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Mo Laycock

I have always loved art, textiles and colour from childhood. Growing up in Herefordshire I was always drawn to hills, mountains and seascapes. I taught Art until 1986 when I became a Deputy Headteacher followed by  as a Secondary Headteacher. I fought for the Arts in all the schools I worked in, but sadly, from becoming a senior leader I had little time for my own work.

This changed when I retired and my husband, Tony, and I travelled around New Zealand for several weeks in a camper van. The countryside, colours, rivers and sheer size of the beautiful surroundings awakened my passion for Art. I started my artistic journey again – quite slowly and with some trepidation. I updated my skills by going on to courses. From 2012 I started to show my work at the ‘Great Sheffield Art Show’ and ‘Art in the Gardens’, with some success. We downsized to Oughtibridge, north Sheffield, in 2013 where I have a lovely studio overlooking the Jarvil Dam pond, complete with ducks and a resident Kingfisher. From here my work began to take off.

I do ‘Open Studios Sheffield’ every year and welcome guests and friends to these informal events. I have had work exhibited in Derbyshire and Sheffield galleries. Recently I joined the ‘Derbyshire Artists Guild’ which is really pleasing. I have had a solo exhibition at ‘Leabrooks Gallery’ and look forward to the DAG shared
exhibition planned for this year and onwards. I am very much influenced by the Impressionist Art movement, particularly Paul Cezanne. But I also love the work of contemporary artist like David Hockney and Howard Hodgkin.

I mainly paint semi-abstract landscapes in acrylics or oils. I also enjoy multimedia and collage work using found materials, papers and fabrics. I enjoy quilting too, courtesy of our visit to New Zealand, where quilting is very popular. I paint because I have to and I hope that those who view my work can see the emotional connection with the initial stimulus. I find working in my studio on almost a daily basis to be both therapeutic and fulfilling.

Mo's Website: www.artbymo.net

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