A poem a day with Folkestone’s Elizabeth Rance

Elizabeth Rance has lived a life most will find envious, especially given the grounded last 18 months we’ve had to endure, as the artist has travelled, worked, and lived in Cyprus, Spain, Wales and France.


All before settling here, down the road in Folkestone in her own words “because it is the nearest town to France and I have a house in Limousin which is undergoing renovations. I only realised afterwards that I had in fact hit on a very creative town with a wealth of inspiration and creativity. There is much history in Folkestone, especially during the First and Second World Wars.

“As an artist I am inspired by many things; and history, architecture, the light, and the sea are just some of the things that attract me here”.


CommunityAd always strives to include content with remarkable individuals from the community, be them charitable, talented, community-minded or creative, and Elizabeth Rance certainly ticks a few of those criteria so it was our pleasure to sit down with the talented artist and poet.


As an artist how have you coped with the last 18 months? Has it been a prolifically creative period for you or one of reflection?

It has made me more creative if anything. I was working towards two exhibitions when COVID and lockdown struck. One was to be in Sandwich and one in Paris. However, with the constant easing and then tightening of restrictions I had to think of another alternative so I had a website created to put all the work on.


A lot of people during the darkest days of the pandemic took up a new creative hobby in aid of distracting themselves from the doom and gloom, why do you think creative endeavour no matter what form it takes is so important for the human spirit and one’s mental health?

It is vitally important and I think it has opened up the possibility of thinking things in a different way. People have been forced to be creative and it is good for them. A bit of the war spirit which does not do anyone any harm.


Your art is so intriguing and takes so many forms from pen to watercolours, do you have a favourite method?

I work in all mediums. My first painting was in oils when I was 11 years old, I still have it. I think drawing and painting was in my blood from very early on. My parents both drew and painted so I assume the interest came from them. I was never formally educated in the way of art school but I trained in Landscape and Interior Design. Then later whilst living in Spain I had art lessons with a master, the master being the late John Edward Wright (member of the 56 Group Wales). He taught me how to really paint.


Paris seems to be a recurring theme in your work, do you visit frequently?

I am attracted to Montmartre obviously because of the historical artist connection and love to steep myself in the atmosphere there, but being unable to visit during all these lockdowns has been frustrating but I have turned to other inspirations.


What inspires you to pen a poem?

I write a poem every morning and post it up on my Poetry Group on Facebook so I suppose it has become a habit. I know that from an early age if I was emotionally moved, I felt the need to express my feelings in either paints or writing.


To find out more about local Folkestone artist Elizabeth Rance and her vast collection of work head to her website today.

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