As a child my brother and I were bundled into the sidecar of my Dads motor bike and whisked off to a magical place called the seaside. This began my life-long love of the British seaside holiday and all the fun and joy that comes with it.
For years I have had to satisfy myself with photography until Christmas 2012 when I thought now or never and picked up a paint brush and had a go. To my surprise I found that I had so many ideas floating about in my head that I just had to get them out.
My paintings are all about bright colour and life.
I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed painting them and maybe have a little chuckle.
I was brought up in a very creative 'Bohemian' household. My father was an artist, who established a highly successful business, sculpting and manufacturing model soldiers. Under his guidance, I learned about handling paint, colour mixing and attention to detail at a very early age.
Having painted on canvas for many years, I discovered working on wood around six years ago and have not looked back. Each piece is a ready-made landscape. I take the wood, see the landscape presented and paint what I feel is appropriate for the wood. A habitat for a wild and beautiful animal.
Whilst many of the creatures I paint are British, I am increasingly inspired by the Arctic and by Norse legends.
Peter was born in Somerset, and studied at the West of England College of Art. Throughout his working life in design and advertising agencies he still continued to paint in my spare time. He paints mainly landscapes and seascapes in oils. His work has been exhibited in the home counties, London, Europe, America and on many charitable occasions.
In 2005, his work was selected from 10,000 artists worldwide to be one of the launching artists for a new gallery in the USA.
John has painted with watercolours since childhood. He studied Fine Art at Hammersmith College in London and later Graphic Design at Reigate College of Art.
Relocating to the West Country in the late eighties, he taught at Millfield Summer School, The Blue School, and Strode College. John now lives in Wookey Hole, nr Wells, He mainly paints in the evocative Somerset Levels and Mendip Hills, preferring a direct plein-air approach and aiming to capture a sense of immediacy and place.
John has been a very successful artist exhibiting in solo, group and open exhibitions. Last Autumn John received national recognition winning first prize in the Sunday Times watercolour competition.
Based in South Somerset, Mike Jackson has a passion for creating funny pictures. Mike Jackson was greatly inspired by LS Lowry, influenced mainly because he was a friend of his Grandfather. His ideas come mainly when he is out driving, and thinking about quirky little images to paint.
I do seem to have the best job in the world. Go to nice places, sit down for an hour, and enjoy the warmth. It’s a good life. Even if I do have to balance on a precarious three-legged stool. Lucky for you I can’t intellectualise about my work, I don’t have complex reasons for doing it, and I often don’t know why I draw a certain subject. And do you know what? That doesn’t bother me. I just like the colours, the overlay of man-made structures, the accidents of architecture over time.
But, I do like my paints, and the papers I use, and the pens, all chosen carefully after years of blots and scratches and nib bending.
I work on a small scale and my preferred medium is oil. My choice of subject matter is eclectic, dictated by an intrinsic quality I find attractive, be it a person, place or object. There must be a focal point which dominates, to which the surrounds are subordinate and simply stated.
Specialist in Portraits, Murals and Animal Portraits. Based in Somerset and Devon in the UK and Costa Rica.
Andrea Oke's work examines behaviour and its links to concealed thoughts, feelings or memories.
Andrea graduated from the University of the West of England with a first class honours degree in Drawing and Applied Arts. She has won awards to attend the Helsinki Drawing Laboratory at Aalto University, Helsinki (2013) and Somerset Art Works Emerging Artist Bursary (2014).
David lives near Bath. He is a landscape painter, working with Watercolours and water-based media. He was elected a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 2011 and won the Neil Meacher RI sketchbook award in 2012.
“I am passionate about watercolour, with its fluidity and uncontrollable nature; finding how the medium can be used to express and convey a feeling for the moods and atmosphere of my local landscape. The Mendip Hills and Wetlands, near to my home in Somerset, are the inspiration for the vast majority of my work and painting outdoors most of the time allows me to connect to it as I strive to achieve a feeling for the sense of place.”
Kaye Parmenter is a British Artist who works with both watercolour and acrylic mediums and her work is collected internationally. Kaye’s style of painting is spontaneous and has an ethereal quality. She aims to capture life, energy and atmosphere in her work, by use of light, colour and energetic brush strokes. Choice of subject matter is purely down to what inspires her at a particular
moment in time.
Kaye was born in Hertfordshire and has always had a creative nature and a love of art. Following a later move to Somerset and a subsequent art course at Constable Country’s Flatford Mill in Suffolk, Kaye’s art career has grown beyond her dreams.
I feel my work is more about “painting” than “flowers”. The subject matter is just a means to explore the skill of tonal values, composition and the drawn line. I have moved through various phases in my development from minimalist poppy images to more complex structured paintings, exploring a deeper resonance of colour. I visited India in 2011 which left a lasting impression on me. The intense colours I saw around me challenged my thinking as to how I could replicate the importance of the relationship of colours to each other thus creating movement on canvas. My latest works are the result of this thinking. I have taken the abstract form to a larger scale, intensified the colours by adding a resin finish, thus improving the “movement” within the work.
Rosalind has been painting miniatures for over thirty years, specialising in watercolour landscapes. After studying for three years at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art Oxford, where miniature painting was definitely not an acceptable part of the course, she held her first solo exhibition in Tavistock. This was the first of over a dozen solo shows, and at the same time, she was also submitting miniatures to various major art exhibitions in the UK and abroad, with significant success.
I’ve always seen Art as a magical gift.
Both my parents were Art teachers, so it was always part of our family life growing up.
Although I’ve got my A-level and completed water colour courses, it was only to enhance my passion.
Creating Art is a true privilege.
How can we not be inspired by Somerset’s beautiful countryside and seasides.
Or seeing a wonderful creature from another place and seeing its majestic flare.
To see something that is truly beautiful and finding all the colours it can hold is a gift... and I treasure this with every brush stroke.
The presence and absence of light is the most fundamental concept behind all my paintings. Although often diffused or obscured, it permeates even the heaviest of skies, giving hope and acting as an uplifting counterpoint to dark, mysterious seas. Feelings of insignificance and isolation are instilled by the vast depth and scale of these two elements. The horizon also plays a critical role; the eye is naturally drawn to it, striving to make sense of its infinite space. Although it is normally best described by the apparent meeting of sea and sky, it is often indistinct or entirely lost, and while our logical mind attempts to find it, we are drawn into and through the scene.
Emily Powell is a dynamic and expressive painter. Her work is filled with energy, from vast skies of broad brushstrokes to lively line work sketching out the land below. Ever present in Emily’s work is the joy of experience. Through free and loose compositions, vibrant with colour and gestural marks, she expresses the pleasure of being a part of a landscape or home, a moment as it stands apart from the next or simply the arrival of a cup of tea.
Living in Devon, the natural world is fundamental to her practice and Emily regularly heads out to paint and sketch en plein-air. Repeated trips and thorough preparation in her studio beforehand afford her the ability to capture moments in time that she can share. Marking down on canvas a passing breeze, the warmth of sunlight on the back of her neck or the fleeting movement of clouds, Emily invites the viewer to become a part of her world.
Emily has already collaborated with prestigious institutions including the British Museum, National Galleries of Scotland, Museum of Modern Art (New York), Gallery of Modern Art (Glasgow) and L. Cornellisen & Sons on a range of commercial projects.