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|About the Artist
- Siān works mainly in
pastel, watercolour and pencil, but occasionally uses oil or acrylic. She is happy to take
commissions and can be contacted
- She has always been fascinated by anatomy and movement, and has spent a
great deal of time studying the former, and watching the behaviour and
movement of animals of all kinds, believing that learning from books or
photographs is no substitute for 'hands on' knowledge and observation. She
feels that it is most important to capture the individuality of each animal,
as well as the particular characteristics of its breed. She
continues to paint for customers in the USA and has also sent work to
Malaysia and Japan.
Other examples of her work can be found on her web-site at www.sianwynn.co.uk.
- Although originally from Yorkshire, Siān is now based in Cambridgeshire.
She always wanted to go to Art School, but, in the late 60s, Saturday
morning life classes at Leeds College of Art convinced her that she and they
were diametrically opposed! Instead she went to Manchester University,
graduating in History of Art, followed by a Post Grad teaching course and a
brief career teaching art. Later, while living in Malvern she attended
painting and life classes at Malvern Hills College, and in recent years she
has been a member of the Newmarket Art Group. Siān joined the SEA in 1993,
and was made an Associate at the end of 2001. She has shown work at a number
of venues around the country, and has had work accepted for SEA exhibitions
in London, Yorkshire and Newmarket, as well being a regular exhibitor with
the Armed Forces Art Society.
- Coming from a family of farmers, farriers and wheelwrights, horses were in
the blood. When she was a baby her Grandfather, a retired farmer, would
wheel her down to visit his friend's point-to-pointers, while a great uncle
took her to watch his neighbour's hackneys. Both encouraged her drawing and
she has drawn horses ever since she could first hold a pencil. (Her
Grandfather used to guide her hand around racing photographs in the
Yorkshire Post!) With this early indoctrination it is hardly surprising that
Siān has always loved horses. An on and off riding career began at the age
of 4, but she regrets that she has never been better than a mediocre rider!
For many years horses dropped out of her life, and she didn't paint very
much either (blame small children!) but her interest in both was rekindled
when her youngest daughter started nursery school. Having been asked to
teach an evening class, it seemed a good idea to get back to work, so she
started taking a sketchbook along to the Disabled Riding Group at which she
helped. This led to her first commissions. Then a chance lunchtime ride
began the rot which 3 years of living in America compounded! In America
Siān had shares in a couple of nice horses, and also had a lovely mare on
loan. Her husband learned stoically to be a 'Horse Show Dad' (hauling
trailers, holding ponies and shelling out money!) as his daughters showed a
friend's working hunter pony very successfully on the Mid West circuit. On
the Wynn's return to England first a loan pony and then their own pony
(still with us at the age of 31!) joined the household, to be followed by an
opinionated Arab. Throughout these years the occasional sketch for a friend
developed into a steady flow of commissions on both sides of the Atlantic.
She has done portraits of many different breeds, from Arabs to hairy ponies,
and also paints dogs, cats and farm animals.