About Veronica Snook
Veronica Snook is an artist, specializing in portraiture, who derives most of the inspiration for her work from the people and places of the Peak District.
She attended St Albans School of Art for two years, studying Fine Art, then went on to Manchester College of Art and Design to specialize in Sculpture, and graduated three years later with a Diploma in Art and Design ( Fine Art Sculpture.) After this, she gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, but taught for only a short time, before leaving to design and make props for Granada T.V. Set Design Dept. Thereafter her career developed into that of a "jobbing" commercial artist, working almost exclusively in two dimensions. However by the end of the millennium she was accepting commissions for portraits, along with her other work, and returning to the basic disciplines of her early Art training. That is, painting in the academic tradition, supported by a regime of observational drawing, particularly accurate life drawing.
Her paintings can vary considerably in size, and are usually oil or acrylic on canvas, though a wide range of media is used in drawing and smaller scale work.
" The more an artist knows about drawing the better, it is the only way that one can understand the principles of pictorial space. A painting of someone can convey more of the essence of that person, their spirit if you like, than any photograph. It can be as intimate and revealing as the psychiatrists couch". David Hockney.