2014 heralded a new Classic winner from the Shadwell ranks in the form of TAGHROODA. She has been an inspiration to the whole team and it is this filly that Glynis Mills (Hon. SEA) has chosen to develop her 2015 stallion brochure commission around.
Luck has played a major part in fine artist and printmaker, Glynis Mills’s life. After walking into the wrong room at York College of Art, her career as an illustrator started (she had gone to learn window dressing as her career advisor had creatively suggested, due to her lack of height). Five years later, she emerged with a degree in Design and Illustration. A successful career as an illustrator/designer then followed, working both in London, and in Yorkshire where she is based.
Ten years ago, after a chance find of a 19th century Albion Press, she decided to concentrate purely on the fine art side of her career, specifically the printmaking. Her inspiration comes from the animals and countryside around her together with frequent visits to Spain and the gypsy horse fairs in England and Ireland. Racing is a new, exciting direction for her work.
Horses and art are an everyday part of Glynis’s life. When she is not painting, printmaking or sketching, she is riding her horses or judging dressage (Glynis has been a listed British Dressage judge for many years).
As an Honorary Member of the Society of Equestrian Artists she exhibits and sells with them annually at the Mall London and Newmarket. She also shows and sells her work regularly with the Society of Women Artists and other major Societies. Two galleries in North Yorkshire showcase her work: Zillah Bell at Thirsk and Gallery 42 in Tadcaster.
Recent awards include the Curwen Press Award for the best print work at the Mall Galleries. In 2009 her work received the highest accolade from the Laing Gallery in Newcastle for the best work in the International Print Biennale. In 2013 she was awarded the Cuneo Medal (the late Sir Terence Cuneo was the SEA’s first President); this award is judged by Full Members of the SEA and is given to the artist whose work is considered to be the best that year.
For more information about Glynis and to see further examples of her work, visit: www.glynismills.co.uk.