Our Artists (Who exhibited at our last 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
Vanda Richards - Colkirk Norfolk
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.
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 is practised in all mediums and produces a wide range of artwork.
Patricia Murdock - Raunds, Northamptonshire
Roy Avis - Hargrave Northamptonshire
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
Pam Clark - Hartford, Cambridgeshire
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
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 exhibtions, 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.
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. https://www.facebook.com/richard.cranwell.1?fref=ts
Ann Hoile - Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire Textiles
Jim Francis - Great Barford, 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. http://www.theartofenvy.co.uk/
Jane Miller & Diane Riddy - Wendover, Buckinghamshire & Dunstable, Bedfordshire
We are twin sisters who have always enjoyed painting but have only taken this passion further in recent years. Our subject matter does vary and although we'll have a go at most things, we enjoy figurative painting, animals and flowers. Although our styles are similar we strive to produce individual pieces stamping our own personal mark on our work. Having said that, we thought it would be a nice idea to work together and have now produced our first two canvases jointly under the name of Jadi. We are holding our own Exhibition in Buckinghamshire on 12 September where we shall be showing more work from Jadi and our own individual work. We are members of the Visual Images Group and take part in several local exhibitions. www.dianeriddy.com www.janemillerart.com
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.
Di Olver - Milton Keynes
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’
Kevin Holdaway - Birstal, Leicestershire
Printmaking Today award winning Artist: Kevin Holdaway, has been the Senior Technical
Instructor in Printmaking, at De Montfort University, since 1990. Although born in
Hampshire, he has lived in Leicestershire since graduating with a Fine Art degree
in 1989. He teaches a wide range of traditional printmaking techniques including:
relief, screen printing and intaglio, and enjoys passing on his skills to others
who share his passion for print. Kevin is an internationally exhibited Artist, and
has been the Master Printer for various others including Fluxus Artist Alison Knowles
and Concrete Poet Edwin Morgan. He also volunteers as a technical advisor at Milton
Keynes Printmakers on a regular basis and has taught workshops demonstrating techniques
across England. He is a member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. Though
mainly working with imagery of a topological and personal nature, his work encompasses
all traditional techniques in printmaking and on a wide variety of subject matter.
An enthusiasm for the urban environment, cityscapes and architecture, creates a clear
foundation for much of his work. His experiences of these environments are worked
into image form, with the intention of reflecting the memories he associates with
these spaces and his initial feelings on first contact with them. His prints are
made up of many components, some are of a topographical nature, others are more concerned
with monumentalism, but all of his works explore pattern, tone, historical context,
artistic references and social comment. “I like to invite the viewer into the work
and explore. To take a journey through the many visual layers involved and to discover
or reveal something of the moment I experienced, or that they may have.”
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. 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) 2days 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.
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
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.
Rosemary Franklin Kings Langley, Herts Poetry
David John Leathers - St Neots, Cambridgeshire
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
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.
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, 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 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 - …. 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?”
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.
Sheila Jackson - Keysoe, Bedfordshire
Sheila Jackson has always had a very strong, creative side and has been involved in some form of art since she was a child. Although largely self-taught, she has attended many classes and worked with various mediums, but discovering acrylics and abstract art has opened up an exciting new world of design and creativity. She loves the flexibility of acrylic and the fact that these beautiful bold colours truly stand out on the canvas! She hopes that her large- format paintings will complement any interior design and bring life and colour into people's homes.
Val Littlewood - Grafham, Cambridgeshire
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!
Lynne Thirkell - Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire
I use a variety of printmaking methods which are interesting to blend together . Etching ,dry point,Collograph and monotype. Collograph 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.
Zeta McGowan - Riseley, Bedfordshire
I studied at foundation level in London over 30 years ago and having only recently
picked up my brushes again I have launched my first website. I do not profess to
be an artistic genius, but an artist whose artistic journey is very much in progress.
I paint what I love, which in general is animals. I prefer to work in acrylic as
I love that it dries so quickly, you will see the odd oil painting on my site but
they are fewer in number as I haven’t quite got enough patience to watch them dry
yet! I love bright colours, the louder the better. I particularly love using metallic
paints, being a secret fan of bling! I have recently started taking on commissions
and I am happy to chat through the process with you, whether you are after an original
or limited edition print, both will be supplied with a certificate of authenticity.
Emma Wright - Godmanchester Cambridgeshire
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 Walkem - Riseley, Bedfordshire
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 thise 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.
Alayne Horton - Luton, Bedfordshire
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.
ffolliot Fisher - Thurleigh, Bedfordshire
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.
Sarah Schofield - Covington, Cambridgeshire
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.
Rachel Broadbent - Ampthill, Bedfordshire
Rachel grew up in Birmingham and is now based in Bedfordshire. Her studies were all in music and after doing a degree at Birmingham Conservatoire and a post graduate course at Guildhall School of Music she became a professional oboist. Rachel now works with many orchestras around the country and is working with the next generation of musicians teaching the oboe at Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior department. Music has always been a huge passion that has lead her to work with many of the top musicians in the world along with being invited to coach students in this country and abroad. Alongside all her music making Rachel always made things, her parents were used to things suddenly having a make over and she made a huge amount of things from Fimo.
In 2015 Rachel read about Metal Clay and decided it sounded like a more sparkly version of Fimo! Within two months of starting to make pieces from Art Clay Silver friends had started commissioning pieces as gifts for others. Making Jewellery from Art Clay Silver allows Rachel to be creative in a totally different way. Music is wonderful but as soon as you have played the piece it is gone forever and making jewellery allows her to be creative in a visual way alongside her emotional creativity with music. Organic shapes, nature and texture is what inspires Rachel in her jewellery making and small wearable design is what appeals to her and knowing that each piece she makes is different.
Rachel is thrilled to have some pieces selling at the Blue Bramble Gallery as St Ives is a place she loves. Coming from a land locked region of the country she finds the sea inspiring and wonderful and when combined with the beauty of St Ives you couldn’t really ask for anything more which is why she has holidayed there for the past 3 years and will be back many more times!
Linda Helliar - Bigleswade, Bedfordshire
I’m interested in textures and pastes within my framed paintings and canvases. I love nature and the bright colours of flowers and try to replicate them through inks and acrylic and watercolour and other mixed media. I have shown my work in many exhibitions and accept commissions.
Dave Thomas - Thurleigh, Bedfordshire
Living in Bedfordshire, born in Lincolnshire, much of my childhood was spent in Germany, Holland and around the UK. My career has also taken me on global journeys, reaching out and absorbing a diverse group of cultures and experiences which has made me who I am today. I have always had a creative flair and a strong passion for art and design. This passion broke the surface in recent years and has developed me into a self taught artist who loves to diversify and experiment with a variety of mediums. Some of my work is a result of much research and off page studies, the rest just happens naturally, however every piece i create is fuelled by music of all kinds of genre. For me, the music subdues the here and now and lets the creativity and ideas flow through.To date I have worked with graphite, Tombo markers, polychromos pencils (white on black paper creating negative space), pastel and acrylics, and I take inspiration from artists such as Fabian Perez, Jack Vettriano and Gabe Leonard.My most recent work is oil on canvas, which has produced my most favourite and rewarding pieces. Although I will always strive to explore other mediums and occasionally step back to some earlier techniques, my main path is set for oil on canvas with the goal of becoming a full time artist and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Annette Elizabeth Sykes - Raunds, Northamptonshire
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.
Richard Stockings - Thailand
Born 1971, educated in Norfolk. Trained as a teacher at (the then) Bedford Teacher Training College, specialising in Sport and Art. After qualifying, taught in Norfolk until 2012, exhibiting his art at a number of venues including the Theatre Royal in Norwich. He then moved to a British International School in Thailand where he now holds a senior management post as well as teaching art. Working in oil pastel he seeks to fuse a realism with contemporary design and to capture light, colour and movement.
Anja Penger-Onyett - Blunham, Bedfordshire
Anja started working with ceramics over 25 years ago by attending ceramic courses and evening classes. Since 2008 she is a full-time potter. She throws most of her work on the potters-wheel,using white stoneware clay, which is fired to high temperatures. Anja was initially inspired by Japanese and Chinese style glazes, - celadons, tenmokus, oxblood copper red. To achieve these glazes the work has to be fired in a kiln with an open flame (gas-kiln).At a certain point during the firing the atmosphere is being starved of oxygen by closing a damper over the flue exit. This creates a reduction atmosphere and the very oxygen-hungry flame has to find the oxygen from the glazes. Magically copper green turns into red and iron honey-brown into greens or blues. Other glazes are fired in a computer controlled electric kiln, achieving brighter brilliant blue/-green colours.Anja mixes all her glazes from raw materials and she never stops experimenting! Her work is functional -bowl, vases, plates, as well as decorative/sculptural (meteorites, poppy seed head). Due to the high firing temperature the decorative work can be kept outside all year round. Heads).Due to the high firing temperature the decorative work can be kept outside all year round.