Arabella Shand studied at Colchester Institute 1983–4, followed by Kingston Poly and City and Guilds of London Art School (1986-88).
Arabella has recently moved to Wales from East Anglia. She began her career as an abstract painter and has carried her interest in composition, pattern and colour through into her current, more representational work.
She employs a delightful spectrum of seductive gentle colours (soft pinks, olive green, pale blues and more) with engaging compositions to lead the eye around the painting. Her main inspiration starts with domestic interiors and family life and it is the manner in which Arabella manages to put all these aspects together in a sensitive and original way which makes this artist’s work stand out.
Arabella’s work is primarily focused on the domestic areas of life drawing on family, landscape and nature for inspiration. She takes inspiration from a wide range of artists including Picasso, Winifred Nicholson, Vuillard, Chagall, Utamaro, Indian miniatures and Russian religious iconography.