PICTURES: Retired Sudbury art teacher launches first solo exhibition in Great Cornard
Alison Coath, a retired Sudbury art teacher, kicked off her first solo art exhibition at Mill Tye Gallery in Great Cornard at the weekend.
Alison, from Belchamp Otten, gained a degree in ceramics from Bath Academy of Art before becoming an art teacher.
She worked at the former Sudbury Upper School – now Ormiston Sudbury Academy – and at a secondary school in Coggeshall.
The exhibition held a preview on Saturday, from 11am to 7pm, and it continues until April 28.
She has exhibited at the gallery before, but this is her first solo event.
Alison said: “I’ve been teaching all my life and I retired a couple of years ago. This is my first solo art exhibition and I feel quite nervous but excited about it.”
She uses a range of media in her work, including drawing, painting, printing, collage and stencils. Her work is influenced by her environment.
“When I’m out running, I might see something which inspires me,” she explains.
“My work is based on the locality, the fields and hedges, and the environment where I live.
“Everything I do is something I’ve seen or places I’ve been to.
“I use photos for reference. There are images of the Suffolk coast and Shingle Street,” she said.