We are proud to present the artists who exhibited in 2017…..

Melanie Charles

Paint

I studied at Banbury School of Art and gained a diploma in Art and Design I have worked on many artistic projects and jobs over the years, but re-associated myself with my paint brushes in the summer of 2013.  I now paint full time and love to create all sorts of animals on bright and vibrant backgrounds, I like nothing better than being creative in my studio.

Louise Rawlings

Paint

I am a fine artist living and working in Sutton Coldfield.

After a 20 year career in publishing I now concentrate on selling and exhibiting my original paintings.
As well as supplying several leading galleries, here in the UK and Australia, I also still license my work through a select group of publishers in both the UK and the US.
I am inspired by my everyday surroundings and work in a layered technique using emulsion, acrylic and gouache

Claire Henley

Paint

I’ve been a professional artist and designer for twenty-five years, working in such diverse fields as book illustration, stationery, toy design and textiles.

My paintings of the seascapes and landscapes of Britain have been published worldwide and I exhibit in several galleries from the West Country to Scotland.

I live in Stratford-upon-Avon, but head to the sea as often as I can!

Alison Bell

Bronze Sculpture

I try to make work that touches the free spirit in us, most often through my memories of childhood. I’m drawn to the times when we lived and played in our own imagination, unobserved, scaling fortresses, standing on the ramparts as kings of the castle.  Or sometimes just quietly inventing our own worlds.

My work is essentially figurative and rooted in my early practice as a portrait sculptor. But while the truth of the figure is important to me, my aim is to evoke the moment – the energy, the glee, our curiosity, the tenderness in our hearts.

I work in wax, remembering and observing, before casting in bronze.

I spent a year at The Glasgow School of Art and studied Modern History and Politics at Glasgow University. My training came from my time at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios, learning traditional skills alongside established artists. I was elected a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1997.

Claire Brierley

3D Driftwood

Claire is a self-taught artist working from her studio in Stratford-upon-Avon, where she produces quirky colourful acrylic paintings of houses, animals and people.

She also creates 3D works of art using reclaimed objects. Old wooden trays and cigar boxes become frames for rows of painted driftwood houses, with nails for chimneys and needle felted trees.

Deborah Collum

Textile art

I was a teacher of art for many years and am now a full time mixed media and textiles artist living and working in Stratford on Avon.

I explore colour and texture through a range of materials and am particularly fond of the forgiving and tactile qualities of recycled fabric.

Ann Donnelly

Glass

Ann Donnelly has a small kiln fused glass studio in her cottage garden in the village of Pebworth near Stratford upon Avon.  Following thirty years working as a museum professional, she started working in fused glass in 2011.  Ann is very much influenced by the wildlife in the local landscape and in her garden, especially the birds that nest and feed there.  She specialises in making small glass sculptures and delicate, hand finished gravity-drop vases and bowls.

Nicola Durrant

Paint

I originally trained as a textile designer but have spent most of my professional life designing for, and then, latterly, managing the production team of a large television company in New Zealand.

Returning to the UK 7 years ago I started painting the beautiful Cotswold countryside that surrounds my studio and I am lucky enough to be able to do this as a full time job.

Because of my textile training I am very drawn to the field patterns, the dry stone walls and hedge lines which offer much inspiration for my paintings.

Jenny Charles

Ceramics

My work is principally earthenware using a vibrant blue glaze, which is sympathetic to my mark making. Sculptural , “non- functional”,  work in vessel form being my main preoccupation. These are influenced essentially by man’s impact on the environment:-  ploughed fields, weathered buildings, rusting objects but also shadows and reflections. A variety of techniques are used: throwing, coiling, slab work, pinching, and extrusion.

Sara Huxley-Edwards

Paint and collage

Huxley-Edwards is a British artist based in Stratford-upon-Avon.  She graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a BA (hons) in Textiles and went on to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Manchester.  Her career has included teaching, lecturing and working as a professional artist.  Her work often explores the theme of Still Life in a contemporary semi abstract way.  She says of her work, “I am constantly trying to draw with a pure line. I want to describe objects sensitively from a minimal perspective”. She works predominantly in mixed media and collage.

Robin Mason

Paint

Most of my work involves light and water, which is why I’m often drawn to the coast, Cornwall in particular, and canals. I work mainly in oils and occasionally in pastel.

I also do my own framing, which can be a welcome distraction from painting and is always rewarding.

Helen Millar

Paint

Helen lives in Leicestershire with her family and wire fox terrier Stanley.

After studying Textile Design at college she has worked for various companies designing furnishings and wall coverings.

Helen now works from her home studio as a freelance watercolour artist taking inspiration from anything natural and always paints from life.

Pauline Montgomery

Ceramic

I am a ceramic artist living and working from my home in Glasgow, Scotland.

I graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1996 with a first class honours degree in ceramic design and after years of working in retail, getting married and raising my family, I finally took the plunge and purchased my first kiln three years ago.

The main influence on my work is the beauty in everyday, mundane objects and I am inspired by the way our environment can evoke different emotions.  I explore these themes in all my work but they can particularly be seen in my ceramic houses which are my signature pieces.

Everything I produce is individually handmade using earthenware and Scottish brick clay.

Zoe Petrie

Ceramics

I use stoneware clay and I have experimented with hand building and slip casting, but my main love is throwing forms on the wheel.  My work is mainly decorative raku ware. My inspiration comes from form, often organic and sculptural and also inspired from the practice of life drawing.

Nicola Richards

Ceramics

Nicola produces her pots in her garden studio in Leamington Spa.  Her functional domestic pots are wheel thrown or hand-built and decorated with a delightful palette of colourful slips.  Also on show will be her popular garden planters.

Nicola exhibits and sells her work to galleries and at selected shows throughout the UK.

Hilary Roberts

Photography

All my images originate from my photographs.  Then, elements may be inserted or removed; colours changed or harmonised.

A nostalgic feel may be created by adding multiple layers. Often, traffic signs, rubbish and unwanted people are removed.  The technical term for all this skilled and time-consuming work is “fiddling”.

Sarah Ross-Thompson

Print

Sarah is a Fine Art Printmaker, specialising in hand-inked collagraphs inspired by the British countryside. Her work combines the vibrant colours of oil-based etching inks with the highly textural nature of collage printing blocks. Her blocks are built from materials such as string, lichen, tissue paper and kitchen salt.

She moved from Dorset to the West Coast of Scotland in 2013 and is a member of the Edinburgh Printmakers. Her work is inspired by the diversity of the British landscape, from the rolling hills of the South Coast to the rugged, snow-capped mountains of Argyll.

In 2015, she was featured in the French magazine, Pratiques des Arts and had two pieces selected for the Royal Scottish Academy Winter Exhibition.

Tom Shepherd

 Paint

My paintings are a way for me to explore the wonder of the world around me, everything from exotic wildlife and the intrigue of places and people far from home, or simply the shadows cast across a sunlit street right outside my front door. What fascinates me most is the way light brings the subject to life.

Anya Simmons

Paint

My work is profoundly influenced by beautiful landscapes and seascapes across Britain. I enjoy working with a variety of mixed media to create colourful, textural pieces of art. Within my works, I strive to give my audience the romance or memory of a scene/landscape which is recognised as real, but does not always have a physical location-almost like a landscape within a dream. I seek to tap into a positive nostalgic memory.

Liz Toole

Print

My latest prints have been hand-made in small editions on the Sussex coast using the techniques of lino-cutting and screen-printing.

Within my work as a whole, I use nature as a metaphor for human emotions.

Oh yes, one more thing … I quite like birds.

Judith Yates

Paint

Judith Yates spent her early life in Cheshire surrounded by a varied landscape from the gentle rolling hills to the wild drama and open spaces of the Peak District. Her love of the landscape became ingrained from a very early age.

She was obsessed with painting throughout her childhood, making the natural progression to study fine art painting at Art School, graduating in 1983.

Following her studies, she moved to Brighton and began selling her work through local and London galleries, before working as a designer and illustrator for many years.

In more recent years she has returned to her fine art past, deriving inspiration from the familiar landscapes of her childhood and the holidays spent exploring the Cornish coast and beyond.

Judith continues to produce work on site and from her busy studio at home. She uses an array of techniques and mediums in order to recreate the sensual pleasure of nature and to capture the drama of the landscape and the light of the coast.

She continues to exhibit and sell paintings at selected galleries in the UK, with collections held both at home and abroad.

Veronika Pock

Paint

Veronika Pock is a relatively new local artist, she has found success in creating a unique style of paintings.  The inspiration for her art comes from love, happiness and fond memories which result in artworks with a positive vibe.  She likes to flit from serious to fanciful paintings as her mood dictates.

Audrey Slorance

A police officer for 10 years, Audrey then studied for a degree in printed textiles, selling designs in the UK, Europe and USA.

Now her work is mainly inspired by the Scottish landscape, which she interprets into colourful paintings in acrylic.

She has a gallery/studio in Aberfeldy, Perthshire exclusively exhibiting her own work.

Rachel Grant

Rachel is a freelance artist and surface pattern designer based in ‘The Potteries’.
She lives and works from an old terraced house where her love of history, time-worn surfaces and the consistency of the natural world inspire her.
In each painting she hopes to convey a sense of peace and harmony; capturing quiet, still moments in an otherwise chaotic world.

Jane Askey

Paint

My work is inspired by the Scottish and Cornish coast, it explores the view through the window combining still life elements and the landscape beyond. I exhibit throughout the UK, work is licensed by major publishers including John Lewis. I studied Textile Design and I have taught on design courses for thirty years.

Ruth Taylor

Textiles

My training as a textile designer is evident in my work which is influenced as much by a love of colour and pattern as it is by the English countryside. I apply oil paints directly to the surface, moving it around with brushes, combs, and my hands looking to capture the effect of light, weather and the seasons on the landscape.

Karen Wyeth

I am a Contemporary Felt Artist living and working in the Midlands.

I create vibrantly colourful textile pictures, hand crafted using traditional felting techniques, combined with free machine embroidery and hand stitching.

My art has been described as ‘a riot of happy colours’ and my ethos is to offer people art “to make their lives bigger, better and brighter, something to take their minds off their troubles in life” (Alfred East 1911).

Rupert Cordeux

Paint

When very young, my brothers and I were encouraged by my parents to incorporate drawing into our play and it became a lifelong habit. I had a particular talent, inherited from my late father, an engineer by profession but a wonderful draughtsman and watercolourist.
Now, I too have gravitated towards watercolour whose versatility and portability seems to answer all my needs when painting on location.

Helen Clues

Helen Clues is an artist living and working in Warwickshire, England. She trained in Art & Design in Carlisle in the 1990’s where her passion for materials and processes began. She is inspired by the materials she chooses, letting them suggest and dictate the direction of the piece. The curve of a piece of ceramic or the isolated motif cut from a piece of porcelain becomes a starting point.

She is always searching for, experimenting with and combining different media. Her mosaic work is decorative and functional, using found, collected and traditional materials. Ever mindful of colour, shape, texture, tone and line, her mosaic work flows and forms cohesive designs with vibrant and unexpected colour combinations.

Mosaics by their very nature can be heavy, Helen’s pieces are refined and delicate so reflecting the original objects that inspired them. Using colour, shape, texture, tone and line to create unique and vibrant mosaic pieces.

Russell Gain

Paint

Russell has a Master’s Degree in the History of Art from the University of Warwick and has been painting since childhood. While his paintings are often inspired by landscape, he works towards an end result which is beautiful in itself, but not obviously related to anything in the real world. He paints mainly in acrylic on canvas, and works in a studio at the end of his garden in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Penny German

Paint

Penny German is an award-winning Northamptonshire artist specialising in still-life oil paintings.  She adheres to the “daily painting” practice as well as being represented by galleries across the UK with her larger works.  Her mission is simply to study and depict the behaviour of light.

John Button

Mixed Media

Born in Lowestoft in 1966, John grew up on the Suffolk coast. After studying Architecture in Brighton, he worked for many years with exhibition design, interiors and illustration. Painting and drawing had always been of great interest but it wasn’t until 2002 and moving to Sweden with his young family that John began painting and exhibiting more actively.

In his paintings, he explores landscape and seascape through its patterns and textures, attempting to trigger a memory or a sense of place and ignoring conventional rules of perspective along the way. In his still life studies, John tries to tease something extraordinary out of his everyday surroundings.

Don Mason

Mixed Media

I interpret landscapes using mixed media, oil paint and soft pastels. There are special areas I am drawn to, such as Pembrokeshire, the Charnwood Forest in North Leicestershire, parts of Shropshire, Cornwall, The Gower peninsular and Devon, and parts of Warwickshire – lured there by their unique beauty and memories.

The key element I work from is memory: my paintings represent various layers of how I remember the landscape. Whenever I am travelling, I see a moment within the landscape that I want to capture, and will often create a sketch or watercolour and take photos. When I am back in my studio, I work from this reference material, applying my memory as a filter to create the finished painting. It is always a surprise that my reference photographs never really capture what I have in my mind.

Lindsay Turk

Oils

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Lindsay Turk has been painting professionally for 18 years. Her work draws on themes of growth, light and the passage of time. In Lindsay’s work there is a sense of these things being stilled into focus and a lending of permanence to things that are otherwise ephemeral or fleeting.

Ros Ingram

Ceramics

Ros gained a first class degree in ceramics and printmaking from Wolverhampton university in 1999. She balances a career as a freelance art teacher and sculptor selling her work in galleries throughout the uk and Europe. Ros is known for creating fish and bird sculptures which combine highly glazed porcelain with found objects.

Rochelle McConnachie

Paint

Rochelle lives in Aberfeldy, Perthshire. Her passion for drawing and painting started at an early age and, since moving to the Upper Tay Valley she has been able to dedicate more time to her art and life in the Big Tree Country, as Highland Perthshire is known.

She initially painted in watercolours but at present is enjoying experimenting with acrylics. Rochelle’s work is available to view in galleries close to her home and she also takes part in her local Open Studios each year. This is her first appearance at the Stratford Art Fair.

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