After fixing a broken table lamp David discovered a passion for creating lamps and other objects from items destined for the scrapheap or worse; landfill. David uses as much of the item as possible and only discards parts for safety purposes, such as electrical wiring and fittings that do not meet current safety standards. The rest is kept for future use or recycling.
David takes pride in the use of the unusual and looks forward to the challenge that every new idea brings. Having discovered that other people also like this kind of art he is forever experimenting with lamps and more recently, furniture. Woburn Art Gallery love his unique talent and are proud to have his work. David also volunteers in the gallery. We can't wait to see what he produces next.
Hilary worked in the film animation industry all her career, and only started to sculpt in 2014 after building a studio in her garden.
During the course of her career she has worked on many films. She co-scripted, boarded and animated on the Christmas classic, "The Snowman". She directed and scripted another Raymond Brigg's story, "The Bear". More recently she co-wrote and directed the sequel to "The Snowman", "The Snowman and The Snowdog".
She received several awards for "Best Director" and her films were nominated for BAFTAS and also short-listed for an Oscar.
Now she is retired the money received from the work she sells (mainly birds) is given to charity (RSPB, WWF & Woodland Trust).
In the art of animation one is deceiving the eye by making two dimensional drawings appear three dimensional. It is a natural progression to physically work in three dimensions by making sculptures.
Richard started his career at Bradford College of Art, studying interior design.
After retraining as a teacher in secondary schools he went on to become head of the Ceramics Department. He then started evening classes to keep one step ahead of his pupils. This started a lifetime love affair with ceramics.
Leaving full-time teaching and returning to university he completed a degree in glass and ceramics at High Wycombe and is now a full time ceramic artist, lecturing at High Wycombe University and Thames Valley University.
His ceramics are as varied as the British climate - work being both sculptural and functional, life size to miniature, from Raku to high fired porcelain. Exhibiting all over this country and abroad he has become a well known artist, with his work becoming highly collectable.
Being not only a pyromaniac but also a bit of a magpie, his work incorporates found objects in the sculpture - from ash from Mount St Helens in a glaze, to stones washed on the beach as plinths - telling everyone its own story.
I have always loved the art of storytelling, whether in the form of film, a book, a piece of music or a painting. My paintings have a story to tell, sometimes quite simple, a couple walking down the street, sometimes more complex, leaving the viewer to participate and question what is going on. "Who is the girl waiting for?" "What are they looking at?" to mention a couple questions about some of my paintings.
As a keen people watcher and observer of life my inspiration for a painting starts with a figure, perhaps the clothing worn, a red hat, a scarf worn in a certain way, something they are doing or the interaction between a couple or group of people. I am interested in portraying people in everyday situations and the relationship within their surroundings.
When I start a new painting I draw and plan the painting working from my own photos and always start with the figure, allowing the background and foreground to develop around the central figure or figures. The idea of working around the figure continues with the painting, where I like to use a limited palette. I am fascinated by colour mixing and still find magical when two colours are mixed together to create another colour. I usually use palette knives and love the way colours can bounce off each other to make, I hope, bold and striking paintings.
Alan was born in Northamptonshire but now lives in Milton Keynes not far from the concrete cows. Alan is a self-taught artist with a background in modular fabrication design and building services.
Alan first started drawing back in the late eighties and early nineties with a big interval until he took early retirement and then picked up his pens again venturing into the world of watercolour.
He still remembers his first tentative steps in adding watercolour to a pen drawing and was hooked!
Landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes are his particular inspiration with a penchant for boats.
As well as basic watercolours and pen & wash, the use of watercolour with mixed media elements such as textured paper and paste is something he is enjoyed immensely and the recent use of acrylics is now another part of his painting portfolio.
Jennifer studied Art and Sculpture in Yorkshire to A level but had no mind to go to art school or pursue a career in art.
Years later she joined a local Art Group and dabbled in watercolour and oils. She then rediscovered her love of painting when she joined Rugby & District Art Society enjoying and learning from demos. Following a painting holiday in Devon she met Mike Bernard RI discovering the pure joy of mixed media collage. Employing the boldness of colour and form achievable has enabled her to develop her own strong style.
A member of four art groups around Northamptonshire, she has received several awards from Art Societies, the most recent being Best in Show at Network Arts Northamptonshire 'A New Era' exhibition at the Charles Rennie MacIntosh House, Northampton ( 2020).
Jennifer continues to experiment and discover new techniques with acrylic ink acrylics and collage and loves to incorporate 'accidents' into her work. She also specialises in memory paintings which commemorate and celebrate special events e.g. wedding day. finding inspiration in the lives and background stories of people and their special places.
Abby began drawing wild flowers as a child, sketching with her dad in the fields, woods and meadows around her home in Buckinghamshire. Today, she has developed a unique and joyous style, inspired by the beauty and dynamism of the natural world.
Abby adopts a free-flowing approach with a variety of media including acrylic inks, watercolours and pastels built up with complex layering and completed with embellishments including glitter and diamond dust.
Her finished works burst with colour, resulting from a channelling of energy until florals and landscapes seem to come alive, enveloping viewers and bringing them into her world. Abby says "What gives me the greatest joy is sharing my art with others. I love that my paintings occupy a special place in someone's home and I hope it brings them as much pleasure as it did me in painting it."
Abby also makes coasters and covers for the iPhone I7 mobile phone, each using her own paintings as decoration.
Caroline is a chemist by training who took up painting on retirement.
She now makes fused glass pieces that are both ornamental and functional with a love of colour that is reflected in the pieces she makes.
She enjoys experimentation and principally uses float glass exploring the effects of colour mixing, of mixing frit sizes and of different inclusions. As well as making pieces by fusing powdered glass between two sheets of glass she also makes pieces by building designs onto of a pre-fused base piece using stringers and cut coloured glass, both of which she can make myself. Hand cut metallic and dichroic decals sometimes provide the finishing touches.
She takes inspiration mainly from the natural world, with flowers, trees and fish all featuring in her work. She exhibits regularly locally and has won several awards for her work, including the national magazine 'Leisure Painter' award at Patchings in 2010. She held a successful solo show in Hythe as well as taking part in Bucks Art Weeks each year since 2011 selling her work both in the UK and abroad.
Her work is happy and affordable.
Zoe Day developed her skills as an artist at Heatherley's School of Art in Chelsea, Ruskin School of Art in Oxford and the Florence Academy. She now teaches over a hundred students at her own art school in Buckingham and sells her commissions and paintings internationally.
The inspiration for her Bird Series came from memories of country walks with her grandmother; discovering beautiful Jay and Pheasant feathers and spotting Kites and Kingfishers.
Working with the finest pigments and mediums, her expressive watercolours aim to bring the character and beauty of our wonderful British birds to life.
Gin Durham is a contemporary sculptor. Her sculptural animal pieces are exhibited in galleries across the UK and feature in international private collections. Initially working as a commercial illustrative and design artist she now sculpts in stoneware and porcelain clay.
From an early age Gin has been fascinated by animal behaviours and the way in which they are represented in culture, particularly in the genre of storytelling. Her quirky and imaginative ceramics are inspired by imagery shaped by treasured tales, into beautifully sculpted work, rich in humour, character and detail.
Every animal is unique; individually sculpted in stoneware or porcelain, incorporating textile impressed elements and finished with oxides, glaze and gold or platinum lustres.
All of the work is kiln fired three times at varying temperatures in order to enhance the depth of colour in the finish.
Each piece is informed by the rich historical value of traditional ceramics, combined with the multilayered textile surface finish and precious metals.
Lydia was lucky enough to have been brought up in a small market town in Buckinghamshire, where she roamed freely in the surrounding countryside and explored the natural world, the wide open spaces and birdsong filling the air as she came across animals and wild flowers growing in the hedgerows.
It's the mystery and beauty of nature and the countryside that inspires her paintings from insects, flowers, rustic doors and cottages to animals
After exploring other mediums Lydia now works predominately with pastel pencils as she finds this medium lends itself to the neat detail and accuracy she wishes to portray in each of subjects she is painting. When possible working from her own photographs as this is another way she likes to capture the magic of nature.
Local artist, Georgia Elliott is inspired by travel and vast landscapes working with a variety of mediums, including; painting onto silk, paper and board, paper cut collages, and printmaking. She has always been keen to experiment with new techniques and materials. These influence and inform one another, helping the work to stay fresh and enable it to continually evolve.
After completing a BA(Hons) in Illustration at The University for the Creative Arts in Kent she spent 4 years living in Brighton loving the buzz of the city, the sea and the many creative people she met.
Georgia set up a small business called 'Daubs & Dashes' where she created hand painted silk scarves. They were stocked in various galleries, spotted in Harpers Bazaar.
Since moving to Buckinghamshire she has renovated an old building at the end of the garden, her new studio space for a new phase of work.
Susan Erskine-Jones began training as an artist in South Africa. She gained a distinction in printmaking at Natal Technikon before moving to Cape Town where she studied printmaking under Pippa Skotness at Micheallis University of Cape Town. Since moving to the UK she studied a further year at Amersham College, Buckinghamshire, concentrating on painting, for which she gained a distinction.
Susan continues to work in both printmaking and painting. She is inspired by her environment, although the early impressions and memories of the South African Cape still strongly influence her work.
Irene always wanted to paint, but didn't start until her children had grown up. Not having much confidence, she joined an art group who were exhibiting when she was giving blood!
Painting soon changed her life and outlook. She loves every minute, from just drawing to adding colour, the first exhibition, the first sale, even the disasters.
Having tried almost every medium - watercolour for sketching and painting smaller pictures - she has settled on oils to give vibrancy of colour and mood. Influenced by Turner and his skies and elements she also enjoys the impressionists and Klimt.
Being a member of local art groups (MKSA and BAFA) has help her developed as a more rounded artist. She has exhibited not only locally but also at Windsor and Reading. In 2018 she had her first solo exhibition in Suffolk.
She cannot imagine life without art and all that it brings, especially the people.
Anne is a self-taught painter who uses mostly watercolours, but also work with mixed media. Based in Northamptonshire, Anne produces exquisite paintings of hares, foxes, badgers, wolves, birds and dogs, each one capturing beautifully the individual character of her subject.
Her passion for animals and wildlife has inspired Anne to create a real sense of movement and expression in her paintings, with many of her pictures featuring animals she has seen locally.
Anne produces mostly original paintings for sale, but such has been the interest in her work recently that she has now produced a series of limited edition giclee prints.
Iveta studied ceramics in the Czech Republic before working for a TV Film/Cartoon Studio but her dream was always to have her own studio which she established in 2004.
Her contemporary unique pieces sell in Japan, Australia, USA and the UK.
Iveta's pottery is made in white earthenware or stoneware, using the natural texture of clay with minimal use of coloured glazes. Creating something that someone will appreciate is what really motivates her. The designs are achieved using techniques such as engraving, carving and stamping minimalistic decoration then finished with oxides and colourful glazes. Finally they are fired in an kiln to 1020°C or 1240°C.
Iveta enjoys the whole process of creating something from an idea which can come from anywhere at any time. The shape of the clocks came from an interesting stone seen in an ornamental garden
Iveta's recent work has a rustic charm and blurs the line between being pretty and practical.
Raina Goran is a contemporary, mixed media, artist, inspired by city and landscapes. She works in acrylic and collage, simplifying what she sees into patterns and vibrant coloured shapes, made from torn or cut sheets of hand painted paper. Raina often works straight from life, editing down until she has found the most important shapes and colour balance which create a new version but retains the essence and energy of the original place.
Her training as an Illustrator still influences her work and love of travel inspires the vibrant colour palette that appears in her paintings.
Raina exhibits regularly and in the past two years has exhibited with, The Society of Women Artists, The Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours and The New English Art Club at the Mall Galleries in London.
Becky was born and raised in Buckinghamshire, which serves as a constant source of inspiration. Following a love of art and design from childhood, Becky went on to study photography and textile design followed by an 8 year career as a freelance photographer.
She has since developed her specialist charcoal techniques, but her primary focus remains quirky, large scale, high contrast charcoal animal portraiture on a stark white background showing the influence of professional studio photography. This is also what truly sets her apart from other talented animal artists.
The combination of high quality, insightful photography and highly realistic drawing techniques produces stunning images full of character and fun.
She is also a regular tutor at The Courtyard Art Studio on Claydon Estate.
She is an active supporter of Medical Detection Dogs and has also been involved with leading art workshops with Child Bereavement UK.
Susan is a land and seascape artist who takes her inspiration from the West Country, Cumbria and the Chilterns. She has painted all her life starting with portraits of friends and family in oils. As a teenager she attended evening classes painting portraits from a model. After bringing up a family she decided to go to college and university studying Fine art. This led to painting and sketching in the landscape, inspired by the sea and painting on the beaches of Devon and Cornwall in acrylics.
Susan thinks painting in the landscape is exciting, capturing the moment with big brushes, knives and anything that is available to create the mood of the work. She also make smaller sketches which she turns into bigger paintings in the studio.
Often painting at high tide, the wild weather and windy conditions add to the excitement of working outside and allows abstract elements to help portray movement and a sense of place.
Her early influences were Turner and Kyffen Williams and more recently artists that worked in Cornwall, including Peter Lanyon and Patrick Heron.
Susan exhibits in Buckinghamshire, Cornwall and London and runs workshops and painting days in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
The inspiration for my work stems from a trip to Jerusalem many years ago. I visited the Wailing Wall and was intrigued by the thousands of wishes and prayers written on paper and crammed between the stones in the wall. I love this idea of leaving something of yourself, perhaps something very personal yet in a public place. I was inspired by the collective focus for so many peoples' hopes and wishes at this ancient site and their interaction with it, much like the Love Letters Wall in Verona and the Love Locks Bridge in Paris. I have also recently incorporated some hand written scripts into my work which are taken from old family letters such as those exchanged by my grandparents during the war in 1944. I overlay and essentially redesign the script so that you can't read the whole letter but can recognise words or parts of sentences which keeps it private yet the final piece will sit in a public place such as a gallery or another's home.
My work features many paper-like scrolls, sometimes single scrolls as a bud vase and other times pushed together to form a sculptural focus on a larger vase. I enjoy using a combination of techniques - slip casting and hand building. The main body of my larger vases is slip cast, then I hand roll scrolls in different sizes and apply them individually.
I use a variety of scroll sizes for visual interest as well as allowing different stem sizes to be accommodated. I have aimed to strike a balance between a sculptural aesthetic and a practical function.
Tim Hagan was born in Stanmore, Middlesex. He spent much of his childhood abroad, returning in his teens to live in South Devon. He attended Torquay and Winchester School of Art, gaining an honours degree in fine art and printmaking in 1975, and a post-graduate qualification at St Albans School of Art in 1982, where he trained as an Art Therapist.
Tim has worked in nursing and social work, and for the mental health charity MIND in Wellingborough. In 1983 he settled to concentrate his career on art psychotherapy and ultimately managed NHS Arts Psychotherapies Services in Bedfordshire for Adults who have Learning Disability until his retirement from the Health Service in December 2012.
Although Tim originally trained in sculpture and printmaking, he is predominantly a landscape oil painter; his subject matter is inspired by his love of Dartmoor and the Lake District. His work has been influenced by British pastoral and impressionist landscape artists, and more recently by contemporary abstract landscape painters.
He has held several solo exhibitions and has paintings in private collections in the UK, Europe and the USA. He is a member of the Fellowship of Professional and Amateur Artists (FPAA) , based in Northamptonshire, of which he was a past chairman.
Nowadays he lives in Shillington, Bedfordshire. He is a performing jazz and folk musician and retains a role in the FPAA as their Music Coordinator.
Linda Harris produces unique decorative hand built ceramic clocks.
Linda works with earthenware, stoneware and occasionally porcelain using a wide variety of techniques to obtain unique decorative designs.
Every clock is made individually with care and attention to detail receiving up to three kiln firings. Drawing on over twenty five years of experience, her inspiration and designs have evolved from observing life, people, architecture and through travel.
Only 4 years ago Chris was doing his day job. The first time Chris picked up a chisel, was when he enrolled a two year wood working course, he said that it just felt right.
Chris' parents, who used to paint scenes on lace bobbins were both artists. He still exhibits with his father.
Chris thinks that being able to draw has helped. He loves the naturalness of wood and is not interested in changing its character. He uses English hard wood, usually Ash, Beech Walnut and Elm.
The results are here to be admired. Always being fascinated by wood has led him to where he is now. His unusual take by adding resin makes these pieces special and very unique.
Charmian studied art in Liverpool back in the dark ages when the Beatles were fab and we could all do the twist without falling over.
For many years she had a "proper" job in I.T. (in the days when it was called ADP) and painting was her hobby, but when the arrival of a son and heir necessitated working from home she turned to art and began taking commissions for portraits and caricatures.
Originally her portraits were done in pastels, but, fed up with sweeping up all the pastel dust, she switched to oils and found her favourite medium . Now she paints every day at her studio in Great Linford and exhibits with local art societies.
Charmian specialises in painting animals, still life and people and enjoys working in a detailed, highly finished style, building the painting up with many layers and glazes. Having been Chairman of Milton Keynes Art Society has shown her talent in other administrative and designing skills to the full.
Roy was educated at Barnet College Hertfordshire, where his love of painting led him to explore all media giving his art a distinctive character.
His work is in many private collections: Britain, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, China and Japan. He has also lectured students in America.
Roy works out of Towcester Town Hall showing his work in various media.
He is highly regarded and with over 45 years experience is extremely accomplished in watercolour, pastels, acrylics, oils, mixed media and collage.
He favours dramatic rural landscapes that can be found in remote parts of Wales, Scotland and the Lake District. His work is highly sought after.
The manipulation of clay in the hand and its response is always an exciting experience, the way it can take any form or texture you chose to express, it is like no other material. My inspiration comes from everywhere there is a texture - plants, beaches, seeds, rocks and all landscapes and regular visits to the Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides have also had an influence on my work. It is a unique place where all types of weather can happen in one day; bad weather is dark and dramatic and yet when the sun eventually appears the light and colour can take your breath away. It is not always instant or obvious but all these elements direct my work somehow, with a texture, colour, a shape or glaze.
Much of my past work has been fired in an electric kiln, which is fine, but it does not satisfy the pyromaniac in me or my impatience so I also make work that I can Raku fire, the process is much more sensory - you can see the glazes melt, feel the heat of the fire, smell the smoke in the air. It is always exciting, sometimes unpredictable and it becomes addictive.
The recent completion of a large soda kiln build has taken my work in a slightly different direction with a return to the love of throwing on the potter's wheel and exploring what happens to my favourite textures with this dramatic way of glazing clay.
Gary was originally trained as a graphic designer, back when computers were still a thing of science fiction and technical hand skills were the available and accepted tools of the trade.
However, following a degree in Education, he has spent some 35 years in the class- room. He suggests, teaching afforded him fantastic opportunities along with a real sense of purpose in supporting young people to achieve their goals.
After being totally absorbed and giving everything to the profession he decided to take some time for himself and go back to developing his own creative skills. This has required a radical shift in attitude, structure and thought. It is a journey with its highs and lows but one which had to be explored.
As an artist he is rather a magpie in relation to styles, techniques and materials. He suggests he has now become the student, influenced by an ever increasing range of artists and very much enjoys analysing the processes and techniques used in a wide range of media.
He is continually battling against his tight technical background and strives to explore with a more expressive approach.
The infectious journey has become part of his daily being and as Picasso is reported to have said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Tlws makes large glass sculptures by the pate de verre method and slumps and fuses glass in a kiln. Her work is often colourful and sometimes has a narrative theme.
Tlws is a member of The Buckinghamshire Craft Guild, The Oxfordshire Craft Guild, The Buckinghamshire Art Society, The Buckinghamshire Visual Images Group, Just Glass and the Contemporary Glass Society. She regularly exhibits her work with these groups and in galleries around the country.
She uses lead crystal cullet melted into a mould to form large sculptures. These usually have a polished side to reveal the interior, where the colours swirl about and tiny air pockets that look like silver drops within the glass. The fused glass has colour trapped between two sheets of glass and range from small pedants, bowls, and larger wall pieces and windows. Most of these sculptures are individual originals but Tlws also makes a limited edition of certain items.
Roland's sculptures are conceived as 'seen' by him, as shapes, textures and colours and the arrangements of these elements in a three-dimensional form.
They are inspired by his personal journeys, observations of daily life, and the colours and textures of nature. He is also inspired by his African origin and ideas that have blended into the way he creates his works.
Working with found objects because he believes nothing is dead, he enjoys putting life back into what many people will consider waste.
When he picks up pieces of steel, he dusts them up, reassembles or reconstructs and there you are, you have a new piece of work with new energy.
Ann was born in Leicestershire in 1963 and following her passion for art, studied for her B.A.(hons) degree in Textile Design at Loughborough.
Ann has had a successful career that has always revolved around art in some way. A significant part of which has been as Head of Art, teaching Art and Design at secondary level.
While successfully selling work through exhibitions and galleries in the UK, Ann also has work in Australia and the USA. Her art work has always maintained an interest in continuing to develop technical skills with a variety of media from pencil drawing to encaustic wax pieces. Now, painting from a purpose built Art Studio at her home, she mainly paints in oils, cold and encaustic wax with a quality that is truly encapsulating.
Ann says that she is delighted with the response from the public and galleries of her work, and always looks forward to the next new piece of work.
Barry was born in Liverpool in 1960, where he spent most of his childhood, with the rest of his friends, dreaming of escaping somewhere exotic on one of the many ships that used to be along the dockside. Reflecting on these early days, Barry recalls 'the day dreaming is what leads me to continuously paint and draw'.
After leaving University, with a degree in 3 dimensional design, Barry started work as a furniture designer in Tring, Hertfordshire, moving on to becoming an interior designer, before starting his own company designing and making office furniture. 'I was fortunate enough to acquire a patent on one of my product designs which then led me in lots of directions visiting many countries around the world.'
As exciting as all that was, it was painting that always brought Barry back down to earth and, whenever possible, he would steal time away to keep the passion going.
Over the past 30 years, Barry has painted a wide range of subjects from landscapes to African wildlife, selling his work through exhibitions and individual commissions.
'Although I have sold many paintings since my early teens, my art work was always second to the need to work for a living... but now I have taken the decision to push it to the front and see where this ship takes me'.
Roger was a prominent academic at the Open University, joining almost from the outset and remaining there until he took early retirement.
Always a practical man, he took up stained glass work and practised this for a number of years - and still does!
For his 80th birthday he was bought a kiln and he has been busy making dishes and coasters ever since.
Sally lives in Potterspury on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. She has always painted and drawn but started off her career in fashion in the 80's.
Eventually she retrained in and gained a degree in English, Drama and Directing. Her theatre company Carabosse is based in Stony Stratford. 'Carabosse', of course, from the bad fairy in Sleeping Beauty.
Working in Mixed Media, mostly in pen and ink, she takes her inspiration from nature and wildlife.
Also inspired by Klimt, Fairy Tales, and Arthur Rackham, illustrator of Grimm's Fairy Tales and one of the most creatively influential illustrators of all time.
With her own artistic flair, she has a dark funny side or 'other worldly' as she describes herself.
In his early years Hilary enjoyed sketching wildlife and the scenic landscape of Zimbabwe where he originated. By the time he had graduated to secondary school, carving stones had become second nature to him as he assisted his father with waxing and polishing his fine sculptures.
In 1999 he enlisted as an apprentice to one of the best second generation sculptors, Gideon Nyanhongo and his sister Agnes, Zimbabwean sculptors, to attain international acclaim.
Hilary's father actively encouraged him to venture into sculpture as a career despite the difficulties he told him he would encounter.
Hilary's work has benefitted from the more traditional way of sculpting expressing cultural and spiritual beliefs.
"My dream is to somehow carve a new dimension into Shona sculpture by doing work that departs from our fathers and forefathers' line. I am convinced it is the only way we can keep the art in progression."
Chloe May is based in Ampthill and produces statement life drawing studies from life models.
Chloe has been drawing and painting all her life and in the last few years has focussed predominantly on life drawing. She is particularly interested in the human form and likes to convey human structure loosely using inks, allowing the ink to drip through the image.
Chloe's original art ranges from abstract canvasses to framed contemporary life-drawing.
Chloe's contemporary and striking artwork is designed to add a unique and creative touch to your home and are guaranteed to give you a fantastic statement piece of art. Chloe believes art should provide a talking point in your home while being accessible to all, therefore offering statement pieces that are still affordable.
Jan is a member of the prestigious Pastel Society who exhibit at the Mall Galleries London, and has won many awards over the last two years.
She also writes for the Pastel Journal in USA.
Her paintings are made with watercolour, acrylic, pastels and sometimes a mixture of media. She is primarily a landscape painter using both local and other UK places for inspiration. More recently she has been developing still life paintings in pastel. She loves to buy a piece of pottery wherever she visits and it inspires a still life.
She aims to represent a place or thing but also to convey to the viewer her inspiration and feelings about what she is painting. She wants to look beyond the reality.
Composition and design are key elements in her paintings so that there is a feeling of balance. There will always be a sense of light and space. She works hard to master the media that she uses so that the painting seems to flow beyond technique and to be made with a playful curiosity and seemingly without struggle.
Laura has always enjoyed being creative and experimenting with various media. Over the years in her sculptures she has attempted to capture nature in motion; creatures in flight, floating, 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 3D outline. This gradually takes shape by bending and twisting lengths of wire together and then attaching finer detail. Since taking up wire sculpture Laura has become a tool geek and has moved in on her husband's territory (the garage) which enables her to find successful and imaginative ways to mount her work.
She has always loved being outdoors surrounded by the beauty of creation. Explaining that sculpting has brought a weird new dimension to her interaction with the natural world so that when she comes across something she haven't seen before she finds herself asking, "How could I make that out of wire?"
Graham is retired but has always painted. Before he retired he used to be a draftsman and then moving into sales and surveying.
When he was much fitter and more mobile he made furniture from reclaimed wood. Stained glass was something he also loved to do, especially Tiffany lamps which were painstakingly slow to produce but were killed off by mass produced versions.
Nowadays with inspiration from seascape and street scenes (European, especially French), he paints highly original work showing architectural scenes with a modern twist in the figures. He also turns these around with modern architecture and old fashioned people.
His favoured media are acrylics, emulsion, watercolour, ink and pencils. Hence mixed media. His interesting take on life seen from a different angle is quite unique
Carol worked as a nurse while completing an Access to Art and Design Course and then Adult education classes in sculpture and ceramics. She gave up nursing in April 2016 to focus on ceramics. She has been working in collaboration with her partner, Richard Ballantyne, for around 8-9 years.
“Between us we also make thrown studio ceramics and stoneware fired sculptures for home and garden."
Raku Firing is a pyromaniacs delight and very unpredictable. However the results really suit the subject matter and the hares and polar bears (and all the rest of the menagerie) come alive with the white crackle glaze.
“The fun is creating the character of the animal and hopefully adding a bit of humour along the way.”
Jo traces her artistic life back to childhood in the fields and woodlands of Cookham, Berkshire. Landscape has always been her inspiration.
She trained as a painter at Camberwell and taught in West Africa and Hertfordshire before moving to Bedford.
Jo's paintings represent her response to the world around her, moving her to paint. This synthesis of information and feeling produces her most successful work. She feels that simplifying the elements of a painting help to enhance its impact. In turn, the paintings take on a life of their own and will evoke a response in the viewer. Jo has observed and painted the landscape around her all her life. Working in oils, water colour, monoprints and now in acrylic.
People leave their vision of the world in a variety of ways. Her love of the world is best expressed in colour, texture and form. It is a continuing journey.
Jo is also an accomplished printmaker and ceramicist.
Originally from Yorkshire and currently based in Milton Keynes, Vikki’s love of art was instilled at an early age by her father John, a talented, inspirational, amateur artist. Vikki began working with glass in 2011 a couple of years after he died.
She finds inspiration in the colour, light and movement in nature and uses fusing and casting to produce the pieces. Working with solid shapes, using colour combinations and the refractive and reflective qualities of glass, sometimes causes ‘happy accidents’ which lead to the development of further pieces.
Her love of architecture is an influence, which brings a 'quirky and innovative’ style to the ‘street’ pictures. Other works are more reflective using subtle harmonies with gentle skies and the ebb and flow of water. Full of life and energy.
Julia finds working with clay very relaxing. She tends to roll out a slab of clay and see where it takes her.
Julia has been making ceramic pieces in her spare time for 3 years after receiving a little electric kiln for a birthday present.
Her studio overlooks her upward sloping garden providing much inspiration as well as being a nice place to be. Her pieces are influenced by nature and the countryside around her.
She started off making ceramic flowers individually in bunches and in earthenware vases that match the flowers.
Recently she has made stoneware vases by folding slabs of clay while still wet. Once leather hard, pattern and texture are added by scoring into the clay with various pottery tools.
Hannah is a local artist born in Milton Keynes in 1967. She has lived, worked and studied here ever since. Informed by her various studies including; art and design, life drawing, sculpture, artist’s books, printmaking, astrology and psychology, her approach to art is a therapeutic one.
She works spontaneously with a tendency towards experimentation and consequently she repeats the same subject over and again in a variety of mediums exploring shape and form, marks, texture, atmosphere and meaning.
Using mainly a limited palette, she enjoys the speed and coverage of dry media such as charcoal, pastel and pencil. But she is equally happy exploring the journey of a line using biro or ink pens. Often Hannah will progress through to a painting but this is never the final goal, just another part of the journey.
Anchored in the discipline of Life Drawing and the ability to work with immediacy she takes her inspiration from the environment around her. Inspired by those ‘ordinary’ moments, Hannah’s work focuses mainly upon the natural world and in particular birds.
Quite often appearing in Hannah’s work is also a recurring theme of circles: A never ending line symbolically representing a presence of time, journey, memory and essentially, ‘life’.
Hannah’s intention is to explore, to experiment and to forever repeat this process.
“For everything is in motion and where one image stops another begins. Like a circle there is no end.”
Jill's passion has been painting for many years. She has experimented with most media and enjoys working in oils, acrylics, mixed media and pastel which remains a firm favourite for the local woodland scenes she loves to paint. The coastal scenes of Italy often feature in her work, a fond reminder of family holidays. Jill tries to capture an essence of the place, finding the vibrant colours just irresistible.
Figurative work is a recent challenge and one that she is really enjoying, particularly trying to capture those childhood memories on canvas.
A love of painting has given Jill the opportunity to demonstrate and teach in and around the Buckinghamshire area. Knowing that she is helping others discover the pleasure that painting can bring is greatly rewarding. Jill regularly exhibits in the Three Counties and has had work selected by the SWA, the Society for Women Artists, and exhibited in the Mall Galleries.
Her involvement with Woburn Art Gallery and exhibiting her work is an exciting venture.
“The craft of woodturning has developed into my passion, and the natural beauty that is revealed as you work on a piece never ceases to amaze me…”
Mike lives with his wife in a small village in Bedfordshire and started woodturning in 2011, after watching a YouTube video on turning a bowl. He very soon became hooked and turned his double garage into a workshop.
He has developed a successful YouTube channel and regularly uploads videos and also does live demonstrations. His woodturning is juggled between a full-time job as a bus driver in his local town of Bedford and maintaining the cottage and garden."
David Wells is an international award winning artist who paints mainly in watercolour. His paintings have been published in both The Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines. He paints most subjects but particularly likes to paint people, animals and buildings.
Many of his paintings feature race horses and musicians. All of his paintings are of scenes he has photographed himself.
His paintings are held in commercial and private collections world wide.
Born in South Africa, he has lived for many years in Milton Keynes.
Terry Wood was born in Tottenham, North London, and grew up in Potters Bar. He has now lived in Stotfold, Hertfordshire.
Terry studied at St. Albans School of Art, and completed a BAHons degree in 2D Design.
His background is in Commercial Art, but his passion was in traditional painting. Finding himself on his own after tragically losing his wife, he knew he had to do something else with his life and applied for a class in fine art, graduating with a degree in the subject.
Terry gains inspiration from many sources. Having travelled extensively, his sketchbook is usually a digital camera, which he finds useful especially when time is short.