Born in Leicestershire

Moved to London 1980. Consultant and demonstrator for Winsor & Newton Artists' Materials

2007- Summer School Foundation, Slade School of Fine Art University College London

2007-2008 BTEC HNC Fine Art at Kensington & Chelsea College

2008- 2011 BA ( Hons) Fine Art Sir John Cass Fine Art London Metropolitan University.

2015- Living in Quorn  Leicestershire.

Membership of the following Societies:

Society of Fulham Artists and Potters  1994- 2015

Artists in Public Service 2012-

London Print Studio  2012- 2014

Leicester Sketch Club 2016-

Artist statement:

In my practice it involves travelling to destinations, engaging directly with the natural environment which is an inspirational source of motivation for my work.  The changing  seasons and atmospheric conditions in nature stimulate and provoke my thoughts. This leads to an interconnectedness with nature and informs my response to the application of both representation and abstraction in my paintings.  Effectively working with a closeness to the elements, provides a field of vision with the geographically historical remoteness of places.

In my work I trace the primeval contours of boundaries and ancient cultures, which have left their mark above and below the surface of both land and sea.  The work also draws on the narrative which is often in areas where communities define themselves through their own rituals and folklore. I record experiences in my sketchbook for further and future development.

The objective in the process of making work, is to transfer imagery through the physicality of techniques and materials, onto multilayered surfaces. The fragmented imagery may express a notion of the passing of time, making permanent the ephemeral, which may encourage the viewer to reflect on their own personal journeys.

Beryl Touchard