About Christine Gaut
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Art at school was the only subject I felt good at, having
come from a family of people who have been artistic. It seemed the most natural
thing to follow. Working with fabric from soft furnishings to creating art work
for wedding dresses, bringing up children and having painting as a hobby,
life was very full.
At 51, I turned to painting as a profession, sitting under many artists who have helped me along the way, Fran Slade and Colin Ruffell, being my main supporters.
Colin was the Master of the Fine Art Guild for a couple of years and Fran is my sister,
Over the years I've worked in all sorts of medium, pen and ink drawings, oil, acrylic, watercolour,
Pastels and the good old charcoal.
I love the way oil works for me best, to be able to have more than one colour on my paint brush and play without it drying too soon is fun.
We lived in the Cotswolds and the Five Golden Valleys in autumn are amazing, the Cotswold stone turns to gold in the evening.
We are now in Petersfield, in a lovely village, enjoying the
church, the golf course and of course the village community.
I have paintings in many countries including USA, Egypt, France, Spain, Australia, and more. As well as my own Private Exhibitions each year, my exhibitions have been part of Stroud Valleys Artist Open Studios, New Wine, Faith in Art, Christ Artisans, Teazle Art Gallery and I have cards and prints available in florists and gift shops.
The author, Katie Fjorde, when writing her book ‘Wedding Season’ called on my knowledge in making wedding dresses. I have articles written in Stroud Life and Artists and Illustrator magazine.
My claim to fame was a couple of years ago when Ed Miliband, who was leader of the Labour Party, was in Stroud and came to my exhibition. He was very complimentary, and although I couldn't get him to buy one for his wife he still he signed my visitor’s book.
We moved back to Hampshire to downsize and be nearer our grandchildren. We now live in a lovely little village on the outskirts of Petersfield.