Fiona Plaisted was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, where she lived with her parents, and two sisters until 1995, at which point she embarked on a Fine Art degree at Staffordshire University. Fiona’s degree show was inspired by genetic modification, a subject which was often in the news at the time. The work entailed large wall based pieces of art depicting cells both in wax and on sheets of metal. A final piece entitled ‘Cell modification’ was purchased from the exhibition by Staffordshire School of Health.
Fiona has loved all art mediums from a young age, influenced by her father’s architectural drawings and her mother’s creativity. Fiona’s current canvases are primarily animals and this stems back to her childhood love of drawing wildlife. Fiona’s technique involves sketching the subject and carefully selecting patterned paper or material to add the all important colour, pattern and textures. Fiona then works with acrylic paint to blend the collage together. The final embellishments of glitter, thread, buttons and beads are used to highlight certain areas. The effective process of layering paper and paint makes Fiona’s work unusual and draws the viewer in for a closer look.
Fiona’s work has been influenced by Anthony Gormley, Este Macleod, Gustav Klimpt and Hundertwasser. Fiona was an invited artist at 2016 Holmfirth Art Week and continues to sell her artwork through exhibitions, and online galleries.