MEET THE ARTISTS
I am a Textile Artist and Designer with commitment to creating unique hand-made treasures using natural materials and traditional skills. My textile art uses layers of naturally-dyed fabrics and stitch to reflect beautiful landmarks and buildings.
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.
I am a member of the Buckinghamshire Art Society and the Visual Images Group. I also tutor at local art groups.
T: 01296 428358
Debbie paints still life realism oil paintings taking inspiration from 16th century Dutch artists.
She is also a qualified glass artist from the renowned International Glass Centre, and creates kiln-formed painted stained glass panels in her Leighton Buzzard Studio.
Painting in acrylics, oils and pastels I have had a go at most subjects including portraits and still life but I am more comfortable with landscapes. Most of my work is taken from sketches and photos taken on holidays and other trips but I always try to interpret the view in my own way. This is my second visit to the Mentmore Festival and I wish the event every success.
I have only recently rediscovered the artist in me and have found painting completely absorbing. I work in acrylics and although I have painted other subjects, animals and birds are my passion, particularly dogs.
I am happy to undertake commissions for portraits of dogs and other animals and birds and can work from photographs – frankly the subjects are not usually that good at sitting still!
Tel: 01296 661845
Victoria works in painting, printmaking and photography. “The artwork I produce is more often than not inspired by my surroundings. I enjoy capturing ‘moments in time’ with my camera and then exploring the image further in my studio.”
T: 07813 193631
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
Andrew is a photographer specialising in landscapes, wildlife and fine art. A frequent traveller to sub-Saharan Africa, this year’s exhibition reflects his passion for that continent.
T: 07784 505307
Andy studied photography and design at St Albans School of Art & Design and at Exeter School of Art. Andy presents a suite of photographic landscape essays and short stories based on colour, texture, shape and form – taken over the last two years at home and abroad.
Each image aims to capture the overlooked and forgotten, finding beauty and meaning in isolated details. This collection of snippets of light and shade have been brought together to create a visual and emotional link to a place or event in time, awakening senses of heat and wind, of sound and smell, of season and history.
T: 01525 374270
M: 07753 188341
Stevie has a background in illustration with a BA Hons art degree. She is currently freelancing and working on commissions. She is also painting a series of farm and landscape pictures, creating card designs, nursery pictures and murals.
T: 01525 374270
Having spent 45 years in aviation, I decided to become a Commercial Photographer when I retired in 1999. In the year 2001, I successfully completed a 2-year City and Guilds Course being awarded a Distinction upon completion. Looking to the future, I decided that my strength lay in Wedding, Portrait and Landscape photography and I have continued to develop these disciplines ever since. Today, I concentrate on Fine Art Landscape work, which includes Abstract imaging and in Portraiture I prefer to work with natural light. For the last 5 years, I have successfully exhibited at Hertfordshire Visual Arts “Open Studios” and have developed a following of customers who appreciate my style and give their support.
My style is to turn photographs into prints that are suitable as wall-art, using Digital Art Techniques. I print all my own work up to A1 size with media that is guaranteed longevity.
I started painting many years ago, initially starting with watercolours and acrylics and then went on to egg tempera, I have exhibited at and sold at many Bucks Exhibitions. I went to SW France to learn the technique of mosaics with a world renown mosaic artist and got the bug. I work closely with Sue Hawksley and we have exhibited and sold many mosaics over the past two years.
I was trained at the Buckinghamshire Chiltern University College and works in both oils and acrylics. If possible I prefer to paint on the beach or in the countryside, otherwise in my studio in Wendover (behind the Sally Turner Antique shop). I also work from sketches and studies made on location, the weather conditions are constantly changing and I thrive on the challenge of having to work quickly. I run my own workshops, painting holidays in Cornwall and Devon and painting days in the area around my studio
After a slow start in the art world, Sue, was inspired by an exciting tutor in both acrylic and egg tempera mediums, which she then used for her painting, together with gilding. In 2012 she undertook a residential mosaic course I n SW France with an internationally renowned artist. She was bitten by the bug and now also creates vibrant pieces in this medium as well.
After a career in Graphic design Laura has returned to her first love, painting. She combines her expertise from the digital world and marries this with her love of traditional methods, such as acrylics, pastels or pens to create an eclectic portfolio of work.
Her canvas is her computer. Using a stylus instead of a paintbrush, she captures fresh, vibrant images to express the essence of her subjects. From portraits and landscapes to still life and abstracts the idea of ‘fusion’ is at the heart of every piece, a unique result that marries the ‘old with the new’.
For 2 years she has been concentrating on developing a portfolio of both limited edition paintings, and single pieces. She participated in Hertfordshire Open Studios in September of 2013 and is currently exhibiting in various galleries across Hertfordshire.
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.
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.
All Fired Up. We are a group of potters who share an involvement, past or present with West Herts College in Watford. Each one of us explores our own area of interest in ceramics; this can be seen in the diversity of work presented for exhibition and sale by individuals, including: fine porcelain, domestic wares, pieces for the garden and fine art sculptures.
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.
In the late 1980s David studied and worked in the studio of Robert Lenkiewicz in Plymouth where he gained invaluable experience. Since then, David has worked extensively in studios in the South of France, the Czech Republic and here in the UK where he now works from his studio in Tring, Hertfordshire. David’s work is founded on the traditions of The Old Masters through to the great Impressionists.
PAUL BURSNALL lives in Gawcott, Bucks, where he has a studio. He is a member of Bucks Art Society, Buckingham Art For All group and ABNA, The Association of British Naïve Artists. He paints in a naïve style using blocks of colour and heavy outlines. Paul is represented in 12 galleries, including Red Rag, Bath: Hillier Gallery, Stratford upon Avon: and Curator Art Stow.
He has sold over 1100 paintings including several into the USA and Ireland. Paul was a finalist in the Aesthetica Creative Works competition and is published in their 2010 Annual. For further information please contact:
Denise Saunders & Don Evans
Denise and Don are neighbours and are members of the Leighton Buzzard Art Society.
They have exhibited watercolour landscapes at the Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre
and Leighton Buzzard Art Society exhibitions.
Waverley, Hilside Road, Leighton Buzzard,
Beds LU7 3BU
M: 01525 384769
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
Marion Macrae teaches Art in Adult Education. She finds the translucency of watercolour perfect for flowers and landscapes. She also works in pen and wash, mixed media and silk. She is starting her own adult Art classes in Leighton Buzzard from next term.
Martin is a photographer and creative digital artist. He is a licensed member of The Royal Photographic Society.
T: 07703 158944
Jenny lives locally and draws in pastel and paints with watercolour as a hobby. She specialises in dogs – poultry and wild life.
T: 01525 375893
Bramble Cottage, 8 Ledburn, Leighton Buzzard,
Beds LU7 0PX
John is a watercolour artist who lives in Bedfordshire. He exhibits regularly in the Bedford Street Gallery, Woburn and can take commissions.
T: 01525 714995
Edward Stamp is a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and The Society of Wood Engravers. He is a landscape painter working in oils, watercolours and acrylics, and also in the relief printing method of wood engraving. Much of his landscape painting is in the form of small scale works made on the spot. North Buckinghamshire and the Vale of Aylesbury are his main sources of inspiration.
T: 01525 240681
After a career in advertising, Eddie has returned to his first love of photography which he studied as part of his graphics course at college. He has been concentrating on developing a portfolio of limited edition photographic prints of his work over several years. Last year he had a successful one-man show at Wycombe Museum, during Bucks Open Studios and has also exhibited in several other shows including Aylesbury Programmer School. His photographs reflect his love of the countryside, the places he has visited and the people he meets.
Kim Major-George is an printmaker/artist who live and works from her studio in Hertfordshire.
Her contemporary images are greatly influences by spiritual iconography, Ancient esoteric philosophies, poetry and fables.
Kim uses her traditional printing press to create textured hand pulled collagraphs, with many being embellished with silver/gold leaf creating a rich ethereal quality to her work.
Her fascination with texture means she will layer up many different components on one plate also print plate on plate, these unusual mark making techniques are featured heavily in her Collagraph printing book.
Kim spend her year fulfilling her gallery requests, commissions from private clients and interior designers, teaching from her studio, and lecturing to Art Societies up and down the country. Kim is the author of ‘Collagraph – a journey through texture’ and is the president of the BBH Print Society.
I am a local artist based in Stoke Hammond, and my inspiration comes from the environment and surrounding where I live, or whilst on my travels. The light and colours of Europe and the continent really have much influence on my paintings. I paint in pastel, water colour, oils and acrylic.
After retiring from teaching Shirley gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and is now pursuing her interest in silk painting using a big and bold approach to her work.
My childhood love of nature resulted in a desire to record the natural world and I have now been photographing nature for nearly forty years and have won many awards and competitions in this time, including the Kodak Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. I aim to capture animals in action and their behaviour. These images are available as canvas wraps and fine art prints. I have been a Fellow of the Royal Photographic for a number of years.
My background is in illustration. A late starter, I completed my BA (Hons) degree just before I reached 60 and have since illustrated books and magazine articles. I now have the luxury of concentrating on my paintings – colourful, happy scenes based on West Country harbours where the houses run higgledy-piggledy down to the sea and jolly fishing boats go about their business. Most of my paintings are also available as limited edition prints and greetings cards. I am a regular exhibitor with the Royal Association of Marine Artists at their Mall Galleries annual exhibition.
I enjoy working with a range of media such as watercolour, ink, fine liner pens & colour pencil.
My work is inspired by British Wildlife and nature.
Initially a Graphic Design graduate, Rachael has recently returned to her love of painting and drawing, and enjoys working mainly with acrylics in a loose, impressionist style. Paintings are available for commission.
I paint primarily with acrylics and enjoy the subject of still life. Alongside my paintings I have also have a passion for pencil drawing and I have recently set up my pencil portrait business ‘Pencil Portraits by Clare’. I am available for commissions.
I have lived in Tring for fifteen years, with my four motorcycles, two Labradors, two sons and one wife, although not necessarily in that order. I spend many hours each week walking on and around the Ashridge Estate and surrounding countryside with my dogs, and it’s this that inspires and provides the stimulus for much of my painting, seeing it as I do in all weathers, and in all it’s moods and colours throughout the year. I am self-taught as an artist, but only recently found the time to begin painting regularly. I’ve always loved the countryside, and particularly enjoy exploring the effects of light and shade in my painting.
T: 07929 985445
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
I’m a local artist from Bedfordshire and this will be my fourth exhibition at Mentmore. I tend to lean more towards land and seascapes, as this is what I really enjoy painting, however I will have a go at anything, I just love painting.
Emma is an artist who has lived in the local area for the majority of her life. Currently living in the Hertfordshire village of Long Marston, Emma gains inspiration for her
work from the beautiful local landscapes. If you are familiar with the nearby beauty spots and
Villages in particular, you may recognise some of the places featured in her paintings.
Working largely in acrylic on canvas, Emma is keen on painting woodland landscapes, especially
the magical areas carpeted with bluebells at this time of year.
The fascination she has for colour has been a life long obsession, with the somewhat eerie faces of
the carousel horses being another bright and bold favourite subject to capture.
With paintings of varying sizes, there is sure to be something for every wall space, big or small
I enjoy painting in most media: oil, watercolour, ink, digital and
mixed media.and my choice of subject is eclectic. mainly reflecting my
emotional response to the subject.I am enjoying my recent exciting
forays into the digital art world; however, recently my preferred
medium is oil.
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 first 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 inaugural exhibition in public in conjunction with his daughter Kate.
On The Green Artists
Each sculpture is individually crafted and is unique. All of my designs are as bold as they are simple. Sculptures are left to weather naturally turning a soft burnt orange colour. Commissions accepted.
M: 07714 219417