Adele is a York based Digital Photomontage Artist. Her love of antiquities and oddities, old doors and weathered surfaces are the foundations of her work. Her ever growing collection of 19th century photographs is where she chooses her character and brings them back to full colour, intertwining them with creatures big and small, coupled with delicate foliage, she creates images both sophisticated and playful. Adele often uses idioms, metaphors and musical lyrics for inspiration and to add narrative to her work. It is ultimately the love of the Victorian era, costume and interiors that drives Adele to create the images she does, with the added freedom to insert an element of playful surprise. Her images are created using her digital camera, flat bed scanner and Photoshop. Bringing all the images together digitally, drawing on her experience with layering and affecting, she then prints the image on to Museum Heritage archival paper and continues to hand finish with inks, paint and sometimes gold leaf.
Adele studied for her B. A. (Hons) Degree in Textile Art at Winchester School of Art. After a short spell working for an interior magazine in London, travel and adventure were calling. From working in New Zealand, Chalet hosting in France, circling the world on cruise ships and living in Poland she finally settled down in the historic city of York. Working from her garden studio, a unique structure designed and built by her husband, Adele is mostly self-taught in the digital field although she has completed a course in Desk Top Publishing, Photoshop and also has a diploma in Children's book illustration where she was awarded a distinction. It was after this that she turned to using her camera and Photoshop creatively.
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