Born in Limavady in 1950 Rosemary Gifford started to paint in2001. Early influences came from Basil Blackshaw before looking towards the Scottish Colourists and the Late Joan Eardley. Today Rosemary finds inspiration in the modern works of Louise Balaam and Janette Kerr. Today a member of both the Arts Society Ulster and the Ulster Society of Women Artists, her work is instantly recognisable for its loose style and tonal work. Rosemary has exhibited with the Royal Ulster Academy, Arts Society Ulster, Ulster Society Women Artists as well as being an invited artist at RUA Charity Exhibitions, and Art of Caring Exhibitions. Work is now with private collectors here at home as well as in America, Canada, Spain and France. Today Rosemary is a long term exhibitor with The Battletown Gallery and is currently our best selling artist!
AWARDS 2013 Awarded Diploma Status USWA 2011 First Prize HR Brown Art Award 2010 Winner USWA Bradbury Graphics Art Award 2009 Winner Arts Society Ulster James McDonald Prize for Oils 2009 Winner USWA Presidents Prize for Work of Distinction.
The farmer’s fields are his identity.
The hard work and honest sweat of the farmer has etched the life Emma was born into and continues to live today.
Emma’s paintings portray the farmer’s view; the high hedgerow beside him as he walks the fields to bring the cows home for milking, the blackberries or hawthorn blossom surrounding him as they appear in the wild, ancient, hedge telling the cycle of the next season, the reeds and thistles by the river dividing his fields of home.
Emma Spence lives and works in Hillsborough. She graduated with an Art degree from University of Ulster Belfast in 2016 and sold her first gallery painting at our inaugural exhibition that same summer!
Emma's award-winning mixed media artwork aims to promote cultural recognition of the Irish rural landscape through the eyes of those that work/walk/ live in this land we call home.