In 2003 I took time out from work to pursue my creative interests (thank you husband). I was a poet and creative writer studying part time with UEA but fell in with a group of creative folk in the early days of Creake Abbey (just outside Burnham Market) when it was a small group of artists and a small cafe. I wrote poetry and they painted but we exchanged ideas and I ended up painting and they wrote poems. Very good ones as it turned out but the painting took hold in me and the rest it seems is history…

I've studied with a select range of leading artists including
Michael Porter, RWA and Caroline Hulse, FRSA whose techniques and approaches to their own work influenced my direction as an abstract and expressive creator. I work in a range of media using landscape, in its broadest sense, as my main inspiration. I held my first Solo Exhibition in 2010 sponsored by Berrymans Solicitors of Nottingham. Over the years I've been selected to exhibit at some significant galleries and public spaces, and been elected as a member of several Art Societies. I'm currently a member of Leicester Society of Artists (Elected 2016).

Having recently made Norfolk my permanent home after decades of knowing it (and a return to living near the coast for me) I'm looking forward to developing my work within those influences.

Galleries 2006 - current
The School House Gallery, Wighton, Wells Next the Sea, Norfolk  2018
Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham Art Gallery
Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Derbyshire (Painting and Printmaking exhibited)
Leicestershire Museum and Art Gallery
Rutland Museum and Art Gallery 
NSA Galleries, Friar Lane Nottingham (Elected Associate)
Thoresby Hall Gallery, Nottinghamshire
The Gallery Picturecraft, Holt, Norfolk
The Old House Gallery, Oakham, Rutland
Creake Abbey Studios, Norfolk

Group Exhibitions

Leicester Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (LSA) 2016,2017,2018
Rutland Museum and Art Gallery Selected Open Exhibition 2012, 2014
Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham Summer Exhibition (Alumni M.A.), 2009, 2011
Nottingham Society of Artists (Associate and Affiliate) 2008 - 2016
Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Midlands Open Exhibition 2011, 2012, 2014
Thoresby Hall Gallery, Nottinghamshire 2013
Fakenham Contemporary Bi-Annual  2009, 2011
Ayot St Lawrence Art Show, Hertfordshire 2004, 2005, 2007 Sold my first ever small oil painting 2005.

Solo Exhibitions
1. Sponsored Berrymans Solicitors, NSA, Friar Lane Nottingham 2010 Sold and gained Commissions.
2. Brancaster Staithe, First Norfolk Solo April 2019 Sold

Professional Art Training 

Joe Daisy Studios, Berkshire
The New Drawing Club, Experimental Life Class Workshops, Nottingham
Newlyn School of Art
University of Nottingham Fine Art Department
Nottingham Trent University Fine Art Department
Leicester Print Workshop
Open University, Foundation Course Humanities including History of Art
South Creake Life Classes, Monthly 2018 ongoing

Residential Painting and Drawing Studies with Individual Artists 2004 - 2017
David Ainley, Nottingham University and Derbyshire.  Expert in Acrylics and landscape artist 2006 and 2012
Michael Porter, RWA, International artist and now St.Ives. Experimental Techniques in Aqueous Dispersion (acrylic) 2008, 2010
Caroline Hulse,FRSA,  professional painting techniques knowledge and development 2008 - 2016 continuous Training, Joe Daisy Art Courses including full weeks
Cat Croxford, Portraiture, Joe Daisy Art Courses,
Mark Spray, Newlyn School of Art, Expressive Landscape
Lewis Noble, Expressive Landscape acrylic, and expressive watercolour 2011
Tim Rose, Traditional Watercolour 2007
Margot Shores, Nottingham Trent University, Watercolour 1 week 2012
Martin Kinnear, Traditional Oil Painting 2008
Jane French, Oil Painting 2015
The New Drawing Club, Nottingham, Experimental Life Model Workshops in 2D and 3D 2012 - 2016

PrintMaking 2012 and ongoing

2012, 2013 Leicester Print Workshop, and Nottingham University.
2013 Seymour Studios Nottingham - 12-week course Introduction to various Printmaking methods
2014 Tarpey Gallery, Derbyshire - My first exhibition of Printmaking 

Artist Elected Memberships  (LSA)
Elected 2016 Current
Society of East Anglian Watercolourists (SEAW)
Elected Not Current
Nottingham Society of Artists  (NSA)
Affiliate 2008 and Associate 2009, 2010, 2011 Not Current

General Education 
Degree in Business and Finance with Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma -
Business to Business Sales and Marketing, Engineering and Technology

M.A. in English Local and Regional History -
Research Business working in Manuscripts and Archives,
Translation of documents Old English into modern for Professionals,
Tutoring, National Lottery Funding for Book Publication

Degree Creative Writing and Literature (Unfinished degree)
Published Writer - Poetry and Short Stories
Poetry Reviewer for New Hope International - Professional Poetry Journals

Member of Nottingham Writers Studio

Chrissie Everard