Tea, coffee and oil paints: Victoria Rose at The Hidden Lane Studios

I have to admit I had never ventured to The Hidden Lane Studios before.  I had always intended to visit but for some odd reason had never got round to it.  The ‘lane’ is home to a myriad of artists, artisans and small business owners so it is well worth going along and having a look around.

Victoria and I meet at the lovely Hidden Lane Tea Room prior to our shoot together.  The tearoom is a great little venue that is adorned with artworks from residents within the ‘lane’ - well worth a visit. 

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As Victoria and I chatted she let me know that she was currently working mostly with oil paints and I was able to see her working on some cloudscapes when we got to the studio.

I have always been interested in the different environments in which creative people work.  I think it is an important element of the creative process.  Whether a studio is the size of a matchbox or a mansion, spotless (rare, I know) or chaotic, boisterous or silent, it is fascinating to see how the environment shapes the way the creative people thrive.

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As Victoria worked away I tried to capture her in action.  It was obvious to me than when she painted she was completely at ease and oblivious to my being there – I am pretty sure that if I was not for my incessant questioning, Victoria would not have known I was taking any photographs at all.

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Check out my other photograph of Victoria at the Meeting Glasgow's Creatives project page.

If you would like to more of Victoria's work check out her website or at her facebook.

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