Steph Trethowan

I am a Staffordshire based Contemporary Artist and live in Barton under Needwood between Lichfield and Burton on Trent. I am drawn to using vibrant colour which I use to convey my emotional relationship to my subjects. In particular I am drawn to using complementary colours. I often paint subjects drawn from the natural world, a love of which was instilled in me from childhood growing up as I did in rural West Sussex. In this, I have been much influenced by the fauvists and post impressionists. I like to use both brush and knife to add texture to my work and love the feel of impasto paint and its almost sculptural potential. I am increasingly trying to paint from memory and utilize my experience of place to inform my paintings

I am largely self taught, although when my children were young I studied art at Lichfield College. When time allowed I pursued an artistic journey experimenting with impressionism and expressionism. In 2015 I won the BADAC Overall Art Prize in East Staffordshire and subsequently held my first solo exhibition ‘Journey through Colour’ at the Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton in 2016. Since leaving my job in the NHS a couple of years ago, I have had more time to pursue my journey as an artist. I am part way through the Diploma in Oil Painting at the Norfolk Painting School. The pandemic has adversely affected my ability to showcase my artwork and I am really delighted to be exhibiting some of my recent work at the Dame Catherines Summer Arts Exhibition.

Artists that have particularly influenced me include modern day impressionists such as Madersen and post impressionists such as Matisse and Vlaminck. If you are interested in viewing more of my work, please feel welcome to view my website:

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