We are excited to welcome artist Penelope Timmis to The Frame. Here, gallery owner, Jan Baker, finds out more about the inspiration behind her work.

When did you start painting and what motivates you?

I returned to painting 15 years ago. I treated myself to a day from work to paint for my birthday. I painted two paintings of my farm in its surrounding South Shropshire hills. One I will keep forever. The other was the first painting that I sold which was such a thrill. That thrill remains but the first sale was the most special! With that sale I felt motivated to continue my days of painting and that has turned into a career.

I enjoy painting; it is fun! I enjoy creating a painting which begins and ends with an image….the work with the paint to get to this end is an unpredictable journey.

How would you describe your style?

The theme of my paintings vary considerably, however, I do feel that my style remains. From simple and clear “sketches” of birds running across a white background with a dash of colour, to large landscapes built upon layers of colour; I feel that my work makes a statement.

My style is often referred to as fluid. I feel that paint can have a mind of its own. I allow the paint to have its freedom but direct it with line and adventure! I hope that the more you look into my work, the more you see.

Do you find certain paper, paints or brushes make a big difference to how you paint?

I have used many different surfaces – paper, card, waterproof surfaces, canvas and wood. I do not think that it makes a considerable difference to how I paint but each surface creates a different effect.

What inspires your work?

Colour and movement are strong elements in my work. My inspiration comes from the colour and movement that we see in all that is around us, from light through a branch of a tree to the crest of a wave, from a strutting cockerel to a bunch of flowers!

Tell us about your involvement with Shelta Cymru

Through the years I have donated many paintings to various charities, Shelter Cymru has annual art auctions which raise a considerable amount of money to help young people in Wales. Living on the Welsh border, this is special to me.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a series of landscapes for an exhibition in Wales. I am also trying to catch the last of the summer flowers in my garden!!