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Miriam McClay

I trained at Falmouth School of Art and Design where I gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. A year later I achieved a Master’s Degree in Fine Art Printmaking from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. My PGCE at Middlesex University led me into a full-time teaching role. I have now been teaching for 22 years and although education faces many challenges, I consider myself lucky to be surrounded with creativity and colour every day. Alongside my position in education I have always kept up my own art practice.

My recent paintings explore, through colour and mark-making, the ancient Forest of Dean and surrounding area. In the back of my mind I have the symbol of a cloak when I think of the forest. To me, a cloak evokes many things: somehow Celtic, medieval, magical, mysterious, enveloping and secure. My experience of the forest touches on all of these things and for a number of years now this has been the focus of my artwork. I have lived in The Forest of Dean for nearly 25 years and I love the old-fashioned feel of its little towns and villages and the timeless wonder of the forest itself. My early childhood was spent in Ireland and something quite elemental about the forest connects me also with this place and time.

Solo exhibitions:

Taurus Crafts, Lydney 2012

Taurus Crafts, Lydney 2017

Raft Gallery, Newent 2013

Group exhibitions:

Oriel Jones, Monmouth 2013

Raft Gallery, Newent and Monmouth 2014 – 15

New Leaf Gallery, Monmouth 2014

The Applestore Gallery, Hereford 2012 – present

Creates Gallery, Monmouth – August/Sept 2017

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