Mel Anderson is a textile and mixed media artist based on the Derbyshire border. When not distracted by her noisy family and the cat, she is lucky enough to work from her bright, airy home studio in the thriving village of Castle Donington.
You may recognise Mel as she was previously co-owner and in house artist at The Two Birds Gallery until it’s recent closure, she is now focusing solely on art once again and recently returned to the simple ink pen medium, to create beautiful, stylised Angels, which she says are a joy and relaxing to work on.
Originally trained as a makeup artist, Mel moved more into art and fell in love with felting, when her children made traveling to work complicated. As she explains:
“My original wool work is a bright, vibrant and tactile collection of hand felted wall art. Some would say I am easily distracted, so I’m inspired by a diverse range of ‘stuff’ from innovative design, interiors, gardens and a love of travel to history, art, food and fantasy fiction books and films. My greatest inspiration, support and sometimes totally too honest critics are my amazing family and friends"
Mel produces greeting cards and prints of her work and she can be commissioned too.
Our other featured artist is Davis Evans who is a professional artist; based in the Sherwood Forest. He draws inspiration from the forest, specifically the ancient oaks, and is heavily influenced by classic design such as 'The Book of Kells', Kirituhi tattooing or 'The Dawn of the Floating World'.
“My passion is drawing; be it pencil, pen or brush and the use of a fluid line, my aim being to capture the cumber of the bow of a tree or subtle curve of a spine. I have always done figure work and portraiture, developing techniques such as blending with sanguine pencil or lyrical flowing brush strokes with indigo ink. My aim to create beautiful art, no deep meaning hopefully they stand on their own, that's it really.”
See both artists work here at the gallery Wed-Sun 10 -5pm.