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My work is inspired by a lifelong passion for wildlife and the natural world, from the humble sparrow in my garden to watching humpback whales and wild horses in Iceland.
We tend to underestimate the huge, positive impact that immersing ourselves in nature has on our mental health and sense of well-being. Also a keen gardener, for me, working outside acts a a great antidote to the hours spent painting at my easel.
I paint from my studio at home near Sherborne in Dorset, where I use acrylics on...
I work in wide range of media and at different scales, often incorporating various forms of texture to enhance the visual experience. I am known for my distinctive use of colour with a recognisable style, despite the range of subjects I depict. I am striving to make my work more abstract, but aim to ensure that it is meaningful and that the viewer can relate the picture to its title.
Much of my representational work is in response to visits to Venice and is often based on evocative paintings...
I have been sculpting animals in clay from a very young age. I love animals, I have lived and worked on farms, milked cattle, ridden horses and had many and various pets. I am also fascinated by anatomy, and quite enjoy skinning a rabbit or butchering a deer! It gives me a good opportunity to see how all the bits look and work together. I am also fairly obsessed with clay, it must be one of the few materials for which you need no tools, only needing your hands. I have tried using plasticene and ...
I took up art late in life, developing a passion for painting - in pastel, acrylic and mixed media. I like to paint landscapes, abstracting from sketches and reference photographs. Drawing is important to me, as it is more personal than a photograph. I also enjoy painting portraits.
The main inspiration for my work is the countryside of Britain, especially the South West coast and its fishing villages and harbours. Harbours are fascinating, busy places with their promise of hard work, travel, danger and adventure. They are also peaceful and necessary havens offering safety and respite for returning adventurers and seafarers.
I use notes and sketches in situ but the picture design, choice of approach and execution of the painting is done in the studio. I need time to ref...
Born and educated in Highbury, North London.
Spent adult life in Dorset.
Attended Yeovil School of Art and then obtained a Teaching Diploma at Bath Teacher Training College taking Art and Ceramics as main study.
Have shown in many local and National Galleries notably:
The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
The Royal Bath and West Show
The Westminster Gallery, London.
Beaux Arts, Bath.
Studio Gallery, Midhurst.
Sadler’s Street Gallery Wells.
Alpha Gallery, Sherborne.
Rita Brown is an award winning artist who has pursued a long career in art: living, painting and teaching art in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Although she was trained traditionally in fine art her work is a fusion of direct observation, emotional response and experimentation. Combining mixed media and colour Rita produces paintings with a fresh, contemporary feel. ‘painting is where the alchemy takes place’. Her passion for the landscape and the human form are re-occurring th...
I started painting fourteen years ago, and fell in love with watercolours straight away. Alden Roberts was my first tutor, and I then joined Nick Andrew’s New Horizon’s group. Both Margaret Evans (pastels), Susie Corbett (botanical watercolour), and Simon Williams (gouache) have influenced my work.
My inspiration comes mainly from nature and my garden. I love painting the flowers which I have planted. I also enjoy painting portraits in pastel, and wildlife in gouache. I am totally i...
I studied at Harrow College of Art where I gained a diploma in Fashion and Textiles
Since 1980 I have worked as a designer working in high street fashion, a career which took me around the world, finally being based in Shanghai, China.
Currently, I am designing prints for fashion and interiors, and also using my artwork to create ranges of greeting cards, OriginaliArt.
Inspired by colour and pattern I am now painting in watercolour with a special interest in painting flowers, fruit and vegetab...
My work is mostly colorful, acrylic and taken from the landscape be it natural or man made.
Having had work hung in Westminster Halls London and the Mall Galleries London, Southampton art gallery are a few of the galleries were I have had the privilege
To have work selected.
The last few years I have been engrossed in collage and mixed media, still with plenty of color.
The loveliest compliments I hear about my work are "Your work stands out from the rest,and One is drawn to it as we love th...
After leaving London and her careers in cryptography and computing Melita Frances moved to the West Country. She started to paint seriously in 2000.
She has trained with various tutors including Frances Hatch, Victor Stok and John Meaker. She has also taken part in residential courses in North West Scotland with David Tress and Margaret Merritt.
She paints regularly in Wester Ross, the Isle of Mull, Pembrokeshire and Dorset but always has her sketchbook to hand when travelling.
I trained at Bournemouth Municipal College of Art.
Went into advertising as a graphic designer, and started exhibiting work with the Bournemouth Gallery, Gervis Place, and the Peter Hedley Gallery in Wareham.
I studied egg tempera painting with Nicholas St John Rosse, a student of Pietro Annigoni. From that time most of my output was in that medium. All of my work sold and shown in RA Summer Exhibition shows were in tempera.
In the early 80s I began to show in the London galleries WH Pat...
As a mature student I studied A Level Art in Bournemouth with John Bowen, followed by 2 years flexi study at Poole college, where we had the benefit of access to the college's then great art collection. I am a member of the Broadstone Art Society, where I have over the years been Secretary, Membership Secretary and am currently the Chair Person. I am also a member of Sherborne Art Club.
I paint mainly in acrylic but also watercolour and mixed media. I enjoy painting outdoors, picking out the co...