MIRANDA PENDER ART - Abstracts, Ammonites, Labyrinths

“Quirky and Colourful!”

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About MIRANDA PENDER ART - Abstracts, Ammonites, Labyrinths

MIRANDA PENDER ART - Abstracts, Ammonites, Labyrinths

Quirky and Colourful

Bright, vibrant, fun – my unique paintings are lively and colourful. Each one is individually created for a different effect. If you are searching for beautiful, original artwork at an affordable price, you’re in the right place!

For the collages, I work intuitively to produce paintings and drawings in a wide range of colours and textures. These can be anything: landscapes, still life, abstracts….then I tear them up and reconstruct them into something different.

My favourite subjects are Ammonites and Labyrinths, but I've also created collage paintings of plants, animals, insects and landscapes. If you have an idea for an alternative subject, or would like to see something in different colours, just let me know.

I have been painting, and selling my work through exhibitions and online, for a number of years. However, at school, I was considered to be hopeless at art! I was born and raised in east London and went to a girls’ grammar school where the art teacher was of the trendy opinion that “the art is in the child” and shouldn’t be imposed by an adult. We were given paints, paper, and a subject, and left to get on with it, with no formal teaching. I found this very frustrating, as in my mind I knew what I wanted to draw or paint, but didn’t have the technical competence to achieve it. My marks were consistently C+ and B– , and when was 14 and choosing subjects for ‘O’ Levels , Art was the first subject to be dropped.

Fast forward 25 years and through a university degree and career in Marketing, and I was living in a village in Hertfordshire. A local college was offering evening classes, and I signed up for one called A Taste of Art, aimed at absolute beginners. The tutor was truly inspirational. Not only did she show us how to use a huge variety of media, but she also introduced us to subjects such as colour theory and perspective, and how to draw lemons that didn’t look like rugby balls. I was thrilled! At last I was beginning to learn how to translate the ideas in my head on to paper or canvas.

Since then I have participated in many courses and workshops, learning from a wide spectrum of different artists, gradually developing my own style and voice.

I live with my husband Mark (who is also an artist) in the lovely old town of Sherborne, Dorset. We welcome visitors to our studio by arrangement – or at least, we will resume doing so once lockdown is completely over!

I am also a songwriter and guitarist, and have recorded two albums of original songs: Petrol Station Flowers and Lifting the Lid.