Eileen Turner lives in the small village of Calton, between Ashbourne and Leek, in the hills of the Peak District. She has been painting professionally since 2000 and works mainly in watercolour.
The sequence of the seasons, light and shade and the shapes and patterns created by animal movement are very influential in her painting.
She is continually drawn to countryside activities, farm animals and wildlife. Hares are particularly close to her heart. When walking in the meadows around her home she often comes across these mystical creatures. Creating an image of their energy and alertness is one of the challenges which she enjoys most.
She has loved, owned and ridden horses for most of her life and really likes to portray the character of the horse in its many forms; in sport, working on the land, country pursuits or in contemporary art work.
Over the last few years she has had many successful exhibitions including ‘Life on the Wild Side’ in 2003, and the Alternative Turner Exhibition (with Bob Turner, a local photographer) at the village Hall in Calton.
In April 2006 she had a very successful joint exhibition at The Ingleby Gallery, near Melbourne, and has taken part in the Christmas Exhibition at ‘The Gallery’ in Leek in 2006.
Paintings have been exhibited annually in Greystones at Leek for several years and at Arthingworth Art Exhibition, nr Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
Prints and cards are for sale at a large number of galleries, shops throughout the country.
You may see her during the summer at local agricultural shows where she sells her work from a blue marquee