“Oilograph & Floriography”

Elizabeth McMorran

Having studied Art at Oakham College in Leicestershire and attended the local watercolour Artist Alan Oliver’s course, this inspired me to start painting watercolours 35 years ago. A lot of my watercolours were commissioned and received good reviews in the local press.
Having brought up 3 children, helping and inspiring them all with their Art qualifications, I now had the opportunity to continue my creative venture in the form of photographic Art. Inspired by my spring wedding awakening my creativity to illustrate my photographs on canvas, as a progression artistically instead of painting from my photographs, as I had done previously.
Living in Freckleton for the past 30 years, deciding to display my work in Lytham seemed the ideal opportunity as I am developing my portfolio incorporating local scenes, as well as my love for flowers. All with my individual perspective of the scene captured. I participated in Lytham Arts Festival 2015 and won a prize – my work being ‘Highly Commended’, and I also displayed at St Anne’s Music & Arts Festival 2015.
Following on from the local Art Festivals and having created over 200 canvases, I then had the opportunity to curate an exhibition at Park View 4U. My exhibition of 35 canvases reflected a summer feel, personalizing the display with canvases of Park View’s beautiful garden flowers too during September. And being delighted with the vibrant and colourful array of canvases, I was asked to continue my exhibition to reflect all four seasons. Park View 4U brought a great challenge in curating these exhibitions and proved fruitful too in the amazingly enthusiastic comments and resulting sales.
During the past few years I have enjoyed compiling a collection of canvases to display at Warton Hall, Ribble Cruising Club, The Pavilion St. Annes, Dotty Gallery Rutland and for the 2nd time, Lytham Heritage Centre. Here displaying for the 1st time the interesting use of the Oilograph technique on canvas and illustrating the importance of Floriography, the ever present and special significance of the Language of Flowers.
So, Excelsior Arts that was formed when I was a watercolour artist painting and signing my last picture 35 years ago has flourished and matured to the exciting new venture, I share with you locally today.
Email: elizabethmcm@outlook.com    Mobile: 07866 023919      Landline: 01772 631963

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