PAINTING A - G

SARAH BALL

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Draftsmanship is key to who I am and what I create. I feel it is important to introduce the factor of the hand. It gives our images identity, like that of handwriting. Through seeing it we are then able to consider it and then understand it.

Shape captivates me. I look intensely and wait my judgement upon my piece of paper until I am ready to "expect the unexpected". The shape of the object makes me determine the line quality. Judgements are passed with the intermingled sense of how I am feeling about what I have created. Sometimes it frustrates me, other times I feel overjoyed. This up and down rush from a few brush-strokes. I feel I am living it. It absorbs me until I am done.

JENNY BARON

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Born in the West Country to a horticulturalist Cornish father and an art loving Russian mother. Jenny grew up in East Africa and later The Isles of Scilly and Somerset. She studied textile design at The Central School of Art in London and then worked designing textiles and wallpapers, with Chelsea Textile Designs. In 1988 a series of paintings of rare Magnolias submitted to the RHS and won a Silver Gilt medal and led to a first solo show of paintings.

Since then I have exhibited every year in my house in Watchet, sometimes as part of the Somerset Arts Weeks and also in galleries here and there in the UK.

RACHAEL BENNETT

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British artist Rachael Bennett born in 1956 grew up in Hampshire and attended Winchester School of Art, she then went to Liverpool University to complete her first degree. She then moved to London where by the age of 22 she was running a successful textile design business. Bennett, using her experience with a wide range of art making materials produces evocative, powerful descriptions of liminal space, mostly in the form of land and seascapes. Her interest is in the integration of the materials used and a story to be told. Her process and philosophy is bold, informed by the bold life/work decisions she has always been able to make. She has professional representation and continues to exhibit widely.

MARTIN BENTHAM RWA

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Martin Bentham has been a full-time professional artist since graduating from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1985.

Primarily a figurative painter, Martin prefers to work directly from his subjects, which are mostly derived from the people and landscape of the Mendip Hills, where he lives.

MIKE BERNARD RI

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Born in Kent in 1957 award winning Mike Bernard trained at the West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, followed by postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools. Since then he has exhibited widely in London and the provinces. The artist was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1997. He moved to Devon in 2008 where he has been inspired by the amazing light.

Mike Bernard enjoys experimenting with media and techniques, often using mixed media incorporating collage and acrylics. Mike has used paper collage for several years and has developed a highly original and appealing style of his own.

COLIN BROWN

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Colin has 26 years experience as an artist based in the South West. Working for design and advertising companies in the UK and Europe, then later to go into publishing.

He has produced art work for companies that include Hasbro/ illustrating Transformer packaging, Mattel/ Barbie, Saga, Corgi Toys, Kraft, Audi, Burtons Biscuits, St Ivel, Castrol Marine, Cuprinol, Dawes Bikes as well as Guinness Book Of Records.

MARIE BURKE

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I am drawn to the effortless beauty of the natural world and fascinated by the ease of its structures, the complex twists and turns that can be missed in the blink of an eye. They bring to mind the sinuous, asymmetrical curves of Art Nouveau. By portraying my botanical subjects larger than life, I like to draw attention to the flow of creation that surrounds us as a reaction to the complicated world that we construct for ourselves.

My paintings are botanically accurate, this is very important as it is a passing of time over which I have complete control in an otherwise chaotic and unpredictable world. 

LEO DAVEY

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2019 Sunday Times Watercolourist of the year.


Leo studied at Falmouth College of Art in Cornwall.

He now lives and works in his home town of Minehead in West Somerset where he has his studio/Gallery.

Leo has won the “Evolver Prize”, has been a prize winner at the A303, Millfield & Ilminster open exhibitions.  He has shown at the RWA and had paintings in “The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2012, 13, 14 & 15” and the “Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour” at London’s Mall Galleries.

MATTHEW DEAN

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Matthew Dean is an artist based in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Dynamism is central to Matthew Dean’s work.

An established filmmaker and animator he has in recent years been developing his drawing and painting.

Working from life Dean explores movement through form, expanding on and developing techniques that he once studied as an animator.

Often using professional dancers as models he commits to canvas and more recently to mirror and metal; his focus on the dynamics of movement.

Dean’s ability to move between mediums is evident and his latest body of work on glass serves to reinforce the spirited quality of his work.

Adding to his repertoire Matthew has started producing pure abstract work.

Producing installation works based on energy, dynamics and shape. Tamed and untamed.

SAM DODD

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From her studio on a hillside in rural west Dorset, Sam Dodd paints the native Wildlife that she so loves- with birds being of a particular interest.

Using preliminary sketches and photos as reference, Sam applies the acrylic paint onto the canvas - initially in bold washes and splashes - leaving areas of white to create a fresh, dynamic feel, reflecting the constant movement in nature. Sam then works in the detail of her main character - be it an Owl, Fox or a Puffin - whilst maintaining vibrancy to her finished painting.

MARIA ELLIS

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I am passionate about painting and drawing. Art is my passion and has always been inspired by colour. 

I studied a three year degree course on Graphic Design at Gloucester College of Art I went on to work in publicity and advertising as a Visualiser.

While having a family I worked from home as a freelance illustrator. Designed and made up Macrame Owl Kits, selling at craft fairs and to the RSPB. I illustrated a small Cookery Book for what was then Jordans Wholefoods. Designed, edited and had printed magazines, 40+ pages for many years for FPSC (Frensham Pond Sailing Club) and owned and ran a Children’s Boutique and toy shop for 12 years in the beautiful Hampshire village of Odiham.

ANNA FITZGERALD

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Exmouth Artist Anna, paints stunning foxes and wild wolves. She works with resin, ink, acrylic and oils. Inspired by the beautiful Devon scenery and stunning sunsets she adds bright vivid colours to her original art.

East Devon is a beautiful location for an artist with its sandy beaches and open skies and wild moorland. Each painting holds a story.  It could be a childhood memory or English folklore.

SOPHIE GALLIERS

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I was born in Shropshire and graduated from Newcastle University in 1996 with a degree in fine art, after specialising in mixed media painting. Since that time I’ve continued to paint part-time while working within art education, firstly in the Midlands and then in the South West where I’m currently based. However, now able to concentrate full-time on my work, I am seeking to develop my technique and explore the themes within my painting in greater depth.

My subjects include both the rural beauty of the landscape around me in England and Wales, and the exploration of the natural world at a microscopic, cellular level.

ANDREW GALLOP

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Andrew lives in the Chew Valley, Somerset and enjoys walking – particularly over the Mendip Hills, Dartmoor and along the Cornish Coastal Path. This type of terrain, through all seasons, provides the subject matter for his paintings.

He tries to capture the feeling of being part of these open landscapes and so describing the space, the weather and the light is as important to him as the topography.

JAN GAY RBSA

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Inspiration can come from many sources, but essentially the common threads are my use of rich colour and strong compositions.

I work in my studio in Solihull and enjoy involvement with a number of art organisations. I am a member of the RBSA, a committee member of the Birmingham & Midland Pastel Society and a member of Solihull Artists Forum.

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RON GEORGE

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Working as both a professional painter and a professional art educationalist has been a feature of Ron George's career. Having completed Art School training, he also qualified and then worked as an art teacher in Leicestershire and north London before joining a government research team based at Goldsmiths, University of London. Then began a career-long process of leadership in University based Art Schools, including Cardiff, Leeds and Bath.

At Bretton Hall he worked to establish the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and also founded and built the National Art Education Archive. During a 10 year Vice Presidency of The League of European Art Schools, he was engaged in major research projects based in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, Helsinki, Madrid and Barcelona, and established international partnerships with art schools from New York to Beijing. As an adviser to major UK University based schools he has provided consultancy at Chelsea, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Exeter and Birmingham Schools of Art and been external examiner to PhD level. Ron George holds the title Emeritus Professor, and is an Honorary and lifelong Member of the European Art Schools.

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