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Bess Harding is a self-taught artist and illustrator. After years of experimenting with a range of media and techniques, she was introduced to oil paints during an evening class at the end of 2016 and soon after realised she had found her medium.
Bess has been painting with oils ever since and has sold work in the UK and abroad. In a career highlight so far, she had a painting selected for the prestigious Columbia Threadneedle Art Prize 2018 at Mall Galleries, London.
Having grown up by the sea in Dorset, the call of the sea has always been strong, hence a recent move from London to the seaside town of Worthing in West Sussex.
I’ve always been creative, but it took me a few years of experimenting with different things to find my niche. I’ve been painting with oils for the past year or so, and am still working on developing – or perhaps uncovering – my style. I’m most interested in still life, seeking to capture the calm grace and quiet composure found in certain objects. How something inanimate can be so full of character and self-possession.