Hebden Bridge artist - and self-described “escaped accountant” - Fiona Armer holds her first exhibition at Hebden Bridge Town Hall from May 4 to 12.
Fiona had 10 years’ involvement in mountain rescue and has spent many more years walking, climbing and running in the hills.
She spent a year on a 68’ yacht as crew on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2007-08 and now volunteers with the Ocean Youth Trust in Scotland, sail training young people on 72’ ex-challenge yachts.
Fiona has always drawn and painted animals and landscapes, but off-shore racing inspired her to start painting in oils and with bright colours. How do you paint freedom? That’s what she’s trying to do, she says, and accordingly Freedom is the exhibition’s title.
Fiona will be in the Town Hall during the day on both weekends, and delighted to talk to people about her work; but equally happy for people just to come and enjoy the exhibition. She has a studio up at the historic Wainsgate Chapel, high on the edge of the moors above Hebden Bridge and is a co-organiser of the Old Town Art Mile.