NEW Mixed Media artist, Tamsyn Williams

Tamsyn Williams lives and works in Cornwall. After doing a foundation year at Plymouth School of Art in the 1970s and getting a place at Cardiff to do a Fine Art degree, she decided instead to study History of Art and English Literature at Oxford Poly, followed by an MA and PhD at the Courtauld Institute in London.

On completion of her academic studies, she realised she missed painting and Cornwall, so returned in 1986 and did a two year course at Falmouth School of Art. She has been living, working and painting in St Ives ever since.

Tamsyn loves the flexibility of mixed media and likes to focus on places which mean something to her. As well as painting, she works as a gardener and this is very much reflected in her painting, along with her fondness for her house. The layers in her paintings come from her habit of constantly making changes, scraping down and building up with paint, drawing and collage. She likes the way in which the layers suggest the aged quality of a place and the things that were before. Often the recycled materials have added poignancy in that they come from furnishings and things in her house, as well as her past, but it can just be that a piece of paper or fabric is the right colour or pattern.

‘Hollyhocks’ Mixed Media on Board