ANNABEL S MENHENEOTT
"The subject matter of my paintings is influenced by the ever changing and evolving landscape which provides me with a library of colour, movement and atmosphere."
Annabel's talent and interest in painting may have been inherited from her maternal great grandfather, Rowland Hill, a Royal Academician and founder member of the Staithes Group of Artists. The daughter of a Royal Marine and a Teacher, Annabel's work has been influenced by her parents work.
Now based in Bath, Annabel graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University in 2004. At university she explored different aspects of painting including art as therapy and the structural qualities of paintings. Having studied Theatre Studies she also has a strong tie and appreciation of theatre and some of her paintings could be seen to encompass theatrical qualities.
Annabel has exhibited in London and Bath, as well as many parts of the south west of England and is now a Gallery Artist at the Calken Gallery in Kensington. Her latest exhibition continues at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Club where her paintings have captured the spirit of the club's own yacht, Tuiga.
Her work is in private collections in Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong and has undertaken numerous commercial and private commissions with wide-ranging subject matter. Annabel was Artist in Residence at Monkton Combe School, Bath, 2010-2011. Most of her works are abstract in nature, much of them contain sufficient hints of realism, leaving the admirer the chance to delve deeper into each scene, filling in the blanks with their own favourite spots by the sea, or perhaps conjuring up their own imagined hideaway.
"In enjoy working in acrylic paint as it allows me to work quickly and build up layers creating depth of colour and a range of textures from very thin washes to impasto when the paint appears to come out of the canvas. I like to experiment, applying the paint using various sized palette knives and large brushes which allow me the freedom to create exciting painterly marks which I feel reflect the vibrant characteristics of the coastal environments."
Annabel's paintings communicate an atmosphere; some convey a feeling of emptiness and vastness whilst others suggest a feeling of calm.