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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

  

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 has knowledge in all mediums and produces a wide range of artwork.

 

Rhona MacKillop                    Ewyas Harold  Herefordshire

 

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 www.catherinepeddel.com


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

 

 Jim Francis                             Willington, 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. LINK



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.


David John Leathers                Bury St Edmonds

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
www.davidjohnleathers.co.uk


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 exhibitions, 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.


Katherine Taylor                     Shefford, Bedfordshire

Katherine Taylor designs and hand-makes all of the items (except some chains) sold by Katie Flutie Jewellery. Starting making jewellery as a teenager following a youth orchestra tour of France and Germany, Katherine has developed her skills by taking courses in France, Hatton Garden and Cambridgeshire. She is an inveterate doodler and sees inspiration for her designs in everyday life and the countryside around her home in rural Bedfordshire.  Katherine is a member of the Artists Network Bedfordshire with which she has exhibited. She exhibited at the Mardleybury Gallery in Datchworth, Hertfordshire in 2015 and is regularly invited to participate in art and craft exhibitions and fairs.  Katherine plays the flute so her personal strap line might be “playing with silver”!


Rosemary Franklin                  Kings Langley, Herts

 

June Meadows                         Bedford

June retired from careers in nursing and education in 1991 and studied for a HND in Fine Art from 2004-7.  Since then June has been working as a printmaker.  June is a member of Milton Keynes Printmakers and Gainsborough House Print workshop.  For the last four years June has been working on a series of prints inspired by Kirby Hall, the magnificent, partly ruined Elizabethan House in Northamptonshire. Kirby Hall has fascinated June ever since she first visited it about 70 years ago.  Every visit provides a new viewpoint and is a constant source of delight and although, within this new exhibition June has a few Kirby Hall pictures she is also exhibiting some very different work from her normal topic.

Ann Hoile                                
              Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire


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 and then moving on into medical and scientific. More recently working in computer graphics.  Continually trying to capture the world around me in all its detail, I find great inspiration in the life and light of our coastline and rivers. Primarily a pastel artist, I also paint wildlife and animal portraiture, mainly on velour which I find gives an almost tactile finish to the picture.
I have exhibited for several years in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, and have recently joined ANB, exhibiting in their Spring and Christmas Shows. I also take pastel workshops for local art societies and groups.'

                                                                                                                                                  

Anine Cockwell                                      Over, Cambridgeshire

The inspiration for most of Anine’s sculptures comes from a deep and profound understanding of animals, developed over years of study and practical work.  Anine carved animals are not simple facsimilies of the original form - she tries to capture a depth of feeling, emotion, and movement that makes them 'Living Stones'.  Following 5 years working on the island of Texel in the Environmental Education department of EcoMare, the Centre for the Wadden and North Seas, I am now based in Cambridgeshire, UK.  Nonetheless, the sea remains a great influence on my work. http://www.living-stone-sculpture.co.uk/                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                    

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    


 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                                Kettering Northamptonshire        

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.
www.bewilderbeest.co.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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.                                                                

 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.


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!


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 colors 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.

                                                                                     

 Anna Reed                                                          Bedford                                                                                                                                          Anna creates in her 'she-shed' studio in Bedfordshire, using an assortment of oils, acrylics, pencil and charcoal.  Anna's strength and passion lies with photo-realistic portrait work. She has an ability to be able to manipulate these different mediums to produce impressive results.  Each and every piece she produces truly certifies her incredible talent and always captures the detail and personality of the subject.

                                                              

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


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

  



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.”


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’     http://www.woodengravers.co.uk/exhibitions-updates/   www.dioliver.co.uk



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.


Pat Chalk                                                                            Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire

I have always lived in or close to countryside and I have four dogs. On retiring I joined an Art club where I tried Watercolour, then Pastel which I enjoyed. Seven years later I was introduced to Oils. I loved the freedom and found it exiting, it has become my favourite medium


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.  


Lorna Brown                                                                           Buckden, Cambridgeshire

I always enjoyed art but didn’t start painting seriously until my family had grown up and I had a little more time.  I began with an (Art class for the terrified)! I am sure I wouldn’t have had the courage to join an established group at the time. I was hooked from the first lesson and haven’t looked back since. We started with watercolour then progressed to oil, coloured pencils, acrylics and pastels. My favourite mediums are acrylic and pastels.The subjects I choose are usually landscapes because holidays’ provide lots of inspiration but I have done abstracts, birds and flowers.   I belong to Ellington and Grafham Art Group which is great and we learn a lot from each other.


Maggie Amos                                                                            Wistow Toll, Cambridgeshire

I was born in South Bedfordshire and have lived near Wistow in Cambridgeshire for the past 20 yrs. Art of all sorts has always been important to me...oil and pastel being my mediums until about 10 years ago. I longed to unravel some of the mysteries of Watercolour and its happy accidents have thrilled me ever since.  Being half Hungarian, I was always exposed to the beautiful floral folk art present in their embroidery and still use my version of those designs in my work now and again.  I am a trained Ultrasonographer and worked within the NHS for 30 yrs. I now do a small amount of Payroll work from home and can spend a good amount of my time in my home studio.  Following many local requests, I hold small workshops for folk who are new to art generally and don’t know where to start. I give taster sessions in Watercolour, Acrylics, Pastel and Textile Art. My sessions are very informal, and very much based on a step by step mini project, to help build confidence.


Kris Viney                                                                                        Eaton Socon, St Neots, Cambridgeshire

I have over 20 years experience as a graphic designer and retouch artist. In the last few years I have been very keen in photography which I’ve been able to combine with my retouching to create some visual imagery which lends itself well to canvas art and framed prints. My wife is also a keen photographer and has been an important inspiration in my journey. Together we have put together a selection of canvas art which you can view at:

  www.enhance-design.net/canvas-art  


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 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.


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.


Susan Wheeler                                                                                        St Neots, Cambridgeshire

I’ve been dabbling in watercolour for 20 years on and off.  Then I sold some pictures at the East Sutherland Art Society exhibition and am now taking myself more seriously as an artist.  I love nature, especially flowers and am inspired by colour and texture in watercolour. I would describe my work as abstract flowers and landscapes using mainly salt and cling film to create textures. I mix my own colours and even give the colours in my palate my own unique names such as “lichen, moss, sea, grass” and I love the surprise of scraping off the dry salt to see what I’ve got.







                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


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