We caught up with her recently to chat about her art and her charitable fundraising.
Why did you choose to fundraise for our charity?
Gill: I connect with the plight of the refugee, feeling grateful to have been born in the UK, and aware of how different my life would be if I had been born in a country that wasn’t safe. Finding a way to generously receive refugees feels important to me.
How do you create your paintings?
Gill: I have been painting for about 3 years. I tend to be experimental, using acrylic and watercolour paint, pastels and pens. Most of my pictures are colourful.
Where do you find inspiration?
Gill: Flowers, trees and landscapes are my favourite subjects. I find that structure helps to give me momentum, so joining in the “100 day project”, where I post a painting a day for 100 days, has been helpful. I have had to paint more quickly and with less precision and more fluidity, which has made me happy, as has my friends’ encouragement.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your recent project?
Gill: Before this I hadn’t ever sold a painting, rather I’d given them away. But then a friend asked to buy one, and selling some of the 100 paintings for a good cause seemed like a good idea, and a helpful first step.
You can view (and purchase) Gill’s colourful paintings here: https://www.instagram.com/gilllamb3rt/