About Hazel Spencer

I trained in Fine Art at Liverpool College of Art and graduated in 1967 with an Hons. Degree in Painting, Art History, and a subsidiary craft of Weaving.

In 1968 I qualified as an Art Teacher and I have taught art in Liverpool, Lincoln and Lowestoft. From 1986 I was a Supply Teacher in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Since 1979 I have practised and exhibited nationally in numerous group, two- person and Major one- person shows on themes of Sexuality, Birth, Fertility and the Four Seasons. This work includes painting, drawing, lino prints, mixed- media, textile art and photography.

In 2005 I moved from Somerleyton to a new home and studio in Oulton Broad, with views of Suffolk farmland and open skies. This and my love of the countryside and horses has inspired work in recent years. This includes a large equine painting, landscape paintings and a series of constructed hand- knitted textiles inspired by the plants, flowers and trees of the Four Seasons. A series of Art Cards were also printed which show the detail of paintings, mixed- media and textile art.

News for 2019

In 2017 I became interested in digital photography as an expressive medium. I experimented taking many images of subjects in my garden and then arranging them to create multiple viewpoint photographic collages with symbolic meaning relating to the tragic events of that year.

I continued with this work in 2018, taking many images of water surfaces and views of a local lily pond, creating four more multiple viewpoint photographic collages. I exhibited two at the Norwich 20 Group show, ‘N20189’, held at the Forum in Norwich in2018. I have been a member of the group since 1989.

The heatwave of 2018 inspired more digital photography. I used the bright light to take many images of my shadow projected onto different surfaces of the landscape. These multiple viewpoint collages will record a special atmosphere of time, place and movement. In my studio I am currently finishing a self portrait in acrylics.

The work in the Gallery covers six decades. I am currently in the process of writing a short statement to accompany each work, which includes autobiographical information where it is relevant to the works meaning. I also have a large collection of drawings and sketchbooks containing figurative, abstract, animal, and equine drawings. I will be selecting from these, to show on my website.