The Who..The What..The Why..

I am a 34 year old, female British Born Greek Cypriot, currently based in Warrington after moving here at the end of 2019.


I completed a Degree with Honours, in Fine Art in 2009, at The University of Chester. However, coming from a family with a catering background and having worked in catering since I helped in the family business and then part time while I was studying in college and for my degree, I continued to work my way up in the catering business, eventually becoming head chef and even setting up my own mobile catering business. Which I later sold as an established business ‘CHEF-IN-A-BOX’ (although it’s unfortunately not kept the name!).

Although I have always loved art since a very young age, with cheffing such a demanding role, my art career only began when I left catering in my early 30’s, stemming from a purely private therapy which helped me through difficult times in my life, due to long term health conditions Hemicrania Continua and Fibromyalgia.

After much persuasion from friends and family I finally ‘put it out there’ around September of 2019 and so far I have been overwhelmed by how well it has been received. I’ve truly found my passion, my outlet and therapy. Art gives me immense joy and purpose.

I believe I have now developed my own recognisable style, I love animals and nature, so they are predominately, but not solely, the subject my work (elephants, giraffes, hummingbirds, ducks, cats, dogs, flowers etc). I adore intense, vibrant colours and love to create majestic, fantastical environments for the subjects of the pieces to morph in and out, pop out or disappear into.

‘Magenta blossom - 24 ct gold leaf’
40cm x 40cm
2020
Oil on canvas with 24 ct gold leaf

This piece is one of the first oil paintings which I would consider, now, to be in my recognisable style of painting. I have developed this unique style over the last few years as I had never worked with oils before 2019 and found myself obsessed with mastering my own individual technique with the notoriously tricky medium.

During my research I fell in love with and was heavily influenced by the incredible works of British artist Katy Jade Dobson, also, although the complete antithesis the master that is Mr Bob Ross taught me a great deal in terms of techniques using oil paints, and finally my ultimate inspiration from childhood, (after seeing his seascapes in Galleries, I was genuinely blown away) J.M. William Turner, I have been influenced by his work ever since I first saw one. The use of colours, the emotions, expressiveness within his work, the movement, the ambiguous forms of ships and trains and clouds and smoke. You just get lost within the realms and depths of the paintings, that is what I aspire towards. I believe this piece shows the turning point for my painting technique. From this painting on, I show my own unique, contemporary expressionist style of intense, vibrant colours, majestic or fantastical backgrounds, vibrant colour pallets blurred together, merging but still intense and eye catching drawing the viewer into the depths and the details within the paintings.

By 2021 I have now regularly exhibited and sold artwork at local Art Galleries including Technically Brilliant Art Gallery and Chris Beesley’s Studio Gallery in Warrington. I have now sold work locally and around all around the country including Scotland, London, and Harrogate. Then in March 2021 I had my first international sale with
‘The Disappearing Herd - 7 - with gold leaf’
(30inch x 24inch/76cm x 61cm)
Oil on canvas with 24 ct gold leaf,
going to it’s new home to L.A. in America!

I have just entered two paintings into the VAO – Visual Art Open - UK & International Emerging Artist Award 2021.
‘David Bowie - Drip Portrait’
(30inch x 24inch/76cm x 61cm)
Oil on canvas
And
‘The Magnificent Elephant – No 2-with gold leaf’
(30inch x 24inch/76cm x 61cm)
Oil on canvas with 24ct Gold Leaf
Vulnerable to extinction (VE)

Additionally, I have an upcoming exhibition with
‘Pensive Western Gorilla’
Oil on canvas
(H60cm x W40cm)
Western Gorilla Classification - Critically Endangered (CR)
being exhibited in The Virtual Artists Exhibition – ‘Summer Arts Festival’
12th -26th June 2021
Which, ‘right now is THE ONLY fully immersive and interactive virtual art gallery in the world. We work in partnership with Robots of London, which is the leading company in Europe specialising in Virtual Reality and robotics.’

I chose to enter this piece as it is a perfect representation of my style of painting as a whole. It contains my most distinctive stylistic elements - the focal point of the piece – the ‘Pensive Western Gorilla’ with its attention to detail shows the element of realism which is often incorporated within my work, as well as its prevalence in itself as a favourite subject matter of mine, animals are more often that not in some way featured within my paintings. The background, in terms of its intense, vibrant multicoloured pallet which the gorilla is disappearing into, forms the majestic hazy depths to his colourful jungle. This use of vibrant colours and the creation of the majestic, hazy depths of the background, with the subject disappearing into/out of, popping out of, is an atmosphere I aim to create in the majority of my work.

Among a wide range of artwork I have created a small collection called ‘Our Endangered World’. Which this piece is from. As an animal lover and artist I found myself embarking on a journey, in which it was my mission to not only attempt to create beautiful artwork but to capture the majestic beauty of animals who live among us in this ever changing world.

Furthermore, the desire I had was not only to capture their beauty but also their vulnerability, as well as their strength. I had hoped to create some awareness through my artwork, of some of the incredible animals we share this world with, who are classified as vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered. I felt a sense of responsibility to raise awareness and remind people of the beauty of our animals, before any more of them become extinct from the world we know and continue to destroy.

I create Oil Paintings, Watercolour Paintings, Acrylic Paintings, some photography, digital editing and some mixed media paintings.

I also take on commissioned work and from September 2019 to date, I have created 16 Commissioned pieces in total. At the moment (April 2021) I am also working on a further 3 commissions (two are just drying and awaiting their varnishes and one still to complete).


In addition to that I’m designing a business logo for an independent food business at the moment (A Taste of Home) and have another logo design client whose logo I will begin as soon as I have finished this one.
It is such a unique experience, and a privilege to be trusted with extracting a thought from someone’s mind, creating it in a physical form in this reality and then presenting it back to them-Incredible when you really think about it!

My next challenge is to develop my ‘Fantasy Land’ watercolour series onto large scale canvases using alcohol inks. I endeavour to incorporate different sub-themes within the series including;
‘Hummingbirds’
‘Elephants’
‘Giraffes’
‘Floral’
‘Underwater’
And potentially many more as I explore the project.
…watch this space!
#neosdesignsart


Find all my links together in one place:
www.linktr.ee/NeosDesigns


Visit my Online Gallery of Artwork at:
www.neosdesigns-art.com

Instagram:
Follow @Lendos5

Find my Etsy Shop at:
www.Etsy.com/uk/shop/neosdesigns


Finding Funds-‘Go Fund Me’

Costing €250 and definitely not wanting to miss out on this incredible opportunity I decided to be brave and do something I’ve never done before..

I went onto my Facebook page and I put together a Personal fundraiser campaign (‘Go Fund Me’ Campaign). This is something I would never even have dreamt of doing in the past, but having gone through a huge shift in who I am, my mindset, what I want in life, why I do what I do and what my true aspirations are. I now have the courage, determination and conviction to do what I need to do to make what I desire a reality. I explained the situation I was in and simply said if you can and would like to support me and donate to raise the funds for my fee I would be so very grateful. It’s only been active since late last night/early this morning, it’s now 11.39 am and I have raised £57 of the target of £250!! I’m blown away with the success so far and feel so very grateful and appreciative of all the support, shares and donations I’ve received already!!

Facebook fundraiser describes my ‘Go Fund Me’ appeal as below..

‘I’ve been contacted by the curator on M.A.D.S International Contemporary Gallery in Milan, Italy! Offering an incredible opportunity to exhibit in the ‘Phìlo-Poèm’ Exhibition - 21/5/21-31/5/21

This unique opportunity would not only showcase my work internationally, but the fee for exhibiting covers the cost of publication, advertising, customised online promotion (including on curators pages), photo & video reportage of the event, posts, stories, featured stories, a personal section dedicated to each artist on the official website (with personal link), artwork analysis, written critical review, curatorship for artwork, confinement of ‘Diploma Honorrificus of Participation’, catalogue of exhibition, team of multilingual qualified professionals at your service to assist, advice, promote, you and your artwork, assisting you until the final sale (with no commission fee).
Team of professionals-webmaster, graphic, photographers, art curators, art director, commercial director, communications manager, mediators, advisors, dealers, seekers.
Unfortunately, due to illness I’ve had to use my savings on rent and bills, so if you are willing to support me and able to donate even £1 towards my exhibition fee of €250 I would be so very grateful!
It’s such a huge opportunity, I thought I’ve just got to at least try to raise the funds to exhibit.
Check it out here:
www.madsmilano.com
@madsmilano’


Art Is My Therapy

Throughout my life so far two things have had a profound impact on me and my life as I once knew it. Developing neurological conditions hemicrania continua and fibromyalgia and discovering Art as a means of therapeutic expression, catharsis, meditation and cognitive therapy during my recovery periods following neurological attacks. This is a selection of some of my therapeutic artwork from recovery periods when I could only express my experiences through my art, but later was able to reflect and articulate them also.

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