About the artist

Gill Rowe



    Gill Rowe


    I have painted for more than 30 years and my style is constantly developing.  My landscape paintings have travelled a fascinating road from figurative watercolours painted on location to semiabstract and abstract work painted in the studio in oil, acrylic and mixed media. Some have been based on charcoal drawings, watercolour sketches or photographs of scenes that have particularly interested me. Others emerge, often in unpreditable ways, from the choice of palette, medium and first brush strokes on the canvas. These paintings draw on my own memory bank but no scene is site specific; the landscapes are where you, the viewer, with your unique reservoir of experience and memories perceive them to be.



    Classical music is very important to me and music has inspired numerous purely abstract works. Here key, rhythm and melody will suggest both palette and style. The painting may pay homage to a piece of music but will often develop in unexpected ways.


    I also love depicting the human form, and again my style has developed from classical to more contemporary. Portaiture and Still Life are both areas where the subject is the catalyst for exploring composition, palette and form.


    My other creative outlet is writing and I have published eight books of metric rhyming verse. There are many parallels to be found between painting and writing poetry. This was the subject of a talk I gave at the Lansdowne Club a while back. My poems have been performed by actors at several poetry evenings and many have been set to music.


    The titles are:


    Pirouetting Hippos 2005

    How do I Look? 2007

    You're Telling Me 2010

    Widening Horizons 2012

    A Whiff of Rosemary 2016

    Stalking the Crilbit 2018

    Tales You Win 2020

    What a Wag 2021

    The last two published by the Book Guild:





    ©Gill Rowe 2021



    September 2021
    I have studied with many fine teachers but I am principally indebted to Robin Child whose inspirational teaching introduced me to abstract painting and a whole new world and Jonathan Ellis whose marvellous teaching continues my artistic development.

    Exhibition History

    Since lockdown 
    September 2021  The Gallery Little Bedwyn
    March 2021  Zuleika Gallery online Art from the Heart

    Section 4 Still Life