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An “Island” Girl – Rebecca Mitchell, Artist

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Over the last few months I have introduced my readers to some of the writers and artists who either live on the “Island” or use the “Island” as an inspiration for their work.

Today I would like to introduce you to the work of Rebecca Mitchell a young  up and coming artist from the Isle of Dogs.

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Rebecca comes from a long established Isle of Dogs family whose creative artistic talent was encouraged from an early age by her family, particularly her grandmother who was a talented seamstress.

Self taught, she concentrated originally on pencil drawn portraits, then  moved  to drawing caricatures until recently moving on to paintings.

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A talented rower herself , here she captures the effort and pain of a pair of rowers.

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 She enjoys drawing caricatures of  60s,70s,80s singers and musicians

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Rebecca has an ambition in the future to undertake a road trip that would enable her to travel and paint in the United States.

However at the moment, being a self taught artist, she is now enjoying the challenge  of studying Art and Design at College and in the future may consider going to an Art School or University.

It is always exciting to look at a young artists work at the beginning of her career and hopefully we will hear a lot more of Rebecca in the future.

The Fashion Dolls – Veronica Rowlands, Artist and Illustrator

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I have recently come across the work of local Artist and Fashion Illustrator Veronica Rowlands.

Veronica has always been fascinated by vintage dolls and toys and developed her artistic skill as a child by sketching exhibits in Museums and Galleries.

She still looks for inspiration visiting museums such as the Museum of Childhood and Pollock’s Toy Museum. Using this inspiration she has recently  developed her Fashion Dolls which blends the old and the new in an original and imaginative way. Her acclaimed London Fashion Dolls series uses London landmarks as a background for the Dolls who are often adorned by objects taken out of their familiar setting.

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Veronica with one of her London Dolls

Her latest collection the Surreal Doll Collection take things a stage further when the familiar and nostalgic becomes more surreal and  fantastic .

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Veronica has exhibited her works in many galleries in East London and has recently been selected to exhibit at the prestigious Contemporary Debut Exhibition in Notting Hill.

If you want to see Veronica’s work at this exhibition or would like to find out more about Veronica’s work  press here.