Hello! I'm Sorrel Wills an artist working in Northern Ireland.
For my latest exhibition, I was delighted that the Oriel Gallery in Antrim hosted an impromptu show for my paintings and pastels during the month of August until 30th September. I was there myself, for much of the time, painting in either pastels or oils and I enjoyed chatting to visitors immensely and also making some most welcome sales.
Please read on for more information about me and my artwork...
Many subjects inspire me and my paintings often feature the landscapes of Northern Ireland, its townscapes and interiors. A delight in depicting sunlight and its corresponding shadows is a reoccurring theme for me. I work mainly in oils but enjoy other media including soft pastels. My latest work has explored the use of palette knives. I am influenced greatly by the Impressionists and I have found a natural affinity with the knives as they force me to paint loosely, add the details in I want and avoid a tight approach. I love how the palette knives emphasise so strongly the textures of paint and the power of the painting process, as well as showing the passion I feel for my subjects.
I regularly teach drawing and painting techniques to adult students in art clubs and evening classes and I am available to do demonstrations of oil painting using palette knives.
I am honoured to be a Past President of the Ulster Society of Women Artists (elected 2018), an organisation that celebrates the many talented women artists in Northern Ireland. I enjoyed my two years in office very much. During my time as President, I was keen to modernise the society's website and encourage new membership as well as, with the dedicated work of the Council. put on great exhibitions. Our new President, Judith Logan, is a very talented and capable artist. She and the Council, of which I remain a member; as website manager, have been keeping the Society active and visible throughout the pandemic and we have been holding online exhibitions, the latest is our 63rd Annual Exhibition. Click here to view.