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Detail of painting © Rachel Glittenberg

Detail of painting © Rachel Glittenberg

Rachel Glittenberg new work preview

Back in May, Erica Smith interviewed Rachel Glittenberg – one of the artists chosen to exhibit in the Hastings Arts Forum 15 year anniversary show. This week she caught up with Rachel again to find out about her recent work – on show on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December in her pre-Christmas open studio.

When I spoke to Rachel earlier this year, she told me how she wanted to paint on a much larger scale. Visitors to her open studio this coming weekend will be able to see the results of her going large.


Some Things Must Fade Before They Can Bloom. 168x147cms. Oil on Wood Panelled Screen. © Rachel Glittenberg 2018.

“I’ve always wanted to paint on a 3 panelled screen so when I found one recently in an antique shop, I knew it was mine! I primed the screen with a shellac base so the surface is shiny and smooth and made the oil paint glide and the colours ping. The sides and back are painted in French Blue Black eggshell. My aim was to keep the image simple, paint work light and let the colour speak for itself.”

Rachel’s work explores female identity. There is often a hint of pain or sadness about the subjects, but this is combined with humour, survival and growth. The characters emerge from the backgrounds and hold your focus – you want to know their stories. The colours and paint strokes are always bold and confident.

© Rachel Glittenberg 2018

© Rachel Glittenberg 2018

Rachel is holding a demonstration in the morning on Saturday 8 December. “The focus of the workshop is to show different ways to use oil paint – and how to find inspiration. I will demonstrate how to use paint brushes and cloths to produce a range of marks and effects and give advice on using mediums like impasto and glazes.”

Rachel Glittenberg’s studio is open on Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December, 12–4pm.
Address: 8 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0LQ
Prices for original paintings start at £50. Life drawings start at £10.
The workshop is now full but if you’d like to be added to the waiting list, send an email to

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Posted 20:34 Sunday, Dec 2, 2018 In: Arts News

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