Professional artist Angie Spencer combines painting with her other lifelong passion: classical music. As well as working full time as a painter in her Stroud studio, she is also the leader (or ‘concert master’) of the Stroud Symphony Orchestra and plays with the Capriol Chamber Orchestra and in chamber groups.
The landscapes she will be showing at the Goods Shed are direct responses to classical music. These are often pieces she has played in the orchestra, or is learning from the solo repertoire with her teacher, Matthew Denton.
Following an early career in IT, Angie completed the Art & Design Access course at Stroud College. Attracted to the technical practice of printmaking, she graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art Printmaking.
She went on to help found and run the Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative, where she also taught etching as well as exhibiting as a printmaker.
Angie then made the decision to paint rather than print and has exhibited as a painter since 2012.
Giving back to the environment
Angie donates 10 per cent of her sales of original paintings to environmental charities. Chris Packham’s Wild Justice, the UK threatened species project Back from the Brink, and The Woodland Trust are among many beneficiaries. “I am an artist who is in love with the various landscapes of this precious Earth that gives us a home with complete generosity,” she says. “I have a personal pledge to help to protect the Earth and her species.”
More about Angie Spencer
Angela Spencer was born 1959 in Scarborough, N. Yorkshire. She lives and works in Stroud. She paints mainly in oils, but also enjoys making work using drawing techniques in charcoal, mixed media and graphite. Primarily interested in expressing the landscape, she would categorise her work as Contemporary Romantic Landscape. Her work has been exhibited at Hadfield Fine Art and Little Buckland Gallery.
In 2016 she was awarded an artist’s residency at the Old Parcels Office in Scarborough, and in 2018 a residency at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in Co. Kerry.
Click on a gallery image for a slideshow with a bigger view and to see the musical inspiration behind each painting