An eye on art

Alison StenhouseAlison Stenhouse

Local artist Alison Stenhouse – who will be participating in Art Trail Wanstead 2017 this September – talks about her creative background and her love of bright and bold colours.

I was born in London and have lived on the border of South Woodford and Wanstead for more than 30 years. I often visit Wanstead High Street and Christchurch Green, and enjoy walks in Wanstead Park, which inspire some of my paintings.

On leaving school, I did an art foundation course and went on to do a graphic design course specialising in illustration, gaining a Diploma in Art and Design (degree) in 1974. I still attend a life drawing class. I later worked at London Metropolitan University, making teaching aids and publicity material, as well as doing freelance illustration work. When my children were young, I worked in pre-schools and schools, particularly enjoying doing art and craft work with the children. In recent years, I have concentrated on fine art and have had work in several commercial galleries.

My subject interests are local scenes, landscapes, seascapes, trees and people. My styles range from detailed, realistic small works to larger, more impressionistic or semi-abstract pieces, usually in bright, bold colours. I use pencil, pastel and acrylic. I have recently been working on tree ideas, which will fit with the art trail's 2017 'Breath of Fresh Air' theme.

Other than local shows, I now sell work mainly from The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery. These include miniatures – paintings of about three by five inches – and larger works in their Not The Royal Academy show, which takes place from June to August each year. I have had work in shows hosted by The Royal Society of Miniatures and The Royal Society of Marine Artists. I also belong to the Essex Art Club and take part in their shows at the Barbican Library and Wanstead House. Last year, I participated in Art Trail Wanstead and intend to do so again. It is good to see local businesses supporting artists, and good to see local people participating in workshops.

Currently, I have work on display downstairs at The Manor House on the High Street: four paintings of semi-abstract trees representing the four seasons. I also have some still life work at the More Italy café. My work can also be seen on The Llewellyn Alexander website (lafp.co.uk; a million brushstrokes section).

Art Trail Wanstead will take place from 9 to 24 September – visit wavidi.co/atw17. For more information on Alison's work, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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