Lyndsey Smith, an artist based near Lewes, chats to Your County about how the county inspires her work.
I have lived in Sussex all my life. My Dad was a painter and would have solo exhibitions at the Rose & Crown in Fletching back in the 1970s and I would love to see him planning how to hang all his paintings. I live near Lewes and love to walk there and look at the old buildings and find out about the history.
I love living in East Sussex, the countryside on my doorstep for walking with my dog, the history in the towns and villages with the pubs and old churches and shops, the ease of getting to London and the closeness of the sea. All inspiring for painting.
My work can always be seen at Chalk Gallery in Lewes. It is a gallery run by the artists. there are 21 of us, and we take turns in being in the gallery so there is always an artist to meet. We put new work up every six weeks and because we all work in very different styles the exhibitions are always varied. Chalk celebrates 10 years this year and in October we will be having a big exhibition at the Towner gallery in Eastbourne, inviting back all our past members. You can also see my website or blog www.lyndseysmith.co.uk. I paint a picture annually for a SASBAH charity christmas card sold via Cards for Good Causes. The Lewes and Eastbourne cards that I painted have sold really well. I am currently working on a book for Lewes auther Julian Warrender with Hare and Heron Press. We published our first book last year “the Railway Land Dogs’ Club” set on the Railway Land beside the Ouse in Lewes. Our second book is a story of moles mirroring the history of the Magna Carter.
For more information visit Lyndsey Smith’s website.