Tia Lambert is a painter and print maker of beautiful and free-flowing landscapes of the Malvern Hills and beyond. Since moving to Malvern from London over 25 years ago, Tia Lambert has developed a strong attachment to the Malvern Hills and the surrounding landscapes and this affection shines through her paintings and prints.
We caught up with Tia for our #meetthemaker series – read her full interview below!
1. Could you tell us a little bit about you, and how you came to start your business?
I have always wanted to paint and went straight from school to art college. Canterbury for foundation, West Surrey College of Art for Fine Art BA and Royal Academy Schools for Post Graduate painting. At art school, I would work from still lives in oil and at the RA we did a year of life drawing which is the most testing of subjects – I’m sure has helped along the way.
2. How long have you been living in Malvern? Where does your inspiration come from?
I moved to live in Malvern in 1985 but it took a few years to come to landscape painting. I love to work out in the fresh air, sometimes in ink and watercolour, sometimes just drawing in charcoal. I am happiest in a field, surrounded by cow parsley and long grass or on top of the hills with the clouds racing by and views stretching into the blue distance. I hope to get this feeling of fresh air into my paintings. Watercolour has a life of its own, it will move and merge on the paper and is rather unpredictable, like the changing light.
More recently, I have ventured into screen printing, which combines an ink drawing, done on the spot outside, with layers of vibrant colour in acrylic. This satisfies my love of strong colour and drawing.
3. When you are not creating, what do you do?
When painting, I may sit still for five hours or so, so when I am not painting, I like to swim in a pool or the sea, cycle and walk.
4. What’s your favourite current piece?
Hogweed and Hills, an ink and watercolour painting done on the spot in a field with the Beacon in the distance, sold as a print.
5. What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
The most challenging aspect of my work would be coping with the changing light!
6. If you had one piece of advice to give other makers, what would it be?
Keep true to who you are.
7. Are there any particular artists or sculptors that inspire you?
Turner and John Piper.
8. Describe your work in 3 words!
Fresh, alive, colourful.
9. Without giving away any state secrets, what’s next on your design agenda?
Continue to experiment with combining inks, watercolour and print!
We can’t wait to see more from Tia! To see our current collection of her work, click here.
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