Estella Scholes


Estella Scholes



I am a painter and printmaker based in Crewe.  I originally trained to degree level during the 1970’s, and returned to painting when an enforced rest due to injury gave me time to establish herself as an artist again. I completed a Masters Degree in Fine Art in 2003 and have never looked back!

I continus to exhibit and sell my own work in solo exhibitions, and as part of the Cheshire Artists Network,The Regional Print Centre, and Outline Art groups. More recently I have opened a shop on Etsy, the online marketplace. Work is held in private and public collections as far away as Norway.

I find much of my  inspiration from walking in coastal locations in Wales, observing the eroding actions of wind and wave on rocks, breakwaters, ancient settlements and washed up beach debris.  This provides a rich source of subtle colours, textures and ambiguous forms, their original shapes worn away almost to abstraction.

I prefer to let my observations linger in my memory for a while, to be further distilled and abstracted until shapes, colour and textural effects emerge onto paper or canvas as an essence of reality.

As a freelance, qualified Further Education tutor, with many years experience, I have run classes and workshops in both painting, printmaking, and handmade books, and have facilitated staff development activities.  I am also happy to design work for both domestic and commercial interiors schemes.







Exhibition History

Summer 2012Mixed group exhibition, Handel's Court Gallery, Chester
April 2012Crossing Borders. Collaborative exhibition, with CAN and Welsh artists. Pavilion Llangollen.
April 2012Fern Cottage Sandbach. With Jan Fox, Mary Logan and Susan Kay
October-November 20117's Gallery, Macclesfield [with Jan Fox]
November 2011Jobling Gowler [ArtsXstra]
October 2011Cheshire Open Studios
Summer 2011Barnaby Festival [ArtsXstra]
Summer 2011Reids Rains, Nantwich [with Colin Flaherty and Bridget Bowie]
June 2011Nantwich Festival of Arts
Summer 2011Grosvenor Open, Chester
Summer 2011Malpas Festival
February 2011'Revisit' joint exhibition with Bridget Bowie Gallerie@204 crewe
Spring 2011'ArtAllotments' collage exchange. Shrewsbury VAN gallery and Bishops Castle
February 2011New Vic Theatre Newcastle Staffs [ArtsXstra]
November 2010Jobling Gowler [with ArtsXstra]
September 2010Cheshire Open Studios
July 2010'Edge' joint exhibition with Jan Fox, Smallwood
2010Incubation Arts, Macclesfield [Barnaby Festival with ArtsXstra]
2009-10Victoria Mill Congleton
November 2009Manchester Artists Book Fair [with Regional Print Centre]
September 2009Cheshire Open Studios
Group show Castle Park Arts centre
2009RHS Tatton Park Flower Show [CAN group]
2009Regular exhibitions with Moving Clay group [now ArtsXstra] Jobling Gowler, Incubation Arts
Spring 2009Printfest, Cumbria [with Regional Print Centre]
2009Oriel Coast Gallery Anglesey
Autumn 2008'Art in Gardens' Lyceum Crewe
2008RHS Tatton Park Flower Show [CAN group show]
September 2008Cheshire Open Studios
Group show Studio art Gallery Warrington
April-June 2008'Art in Gardens' Grosvenor Museum Chester
April 2008'Art in Gardens' Nantwich Museum
2008-2010Down to a Fine Art, Stretton
2007-8'Art in Gardens' C.A.N group show Warrington Museum
2007'Rich and Strange' Altered book project, Newport College of Art and touring
September 2007Cheshire Open studios
Group show at Castle Part Arts, Frodsham
August-September 2007Solo Exhibition, Art Matters Tenby
May-July 2007'John Gerrard Herbalist', Nantwich Museum [book works]
2006Cheshire Open Studios
Hotart, Knutsford
firbob & peack, Knutsford
May-August 2006Solo Exhibition Dukes Oak gallery
April-October 2006Oriel -y- Felin, Trefin
November 2005Three Counties Open, Keele
September 2005Cheshire Open studios group, The Brindley, Runcorn
May-June 2005'Watermarks' Lichfield Garrick [two person show]
Spring 2005'Coast' 5athegallery, St.Helens
During 2005Warm Walls Gallery Nantwich
September 2004Cheshire Open Studios
2004Wrexham Open art
September-November 2004Grosvenor Museum Chester
Summer 2004'View,Vista' Kaleyards Gallery Chester
Summer 2004Audlem Festival
April-May 2004Solo Exhibition Thompson Library Staffs. University
September 2003Cheshire Open studios
2003various Cheshire Artists Network exhibitions
2002-2003MA Fine Art, Staffordshire University
March 2003The Blyth Gallery Manchester [two person show]
Summer 2003'Former Students' South Cheshire College
December 2002Solo Exhibition Thompson Library Staffs. University
March 2002Solo exhibition Dukes Oak Gallery
September 2002 onwardsCheshire Open Studios
2002-3The Picture House Sandbach
2002 onwardsfirbob & peacock Knutsford
2002Nantwich Museum
2002Raw Art Chester