- Heather Roberts
- Barnstaple and The Gambia
I have my own large studio in The Gambia where I live for half the year helping my African husband with our seasonal eco-lodge business. I hold art and craft workshops there and can paint to my hearts content. The rest of the year is spent in Barnstaple where I enjoy participation in craft/art workshops as well as painting and designing cards in my small studio-cum-shed.
The inspiration for my paintings comes from the vivid colours of West African fabrics, flora, fauna and people. I especially like the lovely curves and poise of the local Gambian women in my village who are so hard working but who dance with physical joy at every opportunity.
I work mainly in acrylics and usually incorporate other media such as my hand-marbled papers, oils and fabrics for texture. I like to use the ‘hot’ colours of Africa and use stylised images of women, birds, animals and trees rather than accurate portrayal.
My love of art was been dormant and largely unexplored until retirement from primary teaching in 2007 so I am relatively new to producing work on canvas and am always learning and experimenting.