Today’s guest was Bristol artist Jenny Urquhart. Jenny creates contemporary, vibrant paintings of her favourite places, working with acrylic, ink, collage, computer-based graphics, and photography. She is best known for her paintings of Bristol scenes with balloons. Her paintings also feature scenes from Devon, Cornwall and North Wales. One of Jenny’s favourite Bristol subjects is the Bristol Suspension Bridge.
If you are travelling through Temple Meads any time soon you will see some of her work, and that of other Bristol artists, on display in the station.
Jenny taught biology for ten years before switching careers and painting full time. In 2015 she painted two Shaun the Sheeps for the 2015 Shaun in the City campaign to raise money for sick children. Her Shauns are Lambmark Larry, which was displayed in London Paddington Railway Station, and Baalloon, which was displayed in Bristol.
Jenny has recently published a Bristol colouring book featuring some of her best-loved Bristol paintings.
Jenny is a patron of CCS Adoption (Clifton Children’s Society) which finds homes for children in the south west. She was recently involved in a massive fund raiser called “This is Bristol”, when she invited Bristolians to send photos of themselves, their houses, pets, or favourite Bristol places. She made the photos into a collage which was raffled off for CSS.
You can find out more about the work of CSS Adoption on their website.
This year Jenny plans to focus on rural landscapes, and will also be visiting Pembrokeshire for the first time.
We featured the music of sixties female group The Velvellettes, and Gerard provided us with a quiz inspired by our guest.
Find out more about Jenny Urquhart and her work on her website .
You can listen to the show here (10 am to 11 am)
Silver Sound is broadcast by BCfm 93.2 fm between 10 am and mid day on Thursdays and Fridays. I’ll be back on the show on 27 January 2017 with another fabulous guest!