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Redhill artist Di Spalding is not one to shy away from large-scale art works

PUBLISHED: 21:13 04 February 2016 | UPDATED: 21:13 04 February 2016

Di Spalding hard at work on one of her epic pieces

Di Spalding hard at work on one of her epic pieces

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Every month, Surrey Life art editor Tinx Newton goes behind the scenes with a top local artist

Deer at Painshill by Di SpaldingDeer at Painshill by Di Spalding

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2016

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Artist Di Spalding, who lives and paints in Redhill, is not one to shy away from creating work on a large-scale. Having worked as a senior scenic artist for the English Touring Opera for many years, she is used to transporting huge canvases into her studio and wielding large paintbrushes.

“I really enjoy large-scale work,” says Di, “but I am equally happy painting detailed figurative backcloths, intricate tapestries or textured finishes on 3D scenery. I love discussing the project with the designers and producing scale models and paint samples in order to achieve a particular finish. I then work the approved design up to full-scale. It is a fascinating, collaborative journey.”

As well as being able to transform entire walls with her fabulous murals or paint temporary backcloths for use in galleries and shows etc, her work is always evolving and takes in other media too.

For example, Di’s skill at working with various materials can be seen in situ at Painshill Park in Cobham where her beautiful wire sculptures of deer (pictured above) are happily grazing in the walled garden.

• See Di’s deer at Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1JE. Tel: 01932 868113. Web: painshill.co.uk. Also available for artistic commissions, more information about Di’s work is available on her website at diarts.org.uk

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