Averil Rees

Averil Rees

Tell us a little about yourself? 

Although my first degree and work was science based I had been painting on and off since schooldays in 1960’s.  I studied a Foundation Course in Art part-time and in 1993 I prepared to start a degree in Fine Art but just two weeks before the start of term I had a brain haemorrhage which left my right-side paralysed and I was in hospital for 13 months! I was right-handed, but now my whole right arm was useless and it was so frustrating re-learning to draw and paint with my left hand that there were times when I almost gave up. 

Tell us a little about what you make? 

Original paintings, prints & cards of predominantly local scenes. 

What inspires you and where do you find that inspiration?

Water, light & weather.

So many places are hard to access by wheelchair and painting a view in situ can be quite difficult with everything having to fit on to my chair and be set up one-handed. However I take a camera and sketchbook around with me and back home I can paint my recollection of what I've seen, triggered by the sketches and my collections of  photos (some of which may date back to  ‘my  previous life’) 

Tell us about your favourite medium. 

That changes depending on the subject, & my mood, & also what time I have.  

What does being a member of the Ceredigion Art and Craft Trail mean to you? 

Being able to show work locally. 

How do you know when your work is finished? 

I sometimes have work on the go for several years, modifying it until I’m happy with it. Other times a painting just ‘flows’.