Louise is a Filmmaker / fine artist. She paints in oil, working on landscapes, portraits and still lifes. She loves to paint local landmarks as well as work on commissions for family portraits. She also runs a life drawing class at Kingswood arts. 

How long have you lived in the area? 

I’ve lived here since 2011, so about 13 years now. 

What brought you here? 

We were looking to buy our first house, I didn’t really think about the community aspect of it at that point, but so glad we moved here. 

What has changed most during that time? 

Lots! Around this area especially, lots more cafes and restaurants, with a lot more to do in the area too. 

What do you most value about the area/street you live in? 

Even though I’m showing my work at Kingswood arts, it’s not far from where I live. This whole area has a real community spirit, and a creative one at that. I’m loving getting to know other artists and creatives in the area. 

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? 

The cafes! And the green spaces… I have three boys, so space is such an essential part of our everyday. 

Do you belong to any groups? 

Yes I do! I’m part of a couple of artist groups in the area, it keeps changing and evolving as people come and go, but we still try and meet up as much as we can. It’s so great to be able to talk about your creative work with other like-minded people and support each other. 

Describe your perfect weekend 

A bit of painting, a good film, and sometime in the park with the kids and the dog. 

Where are you likely to be found on Saturday? 

Probably in my garden shed, painting. If not, then catching up on some films. 

Coffee or tea? Where? 

Cafe Luna, or the cafe at Kingswood arts… both make really good coffee. Cafe, pub or bar? Cafe for the mornings, Pub in the evenings. 

What’s your favourite place to go for a drink?  
The Rosendale, or the Great North wood, both have a great atmosphere. 

The best kept secret…  
Kingswood arts – the building is amazing, and there is such potential for it as a creative hub for the community. 

www.louisecgalizia.com/art @louisecgalizia_art