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. Therese Urbanska

Therese Urbanska, of Rhydyclafdy, Llyn Peninsula, North Wales: after a foundation course at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Dolgellau (1998/9), she graduated at Coleg Menai in 2004 (2002-4 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Coleg Menai and NEWI, Parc Menai, Bangor). Since then she has won the Young Artist Award at the Spirit of Llyn Art Competition 2004 for her striking mixed media work. She enjoys working on paper and canvas using a variety of media such as pastel, paint, charcoal, ink and collage and her initial task in her interpretation of the Bristol channel from Penarth is collecting driftwood and debris from the seashore to get the feel of the place.

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Therese says, "I made sketches to get the feel of the place, and turned the place into the island to get the focus of the landscape of Sisley's picture. When I got back to my studio at home, I then combined the shape and feel of everything I collected, without actually using the items themselves, to create my own interpretation of the landscape, using some of the same colours used in Sisley's picture." (quoted from www.s4c.co.uk/ bydoliw/e_thereseurbanska.shtml) and http://www.oriel.org.uk/artists/colegmenai.html

2002 Spirit Of Lleyn Exhibition, Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli
2003 November 29th - 2004 January 3rd Wrexham Open Exhibition, Wrexham Arts Centre
2004 Spirit of Lleyn Exhibition, Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli. (Prize Winner - Young Artist Category)
2004 May / June, Cestyll ac Eglwysi/Castles and Churches, joint exhibition with Alex Campbell, Dave Merrills and Su Walls at Plas Glyn-yWeddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli

"Art, for me, is an obsession and at the moment, being an artist is a way of life rather than just an occupation! Creativity has been an important part of my life from a very early age, and I can't imagine life without it. However, this does not mean that it has always come easily for me, and sometimes it has been a real struggle to maintain confidence in what I am doing. The education that I have received in this area and the tuition from A Level onwards has had a very positive influence on my development as an artist, and has given me the enthusiasm to continue to have faith in my art. My origins are very important to my work; I find that the Lleyn Peninsula is a particular inspiration. Recently I have been working mostly in mixed media, and am slowly developing my own 'language' within art. Much of it is based, in an abstracted way, on architecture - Penrhyn Castle and local Welsh Churches for example. I enjoy working on paper and canvas using a variety of mediums such as pastel, paint, charcoal, ink and collage. I find that working within a set shape is very difficult because composition does not come naturally to me; therefore I prefer to tear up my canvases constantly changing their shape until I feel that it works to my satisfaction. This is an exciting process of working and you never quite know what the result might be. Aesthetic qualities are very important to me and sometimes my images can be quite ornate depending upon my inspiration.I am not sure how to categorize my work although I believe it has some elements of Cubism, Abstract Expressionism and even Constructivism". (quoted from http://www.oriel.org.uk/ artists/thereseu.html)