Amy Orrell (nee Dibben) graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2001 with a first class degree in American Studies. After nearly ten years of work in the heritage sector and teaching she decided to follow in the footsteps of her father, Andrew Dibben, and pursue a full time career in art.
Although self taught, Amy has a rich artistic heritage (painters, photographers, writers) on both sides of her family and her passion for traditional skills, combined with a love of story-telling, comes in part from their influence.
Amy Orrell's paintings focus predominantly on the human figure andhe tradition of narrative art. Her detailed oils and watercolours are inspired by classic illustrators such as Edmund Dulac and by the Pre-Raphaelite artists whose work also relied heavily on myth and legend.
Recently, Amy has been developing her collage work and two pieces have been selected for this year's Cork Street Open Exhibition.
She has previously exhibited in Norwich, North Norfolk and London, including twice with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the Mall Galleries.