Virginija Parekh is our first Exhibiting Artist, whose work you can see in store until the 22nd June 2017.
Virginija's thought provoking abstract works, created with acrylics and using a range of techniques from palette knife, fingers, and brushes, are now on display in store to view and purchase.
You are invited to view Virginija's work and also to purchase any pieces that catch your eye.
An introduction from Virginija:
My name is Virginija Parekh. I grew up in small Lithuanian town called Salantai where people enjoy being creative.
Since I was a child, dolls and cars were not my favorite toys. Drawing was my attraction. Here I could find my fascinated world. I could not leave a piece of plain paper without scribbling on it. My mum was my first fan and collector of my art works. The painting of my teacher at my reception class were the biggest inspiration and motivation to develop my art skills further. I used to love copying other artist's drawings and paintings and learn new ways to place worlds on a paper.
I can still remember my teacher's painting of pine trees in dunes and the way I tried to copy it. I attended art club when I was in high school. I often received good comments from the teacher for being myself in my drawings. Soon my family and close friends had noticed my painting and drawing skills. I remember my aunt saying me: "you know, I sat down in front of your painting and looked at it for hours...exploring and enjoying every detail on it." Another aunt disclosed to me the fact that my great-grandmother was also very good in drawing and painting. This was heartwarming news for me and it pushed me to develop my artistic skills even more. The positive comments about my art works raised me a question: but how does it feels to draw in academic way? I applied for an art teacher's course in Klaipeda University. It was so nourishing for me to be surrounded by artistic souls. I felt like a fish in water. Creative minds were fascinating me and inspiring me to do painting more. After graduating university, art became relaxation therapy.
I started to paint and draw even more when I arrived to the United Kingdom. This country's versatility of people and culture often brings up new feelings and thoughts. My art work is the expression of my thoughts and emotions. I often allow the brush to follow my inner feelings first but my logic second, therefore most of my art work is abstract. I enjoy playing with paint and colors and if people like the final result, I am even more glad about it.