Room with a view is the perfect base for artist

Artist Rachel Thomas with her latest work which is being exhibited at the former Star and Garter pub

Artist Rachel Thomas with her latest work which is being exhibited at the former Star and Garter pub on Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

An exhibition is showing scenes captured by an artist of ten months spent gazing over the River Yare from the windows of a former pub.

Artist Rachel Thomas with her latest work which is being exhibited at the former Star and Garter pub

Artist Rachel Thomas with her latest work which is being exhibited at the former Star and Garter pub on Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Rachel Thomas, who lives in Martham, has spent nearly a year at the old Star and Garter pub in Hall Quay, which is being restored and converted into offices and flats.

Mrs Thomas, who is no stranger to long residencies having spent two years at the Yarmouth docks, said: 'I love the space, it has been so quiet here.

'I have noticed that the docks have got quieter in my time here. There used to be a lot of different boats and now you just see one or two of the same.

'Looking back over my paintings I saw how few people there were in the streets outside. It has been quite quiet.'


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The paintings Mrs Thomas has created represent different views from inside the centuries old building, as well as glimpses from the windows across to the docks or down the rows next to the premises.

The exhibition also features life drawings which were posed inside the building.

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Describing how she chooses the colours for her paintings, she said: 'I literally just look and think, for example, this looks like a blue painting. In some of them a prominent colour stands out, like the pinks of the plaster on the walls.'

Mrs Thomas, 48, who lives with her artist husband Edward Bush and two daughters Harriet and Bronte said Yarmouth's harbour was 'stunning, adding: 'There are so many scenes from out of the window that I always have something to keep my brain fresh.'

The exhibition opens tomorrow until Saturday, May 21 and entry is free to the former Star and Garter pub, above Aldreds in Hall Quay.

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