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Venus Griffiths

About Venus

I cannot remember a time when I have not felt the desire to draw and paint. At thirteen I was awarded a scholarship to Wakefield Art College. I then became a technical illustrator, giving up when marriage and raising four children became my priority. When my children were old enough I gained a place at Trent University, and after completing a foundation-fine arts course I qualified as a Further Education (FE) teacher.

Allenby Sunset

Allenby Sunset (acrylic, 20x24 inchws)

I worked at Arnold and Carlton FE college, introducing and developing a screen printing department as well as teaching art to full and part time students, including remedial YTS groups. I was fortunate to have been chosen to work in two community day centres running art workshops for adults with special needs.

I moved to Keswick in 1988 and took a part time art teaching position, also set up my own studio at home. I gave up teaching in order to concentrate on my own work, which includes oils, acrylics, watercolours and mono screen prints. Each discipline requires a different approach which is demanding and exciting. I am still thrilled and often amazed how a sketch, or idea in my head develops into a finished piece of work.

My work is exhibited in several galleries in the North. I have had many solo and shared exhibitions. Many people have asked where the name Venus came from, I was named after my maternal grandmother, and to the relief of my daughters the name has not been inflicted on the next generation.

Sea Scape (acrylic on canvas)

Sea Scape (acrylic on canvas 30x40 inches)

My work can be seen in Cumbria at: Northern Lights Gallery, Keswick
Derwent Frames Gallery, Keswick
Percy House Gallery, Cockermouth
Old Courthouse Gallery, Ambleside
Thornthwaite Gallery, Thornthwaite

Buttermere and Crummock

Buttermere and Crummock
(20 x 24 inches)

Buttermere and Crummock

Purchases can be paid for over 10 months interest free through the Own Art Scheme funded by the Art's Council.

Sea Scape (acrylic on canvas)

Sea Scape
(acrylic on canvas 30x40 inches)