Charlotte Stephens’s painting retrospective Seven Year Itch at St Mary in The Castle has now been extended until January 3 having been due to end last month.
This has enabled Charlie, a student of Project Art Works, to include her most recently completed work - which is a painting of the venue, St Mary In The Castle, itself.
Management were so impressed with the painting that they have decided to acquire it so that it can be on permanent display for all their visitors to enjoy.
Charlie said: “I feel brilliant that St Mary in The Castle want to buy my painting.”
She was born in Bath in 1983 and moved to Hastings when she was nine. Born into a family of artists (her Mother’s cousin is Mick Moon the Royal Academician) Charlie has enjoyed making art since she was a child.
She attends Project Art Works mentoring studios every week. Her Seven Year Itch exhibition presents a selection of the work she has produced within the studio in the last seven years. Over this period she has continuously developed and refined her painting technique and in doing so has overcome many challenges in her life. This is an achievement that she is extremely proud of.
Charlie chooses subjects for her paintings that reflect her interests and the community that she lives within. Her paintings have included family portraits, significant buildings, local festivals, nature and animals. An underlying theme in her work is the rhythms of nature and cycles of the calendar.
Making art has allowed Stephens to focus her energies in a way that has had a positive effect on her life: “When I get in the mind of painting – I can do anything,” she said.
Project Art Works other current exhibition, In The Realm Of Others, at the De La Warr Pavilion has also had its run extended until January. It features 45 paintings, drawings and scupltures, produced by 14 makers.