Skipping up Corsham High Street we find ourselves at number 36 (next to Green Ginger), the venue for Elizabeth and Humphry Barnikel. Please note they will be exhibiting in their garden studio – access is via the public car park at the back of The Methuen Arms Hotel.
Elizabeth gets her inspiration from a large range of visual sources and has begun to move through areas of simplification and abstraction. As a child Elizabeth was influenced from the letters she received from her grandfather and his brothers, who all drew and sent her picture letters. Her great grandfather illustrated some of the first children’s books. Inspired by colour and shape, she describes composition as, “the most challenging thing for me – but it also is the most exciting and satisfying part of the process if it works out!” Elizabeth finds that art offers her an escape fro the hurly burly of life. “Unexpected shapes and forms emerge as I paint and the process becomes a voyage of discovery!”
Humphry is a retired Chemistry Teacher and paints with the Pickwick Painters formed from Wiltshire College’s Advance Visual Studies course. Humphry paints for enjoyment and shares the studio space with his wife, Elizabeth.
Humphry is inspired by his childhood holidays in Mevagissey, Cornwall and paints boats in acrylics on canvas. Humphry enjoys painting socially and attends art classes twice a week.