Christabel Forbes

Christabel Forbes is a landscape artist and colourist. She trained at the Royal Drawing School, after taking a BA in Fine Art at Falmouth University.

She has built up a portfolio of residencies in the UK and abroad, based around her use of colour to evoke people and places.

Describe your approach to teaching. 
I aim to develop in my students a freedom of mark-making, and to encourage them to extend their artistic abilities through experimentation.  

What inspires your own work? 
A love of drawing. I like to immerse myself in an environment, rapidly capture the space around me, and subsequently develop this vision using different materials. 

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