We are delighted to welcome the following artists to our exhibition:
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Deborah both studied and worked as a professional photographer in London. She has worked across disciplines from medical to advertising to editorial and has occasionally exhibited her work for which she has won awards. In recent years she has turned to painting and takes inspiration from life and the natural world.
Mitzie paints townscapes, landscapes, abstracts and flowers. She works in watercolours, acrylics and mixed media and aims for spontaneity and a loose style. She has a strong bias towards tactile effects and enjoys experimenting with unconventional tools. Mitzie has a diploma in stitched textiles and a degree in painting and printmaking. She has held solo exhibitions and exhibited widely, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Mall Galleries. She teaches watercolour painting at Berkhamsted and Harpenden.
Rachel is an embroidered textile artist based in Buckinghamshire. She ‘paints’ with a sewing machine using fabrics as her colour palette and stitched threads as her brush strokes.
Watercolour / Mixed Media
Ritu is originally from Mumbai, India, where she developed her passion for the arts. Attending classes with a close friend over the last few years has helped her develop new skills.
Ritu’s enjoyment stems from the emotional involvement that is required to draw and paint the finest of details. She specialises in Equestrian Art but also the portraiture of flowers, animals, and celebrities. Her mediums include oils, acrylics, and watercolour.
Prior to developing her art career, Ritu was a primary school teacher. She is based in Buckinghamshire, where she has won local exhibitions.
Pat enjoys working in clay and glass, and loves the way the kiln changes the colour, shape or texture. She has a love of nature and is often inspired by the shapes, patterns and colours in natural forms – particularly patterns in close up or microscope images.
Graphite / Pastel
Susan completed a diploma course in Pet Portraiture with the London art College in 2008, followed by a pastel workshop and pencil course with Mike Sibley. The majority of her work is commissions for pet portraits in pencil, pastel and colour pencil.
I am a self taught artist and have always worked from home selling my various art projects thorugh art and craft markets and exhibitions. I enjoy working in different mediums i.e acrylic, water colour,, coloured pencil as well as wire mesh sculpture and paper mache. However my favoured medium is pencil. I like the ability this give me to pick out fine detail and the realism which can be achieved.
Sarah-Jane studied 3D design in silver/metal at Bucks College & graduated in 1991 with a BA(HONS). She produces original Jewellery designs working in a variety of precious and non-precious metals and employs a wide range of silversmithing techniques to achieve both form and texture in the finished pieces, each of which are individual. Sarah-Jane’s jewellery has been exhibited in many locations nationwide and locally with the Wycombe Court artists. She also teaches jewellery making for Bucks Adult Learning.
Oil / Acrylic
I work as an intensive care nurse and live locally in Chinnor. I spend much of my time painting, which I find relaxing and quite a contrast to my normal job. The medium I favour is acrylic and oil. I have specialised in animal portraiture and I undertake commission work, particularly pet portraits. Painting has opened up a new opportunity. I now selling my work in exhibitions, galleries, shops and undertake teaching and demonstrating to art groups. More recently I have been doing commercial work.
My artwork is varied in style and subject: I find there is so much interest and beauty in so many aspects of life that I don’t want to limit myself to painting just one subject. Walking, gardening, nature-watching, music poetry and exploring urban places are all things I love: these diverse aspects of my life find expression in my work. Unplanned stylistic shifts occur frequently: I really cannot say what or how I will be painting in a year’s time. The work changes me too: a thoughtful acquaintance once said I should question and I continue to unearth the answer through my creative process.
Lettering / Calligraphy
Letters and Lettering, that’s me. On all sorts of material, pebbles, fabric, wood, slate to the traditional paper
In my past career I worked in the animation industry, during which time I received many international awards for my films, which include, ‘The bear and, ‘The snowman and the snow dog’ All my pieces are hand-built using the traditional coil technique. And I find that my experience of animation helps me in sculpting, as I have a good understanding of anatomy, movement and line. I am a member of the Buckinghamshire craft guild, the Oxfordshire craft guild and the group of ten lady potters.
Oils & Acrylics
Suzy has been painting for 9 years, and her work has been evolving constantly since leaving Buckinghamshire New University as she is continually inspired by new things. Working in oils and acrylics allows depth and texture to her work
I studied graphic design at Harrow Art School. I decided to leave art college after one year and went on to study English and Italian at Hull University. I then taught English in Secondary Schools for over 40 years. I am now retired and can spend a lot more time drawing and painting which I have always loved.
Acrylic / oil
Rachel enjoys painting landscapes & Abstracts, inspired by the Chilterns & trips to the coast. She works mainly in acrylics and also enjoys sketching.
Watercolour / Acrylic
Barry Macey was PADDINGTON BEAR’S official artist for five years, during which time he also illustrated the novel ‘Paddington on Screen’ where the famous bear causes havoc around the BBC Blue Peter TV studios. As a TV animator, Barry has worked with many famous characters, most recently The Wombles and Horrid Henry. He performs stand-up poetry, and is writing a stage musical.
Peter Keegan is a trained professional artist based at Claydon Estate, North Bucks. Specialising as a portrait and figurative painter. Peter exhibits at the royal institute of oil painters and has previously won Artist and illustrators artist of the year award.
Art, design, words & images
Emma is an artist, photographer & graphic designer based near Stokenchurch in Bucks. As well as traditional watercolours and pencil sketches she also enjoys cyanotype printing, sculpture and photography
I originally trained and worked as a picture restorer and it was sometime before I started painting seriously. I find acrylic totally adaptable to my love of painting the landscape, being able to work quickly and spontaneously, with the ever moving world. I am always happy to take on commissions
Ink / mixed media
I attended Art College in the early 1960’s and art has always been my passion. Since leaving art school I have been involved in organising and implementing life drawing classes and have undertaken many courses to broaden my knowledge. My inspiration comes from colours, textures and rhythms within our landscape. I am a member of Bucks Art Society, West Wycombe Art Group and the Studley Green Art Group and exhibit with Bucks Open Studios. I have sold work which is private collections in both the UK and Europe.
I love painting. Most of my work is in acrylic or watercolour but I like experimenting with other media too. Some of the work I sold recently have been collages and mixed media paintings.
Acrylic / pastel
Fine art honours degree at Hertfordshire University. Regular exhibitor in Bucks open studios. Interested in acrylic paintings, variety of subject matter, mostly semi-abstract
I went to Amersham College in 1978 to study Fine Art. From the early ’80’s I worked in Film Production I sketch, paint and work with clay, the Human Form, portraits, landscapes, seascapes and animals. I love colour, shape and form, painting with oils and acrylics, mixed media and collage for texture, I also use Charcoal, Pastels and Pencils. More recently I have been Painting with Colour Slips (coloured clay) and Drawing (sgraffito) on hand built Ceramic Forms and Sculpture.
Catherine has successfully exhibited locally for a number of years, almost entirely self-taught she has developed her own detailed style capturing local and foreign scenes as her subjects. Her floral subjects also reflect her keen interest in gardening and flower arranging. Whilst Catherine’s early works were in oils and watercolour, her current preference is to work with acrylics.
Acryllic / Collage
Stewart’s passion for art has seen him exhibit his work in local galleries and produce many illustrations for a variety of clients including the National Portrait Gallery. Aspired to the emotions and form of the human body and frequently draws at the Princes Risborough ‘Life Drawing Workshop’.
“Inheriting my desire to paint from my father, I painted for many years in oils. Taking further education at Wimbledon School of Art and then Epsom moving on to study watercolour. My occupation for a long period was pet portraits. Widely travelled, I enjoy landscapes and mostly work in pastels.”
I am a self-taught artist working in a variety of media, but with a bias toward oils. My subject matter ranges from landscape to still life portraiture, figures and beyond, but whatever the subject the motivation is usually the wish to capture an affect of light, which can transform the most mundane subject into something of beauty.
Having children in Norway and no career, I decided to take art lessons. I loved trying different media, but could never find my style. 10 years on I met Stewart Clough. He inspired my love of painting again with a style to show my love of travel. I have never tried collage before, but love how words and paint work together.
Catherine Henshaw creates beautiful pieces of fused glass from her workshop just outside Princes Risborough. She has been teaching and working with glass for over six years and has evolved a distinct style of work that draws on her love of the natural world. From tiny pieces of jewellery to larger framed scenes depicting landscapes, seascapes, birds, trees and rainbows, she is fascinated by the vibrant qualities and depth of field that working with colour glass can offer. Birds and animals are individually hand painted in exquisite detail, each taking several hours to complete, and are available to order. Commissions welcome.
Mike has been painting acrylic landscapes for the past 25 years and has exhibited his works throughout Bucks, Berks and Oxon during that time. His works depict bluebells, poppies locally and lavender, sunflowers in Provence.
Tim’s paintings are dramatic and spectacular, large landscape, cityscapes and portraiture shows his keen eye for composition and a skilled use of colour, painting in mixed media, acrylics, pastels and oils.
Acrylic / Mixed Media
I work mainly in acrylics but I also like to use different mediums. I do not have a favourite subject as such, although I find a lot of my inspiration comes from animals and wildlife. I am constantly trying to develop my style, which has recently become slightly more abstract and expressive. I have started to use a palette knife to create texture, whilst keeping some detail on the subject. I also enjoy graphite pencil drawing, where I tend to focus on rather more detail then I would with a painting.
Acrylic / oil
Sue paints from her studio in Weston Turville and is a member of Bucks Visual Images Grp. She has been a regular exhibitor for several years during Bucks Art weeks and will also be exhibiting her work in a joint show with her husbands photography at the Courtyard Art Gallery in Wendover during February 2019. Sue travelled around South America last year and took inspiration from the very varied landscapes and places she visited.
Architect, Priest, Singer, Actor, Musician, Artist
An architect, Priest, Singer, Actor, Station Master. Musician now trying to become an artist
Eddie now based in Lynton, Devon is a ceramic artist that exhibits extensively around the UK.
His work is mostly ‘non-functional’ and is typified by its intricate carving.
Known as the ‘Raku Man’ specialising in the ancient Japanese firing technique ‘Raku’. Eddie has been teaching Raku for over fifteen years and regular hold workshops at the Phoenix Studio, Towersey were he teaches other ceramic artist and his students this fantastic firing process.
As well as the work he is exhibiting at this event Eddie also produces a range of geometric style raku fired animals that are sold worldwide.
Batik on Silk
I am from Scotland where I gained my degree in printed Textile Design from Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art, Dundee. I am a freelance artist and textile designer specialising in handcrafted batik. My designs are influenced by the vivid colours, amazing patterns and textures in our natural surroundings. I create original designs on silk using the traditional technique of batik which involves layers of wax resist and overdyeing until the final colour is revealed when the wax is removed. Each piece is therefore truly unique.
Acrylic / Watercolour / Mixed Media
With a 30year RAF background, painting and drawing has always been important in John’s life, and his work has developed over the years, embracing several styles and media. A self taught artist, he likes to experiment with oils, pen and ink and watercolour, but is currently concentrating on acrylic, using the landscape and still life as a source of ideas. He is also an enthusiastic member of the Wycombe Court Artists and West Wycombe Art Group, and regularly exhibits in the Mall Galleries
My paintings are inspired by life, nature and my personal observations and experiences which together evolve onto the canvas in bright, striking, colourful textures. Several of my paintings are in private collections nationally and internationally.
My paintings are both figurative and semi-abstract and I enjoy working in a variety of mediums. Being experimental and responsive to new techniques and ideas so that my art work remains very much an ongoing process and an enjoyable challenge, I have gained so much from inspiring tutors and enjoy working with other painters. I’m delighted to have the chance to participate in exhibitions and open studios and to sell paintings in the Chilterns, the Malverns and in France. It’s very satisfying and encouraging when someone chooses a painting that you have created.
Acrylic / Watercolour / Mixed Media
Sheila has lived in Buckinghamshire most of her life and is currently enjoying experimenting with new techniques and generally being creative.
Acrylic / Watercolour
I trained at Wycombe Art School then worked in graphic design for eight years before starting to paint. I am a past member of the Hilliard Society of miniaturists also National Association of painters in acrylics. I have been running a local art class for 20 years. I lost sight in one eye two years ago but I am now painting again. Main interest my native Chiltern Hills.
Self-taught artist painting a variety of subjects including landscapes, portraits, pets and buildings in acrylics and oils. Frequently takes commissions.
Becky was raised in rural Bucks and has a love of all things furry, Her large scale, highly-realistic, quirky charcoal drawings often with stark white backgrounds show a clear influence from her former career as a professional photographer. The majority of her work is commission based, however creating work for exhibitions gives her cause to explore the local area with her camera, meet new people and have fun all under the vague guise of it being ‘work’. Her varied career included photography, the police and teaching. Then, following a family tragedy she finally decided to focus on her true love which is and always has been, drawing.
Mark Fennell is a professional portrait painter who works to commission from his home studio in the hilltop village of Brill in Bucks. He works predominantly in oils, portrait commissions to date include Antony Worrall Thompson, John Hood, Lord Mayor of Birmingham and singer-songwriter John Otway. His work has been selected for exhibition with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries London on a number of occasions. Mark was elected member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2007. He is also a member of Bucks Art Society and was elected member Oxford art society in 2018. As well as portraiture, Mark enjoys the challenge of painting outdoors, working at speed to capture the fleeting effects of light over landscape.
2D & 3D mixed media
Jackie has been an Artist all her life and worked in 2 and 3D art using many media. Continuously developing new artistic ideas. Her pictures may be sparked off by anything from newspaper articles to a spectacular sunset. Light colour shape, imagination and escape. Fine edges, movement and quirky fun.
Prints and cards
Alexandra captures her favourite scenery as colourful, reduction linocuts. This relief printing technique involves cutting and printing several layers of colour from the same block of lino in order to build up an image. Only small editions are created of each print and each one is printed by hand. Alexandra lives and works in Bicester where she also teaches private lino cutting workshops. She is a founder member of the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild, a best seller on the Artfinder online marketplace, and her linocuts have been displayed at the Royal Academy and Mall Galleries in London.
Colour pencils / pastels / oil
Born in Italy, moved to England in 2003, living in Aylesbury Bucks. I graduated with a degree in Art painting in 1991 at the ‘Reala Accademia di Belle Arti’ (Royal Academy of fine arts.) In Naples Italy. Further on I obtained an additional Diploma in decoration and Painting techniques at the ‘Istituto d’Arte F.Palizzi (Art School) in Naples Italy in 1992. Since graduating I have been working as an artist, illustrator, Graphic Designer, Pre press technician, produced art paintings, bespoke portraits, book illustrations, graphic design and illustration work for advertising agencies in Italy and UK.
Gouache on slate
Back at Longwick after a short break! This time exhibiting wildlife studies painted on slate and also displaying a selection of pebbles turned into creatures! Just when you had thought you had seen it all…
Watercolour / Ink
After leaving school and studying at Amersham College followed by a Graphic Design and Printmaking degree in Brighton. Jay worked for several years as a freelance designer in London before relocating to Bucks. Returning to her first love of painting in recent years, Jay’s range of watercolour, ink and mixed media paintings have proven very popular. Known for her use of colour Jay is keen to pass on her skills and her workshops fill quickly. Jay’s work can be seen at several galleries and she regularly participates in Art shows locally, across South East and London.
A very popular artist who was born and bred in Longwick. Subject matter is local landscapes and views around Dartmoor.
Acrylic / Watercolour
I am a self taught artist and have been a member of the West Wycombe Art Grp for over 20 years. Also a member of George & Dragon painters and exhibit annually in Bucks Art weeks. Painting mainly still life and flowers in acrylic and watercolour, but have recently started to use oils again. Also enjoy landscapes and portraits using a variety of mediums including pastels, charcoal and watercolour pencils.
Ray Styles is a self taught artist. His watercolours have been exhibited at various galleries and exhibitions including the R.I. Annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries. His work is represented in the County Art Collection at Aylesbury Museum and used in their 2013 exhibition; ‘The Wonders Of Woodland’.
Caroline is an Amersham based sculptor and exhibits extensively in and around Bucks. Her ceramic work includes indoor and outdoor pieces specialising in organic, human and animal forms. “I am particularly excited about the process of Raku – a ceramic decoration achieved by chance!” Raku is a process which originated in Japan as a form of decoration for tea bowls and creates an exciting semi predictable crackled finish as the work is taken out of the kiln at 1000 degrees centigrade and put into smoking sawdust. Caroline is an active member of the Bucks Art Society, Bucks Potters and Sculptors and Wycombe Court Artists. She also exhibits at Askett Studio and local Galleries.
Acrylic / mixed media
“My approach is both figurative and semi-abstract with the colours, textures and shapes of the countryside and coast my main interest. But I vary subjects and mediums and don’t stick to a particular ‘style’ as I like to be as responsive, experimental and versatile as possible. I have gained so much from many inspiring tutors; I enjoy working with others in local art groups and am delighted to have exhibited in the Chilterns, the Malverns and in France. It’s very satisfying when someone chooses a painting that you have created.”
Professionally Gareth specialises in wedding and portrait photography having a home studio in Monks Risborough. However, living in the Chilterns gives Gareth many opportunities to get out and about with his camera satisfying his passion for wildlife photography.
Born 1951. Mainly self-taught and I have been painting from a very early age. I have sold work at Bucks Open Studios, at Galleries in Oxford, Marlow and at an exhibition in London. My work is inspired by stories, mystery and memories.
Canvas and Paper
I love painting, it is a fabulous antidote to the trials and tribulations of 4 children! I paint in acrylics on canvas and on antique or vintage box lids. I hope you enjoy my work.
Michael paints many different subjects in watercolour and enjoys the wet-into-wet technique which produces the dramatic effects in his work. He exhibits widely and takes watercolour courses for adults at Widmer End Village Hall and in the Artsmart School of Art in Beaconsfield. He also gives evening and day workshops.
Watercolour / Mixed Media
Ann is a member of the Chilterns Art Group and successfully exhibits her work. She particularly enjoys working in watercolour and mixed media.
I have studied art for many years but only started painting seriously in my retirement. What started as a one day a week introduction at Amersham College swelled to become a full degree. I work mainly in oils on landscape themes such as the Millennium Bridge and the Swiss Alps. I love the creative drive of painting and if others like my work then that is the “cherry on the top”
I am a self taught watercolour artist based in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside. I started painting in 2017 to support my journey towards recovery from anorexia. Painting allowed me to rediscover a world full of life and colour, reconnecting me to myself through animals and nature. My mission for this business is to bring life and colour into homes!
Christopher Dignan is an amateur astronomer who became hooked on the subject when he first looked at Saturn through a telescope 13 years ago. He now has an observatory in his back garden from where he takes images using refracting and reflecting telescopes of 3 to 8 inches in width on driven mounts. He uses various cameras including very sensitive specialist devices and adapted DSLR’s. Exposures range from a split second to several minutes and most images combine hundreds or thousands of shots. He hopes his images will inspire people to look at the heavens with even more wonder!!
Stoneware / Mixed Media
After graduating as a mature student in 1998 with a degree in 3D design ceramics, I was blessed with many opportunities to continue my practice. With a background in textiles and fashion design, it wasn’t difficult to translate those skills into clay.
20 years experience means that I am able to pass on what I have learned to help people to discover their own creativity on one of my workshops.
It’s wonderful to watch the confidence grow in someone who thinks they cannot make anything.
The journey with clay has led me to many exciting events, both national and international.
The most memorable was; The international Ceramics fair in Nelson New Zealand. Where it turned out that I was the international element! lols
There are also some wonderful galleries who have supported me for more than a decade, and continue to do so to date.
My own gallery in the grounds of Claydon House (NT) has a lovely courtyard garden and my studio. I Have lived and worked here for over 17 years.
George studied drawing and painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. He has studied watercolour painting under Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic. In 2018 he was winner of ‘The Public’s Choice’ at Bucks Art Society Spring exhibition. He runs art classes and watercolour classes in Sydenham, near Chinnor. He does individual and group tutoring, demos and workshops for art clubs and societies
Bronze resin / marble resin
Local artist Judy’s main interest is in stylised figurative work, involving the study of movement and body language in the human form and animals. Judy works mostly in wax which is then cast professionally in bronze or various resins. Some of her work is large enough for a garden setting. Judy is a member of the Bucks Art Society and the Oxford sculpture group and exhibits with them at other local exhibitions.
Acryllic / Collage
Charlotte studied BA hons silversmithing, jewellery and allied craft at London Guildhall University Graduating in 1998. Her jewellery was exhibited in a number of galleries before settling down to family life she began painting again 3 years ago at Stewart Cloughs adult art classes and continues to attend monthly. Charlette hope to make more time to paint as a form of relaxation
Stoneware / Raku
I began ceramics in the mid ’90s attending adult education courses and various workshops including mixed media courses at Amersham College. Nature and primitive art forms are my main source of inspiration to create unique, hand-built ethnic and wildlife sculptures.
A founding member of the Buckinghamshire craft guild, i have been working primarily in print, textile and embroidery for the past 10 years. The majority of my work has been in portraiture, creating embellished photopolymer etchings with the addition of gold leaf, vintage jewels, collage, lace, beading and hand stitched embellishments.