On Saturday the 23 June Jilly and I explored the Art Rooms in Payne Street, studio homes to Helena Mundy, Janet Meise, Paula Kerry, Pauline Taylor and Wayne Audrain.
Pauline paints large and colourful canvases of the sea and the sky and the shore with imagination and great depth of texture and also produces pictures from coloured glass collected from the beaches around the island.
Janet has produced a series of canvases based photos of the old and derelict buildings in Pitt Street before their renovation. The canvases are pictures for painters in that I don't think they would appeal to the general public but other artists will see a lot to admire.
Helena has been very busy extracting images from leaves onto silk, and after much trial and error has produced some marvellous prints for scarves and pictures. The colours are subdued but the impressions left by the leaves are sharp and complex.
Paula works with a variety of sheep's wool to make felts which she moulds and shapes and cuts into very original and tactile works of art which transcend her craft.
Wayne sits serenely at his easel looking out over the rooftops of St Helier in his bright and cosy studio. His works are precise and considered with balanced colour and shape, based on abstracts of everyday objects such as his bright red teapot complemented by a tidy display of yellow flowers carefully placed on the shelf above.
All the artists are enthusiastic and dedicated to their art and it was a real pleasure to meet them and I have to thank them for letting us in to have a peek of their artistic world.