Jill Fairbairns

After a career as a psychologist and organisation consultant, painting has become my ‘day job’ rather than a leisure pursuit.

Direct observation is always my starting point, but in the process of making a picture, I often follow ideas that emerge from simplifying what I see. I am attracted by patterns and I love colour. I like to keep things clear, clean and bright. I keep working until I find something that works for me.

I have learnt so far from classes, short courses, and from a few significant others, starting with my mother. At the age of nine, I received a set of oil colours for a present. My mother told me to paint the colours that I could see rather than what I thought should be there. My first ‘oeuvre’ was a silver kettle with a light blue handle sitting on the gas stove. It seemed so easy then!

As an adult, I worked firstly with watercolour and then soft pastels. I won the Conté Pastel Award in the Britain’s Painters Exhibition in 1992. I began to work in oils with Anne Rooke. She had me working on a large scale both in the studio and the field. I attended a life class for many years with Erica Cumming and then became a member of Jason Bowyer’s studio group. I have attended several painting courses at the Prince’s (now Royal) Drawing School, at Heatherleys, and with the New English Art Club. I have also studied with Robin Child, and with David Tress. I have also spent time painting in Provence with David Atkinson and Mark Cazalet. Over the past year, I have been learning about print making.

My first exhibition was at least 20 years ago with my mother at High Halden in Kent. Since then I’ve exhibited in Central London, Rye, Hastings, and at home. I’ve had two shows at 54 The Gallery in Shepherd Market, one with Iona Stern and another with members of Jason Bowyer’s studio group. My pictures can be found in private collections in the UK and Europe.

 Acton Garden

Acton Garden

 Corsican dinghy2

Corsican dinghy2

 Tree climbing rock1

Tree climbing rock1

Venue 74+

2 Castlebar Road, W5 2DP

Exhibiting times

Friday 7th Sept — 4pm to 8pm
Saturday 8th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Sunday 9th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Friday 14th Sept — 4pm to 8pm
Saturday 15th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Sunday 16th Sept — 11am to 6pm

Cash, cheque and cards accepted
Wheelchair accessible: Good