This page contains all the artists that have submitted ‘bios’ just click on the name of the artist
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
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.
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
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.
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’
Sarah mainly paints in watercolours in bright, bold style of her own. She also paints in other water based media such as acrylic and gouache. Sarah has won highly commended prizes for her paintings, on several occasions, including ‘Artists and Illustrators’ magazine, annual Garden painting competition, in both July 2002 and July 2003. She has also won first prize, in the Sennelier 2003 painting competition.
At the present time she is now teaching watercolour painting in the community, adult education, and special needs students. Sarah completed a BA (Hon) Fine Art degree at Northampton University, in 2015, and is now studying on an MA Fine Art, part-time.
Sarah does a number of demonstrations including Colour mixing theory and practice, Tonal Values and the limited palette, Design and production of your own greetings cards, and Textures in the landscape and Textural Collage. See Sarah’s Website for more details :
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.
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.
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 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
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!
I use a variety of printmaking methods which are interesting to blend together . Etching ,dry point, Collagraph and monotype. Collagraph 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Paintings in oils. The luminosity of oil colour makes this my chosen medium. My aim is realism in a modern style, not harking
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
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
. 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
I have always enjoyed painting in my spare time, often painting with local art groups and looking and learning from other artists’ works. I use a variety of mediums, but enjoy working with pastels and watercolour the most. I paint mostly landscapes, flowers and portraits. The portraits include both people and animals. They can be a challenge, but are so rewarding for me when I feel I have caught a likeness.
Even as a child first at school the joy of being given a new ‘writing book’ on the first day of term was immense. The mark making with a newly sharpened pencil. Mark Making is still tremendously important. My time painting has an added dimension. I see my work evolving into more abstract work, more lines, more energy using a whole range of new tools to visualise my inner thoughts on the scene or emotion before me. What a joy.
While living in Ghana for a few years I quickly fell in love with the amazingly vibrant colours of the African fabrics. Initially, my thought was to make dresses for myself, but it wasn’t long before I realised that there were so many incredible colours and designs that even I couldn’t wear that many dresses! So, I looked for other ways to engage with procuring and working with these fabulous materials. Friends in Accra taught me the required skills for Quilting and Box making (cartonnage) and my new passions were born. Making these items kept me occupied while overseas and give me hours of enjoyment now that I’m home. I hope very much that visitors will fall in love with my work and enjoy using the items as much as I enjoy making them.