Gracie Whitter – whose painting recently won our ‘Artist of the Month’ competition – has produced an array of impressive artwork since joining Trinity’s Sixth Form.

Her winning painting was a commission for a friend who had recently welcomed a new puppy into her family, with Gracie being asked to paint all three of her dogs: The submission was a painting of the eldest dog, a black Labrador named Brinkley.

Gracie explains: “I decided to use gouache, as I wanted to experiment with a different medium, and perhaps develop a new style of painting.

“For the many paintings I have done for others; including portraits, pets, houses and even a Boeing 747, my go-to medium has been watercolour and it remains my favourite, although I do enjoy experimenting with a range of media.

“Besides likeness, my main priority when painting, especially with watercolour, is to achieve a sense of liveliness through my use of colour; a technique that has evolved more and more as I moved away from harsh outlines in black fine-liner pen and towards a liberal use of coloured pencils alongside the paint.”

Gracie took on more commissions over the summer holiday for family members and friends, having also painted a pair of Robins for Mr Strange, who was one of her Art teachers last year.

Gracie is studying Maths, Further Maths and Physics at A Level alongside Art and is applying to do Architecture at university.



“I take on commissions, but although I enjoy doing them, with A Levels I’ve found that it takes a little longer to find the time to set aside for them!”

Gracie Whitter, Sixth Form

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