Annie Rouse 9 July - 23 July 2022

There is nothing overworked in these paintings.  Instead there is a quirky almost childlike spontaneity, a love of drawing, of texture and the viscosity of oil paint laid on thickly.  Most of her paintings are in a large format, better to carry her vision, though in this exhibition there are also some delightful smaller works.  Occasionally she moves towards abstract, with blocks of colour.  Isolated images within a composition - vases and tea cups, flowers, mugs, oranges and lemons pack her canvasses.

Undoubtedly there are influences, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, the Scottish painter is one, but like all good artists she takes from the best and disregards the rest, putting a stamp on her own work.