reason staring them in the face that wasn’t even alluded to.

I am an artist, and a woman.

I don’t have any children.

If I did have children I wouldn’t be such a dedicated, professional artist.

I would be a mother firticknall (5 of 53) (2)st, and an artist second. The artist part of me would be put to one side whilst I brought up my children, spent time with them, and then when they had children of their own, I’d want to spend time with my grandchildren whilst they grew up.

But because I don’t have children, I can paint, and read articles about painting, and go to art workshops to learn more about painting, and can reach a bigger audience with my art.

And that’s why there aren’t so many women artists.

Its not rocket science is it, its biology!

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

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