Jill Mirza
“I have spent my life being involved in the making of paintings and drawings both as a  practitioner and as a teacher. I studied painting at Camberwell School of Art and at The  Royal Academy Schools. More recently, for sixteen years, I was involved in running an Art  Gallery with my partner, Nick Hais, also a painter. I have written articles for fine art magazines and with my partner was commissioned to  produce a book about colour called ‘Mix your own Acrylics’, which was very popular. I  have exhibited at various galleries in London and elsewhere, as well as in very many Art  Fairs in England and Scotland. My paintings are a figurative exploration of my immediate surroundings and of images I  record when travelling, mostly in countries surrounding the Mediterranean and Aegean.  Responding to the excitement of the visual world, the play of light on buildings, the intensity of shadows, the brash colours of man-made objects and the way figures integrate with  their surroundings, I produce paintings in which colour is a major factor. I was trained in a very traditional ethos, taught to observe carefully and to respond to the  wonder of visual subtleties. That training has stayed with me always, I am compelled to look intently and record what I see. There is also, inevitably, a narrative concern and a wish to  make observations about how man relates to the world around him and to the world he  has created. I follow themes and my paintings are grouped according to a particular interest at the  time. I usually work in Acrylic but also produce drawings using water colour pencils.” For more information and images please visit www.jillmirza.co.uk