Born in Manchester one of ten children I grew up in Beswick where I used to spend my time drawing in chalk on the flagstones.

 

I had my first holiday when I was sixteen visiting my husbands family in Dorset where I started to paint the landscape.

I finally made it to Art College at the age of 29 and graduated in 1980. I then went travelling and lived in Hong Kong where I painted the crowded streets, markets and people and held three very successful exhibitions.

 

On returning to Manchester I began teaching for Manchester Adult Education Services and also became a member of the Stockport Art Guild and have been involved with the running of the Guild over the last 20 years as secretary and Chairman. In 2000 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

I would say that I paint what I see and love to paint from life, my preferred medium when painting outside is pen, ink and watercolour and I prefer to mix on the paper rather than on the palette to create clean mixes of colour. I draw in pen rather than pencil and use a continuous line contour drawing technique, if I draw the 'wrong' mark I simply ingnore it and draw another, and if my drawing looks like a battlefield, so much the better.

 

My work is evolving through my love of the city, landscape, people and colour,
The tactile quality of the painted surface and a personal language of mark-making to express the vagaries of light, movement and form are important to me.
I am inspired by the Impressionist painters, Constable's oil sketches and Edward Seago's work.

 

1980
BAhons in fine art at Manchester Polytechnic Following 3 years living in Hong Kong painting the busy streets, markets and people. Group exhibition in Queens Road Gallery with 3 other women artists. 2 solo shows in the Wanchai Arts Centre.

 

1985/2007
Part time lecturer in art for Manchester Adult Education Services, private Tutor, demonstrator and Hon. Secretary/Chair of the Stockport Art Guild

 

1992
North West winner of the Laing landscape painting competition.

 

2000
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Bradley

Lost Gardens of Heligan I
Lost Gardens of Heligan I

Oil on Canvas 39 x 15.75" £795

Isle of Man Set
Isle of Man Set

Set of four - £1200