Artist in Lockdown
Artist Anna Waters has been very busy over the past year and a half. Having left her studio on Milford Marina, she’s set up not one but two more studios and has got many interesting plans underway. The first studio she created at the bottom of the garden at her new home in Tenby, and the second, with fellow Tenby artist Tom Sloan, in the town’s Tudor Square.
She says: “The second studio came about because both Tom and I like to create large-scale work and our home studios weren’t suitable… and we both have similar ambitions. Pembrokeshire has a huge artistic community, just like Cornwall, and we’d really like to see Tenby reflect that in the same way St Ives does, in Cornwall. Our plans are community-based – working alongside the museum, we’re hoping to undertake a large public art project, along with smaller-scale projects that celebrate the artistic heritage of the town… we’re really excited as we’ve actually found Tenby’s Alfred Wallis!”
Anna and Tom’s plans to establish their community interest company (CIC), Artisan Avenue (Twitter: @Art_is_anAvenue – Facebook: Artisan Avenue) and its exciting projects have had to be put on hold for the time being, and both find themselves back in their home studios.
Anna says: “I feel so fortunate to have my studio space at home and a couple of commissions to continue with. I’d certainly love to accept more during this period. Obviously they are my bread-and-butter income, but also I love the communications and the relationships that develop with the people that commission my paintings… and have made many good friends through the process. People commission a painting for all sorts of reasons. I’ve created art to celebrate events: birthdays, engagements, weddings, births. Art to mark the passing on of pets, and art to capture memories of places that people treasure…and it’s more often than not, a collaborative experience in many ways, and I love that. I’m always so chuffed when people take the time to send me photos of my paintings in their new homes.”
Anna can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07789767364 or via her Facebook Page: Anna Waters – Art Studio.
Many of her paintings are now locked in galleries but we have a selection here, as well as some pictures of her most recent commissions in their new homes.