Our Artists (In this Exhibition)
Craig Lindsay - Hargrave Northamptonshire
Craig’s interest in photography started in his teens, back in the days of 35mm film. After drifting away to pursue other interests, he rediscovered his passion in his early 30s. One of Craig’s early inspirations was Ansel Adams, and since taking up his camera again, it is perhaps not surprising that, alongside wildlife & nature more generally, his main focus has been on landscape photography. It is a passion which has had the bonus of providing an extra motivation to explore the stunning and varied landscape of the UK - though Craig’s first love remains the North, from the Lake District to the Yorkshire Moors, from the Northumbrian Coast to the Scottish Highlands
Celia Wadeley - Harrold, Bedfordshire
Now having retired from being a Company Accountant, Celia has at last time to realise her life-time hobby to become a full time artist. Celia is practised in all mediums and produces a wide range of artwork.
Patricia Murdock - Raunds, Northamptonshire
Roy Avis - Hargrave Northamptonshire
Catherine Peddel - Riseley, Bedfordshire
I trained in fashion design and later used these transferable skills to teach and I now work part time in a local school. Fabric and textiles have always been part of my life. I enjoy the sewing and this lead me to explore printing, painting and dyeing my own fabrics. The work starts out as a loose idea that then changes and evolves along the way. The unexpected colour combinations, with adding more fabric and sewing makes for the greatest excitement. I especially love daisies and these quite often feature in my work
Nigel Allsopp Clapham, Bedfordshire
Juliet Lawson Riseley, Bedfordshire
Juliet studied art and theatre design at Wimbledon College of Art before working at the Royal Court Theatre as an Assitant Designer. Her career path then diversified into music and theatre as a singer songwriter and it was only in 2002 that she began again to draw. Since then Juliet has enjoyed exhibiting both at her open studios in Bedfordshire and in Open Exhibitions aroung the country. Juliet continues to balance her singing with her art, sharing the belief of Joni Mitchell that 'When the ear is tired, the eye takes over'.
Pam Clark - Hartford, Cambridgeshire
Although Pam passed A level Art at school, she then didn't paint for a number of years due to a full teaching career and family obligations. Since resuming art about ten years ago, Pam has developed her painting style and she is venturing into more diverse media and a semi-abstract way of working. Pam loves painting watery landscapes with trees, garden and wild flowers, fruit and other natural objects. Pam has sold widely in the local area and has organized a number of exhibitions with other members of a small painting group, which Pam started about ten years ago. Pam also donates paintings to various charitable causes for auction and she loves to know that people enjoy looking at and hopefully enjoying her work
David Davies - Biddenham, Bedfordshire
David Davies was born in North Wales. He spent four years studying at the Liverpool College of Art and later had a successful career in Industrial Design and Industrial Marketing Management. He is now retired and living in Bedfordshire and spends most of his time painting. His work is in many private collections across the UK and a number of his paintings are featured on greetings cards marketed and distributed across Wales. He has had several successful solo exhibtions, exhibiting at the Community Gallery Clwyd Theatre Cymru, The Diorama Gallery London, Rowan Gallery Scotland, Oriel Gallery Anglesey, Bernards Gallery LLandudno, in addition to galleries local to his Bedfordshire home.
Ann Hoile - Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire Textiles
Jim Francis - Great Barford, Bedfordshire
Jim creates his authentic metallic wall hanging sculptures and statues using only the finest authentic metallic compounds including, pewter, bronze, copper, brass and gold gilt. Jim uses his own unique technique processes that allow the suspended metallic finish to be fused to the sculpture, which he then hand polishes. The sculptures are suitable for both hanging indoors or outdoors as they are all weather proof. Jim is an active member of the Artist Network Bedfordshire and The National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies. http://www.theartofenvy.co.uk/
Mick Watson Riseley, Bedfordshire
Photography has been a major factor throughout my working years and especially since retirement. I have tried to keep it fresh as a hobby, by covering all forms, from film onto digital, undertaking Portraits, Weddings and Commercial. Landscape and fine art has always given me more satisfaction. I have had no formal training since starting in 1982, when I went onto achieve an LRPS distinction with the RPS. Having an enthusiastic approach and willingness to learn different techniques has made up for a lack of training. I do all my own printing to ensure the finished photograph is of my liking. Di Olver - Milton Keynes
As a printmaker, linocut is probably my medium of choice but I use etching, drypoint, wood engraving and collagraph. Interpreting the idea as an image is the difficult part, then the challenge is to make the medium express the idea. I love the practical process of printmaking and find there is always a technique perfect for the idea I want to express. At six years old I was given a copy of Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales, a lovely edition illustrated by Rex Whistler; the intense black and white wood engravings had a profound effect, giving me a visual language to express myself and influencing both the art I admire and my own choice of subject and medium. Many of my prints are in black and white and some of my work is in book form. My work has been selected for exhibitions in Europe, the US and Japan, I’ve had work selected for the annual exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers. In 2013 my artist’s book was chosen for exhibition at the International Mokuhanga Conference at Tokyo University of the Arts. My Artist’s Book and prints were chosen for an international exhibition ‘The Magical Art of Angela Carter’ at the Royal West of England Academy Bristol in 2017
My linocut was selected for the Society of Wood Engravers’ 80th Annual Exhibition this year - for venues go to link and click on ‘View all venues’
Jane Rhodes - Cranfield, Bedfordshire
As a keen walker Jane finds inspiration all around, daytime and evening, at home and abroad, in the countryside or the town - the effect of light being a recurring theme in her work. She is best known for her expressive and atmospheric pastel paintings although she increasingly works with oils and acrylics. Although essentially a traditionalist, she strives to communicate her emotional responses rather than precise representation. Jane’s involvement in art includes membership of Artists Network Bedfordshire, Bucks Visual Images Group and Arts Gateway, Milton Keynes. She has taught locally for many years as well as giving demonstrations and workshops for art groups. She exhibits widely: in both solo shows and open exhibitions including The Pastel Society and The Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries in London and in 2014 exhibited at the Visual Arts Centre in Hong Kong. More of her work can be seen on her website www.janerhodes.co.uk
Terry Wood - Stotfold, Hertfordshire
Born in Tottenham, North London, and grew up in Potters Bar. I now live in Stotfold, Hertfordshire, where I have lived for over 20 years. I studied at St. Albans School of Art, and completed a BA-Hons. Degree in 2D Design. My background is in Commercial Art, but my passion is in painting. I work in acrylics and mixed media, and like to explore other mediums, such as pastels, gouache and pen and ink. As for my subject matter, I take inspiration from many sources. I have travelled extensively, and my sketchbook is usually a digital camera, which I find very useful, especially when time is in short supply. Commissions Undertaken. For further details see Terry's website : www.artbyterrywood.co.uk
Marlene Wlodarczyk - Melchbourne, Bedfordshire
I graduated from The University of Northampton in Fine Art in 2015. My primary studio practice is both figurative and semi abstract, using several print techniques, but mainly relief printing and etching. Colour is important to me; having spent many years living in a tropical climate I need bright colours in my life. My work is about line, contour, shape and layering - taking inspiration from the local landscape and the people in my life. It reflects an investigation into both personal and collective memory, what this means to me and how I have absorbed elements from the environments I have lived in. Memories are not always true – how much is imagined? In my prints, I explore themes and ideas that I come across in everyday life whether physical or more ephemeral; a fleeting memory of places or people; sometimes fading, sometime clear and bright.
Rosemary Franklin Kings Langley, Herts Poetry
David John Leathers - St Neots, Cambridgeshire
Paintings in oils. The luminosity of oil colour makes this my chosen medium. My aim
is realism in a modern style, not harking back to masters of the past nor aiming
to reproduce photography of the present. Instead, within the confines of two dimensions,
I try to make my subjects as colourful and fresh as life, and visually ready to jump
out of the frame. I now specialise in still-life subjects, but I also paint the
coastal scene, landscape, and portrait. My paintings find buyers from all over the
UK and my work is also in homes in Australia, USA, Norway and Ireland
Trevor Holman - Poddington, Bedfordshire
I came into painting quite late in life, in my early fifties due to what came to be for me an inspirational although strange Christmas present at the time from my wife, a painting set???? I dabbled in and out very sporadically for several years until the subject gradually became more and more important to me until five or so years ago when painting became a hugely important part of my life and a truly exciting passion, whereby now I could not imagine life without it.
Rod Wilson - Shefford, Bedfordshire
Rod's work tends to be dramatic, or tell a story, or convey an atmosphere/emotion to the viewer. His love of skies is evident and in this respect he is strongly influenced by the works of the Danish artist Janhendrik Dolsma. The techniques he uses in his work are often by using a combination of acrylics and oils. This gives the dramatic feel that he tries to achieve in most of his paintings. He often paints the foreground in acrylic grisaille and the sky in layers of oil colours to make the sky the celebrity in the painting and achieve emphasis of the colours to be found in the sky. This difference in media surface gives an almost three dimensional feel to the painting.
Naomi Creveul - Haynes, Bedfordshire
I have always enjoyed drawing, which is probably why I chose a career in illustration, initially training as a technical illustrator in the aerospace industry, later moving on into medical and scientific. More recently working in computer graphics. Primarily a pastel artist I am constantly trying to capture the world around me in all its detail. I particularly enjoy painting the scenes from around our coastline and rivers, the constant play of light and movement in water and sky. Wildlife and animal portraiture is another passion, especially on velour, which I find gives the subject matter an almost tactile finish.
Kathy Glenister - Henlow, Bedfordshire
Kathy has produced many paintings over the years with her preferred subject being wildlife. She works in a variety of medium including ink, acrylic, oils and soft pastels. Her specialist style is that of pointillism using technical drawing pens, dipping pens and ink. Kathy is happy to take commissions
Laura Partington - …. I have always enjoyed being creative and experimented with various media over the years. In my sculptures I attempt to capture nature in motion; creatures in flight, running or poised ready to scuttle off. Wire is a wonderful medium for suggesting movement and casting interesting shadows. Each piece is started by “drawing” a basic three dimensional outline. This gradually takes shape by bending and twisting lengths of wire together and then attaching finer detail. Since taking up wire sculpture I have become a tool geek and have moved in on my husband’s territory (the garage) to enable me to find successful and imaginative ways to mount my work. I have always loved being outdoors and surrounded by the beauty of creation. Sculpting has brought an unexpected new dimension to my interaction with the natural world. When I come across something I haven’t seen before I find myself asking, “How could I make that out of wire?”
Iain Hamilton - Stowmarket, Suffolk
Iain loves the unusual side of life and the odd ideas that amuse and confuse him.
You will see his sense of humour coming through in many of his drawings and paintings.
Animals and people (and often a hybrid of the two) form the bulk of his work and
he works in a variety of mediums and materials. The aim is to put an amusing twist
on life and the natural world...and to make you smile. Iain is a self taught artist
based in Suffolk working under the name Bewilderbeest, and is open to commissions.
Lisa Price - Clifton, Bedfordshire
Lisa Price is a prolific, highly experimental Contemporary Artist, using mixed media and often foregoing paintbrushes altogether (instead using sponges, toothbrushes, chopsticks, etc!). Her creative process is strongly influenced by Jackson Pollock and his adherents. Certain of Lisa’s abstract pouring paintings have received Special Merit awards in International art competitions. Over the last year, Lisa has produced a number of Cosmological paintings, many of which are collaborations with the Cosmological Photographer Chris Baker (‘Cosmology Chris’). Lisa’s Nebulae paintings try to capture both the beauty and enormity of the cosmos, and have found markets with both domestic and commercial customers. Lisa also enjoys producing Commission pieces for her customers.
Val Littlewood - Grafham, Cambridgeshire
I live near Grafham Water and my work revolves around the many fascinating aspects of the wooded areas around the reservoir. After a busy career in commercial design, illustration and lecturing I now concentrate mainly on painting and printmaking accompanied by bookbinding to produce large and small scale prints and artists books. I am also very fond of bees!
Lynne Thirkell - Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire
I use a variety of printmaking methods which are interesting to blend together . Etching ,dry point,Collograph and monotype. Collograph is one of the main ways I work,using collage to make a plate to print adding colour with printing inks and collaged papers . ( chine colle) The collaged plates result in embossing and textures and have lots of possibilities for experimenting with an idea.
Zeta McGowan - Riseley, Bedfordshire
I studied at foundation level in London over 30 years ago and having only recently
picked up my brushes again I have launched my first website. I do not profess to
be an artistic genius, but an artist whose artistic journey is very much in progress.
I paint what I love, which in general is animals. I prefer to work in acrylic as
I love that it dries so quickly, you will see the odd oil painting on my site but
they are fewer in number as I haven’t quite got enough patience to watch them dry
yet! I love bright colours, the louder the better. I particularly love using metallic
paints, being a secret fan of bling! I have recently started taking on commissions
and I am happy to chat through the process with you, whether you are after an original
or limited edition print, both will be supplied with a certificate of authenticity.
Emma Wright - Godmanchester Cambridgeshire
As a child Emma was always making or drawing something! These hobbies got sidelined as life took over and time was short. In the primary classroom Emma always enjoyed developing the students experimental approaches to arts and crafts. After leaving teaching in 2011 and becoming a professional picture framer Emma has seen a lot of other peoples' artwork which has inspired her to explore her own creativity and experiment with various media. Favourites include lino printing, scraper boards and resin art. Resin art is created by mixing epoxy art resin with acrylic inks and paint to create the vibrant colourful abstract pieces on show.
Lorna Brown - Buckden, Cambridgeshire
I always enjoyed art but didn’t start painting seriously until my family had grown up and I had a little more time. I began with an (Art class for the terrified)! I am sure I wouldn’t have had the courage to join an established group at the time. I was hooked from the first lesson and haven’t looked back since. We started with watercolour then progressed to oil, coloured pencils, acrylics and pastels. My favourite mediums are acrylic and pastels.The subjects I choose are usually landscapes because holidays’ provide lots of inspiration but I have done abstracts, birds and flowers. I belong to Ellington and Grafham Art Group which is great and we learn a lot from each other.
Peter Walkem - Riseley, Bedfordshire
Peter makes wheel-thrown pots in stoneware and earthenware clays at his workshop in North Bedfordshire. His shapes and forms owe much to the influence of the work of Lucy Rie and Hans Coper, as well as to that of the working potters with whom he had studied over the years. For this year’s collection, Peter is using blended stoneware clays with his own glazes to evoke the colours and textures of the coast and wild landscapes.
ffolliot Fisher - Thurleigh, Bedfordshire
I started making pots while a medical student in the late 60's from local clay in Zambia, using lead glazes and a wood fired kiln. My career allowed only intermittent production although over the years I acquired a wheel and an electric kiln. I was able to devote more time to the craft when I retired nine years ago and now concentrate on functional and ornamental wares, glazed and fired at 1200 centigrade using glazes and colour combinations developed in my own pottery.
Sarah Schofield - Covington, Cambridgeshire
After years in a corporate global job, spending more time in departure lounges than at home Sarah has started Covington Collections offering small print run, professionally printed cards and wall canvases. Sarah is loving having time to explore the natural beauty around her home in Covington (hence the name!) & her photography is inspired mainly by nature but Sarah also loves fooling around with a camera and creating quirky and interesting images.
Dave Thomas - Thurleigh, Bedfordshire
Living in Bedfordshire, born in Lincolnshire, much of my childhood was spent in Germany, Holland and around the UK. My career has also taken me on global journeys, reaching out and absorbing a diverse group of cultures and experiences which has made me who I am today. I have always had a creative flair and a strong passion for art and design. This passion broke the surface in recent years and has developed me into a self taught artist who loves to diversify and experiment with a variety of mediums. Some of my work is a result of much research and off page studies, the rest just happens naturally, however every piece i create is fuelled by music of all kinds of genre. For me, the music subdues the here and now and lets the creativity and ideas flow through.To date I have worked with graphite, Tombo markers, polychromos pencils (white on black paper creating negative space), pastel and acrylics, and I take inspiration from artists such as Fabian Perez, Jack Vettriano and Gabe Leonard.My most recent work is oil on canvas, which has produced my most favourite and rewarding pieces. Although I will always strive to explore other mediums and occasionally step back to some earlier techniques, my main path is set for oil on canvas with the goal of becoming a full time artist and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Annette Elizabeth Sykes - Raunds, Northamptonshire
Born in Higham Ferrers, Northants, Annette went to The Wellingborough High School for Girls and then on to Coventry College to Study Art and Sculpture, but left early. She subsequently worked as a screen print designer, then went on to study Textile Design and Embroidery when her family were older.She now works from her own Blue Frog Studio to which visitors are welcome. Her work is in the Victoria & Albert Museum and in private collections in England, Scotland, South Africa, USA, Japan, Thailand and Panama. Mixed media seascapes are the latest body of work from International fine art painter/printmaker Annette Elizabeth Sykes. Born of a passion for the energy of the sea and a love of our landscape, these images are some of her best works yet, encompassing not only the water and the wading birds, but the staithes and marshes around our countryside. She also paints and draws still-life during the darker winter months.
Richard Stockings - Thailand
Born 1971, educated in Norfolk. Trained as a teacher at (the then) Bedford Teacher Training College, specialising in Sport and Art. After qualifying, taught in Norfolk until 2012, exhibiting his art at a number of venues including the Theatre Royal in Norwich. He then moved to a British International School in Thailand where he now holds a senior management post as well as teaching art. Working in oil pastel he seeks to fuse a realism with contemporary design and to capture light, colour and movement.
Anja Penger-Onyett - Blunham, Bedfordshire
Anja started working with ceramics over 25 years ago by attending ceramic courses and evening classes. Since 2008 she is a full-time potter. She throws most of her work on the potters-wheel,using white stoneware clay, which is fired to high temperatures. Anja was initially inspired by Japanese and Chinese style glazes, - celadons, tenmokus, oxblood copper red. To achieve these glazes the work has to be fired in a kiln with an open flame (gas-kiln).At a certain point during the firing the atmosphere is being starved of oxygen by closing a damper over the flue exit. This creates a reduction atmosphere and the very oxygen-hungry flame has to find the oxygen from the glazes. Magically copper green turns into red and iron honey-brown into greens or blues. Other glazes are fired in a computer controlled electric kiln, achieving brighter brilliant blue/-green colours.Anja mixes all her glazes from raw materials and she never stops experimenting! Her work is functional -bowl, vases, plates, as well as decorative/sculptural (meteorites, poppy seed head). Due to the high firing temperature the decorative work can be kept outside all year round. Heads).Due to the high firing temperature the decorative
Dominique Shipster Shefford, Bedfordshire
Whilst still a pupil at school, my artwork was selected for an exhibition at the Mall Gallery London. In 2008 I decided to expand my knowledge of art and studied Classical and Applied Art under the tutelage of artist Peter Blagg. My interest in printing lead me to the Curwen Print Study Centre and in 2011 I completed the CSPC certificate in print making under the mentorship of the master printer Stanley Jones. My art is influenced by my interest in the entertainment world and my extensive travels abroad.
Julie Price Bedford
I am a self-taught artist working mainly with acrylic on canvas. I like to make people smile by putting comedy into my art; I use bright colours and simple backgrounds to allow the animals to take centre stage. It all began when I painted a meerkat for my son's flat and as a joke I put an ice lolly in it's hand with a bite out of it. It was so much fun to do and so after that I continued to paint light-hearted pictures and they have been very popular.
My website address is https://julieannprice.wixsite.com/noveltyartist
My email address is julieannprice(at)me.com
Alasatar Rundall Bedford
Born in Bedford 1952. After completing a 3yr course in furniture design and construction @ The London College of Furniture, I took a totally different journey and joined Bedfordshire Fire Service and retired after serving 30yrs. I had a slight interest in photography but on retirement I decided I needed a hobby to get me out and about. I am generally interested in wildlife which tends to be my main subject. I do it for my own enjoyment and thought I would just like to share some of my photography. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Karen Lea Riseley, Bedfordshire
I have lived in the village of Riseley with my two sons for about eleven years now. Art and crafts has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember and love the chance to try new tecniques and materials.
Di Page Hargrave, Northamptonshire
Having studied ceramics , this is a new field for me to be working in. I have always enjoyed life drawing, so I used the faces of subjects and worked on them in more detail, for these pieces. They are chosen not for their beauty but to evoke an emotion from the viewer. Other inspiration has been found from the desperate images of recent refugees to this country. I work in pastel, paint and mixed media. I like to experiment with materials to create effects and add texture to the pieces. No two pieces are the same and my style is continually evolving.