Arttist of the Month - Frances Winder, Kendal

PUBLISHED: 19:14 21 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:34 20 February 2013

Arttist of the Month - Frances Winder, Kendal

Arttist of the Month - Frances Winder, Kendal

Kendal painter and illustrator Frances Winder has talent by the lorry load, writes Barbara Waite

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The next time you spot a Booths supermarket lorry take a look at the designs on the side.

Pictures of chickens and seafood as well as the pigs and flowers displayed in the stores were designed by Frances Winder, an artist based in Kendal. But her commercial work is just a small part of this busy artists output.

As well as commissions as a freelance designer and illustrator, she teaches at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and runs residential courses in Spain.

On top of this, she is interested in exploring printing, ceramics and machine embroidery. Multi-talented Frances says she is mainly a painter working in watercolour, gouache, oil pastel and acrylic with a love of wilderness areas. This striking picture of Grizedale Tarn is painted in acrylics on canvas, and was based on sketches done in Grizedale Forest.

I like the freedom of colour and the mark making in this picture which has been done with the edge of a credit card as well as brushes and rags.
I loved the dark mystery of this part of the forest, the last fish pool feels quite isolated and is very beautiful, she said.

In my work I am experimenting with texture and colour. I enjoy the surface of the paint and try to capture the essence of a place rather than to reach a photographic likeness, I am disappointed if it looks too real.

Mood and light shifting the emphasis in a landscape are what motivates me. I experiment with gesso and paint effects and also with colour in a variety of media.

She exhibits widely in the Lake District and Lancashire and opens up her studio during art trail weekends.

You can see more of her work on

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