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Nature’s Garden – An Exhibition of plein air landscape paintings by Angie Spencer

Free admission

Nature never did betray the heart that loved her’ – William Wordsworth

Originally from the beautiful North East coast of Yorkshire, Angie Spencer has never lost her connection to the pulse of Nature’s wild heart beat and she is never happier than when she is immersed in painting it ‘en plein air’.

She draws inspiration in part from the Romantic painters and their approach to the landscape, and she particularly loves painting water – especially the River Frome in Stroud where she swims regularly throughout the year.  

Angie is currently Artist in Residence at the Painswick Rococo Garden and is a regular exhibitor at Spencer House Gallery in Tetbury. She is also a classical violinist and currently leads the Stroud Symphony Orchestra.

Angie returns to Tetbury Goods Shed with a selection of her recent plein air paintings of Gloucestershire’s rivers, woods and fields.

Also showing will be the Highly Commended entries of the Painswick Rococo Gardens Plein Air Competition

The exhibition runs from Wednesday 26th July through to and including Sunday 11th August  2024.   Opening times are 10-4pm Wednesdays through Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays and occasionally for other events in the main hall – we recommend you call first if travelling a distance to avoid disappointment.  

Meet the Artist

You are invited to join Angie Spencer on Saturday 29th June when she will be at The Shed between 11am and 2.30pm.

Please do come along and meet her


Warning: There are occasions when the main hall is closed for a performance or private event. In order to avoid any disappointment we recommend you check availability, especially if travelling any distance. Thank you

Angie Spencer

Angie Spencer at Painswick Rococo Gardens


I find that there is no substitute for direct observation. I paint best when I am immersed in the landscape that I am painting. There are colours and subtleties in nature that are so extraordinary that the human mind has little chance of recreating them in the studio. The direct effects of light and atmosphere can only ever be hinted at in a painting but there is a greater chance of capturing them if one is observing carefully from life.”

Angie Spencer was born and grew up in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1959 and now lives in Stroud where she has her studio. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire in 2004 and is currently represented by Spencer House Gallery in Tetbury. Originally trained as a printmaker, Angie now works full time as an oil painter.

She works mainly ‘en plein air’ and draws inspiration from the Romantic painters and their approach to the landscape. 

Her year long project to paint the River Frome on its 25 mile journey from Source to Severn was the subject of a 2023 feature in Cotswold Life written by the editor, Candia McKormack, entitled ‘A Relationship with the River’. You can read it here

She is currently working on a year long artist’s residency at the Painswick Rococo Garden in Gloucestershire (2023 – 24)

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