Surrey Mirror March 2005:
Artist Gill Scott-Jones, of South Nutfield, has just opened her first solo exhibition at the Grace Barrand Design Centre, after making painting her second career. As a schoolgirl, she won prizes in several nationwide art exhibitions, but gave up painting while she developed a career in market research and a full-time hobby at the bridge table. From 1983 to 1987, she played bridge for England and was in the team that won the Women’s World Championships in 1985.
Everything changed, however, when she had a son, Richard, who is now 17. When he started school, Gill was at last able to spend some time on the painting that she loves. To begin with, it was just a pastime and she enjoyed painting once a week with like-minded artists at the David Watts Art Group in South Nutfield.
Gradually, though, she began to improve, painting in her studio at home as well as with the group, and held her first exhibition in 1998, when she teamed up jointly with her mother, Barbara Shaw. The pair have held one further joint exhibition together and Gill has twice joined in with the Surrey Artists’ Open Studios event.
In the current exhibition, she has some 30 paintings on display, many of which depict local scenes. “I’m very excited to be holding my first solo exhibition”, says Gill. ” I paint pictures that catch my eye – in particular, I love to walk and drive in Surrey, so the exhibition includes a selection of realistic paintings of Surrey scenery.
“I also enjoy visiting London and am including some prints of London landmarks for sale in the exhibition.”
Surrey Mirror 2000:
A mother and daughter pooled their artistic talents to show off their work at an art exhibition this week. Gill Scott-Jones, 45, of South Nutfield, and Barbara Shaw, 67, of Farnham, will display a selection of their own paintings in Bletchingley in honour of the millennium.
The fortnight-long show follows hot on the heels of the pair’s debut exhibition at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, in November 1998.
Mrs Scott-Jones is keen to concentrate on local scenes as her theme and the exhibition will include pictures of celebrated Nutfield landmarks including Nutfield Priory, the Station Hotel and Christ Church.
She uses proceeds from the sales to continue her passion for painting, which developed when her son began to attend secondary school.
She said, “When you paint, you don’t like to throw the pictures away. I’m hoping enough will sell to clear space on my wall for new work.”
Her mother Barbara concentrates more on still life and has exhibited at galleries in Kensington.
She is not nervous and is looking forward to the exhibition.
She said: “I’m very proud to have been asked to exhibit alongside my daughter.”
Paintings will be on display at the Adult Education Centre in Stychens Lane, Bletchingley, from Saturday February 26 to Thursday March 9.
County Border News 2000:
South Nutfield artist Gill Scott-Jones and her Mum, Barbara Shaw of Farnham, are staging an exhibition of their paintings at the Adult Education Centre in Bletchingley until March 9 to celebrate the Millennium. There’s lots of paintings to interest you, including examples of the White Hart in Godstone and the Plough pub in Bletchingley.
Horley Life 1998:
Surrey artists Barbara Shaw and her daughter Gill Scott-Jones are holding their first joint exhibition of paintings in the Upper Foyer at the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, between November 8 and November 15.
Both artists are making painting their second career.
Gill Scott-Jones lives in South Nutfield. As a schoolgirl she won local and national prizes for her art, but she stopped painting when she started her career. By age 30 she was Managing Director of her own company and a world champion bridge player.
After 10 years at work, Gill had a son, Richard, and chose to give up work and bridge to look after him. She took up painting again when Richard started school five years ago, and is just beginning to produce some interesting work.
Her enthusiasm for skiing shows in many of her paintings. Her preferred media are oils and gouache.
Barbara Shaw has moved on from teaching Art and Maths to become a well-respected artist in West Surrey.
Her paintings regularly win awards in Farnham and the surrounding areas. She is currently showing a selection of paintings in Kensington.
She has also exhibited at Bosham, Compton, Gomshall and Woburn, and with Art Societies at Alton, Farnham and Guildford.
A new venture for her this year is oil monoprints, which have proved very successful.
Barbara explains: “These are small pictures made by pressing oil paint against glass to produce some very interesting effects which can then be worked into.”
If you are interested in learning more about my mother, Barbara Shaw, let me know at email@example.com and I will ask her to add you to her mailing list. She does not have a website at the moment.