Fiona Edgley (nee Fraser) lived in Old Portsmouth from 1999 to 2011. She spent the last 10 years of her life painting local scenes of the town and the sea. With her training and professional background in graphic design and silversmithing she thought of herself as a designer, not an artist. She worked in both of these fields in London during the 60s and 70s and continued to design incredible pieces of jewellery throughout her life. This post concentrates not on this but on some of the artwork she produced while living in Old Portsmouth.
She loved the town and the sea, intent on joining in with whatever event was going on outside she would rush back home with sketches and photographs to record what she had seen. She brought many people together, particularly other artists in the area who would hold an ‘illegal’ exhibition in her gallery during the summer with piano music playing while people wandered in off the street. It was an Old Portsmouth pop up gallery. Sea Wall Designs was the name printed on the back of her many prints and cards which she sold locally. This is just a small selection of her pictures and paintings.