Our Artists (Autumn to Christmas 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
Mike Newnham Bedford
Mike, a Bedfordian has flourished as an artist mostly in the latter part of his life.. Although from early childhood life was building and influencing a creative and sensitive mind, which has found expression in his exciting style, capturing natures energy and movement. He has established galleries displaying his work, in reception areas of local businesses and also aims to have at least two other exhibitions a year. His work can be found as far and wide as Australia, USA, Canada and the West Indies
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 has knowledge in all mediums and produces a wide range of artwork.
Rhona MacKillop Pertenhall, Bedfordshire
The Framery Stonely Nr Kimbolton Cambridgeshire
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 www.catherinepeddel.com
Pam Clark Hartford, Cambridgesire
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
Richard Cranwell Hail Weston, Cambridgeshire
I first decided to take up pottery only two years ago. Retirement was then still a year away and I wanted to find something that would keep me occupied and productive but would also provide a creative outlet. I had never made a pot on a wheel before but a weeks intensive potting with a well known potter in Suffolk proved to me that I had some skill that I could develop and that pottery is what I wanted to do. I now have a small but fairly well equipped pottery studio at my home. In July 2014 I spent two weeks with other students working with David and Margaret Frith at their superb pottery studio in North Wales. This gave me a great introduction not only into throwing larger pieces but also the processes involved in glazing and decoration and firing in Gas, Wood and Electric fired kilns.
I work mainly in stoneware clay but do also use white earthenware. I lean towards making items that have some practical use but am also happy to experiment with more decorative pieces. I prefer to try to make my own slips and glazes but this, as any experienced potter knows well and I am just beginning to learn, is no easy task to fulfill successfully and is even more difficult to repeat. All my stoneware work is currently fired in an electric kiln to about cone 6 temperatures (1220 - 1240 deg. C.) I am a member of Anglian Potters and will be entering more of my work in their selling exhibitions in August and December this year. My first foray into the world of selling my work is here with Wood End Galley.
Jim Francis Willington, 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. LINK
Susan Taylor Grantham Lincolnshire
I trained as a needlework and PE teacher, taught for a few years then moved onto other things all the time continuing to sew. At one time I had a small wedding dress business. My interest in Patchwork and Quilting developed whilst working at Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart in 1997 when they were looking for a teacher for Patchwork and Quilting so I took on the challenge and taught the subject for 14 years before moving back to England. In 2000 I was awarded a Millennium grant to travel to Florida to study the Seminole Indian Patchwork an interest I still have today. Now retired I am trying to work my way through my stash of fabric by making quilts of all sizes and designs.
Barbara Rawcliffe Raunds Northamptonshire
Barbara Rawcliffe was born in Bradford West Yorkshire and lived in the Yorkshire dales and Scarborough before moving to the Bedfordshire/Northamptonshire area in 1976. She studied art at Leicester Polytechnic (1981-1984) and then was a part time tutor in Bedford. She has taught art for 30 years and recently retired from teaching to return to concentrating on her own work in her studio at Ivy Lodge, Sharnbrook.
" This is my first exhibition in over 20 years and it has given me the opportunity to reflect on my work and where I can progress in developing my ideas. I am a landscape artist and work in oils and watercolours, but recently I have been developing ideas in print and stitching. I work with Fermyn Woods Contemporary Art (FCA) 2 days a week with students from Complementary Education Academy and this enables me to work in the woods with artists who have a wide range of skills and ideas.
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.
David John Leathers Bury St Edmonds
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
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 exhibitions, 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.
Katherine Taylor Shefford, Bedfordshire
Katherine Taylor designs and hand-makes all of the items (except some chains) sold by Katie Flutie Jewellery. Starting making jewellery as a teenager following a youth orchestra tour of France and Germany, Katherine has developed her skills by taking courses in France, Hatton Garden and Cambridgeshire. She is an inveterate doodler and sees inspiration for her designs in everyday life and the countryside around her home in rural Bedfordshire. Katherine is a member of the Artists Network Bedfordshire with which she has exhibited. She exhibited at the Mardleybury Gallery in Datchworth, Hertfordshire in 2015 and is regularly invited to participate in art and craft exhibitions and fairs. Katherine plays the flute so her personal strap line might be “playing with silver”!
Rosemary Franklin Kings Langley, Herts
June Meadows Bedford
June retired from careers in nursing and education in 1991 and studied for a HND
in Fine Art from 2004-7. Since then June has been working as a printmaker. June
is a member of Milton Keynes Printmakers and Gainsborough House Print workshop. For
the last four years June has been working on a series of prints inspired by Kirby
Hall, the magnificent, partly ruined Elizabethan House in Northamptonshire. Kirby
Hall has fascinated June ever since she first visited it about 70 years ago. Every
visit provides a new viewpoint and is a constant source of delight and although,
within this new exhibition June has a few Kirby Hall pictures she is also exhibiting
some very different work from her normal topic.
Ann Hoile Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
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.
Mark S Payne Easton, Huntingdon
Born in Luton, Mark studied technical and scientific illustration for four years.
After graduation he became a member of the Society of Illustrators, Artists and Designers
(SIAD). Since then, he has had a full and demanding 33 year career as a full-time
artist and illustrator, producing work for numerous national and international publishers
and advertising agencies. He is the founder of CGI-company, Mission 3D.
Outside of work, Mark is a keen rider who has learnt the hard way that you can lead a horse to water, but that’s about all you can do with it! He also loves being taken for a walk by his two young Schnauzers and for relaxation, as well as his love of painting, he’s a part-time student of classical history at the University of London.
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 and then
moving on into medical and scientific. More recently working in computer graphics.
Continually trying to capture the world around me in all its detail, I find great
inspiration in the life and light of our coastline and rivers. Primarily a pastel
artist, I also paint wildlife and animal portraiture, mainly on velour which I find
gives an almost tactile finish to the picture.
I have exhibited for several years in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, and have recently joined ANB, exhibiting in their Spring and Christmas Shows. I also take pastel workshops for local art societies and groups.'
Vanda Richards Little Bytham, Lincolnshire
Coming to oil painting in my early 50's, I consider that I am still learning the subtleties of this lovely medium. I work as an assistant at the Norfolk Painting School near Burnham Market in North Norfolk, and am therefore lucky enough to be close to some of the best beaches and scenery that the county has to offer. In my landscapes I try to capture the scale and beauty of huge East Anglian skies. I have exhibited in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Norfolk and Bedfordshire.
Lesley Willcock Swineshead, Bedfordshire Lesley is an award winning designer and hand-weaver specialising in clothing and accessories. After a career in fashion retailing she qualified as a City & Guilds designer and couture dressmaker and then started weaving in order to be able to explore weave structures and create different fabrics for use in accessories and garments. As well as weaving scarves and wraps, she also makes her hand-woven fabric into individually designed garments. Lesley has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and also opens her studio in Swineshead, Bedfordshire to visitors by appointment. For more details see www.lesleywillcock.com
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'. http://julietlawson.com/
Anine Cockwell Over, Cambridgeshire
The inspiration for most of Anine’s sculptures comes from a deep and profound understanding of animals, developed over years of study and practical work. Anine carved animals are not simple facsimilies of the original form - she tries to capture a depth of feeling, emotion, and movement that makes them 'Living Stones'. Following 5 years working on the island of Texel in the Environmental Education department of EcoMare, the Centre for the Wadden and North Seas, I am now based in Cambridgeshire, UK. Nonetheless, the sea remains a great influence on my work. http://www.living-stone-sculpture.co.uk/
Paul Howard Pertenhall, Bedfordshire
Matt Kirby Chesham, Buckinghamshire
Matt Kirby grew up in Leicestershire and has been discovering and experimenting with abstract painting for many years. His work represents special events and experiences with various techniques and colour all with no beginning and no end.
Lynette Hutchins Wyboston, Bedfordshire
I find most of my inspiration comes from the landscape around me, both the local countryside and places I have visited. I often use photographs as starting/ reference points and also work from memory to include a feature or mood. I like to paint colourful landscapes so find working in acrylics is ideal. I have always enjoyed creating pictures using different media from a young age. I first learnt to paint using watercolour then moved onto acrylics. I was a bit surprised how different they are; I felt I had to learn to paint again. I have recently picked up my watercolours once again as I remembered their unique translucency. I currently aspire to explore wildlife as a subject matter as well as continuing to create colourful landscapes Jan Drury Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Jan Drury is an abstract artist who works in many different mediums. She mixes different
types of liquids and watches how they react or whether they repel each other. She
then uses these results when she is producing her work. She produces work that is
highly visual and touchable. The work often looks as if it is still wet. Jan encourages
people to feel and touch her paintings.
Jan only produces ‘one off’ original pieces of art. Her work cannot be repeated. She can produce something similar but not exact. This is because there are many processes involved and each reaction is different. That’s the beauty of this technique; the end result only becomes apparent when the piece is finished. For more further details see Jan's website : www.jandruryart.com
Joanne Bowes Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Working from the landscape, or through study of nature’s patterns, Joanne explores
textures and shapes through drawings and paintings, from which she produces her unique
designs, instinctively creating abstract rather than realistic responses.
Joanne’s mixed media landscapes encompass a variety of techniques, heavily featuring natural media, and her range of hand-crafted gift items are created using her naturally and eco-dyed textiles.
Joanne is currently cultivating her deep interest in natural dyeing; cooking plants that she has foraged, and even making her own pigments for use in her watercolour landscapes. She is working on growing her own dye garden.
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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 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 Kettering Northamptonshire
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?”
Roland Burt Orton Goldhay, Peterborough
I grew up in North Yorkshire as part of a large Caribbean family. My passion for making things and painting on almost anything - kitchen towels, canvas, wood, concrete blossomed from an early age and as I grew up it became a conduit for life’s stresses and challenges. I’d return to my art whenever I found myself needing a sanctuary and a reprieve from pressure. I’ve always been a bit of a magpie of cultural influences. I remember being totally fascinated at school by Neolithic cave paintings, Art Deco, West Indian and African art. My life and work took me to France, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria to name a few, and everywhere I found something local to be fascinated by. Painting has always been the key to who I’m today. Painting for me is storytelling. The story takes precedent over shapes and colour. Also, painting is like dreaming – dreaming in multicolours, in bright images and perpetual restless movement
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.
Karen Mangold Shefford, Bedfordshire
Karen has painted in most mediums, but is better known for her nature inspired art working in watercolours and acrylic inks and dyes. More recently she has enjoyed working in acrylics, and trying new subject matter. When working in acrylics she has enjoyed using colour, layering, and using texture
Celia Maddison Bedford
Marie Constantelli Chesham, Buckinghamshire
Marie grew up in Sydney, Australia and is now based in Greece, but travels and works throughout Europe. "I am my Art, through Art I have discovered myself. I am a lot of different layers, textures, brushstrokes, colours… I have evolved through my Art"