Putting energy to canvas

Gillian Redwood invites the public to enjoy her new work, a lively group of paintings entitled The Gathering.

Artist Gillian Redwood in her studio.

Originally from Wales, Gillian Redwood is a life-long, professional artist who recently moved to Victoria.

Creating colourful, semi-abstract artwork is her full-time calling at Xchanges Gallery and Studios in downtown Victoria.

“My sight is not particularly good, however the information I receive from looking at a person, say, sitting beside the water, is huge,” says Redwood. “I can feel a lot of the movement and sense where the energy of a person flows. These are the elements that I paint in this series, and this is where I develop the ideas for my paintings.”

Redwood obtained her art and design degree at Cardiff College of Art in Wales, and the West of England College of Art, U.K. More recently she studied life drawing and painting at the St. Ives School of Painting, U.K.

“I feel that people often disregard the sensory information that we receive, and attempt to reproduce what the lens of a camera sees. I like to imagine where our seeing eyes could take us, if we would let them,” she says.

Redwood invites the public to enjoy her new work, a lively group of paintings entitled The Gathering.

She describes it as her exploration of how both men and women gather their talents, energies and spirit to move through their lives.

The artwork is on display at Discovery Coffee, 1964 Oak Bay Ave. until Feb. 14.