Chipping Norton, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 10, 2012 -- Chris Fothergill moved to the Cotswolds in 1987 with his wife Gill. Originally trained as a piano technician he ran a restoration business from his home in Northleach, Gloucestershire. However, Chris always nurtured a passion for painting and illustrating alongside his piano work. Fate stepped in one day when a minor accident in the workshop and temporary damage to his left hand meant no more restoration for a while! He spent his recovery time producing a series of local cartoons and watercolour illustrations whilst his wife Gill prepared an opening exhibition to showcase his work. The opening night was a great success and the rest as they say is history...Fothergills Gallery was born!
After running the Gallery in Tudor House, Northleach for just over fifteen years, Chris relocated to Oxfordshire in 2011 and now works full time as an artist from his studio in Great Rollright. He paints to commission but his exhibitions give him space to express his first love of simply putting brush to paper and painting beautiful places.
Currently working on a 'Roman Wall Painting' commission for the National Trust at Chedworth Roman Villa and putting the final touches to his book 'An Artists' Guide to the Cotswolds', Chris has also been busy producing a collection of landscape paintings for his forthcoming exhibition at The Gallery, Chipping Norton Theatre.
The series of exhibitions entitled 'Travels with my Art' (a pun on Grahame Greene's novel 'Travels with my Aunt') have been running annually since 2009 in Northleach. Since moving Chris decided on the venue of The Gallery in Chipping Norton Theatre as it is a lively cultural centre in an area bristling with talented artists and writers. The paintings are a result of various trips alone with his sketchbooks to Italy and Spain focussing on places like Venice, Tuscany and Andalucia.
Tutoring a painting holiday in Tuscany last September provided more inspiration for the show but there will also be watercolours of local Cotswold landscapes and a display of his much loved sketch books, full of delightful illustrations and notes from his travels at home and abroad.