Jilly Oxlade-Arnott celebrated the launch of her business, Architectural Impressions, at The Marwood on The Tything in Worcester recently.
With more than 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing, in February this year, Jilly decided to take the plunge and establish herself as a professional artist specialising in watercolour and ink paintings depicting historical and special interest buildings in her unique colourful and vibrant style. She received support from the city’s Enterprise Allowance Scheme and invaluable training from PeoplePlus. The event was well attended, with guests including the Mayor and representatives from Worcester Council, The Chamber of Commerce and The National Trust.
Jilly undertakes commissions for residential, retail and business clients. Her work is displayed at The Cabin, The Marwood and The Old Pheasant, and can be purchased in several outlets across the city, including The Tourist Information Centre. She will also be exhibiting at The Worcester Show, Gheluvelt Park on Sunday 13 August and is participating in Open Studios on 26-28 August at McKay Kitchens in Britannia Square.
For more information, visit www.architecturalimpressions.uk
Pictured from left to right: Allison MacKay, Madam Mayoress; Steve MacKay, Mayor of Worcester; Jilly Oxlade-Arnott, Architectural Impressions; and David Blake, Managing Director Worcester City Council. Image courtesy of FT Images.
A new artist, specialising in fine line ink work and watercolour of architecture and buildings of interest, is causing great excitement by the release of her first collection of artwork, depicting local buildings in Worcester in her own unique style.
A former marketing manager and part time artist, Jilly Oxlade-Arnott, decided to take the plunge and set up her own business – Architectural Impressions – in February of this year and has been busy capturing the city’s scape in ink and watercolour.
Having spent many years in marketing she felt it was time to set up on her own, combining her love of architecture and history, with her passion for art and knowledge of the power that art can deliver. Natural talent runs in her family; her father was an architect; brother a draughtsman and her sister is a potter and gilder who also runs an art gallery in Berkshire.
She wants to make art not just for people’s pleasure or as a beautiful lasting image, but for it to really work for businesses too; as a marketing tool. It’s not just about hanging something on a wall. When putting together a marketing plan, companies often overlook the very foundation of their business: the bricks and mortar. Her artwork is a beautiful real life representation and can be used in so many ways, especially with online media.
Dave Craddock, Managing Director of Craddock Brewery, “Jilly highlighted something we had not considered and has helped us promote our public houses in a way of which we had not previously thought. We are fortunate that many of our venues are of historic interest; in particular, the King Charles in New Street, which she has captured so beautifully. Many visitors to Worcester stop and take photographs but we can now offer them a more lasting memory to take home, by way of a greeting card or print. The art encourages them in and provides an additional revenue stream for the business. Selfishly I have kept the originals for myself, which have pride of place at home.”
Jilly undertakes both residential and commercial commissions, as well as offering her work through a number of ‘Collections’ as fine art prints, reproductions and greeting cards.
Her work will be on display at The Worcester Show in Gheluvelt Park on Sunday 13 August and will be hosted at Henley McKay Kitchens, The Tything, for the Worcestershire Open Studios on the August bank holiday weekend.