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'Natural Beaty' Yvonne Diaz Exhibition

IT comes as no surprise that living by the sea and close to The Lake District, local Crosby Artist, Yvonne Diaz, takes her encouragement from the inspiring regional landscape. For her exhibition of recent paintings where she has tried to capture the awesome beauty and resonant energy of Nature is on show at the ArtHouse until 25 June 2022.

Yvonne Diaz told us that:- "My preferred medium depends on the subject of the piece. Typically, I work in oil and cold wax medium, but I also use watercolour, acrylic, charcoal and pastels. In addition, I use printing inks when producing collagraph or lino prints."

Originally from Essex, Yvonne moved up to the Northwest when she undertook training as a Primary School Teacher at Liverpool Hope University. She added that:- "Art was part of my Course and my passion and early in my teaching career I was given responsibility for managing the Creative Arts. Through this role, I was lucky enough to be part of the Creative Partnerships Initiative in the early 2000's, when I had the opportunity to work with many artists and hopefully enrich the lives of the artists of the future. Since retiring 3 years ago, I am now able to really concentrate on my own art practice."

Although Yvonne's own approach is methodical and focused towards intended outcomes, she also likes to work instinctively and allow for:- 'happy accidents' along the way.  "When working in oil and cold wax medium, I usually work on a plywood substrate which I prepare with a PVA medium on both sides to prevent warping followed by 2 layers of gesso. I usually begin with expressive mark making in charcoal and acrylic ink. I then add thick layers of colour, applying and scraping back over several sessions using a variety of tools. I then refine the composition and apply glazes to add depth, clarity and definition. Sometimes I add collage and ash to create texture and interest."

Although there is an inevitable nod towards the landscapes of JMW Turner, Yvonne own individual handwriting is more multifaceted:- "I'm constantly drawn to figurative artists such as Jenny Saville, Lynette Yiadom Boakye and Egon Schiele. I'm also influenced by Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney, Edward Hopper and Helen Frankenthaler."

Always willing to share her own intuitive passion for Art, Yvonne's lifelong addiction will be amply celebrated in her current showing. "I have always been a creative person and could not imagine life without art. For me, it's what get me up in the morning and brings me joy. I like to think that my work brings joy to others as well."

Yvonne's exhibition will be on view from 28 May to 25 June 2022, at the SCA/ArtHouse, 65 Eastbank Street, Southport, Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 3pm, and Saturday, from:- 11am to 4pm. There are facemasks and hand sanitizers available at the ArtHouse should visitors wish to use them.

2.9 million adults in the North West plan to go on holiday of a lifetime following 2 years of Pandemic stuck years

IN 2022 a study has found that nearly 2.9 million North West adults (50%) are looking to go on a holiday of a lifetime after 2 years of travel restrictions, reveals new research from travel insurer World Nomads.

Overall, more than 21 million Brits (40%) are planning a major trip this year, as 7 million (14%) people have had to reschedule their holidays as a result of the Pandemic and a further 7.9 million (15%) want to make up for lost time after 2 years of travel restrictions. Interestingly, 43% of those planning to travel are aged under 35, with a significant number of young people having lost prime travelling years.

In the North West, 18% of adults are finally going on a major trip that had been postponed during the Pandemic, while 17% going on a trip directly as a result of being grounded for so long during the lockdown.

When it comes to destinations, while the majority of Brits (9.5 million) are planning big holidays within Europe (39%), a significant number are hoping to travel further afield with the United States being the leading destination (5.5 million). Closely behind is Canada (2.3 million) with Mexico (1.4 million), the UAE (1 million) and Thailand (1.2 million) completing the top 5 most desirable locations.

Other popular destinations include:- Egypt (667,000) Japan (754,000) and Cuba (661,000). It is clear that Brits are keen for an escape that goes beyond the usual Mediterranean holiday.

On a regional level, the North West is the 2nd most intrepid area behind London, where 61% of people are planning a major holiday. Other Regions with plans for major trips include:- the South East (41%) and West Midlands (37%).

The Pandemic appears to have changed the way UK adults see travel, with 30% saying that it has fuelled their desire to go further afield than they usually did. Further to this, 42% believe that the Pandemic made them more willing to experience new things out of their comfort zone, and 24% (12.7 million) said that they decided to extend or upgrade their existing travel plans as a result.

Additionally, this year in particular, North West adults are planning to spend more money on having an unforgettable holiday; perhaps due to the 33% of people who saved enough money during this time.

Jon Whitby, World Nomads General Manager of Marketing and Brands said:- "As we slowly return to normality, it is great to see that the desire to go on holiday seems as strong as ever. From our research it is clear that UK travellers are giving up their usual European trips and are looking to travel further to more exotic locations, exploring new Regions and experience local cultures. Brits value their freedom now more than ever after the restrictions imposed during the Pandemic. Whatever your reason for travelling this year, it's important to travel safer and smarter. Travel insurance can help protect your trip, so you can focus on getting the most out of your travels."

For more information, go to:- WorldNomads.Com.


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