This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 17/04/2018.
A Croydon artist has painted some absolutely incredible pictures of the town
Bev Jones particularly loves painting pictures of the town’s tram stops.
A Croydon artist who has been painting and drawing ever since she was a little girl has spoken about some of her stunning pictures which all feature her home town.
Bev Jones, who lives in Addiscombe, has painted a host of beautiful pictures of landmarks around the borough since leaving her job as an administrator over five years ago.
The 45-year-old, who now paints full time, has painted pictures of Surrey Street Market, East Croydon station, Church Street, George Street and Wandle Park.
She is also fond of painting Croydon’s tram stops, and has already created pieces featuring Lebanon Road, Wellesley Road and Sandilands.
Speaking ahead of an exhibition of her work, which takes place this summer, Bev said: “I started painting seriously about five years ago but obviously it’s the sort of thing you don’t really have a start and end to as I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember.
“I have always loved painting so I decided it was time to try and actually sell some of my work.
“About six or seven years ago, I started painting Croydon. I moved here 10 years ago and back then I was mostly only drawing in my spare time due to work.
“But I have always painted what is local to me and the first serious one I did was Surrey Street Market and its shoppers. The shoppers and the busy life going on down there was just great to paint.”
Bev, who actually studied chemistry at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, has always wanted to be an artist.
As a small girl, she would receive pencils, drawing pads, paints and brushes as presents on birthdays and at Christmas, as that is all she would ask for.
“I love including Croydon in my work,” she said.
“It’s where I live so it’s the obvious place to include within my work but it’s a really interesting place to paint.
“It’s very diverse, with its population and architecture, and has a real sense of history.
“The other thing is it has a few areas which are less populated by cars, like the tram stops, so I can just paint the pedestrianised areas without the cars.”
Bev has painted so many pictures in her life time she cannot begin to estimate how many she has done, but she does have a recent favourite.
Her painting Who Walks in the Rain captures a man and woman battling the rain while holding umbrellas and walking down George Street.
But what inspires Bev to paint when walking round Croydon?
“I tend to look out for inspiration when in the moment,” she said. “It normally comes from a mixture of what I can see and what I believe is going on.
“Something may suddenly take my interest and I will know that is the one I want to paint.
“I regularly walk around and take lots of pictures of different places and then usually something stands out so I will decide to paint that.”
To see more of Bev’s work, go to www.bevjonesart.co.uk.
Bev’s work is being showcased at the Paxton Centre, on Anerley Hill, in Crystal Palace, throughout June and anyone wanting to see her work is invited to pay a visit.