Anne-Marie Butlin is a London based artist - who paints full-time from her garden studio. Beside The Wave has represented Anne-Marie since 2011. Butlin also regularly works on portrait commissions. Her work has been shown at Affordable Art Fairs in London for many years as well as in Amsterdam and the USA. She has shown in numerous group exhibitions including those at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Academy, The Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Society of British Artists and The Royal College of Art. She is a regular contributor to Artists and Illustrators magazine and her work has been widely published as greeting cards and poster with The Art Group, Art Cards Cornwall and recently with Dry Red Press.
"All my work is essentially an attempt to make a beautiful, uplifting image. In both my garden and still life paintings I hope to convey the character of different flowers and the unique feeling they can create in a space; the strong structures and often the sheer joyfulness of their appearance. I try to capture the sense of calm that flowers can give us; a chance to contemplate and meditate, and remember our connection with the natural world.
Portrait/figure paintings are likewise an attempt to capture quiet transitory moments; recording a moment of childhood or the unique shape of a body or face before it changes forever.
I aspire to the strong female tradition of artists like Gwen John and Winifred Nicholson whose work is domestic and yet often transcends the ordinary to create slightly other wordly, ethereal spaces. My work combines strong traditional technical skill with quite a modern sensibility and I find they appeal to a wide range of people; working just as well in a simple modern interior as in a period home."
Foundation Course: Harrow College of Art
Fine Art BA Hons: Loughborough College of Art
PGCE Art & Design: Middlesex University