MEET THE ARTISTS
I am a Textile Artist who creates unique handmade treasures using natural materials, dyes and traditional skills. My work includes textile, printed and ink landscapes together with contact-printed and naturally-dyed gifts. My inspiration comes from the natural world: in particular I love to explore the textures; forms and colours contained within the countryside.
I feel a connection to light, shape and colour in nature which is reflected in my work. Using acrylic and mixed media I try to incorporate bright colours and textures into my paintings, which lean toward the semi abstract. Subjects are varied, though my main loves are boats and the sea. I’m always excited to learn new media and techniques to develop my artistic skills.
I regularly take part in exhibitions throughout Bucks including Bucks Open Studios, the Buckinghamshire Art Society Exhibitions, Obsidian Art, the Upstairs Gallery and Bucks County Museum. I have sold to private collections both home and abroad.
I am a member and secretary of the Buckinghamshire Art Society and member of the Visual Images Group. I also tutor at local art groups.
Debbie is a qualified glass artist who studied glass at the renowned International Glass Centre in Stourbridge.
She now has a cottage industry creating kiln-formed glassworks and jewellery in her Leighton Buzzard home studio.
Ken comes from a background of graphics having been in the print trade all his working life. As an artist he is mainly self taught and works mainly in acrylics with occasional forays into other mediums. Inspired by the beauty of the world around us, he has a definite leaning towards landscapes, trees and flowers as his pictures will show.
Previously a graphic designer of 13 years working in television and web design, I am now a self-taught painter capturing wonderful still-lifes and portraits. My main passion is shoes, all sizes, styles, old and new, well-loved or new. You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, as an extension of their character, they all tell a story.
Available for painting commissions and web design.
Stella is a self taught artist who started painting with Enamel on Ivorine ( imitation Ivory) and Eggshells.
Her first exhibitions were The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (Miniatures Section) and the Medici Gallery, London. From these beginnings she has experimented extensively with techniques of watercolour and gouache, creating a unique collection of detailed fine work which has been widely published.
T: 01908 648697
It is only in the last few years that I have been able to devote the time needed to develop different techniques and am now happy to be painting and drawing animals & flowers. I enjoy experimenting with many different mediums, including watercolour, pastel, coloured pencils, inks and wax crayons. I have become well known for painting hares and I attribute this to my friend Richard Ansell, who will sit for hours waiting for the ‘right shot’ in the Suffolk countryside. I exhibit in many local art exhibitions around Hertfordshire and have had some my work chosen by a marketing company to reproduce as canvases and cards.
I originally trained as a graphic designer and then in botanical illustration at The Chelsea Physic Garden. My work is mainly in watercolour, however, I am currently experimenting in gouache on a black background. I have previously exhibited in London, New York and locally.
I am a glass designer and maker working in ceramics and glass, offering an extensive range of beautiful vibrant glass. This is comprised of bowls, vases and handmade jewellery. This range is combined with my latest collection of porcelain tableware. Many of my pieces reflect the love of colour and texture, some of which can transform spaces according to the change of light. They are created to excite the viewer with colourful, vibrant and striking hues. All of my pieces are made using beautiful high quality materials.
Inspired by colour and texture my work is very much influenced by my love of fibres and the infinite variety of colours and textures that can be achieved through felting. This fusion of wool, fibres and fabrics enables me to build up layers of textures and colour to achieve a painterly effect.
Helen is an Illuminator who uses traditional gilding methods, and a Ceramicist making tiles, coasters and jewellery. She gains inspiration from medieval sources for her precise and detailed work, and often uses geometry to give a harmonious underlying structure.
T: 01494 772362
Nature, landscape and the weather are my main sources of inspiration. Escaping outdoors, either here with our gentle hills, Cornwall’s raw coastlines or the vastness of the Norfolk skies is always a treat! Both etching and monoprinting provide a freedom and unpredictability which I enjoy and use to create my work.
A retired art teacher, who paints mainly in acrylics and usually of local scenes and landscapes. Also available for commissions.
T: 01525 375455
Her distinctive paintings depict the geometric shapes and inherent patterns of architecture in a free, expressive style. The inspiration coming from time spent in London and other major cities.Cathy’s artwork has been shown around the UK as well as Europe, with pictures in collections as far afield as Canada and Europe. Commissioned by Oxford University Press, her work illustrates the 2016 Oxford Almanack. Cathy S R Read is a member of the Society of Women Artists. Exhibiting with them at their Summer Exhibition at the Mall Galleries since 2013. In 2015 she received the Barbara Tate Memorial Award from the society for her body of work. She’s also exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society in London.
I am always inspired by the beautiful nature around me. I love to create artwork that captures the reality of the things around but I also enjoy doing something imaginative and spiritual. A painting that leaves an impression in one’s heart and mind is what I strive to make. I paint using a variety of medium, however using oil is my preferred method.
Sally’s work commences with observational drawings, sketches and notes collected in a small sketch book which she always carries with her.
After a number of years in teaching Sally spent five years on a Fine Art degree course which she completed successfully in 1994.
Bel’s aim is to create strong imagery, inspired by life and the imagination, using a wide range of experimentation in different media.
After completing her degree in Art and Design at Hertfordshire University in 2000 she continued her studies and obtained the University Certificate in Art Therapies. After leaving university she held her first solo exhibition at the Apthorp Gallery in Radlett and has also participated in many local exhibitions. Bel has also exhibited in the Mall Galleries in London.
In the past few years she has been the Programme and Publicity Secretary and now the Newsletter Editor for the Harpenden Arts Club.
I have been involved in all things creative since childhood; and as an adult for many years created felt accessories.
My journey has taken me from spinning and felting to the present time where I am studying for a BA Degree Hons in Contemporary Fine Art. My confidence in myself as an artist has grown particularly whilst studying, and in 2012 I was chosen as one of the finalists for the BBC 2 programme ‘Paul Martins Handmade Revolution’. Over the past ten years as an emerging artist I have exhibited in France, Birmingham, London, Milton Keynes and Nottingham.
My paternal family were involved in the weaving and fishing industry. Researching these roots along with my childhood recollections of females facing adversity, their strength and use of what was thought to be female domestic skills of knitting, needlework and embroidery, has led me into developing my artistic concepts. My background enriches and gives expression to my artwork. My work ranges from 2D, mixed media, and large installations.
Mitzie Green, well known for her vibrant colours, textures and free-flowing style, loves painting townscapes, landscapes, abstracts and flowers. She paints in watercolours, acrylics and mixed media and works spontaneously and in a loose style. She has a strong bias towards tactile effects and enjoys experimenting with unconventional tools.
Mitzie has a Diploma in Stitched Textiles and a Degree in Painting and Printmaking. She has held Solo Exhibitions and exhibited widely, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and The Mall Galleries. She teaches watercolour painting at Berkhamsted, Harpenden and Missenden Abbey.
Sharon set up her own studio in Hitchin in 2014. Her work uses fused and cast glass techniques and includes both decorative and functional pieces. Her work is inspired by nature and the awesome power of the sea.
Although Jan is now a full time Artist and Tutor, her interest in art came later in life. Previously she was a qualified nurse and graduated with a degree from Loughborough University in Human Biology. When her children were small her father (the Watercolour painter, Rod Munro) gave her a painting set for Christmas and from this developed a love of painting. The thrill of seeing a red dot in her first Art Society showing brought home the reality that this could be a new career.
Over the last 20 years Jan has exhibited and sold work in local Society shows and Galleries and in the last 5 years has had work shown and sold at The Mall galleries in The Pastel Society, The Royal Institute of painters in Watercolour and The Society of Women Artists.
Julie is an artist who paints with beeswax, also known as encaustic wax art. Encaustic means to ‘burn in’ and therefore relates to the process of heating the wax rather than the medium used, this is an ancient art form originally used by the Egyptians 2,000 years ago. Julie heats encaustic wax blocks, beeswax, resin and mixed media to create unusual tactile and textural abstract pieces. She works from her studio in Bourne End, Hertfordshire, and runs workshops in encaustic techniques… and no the wax will not melt, check my website, or ask me to find out why not…!
T: 07976 700737
Helen J Young’s work is based on a recent journey to Nepal. She is currently studying Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University.
My childhood love of nature resulted in a desire to record the natural world and I have now been photographing wildlife for nearly forty years. I have won many awards and competitions in this time, including the Kodak Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. I particularly enjoy capturing animal behaviour and activity. These images are available as canvas wraps, fine art prints and greeting cards. I have been a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society for a number of years.
I design a bespoke range of fashion and homeware items. This includes hand dyed silk scarves, ties and bow ties. I also make a range of felted items, such as purses, brooches, cards and a mixture of animals and characters. Alongside this there are examples of knitted and crochet fashion ware and decorations. All of my creations are handmade individual items using a wide range of materials and techniques that are suited to the piece.
I have always loved painting and am mostly self taught. It is only since I retired that I have been attending various art classes and work shops.
I do pet portraits in pastel, flowers and landscapes in oils and water colours.
I work in acrylic and oil and enjoy experimenting with mixed media. I paint different subject matter but I prefer sceneries. My aim is to give a sense of mysterious and atmospheric landscapes, using a contrast between smooth skies and the texture of the land. I try to capture a moment when shapes, darkness and light transform nature into emotion.
Alison is a self-taught wildlife and pet portrait artist from rural Bedfordshire. Working mainly in graphite and coloured pencil as it captures the natural essence of her subjects. Alison has exhibited nationally and accepts commissions.
T: 07910 245 392
She works as an adult education tutor for Milton Keynes Community Learning.. She also teaches privately at Heath and Reach near Leighton Buzzard.
Jenny is self taught and has been painting with water colour and pastels for many years. She prefers to paint animals ,especially
poultry and dogs. She is happy to undertake commissions for portraits of dogs and other animals from photo`s.
T: 01525 375893
Bramble Cottage, 8 Ledburn, Leighton Buzzard,
Beds LU7 0PX
John studied art at St Paul’s College, Cheltenham. After teaching for five years, John lived and worked in Hong Kong. Works were produced in watercolour, gouache and collage. Further travel has resulted in paintings from Europe, Middle and Far East, North America, Australia and Scandinavia as well, of course, as those of local interest in the UK. John’s work encompasses a wide range of subjects: street scenes, buildings, portraits of animals and children, woodlands and landscapes.
T: 01525 714995
Time is mostly taken up with running a small family business publishing fine art greeting cards but whenever possible my interest and love of photography, a lifelong passion, comes first.
Over the years I have enjoyed painting, attending many courses to discover the joys of various mediums, always belonging to the local art club where we lived (most recently Wendover and then Wingrave). Now fully retired I am able to paint with a friend on a regular basis and looking to progress my work.
T: 01296 435531
Hi everyone, I think this is my sixth Arts festival at Mentmore, every year it gathers more and more interest which is great, and there is always a good buzz about the event.
My art and tastes seem to change year on year, although my first love is still painting land and sea-scapes.
I like to push myself to paint other topics, as you never know what you’re good at until you try, so this time I’ve tried my hand at animals and birds aswell.
I hope you enjoy my work this year.
Kate holds a first class honours degree in Graphic Design from Bournemouth Arts Institute and a merit award from the International Society of Typographic Designers. She is a Director of Ignite! Futures – an organisation promoting creativity in learning. After five years working in London as a designer and brand consultant, Kate is reigniting her passion for the arts and well-being. Kate is currently studying a photographic diploma with the Institute of Photography and has recently launched SketchBetter, a creative therapy initiative.
Kate’s meditative drawings and photography are inspired by nature, psychology and mental health. Kate is exhibiting for the second time at MAF this year, alongside her father Alan.
Alan started his career as a carpenter and joiner and subsequently moved into the construction industry in the 1980s. For over 30 years he has a developed a keen interest in architecture, the built environment, the fine arts and surrealism. During this period he has produced various paintings, pen drawings and pencil sketches that have until now remained private, under the pseudonym BBWLB. This is Alan’s second exhibition in public in conjunction with his daughter Kate.
I have been a serious painter since 1993 working in both watercolour and oils. Since being able to take the option of early retirement 2013 I have been able to focus even more on my art. I really enjoy buildings within a landscape particularly those that are a bit run down, such as old barns. Many of my landscape paintings are from North Norfolk, an area of the UK I have been constantly visiting for more than 30 years, boats feature quite often in my paintings even though I avoid actually going in them.
I now sell regularly in local exhibitions.
I work as an Intensive Care Nurse and initially started painting as hobby, but has developed over the years. I have been selling my work in exhibitions and galleries and undertaking commission work. I specialise mainly in animal portraiture but also enjoy experimenting and doing a variety of subjects. If you would like to see more of my work please see my website www.ruthaslettart.co.uk
My work revisits a classic era of 1930’s Railway poster design. Painted in gouache, my style has been influenced by the artists who were famous for creating the pre-war advertising posters. I particularly admire the work of
Norman Wilkinson, who I have recently discovered was an old boy of Berkhamsted School – where I work in the art department.
I am a self taught artist who started to paint with oil in 2013, after a year self taught attending some courses to learn more different techniques and skills. I have lots passion about all kinds of art, I am trying to paint various different types of landscape, seascape, flowers, still life, portraits.
Belinda Norrington is a jewellery and small object designer-maker, using sustainably sourced precious metals, including Fairtrade Gold. She is inspired by the beautiful textures and forms she finds along the riverbanks, woods and hedgerows close to her home, creating pieces full of tactile interest and a clearly nature-inspired aesthetic. Exploration of ideas of permanence and the Japanese concept of wabi sabi are part of the ongoing narrative of her work. She has her jewellery in several galleries across the country and is delighted to offer bespoke commissions.
I am a silversmith manipulating silver to produce individualistic jewellery. Echoing clean modern design in hand crafted items. Specialising in, elegant statement pieces
I have always had a love of photography and enjoy experimenting with different styles and subjects. In the past I have specialised in macro photography but have recently been investigating different styles such as street photography and trying to capture some of the essence of the local area not just landscapes, but life in general. You can see more of my work on the web address below.
Jan Drury is an abstract artist who works in many different mediums. She mixes different types of liquids and watches how they react or whether they repel each other. She then uses these results when she is producing her work. She produces work that is highly visual and touchable. The work often looks as if it is still wet. Jan encourages people to feel and touch her paintings.
Jan only produces ‘one off’ original pieces of art. Her work cannot be repeated. She can produce something similar but not exact. This is because there are many processes involved and each reaction is different. That’s the beauty of this technique; the end result only becomes apparent when the piece is finished.
Jan has recently spent time by the sea and some of her recent abstract pieces reflect this.
She has been experimenting with print in particular solar printing and is very pleased with the results. A hard plate is made from either a photograph or piece of art. This is then used as a printing plate to produce abstract pieces. Again all the results are unique.
Jan took part in a project in 2015 called The Threads of Time. This involved looking at items from the Hertfordshire Archives and producing a piece of work based on one or more of the items and the family home. This has recently been on display at Upstairs Gallery Berkhampsted . She is currently working on a similar project with Bedford Archives.
Jan has also produced a series of pieces that look at the traces our ancestors leave behind that continue in future generations
Please look closely at all the work. Everyone will see something different in it.
WORK HAS BEEN SHOWN AT: Wood End Gallery-York St Gallery-Bankside on the South Bank- Cork St Gallery- Aubrey Gallery- Franklins Gallery- Highgate Station – Hitchin Museum- Letchworth Museum- Luton Art Gallery- Luton Hoo Walled Garden- Marston Vale- RadlettArtExpo- Stoke Hammond -The Hat Factory – Red Dot Gallery -The Menier Gallery – The Mine Gallery- Stockwood Park- Ivinghoe Community Hub- Parkside Hall Ampthill
“Too many beautiful and interesting places!” My only regret is that there is not enough time to capture and convey them with a painting. I specialise in oils and I have painted most subjects including landscapes, pets, portraits, you name it. I love the challenge of commissions, one never knows what the customer will request next. With commissions I see it as my job to understand what you want and then exceed your expectations. Recently I have been testing myself with ‘daily painting’ trying to produce at least one small painting per day. I find this a really interesting way of expanding my painting abilities and as a side effect produces lots of affordable paintings for you the art lover. I exhibit locally and during the summer months I run a local en plein air painting group. For the festival I hope to have lots of affordable paintings. See my Facebook page to see some of what I have been up to lately and my Etsy store.
I have no credentials as an artist. In 2013 having retired I decided I would learn to paint with acrylics so went to one or two courses. I love painting and experimenting with mixed media and collage, the joy of discovery. Some paintings are quite exciting, but so far most of my work has been too large to fit in the display space so the next few weeks will need to be very focussed and results smaller!
I belong to Piddington Art Group, a wonderful set of like minded people who are very encouraging and enjoy pushing the boundaries. My husband creates amazing pottery himself, and has been a great support without him I would not be attempting to do this.
David Gainford’s paintings reflect his believe that the techniques of the old masters and the great impressionist provide the correct inspiration for his work, which are now in private collections around the world.
I am an artist printmaker who enjoys using many different types of original hand-pulled print techniques to express myself. Printmaking is not a quick, press-a-button act but a detailed and sometimes very lengthy process to produce the desired image – planning the plate, mixing the colours, combining techniques – rolls, rubs, chine colle.
The concept of layers provides a background relationship for my work – whether it is the subject matter itself, the preparation of the print plate, the print process or the layers of inspiration/interpretation.
I mostly print at Bodenpress, entering in-house exhibitions and Bucks Open Studios. I also regularly enter work for sale in exhibitions such as at Obsidian Gallery, Aylesbury Museum and Upstairs Gallery and am a member of the BBH Print Society.
I studied Art and Design 2D media at the University of Hertfordshire. I have a continued love of surface texture and pattern. My recent work has developed into, sometimes abstract, landscape images inspired time spent in the west coast of Cornwall and the fells of the lakes district. I like to create a feeling of a journey rather than a destination.
Candy has a great love of colour and movement, and enjoys working in a variety of mediums and styles. She especially likes the spontaneity and unexpected quality found in watercolours, and the vivid colours and unique forms discovered in working with encaustic wax. Candy believes that art can speak to our spirits as well as our emotions and thoughts, and she searches to reflect the beauty of God through her images.
Sally is a award-winning artist inspired by the beauty of creation and its creator. This year she has embarked upon A Year of Beauty and she invites you to join her at her blog: yearofbeauty.net. Sally says, “Through my art, I’m aiming to dwell upon the beauty that surrounds us, seeking to reflect something of its essence and creative inspiration in my pictures.” Sally is delighted to be taking part in Mentmore in 2016, as well as exhibiting in France, Berkhamsted, Little Gaddesden and Amersham.
Born in the Transvaal in South Africa, Les has recently moved to Challock in Kent after completing 23 years military service with the UK Armed Forces. He served all over the world and is quite enjoying the tranquil peace of life in Kent with his partner Hannah. Horses, cats and carvings make a nice change from active service.He has been chainsaw carving as a hobby for about 5 years and full time since November 2012. He has a fully kitted out workshop where he makes a variety of products including traditional chainsaw carvings, hand engraved signs, bowls and platters and benches and garden tables. He also does carvings in situ and attends shows throughout the summer months.All his timber is locally sourced from tree surgeons and trees that have been brought down in storms.