Anna Fitzgerald of Seadog Art is a local artist living and working in Exmouth, and more recently at Powderham Castle, who celebrates nature and wildlife through her unique and vibrant paintings.
Creating hundreds of paintings at any one time, Anna has recently been working closely with local schools to produce some larger than life paintings for the Exmouth Watersports Centre.
With construction due to start on site from June 2019, Grenadier, the project developer, are keen to retain the beauty of the area throughout the build process by working with the local artist and schools to design the hoarding.
Anna Fitzgerald has been working closely with five local schools including; St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Littleham C of E Primary School, and Exmouth Community School to produce striking images of local wildlife, in particular birds, the local environment, and to showcase the wide range of activities on offer to visitors to the centre once it opens.
The local artist will be painting this nature inspired mural live at the site on Queen’s Drive over the Summer when the final installation will be revealed to the public. The hoarding will also feature viewing panels so the community can see the progress of the work as it happens.
Aiden Johnson-Hugill, Director, Grenadier said: “We have always wanted the community to be part of the project and to highlight the importance of sustainability, supporting local wildlife and environment, and local talent. We were thrilled that Anna Fitzgerald agreed to help us with such a large project as we feel her ethos towards the environment is aligned with ours and this is a project that’s close to our heart.
We hope the community enjoy the art installation, and we would like to thank the local schools and their pupils who were inspired to share their beautiful pictures with us, which underpinned the final design.”
Commenting on the announcement, Anna Fitzgerald said: “I’m delighted to be part of such a great project. When Grenadier first approached me to work with them on this fantastic art installation, I jumped at the chance because not only could I showcase my work as a local artist, but we had a shared love of nature and the beautiful landscape in which I have lived and worked for many years.
I couldn’t have completed such a big project without the help of the talented local school children who inspired the paintings, and who I hope are inspired to visit the centre once it opens and continue painting. Please do come down, and I hope you enjoy the art we’ve produced.”
Anna Fitzgerald’s artwork will also be showcased at the watersports centre once it opens, and it’s hoped the installation will encourage other local artists to use the centre to paint, draw, and be inspired by the natural beauty on offer.
The designs have been inspired by nature but particularly by the local birds in the area. Grenadier are keen to highlight the importance of protecting the local wildlife and hopes the installation will highlight the importance of preserving our coastline sympathetically.