An emerging young artist from Richmond has been given a helping hand by a local gallery.
Megan Watling is showing her equestrian acrylics at The Station until early January as part of the charity’s ‘Art of Christmas Present’ exhibition. Megan first came to the attention of Gallery Manager, Thea Treweek in the summer when her work proved popular with purchasers during ‘A Spot on the Wall’ where numerous artists exhibit; replacing their work with another piece as it sells.
“Megan’s work really caught my eye,” explains Thea. “Her minimal, fluid lines completely capture the movement of the horse and rider, and their simplicity is stunning. We’re very pleased to have been able to encourage Megan to progress from taking a single space on our gallery walls in July, to being part of a select group of artists exhibiting numerous pieces here over Christmas.”
Megan is a former pupil at Richmond School and they have joined The Station in sponsoring her framing costs.
“My work has developed from a life-long love of horses and drawing as a hobby. Over time I decided to start experimenting with how they could be put onto paper in a more interesting and modern way,” explains Megan.
“My aim while painting is to capture the unique movement and body language of the horse in a way that means they keep their character so that they can be enjoyed and understood as an image by horse lovers and art lovers alike. I am really excited to have my work put up in The Station and overjoyed at all the help and support I have received.”
As well as being a popular exhibition space for established professionals such as Lucy Pittaway, Victoria Bellas Carter and Alistair Brookes, and with its gallery booked through 2017, The Station regularly provides opportunities for amateur and emerging artists and community groups to display their creative work.
The Art of Christmas Present exhibition, which also includes work by David Higgins, Gary Lawson, Gill Lyth and Sarah and David Cemmick is on at The Station until Wednesday 4 January.