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.
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.
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 workshops.
I do pet portraits in pastel, flowers and landscapes in oils and watercolours.
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
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.
Brought up locally in Swanbourne, Katy studied at St Martins and the Slade to gain a masters in fine art and later a PGCE in teaching Secondary School Art. Katy paints with a group regularly at The Queens Park Centre, in Aylesbury, where she had a sell-out show last year. She takes commissions for painting people’s homes, pets and favourite views. Much of Katy’s recent work resonates with the time she has spent on the Devon coast, painting boats, the estuary at Noss Mayo and the rugged coastline. Her technique is a loose touch using acrylic (for ease) to give bright brushstrokes to conjure up the movement and energy in a view.
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 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.
Irina Bradley is an artist working in the ancient Byzantine egg tempera technique, using 23 1/2 carat genuine gold leaf and natural earth and mineral pigments. Irina loves the translucency of paintings produced in this technique and the vibrancy of colours achieved through the use of mineral pigments. Irina studied icon painting in Moscow and then continued her studies at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, where she was awarded a PhD in 2015 for her thesis on Spiritual Striving in Icon Painting and a series of paintings which included both icons and modern art. Irina teaches icon painting to MA level at the Prince’s School as a visiting tutor, as well as offering icon courses for general public there and in other locations. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions. Irina’s first solo exhibition was at Cumberland Lodge, the former royal residency at Great Windsor Park. She is currently working towards her second solo exhibition at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford which will take place in 2017. Irina’s work is worldwide, in this country her icons can be seen at St Catherine’s Chapel inside the Cumberland Lodge, St Paul’s Theological Centre in London, St Bartholomew the Great in the City of London, St Gabriel’s in London and several private chapels. Irina also lectures on icons, past venues have included Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, Oxford University, Villa Empain in Brussels, the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, Themenos Academy in London and the V&A, where her work was also presented.
My history begins with a college background in technical drawing and architecture. Totally self-taught, I used to be predominantly, a portrait artist, making the finals of the BP Portrait awards, and have done sittings for Dame Vera Lynn and Lord Bath, to name a few. My focus has since switched to impressionist landscape. I now spend less time on commissions and more on what I actually want to paint.
I am passionate about colour and its combinations and take my inspiration from natural landscapes, and the impact of time and the weather. The way light plays on everything in its wake is a particular wonder. Walking 500 miles across France and Northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago de Compostella gave me an opportunity to reflect and observe. I have now distilled some of those experiences and am gradually translating ideas, learning and experimenting with mark making while applying paint to canvas. This is my first public exhibition.
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.
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.
I have always been interested in religious art both historically and globally. By producing pottery angels, paintings of angels and religious icons I hope to enable the onlooker to engage in and experience something of the wonder of God and the Light of Heaven.
Isobel Cherry, Sally McIver, Candy Hackney and Bev Purdue are part of a community of Christian artists delighted to be exhibiting together on the theme Light from Heaven.
Avril has studied Chinese art for several years and enjoys creating pictures using her knowledge of Chinese painting to convey her love of nature, expressing her ideas in delicate brush strokes and techniques reflected in thousands of years of Chinese culture.
Avril lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, who is a photographer.
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.
As a self taught artist I love the immediacy, vibrancy, versatility and release of creating
abstract arts that reflect my emotion, use a particular process to create or simply come from
my imagination or the attraction of a particular colour. I have also relatively recently begun to
teach myself to draw, with a particular interest in endangered and illegally trafficked wild
animals. I’m very proud to have been awarded Special Recognition on three occasions in
2016 for two of my drawings and one of my abstract paintings.
I have donated many Limited Edition Prints to animal welfare organisations for fund raising
and sold paintings, prints and drawings throughout the UK, Spain and USA.
Lynda Colley Originals
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.
I find inspiration through walking and cycling in the Chiltern Hills for my landscape paintings. The intensity of light, colour and form through the changing of the seasons is of particular interest. Using photographs and sketching out in the field as a starting point, I develop my ideas using a variety of techniques and am at the moment focusing on using the medium of acrylic inks. Contemporary landscape painters such as, Margo Maeckelberghe and Kurt Jackson, have been an influence with their freedom of expression.
Sarah grew up in Leighton Buzzard before going on to study Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University. She went on to win a place on the BBC vision costume scheme and worked as a costume assistant on a variety of television and film productions. In 2010 Sarah retrained as a Primary School Teacher and now lives and works in West London. More recently She undertook several courses in writing and illustrating children’s picture books. It was through these courses that she was inspired to develop her own portfolio of work for exhibition.
Amanda Curbishley NAPA
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. Although my subjects are varied I now specialise in marine art.
I am a regular exhibitor around Buckinghamshire including at the Obsidian Gallery, the Upstairs Gallery, Bucks Art Society Exhibitions, Bucks Open Studios, Bucks County Museum and various art festivals.
I have also exhibited at the Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition and the ING Discerning Eye exhibition, both at the Mall Galleries in central London.
I have sold to private collections both home and abroad.
I am a member of National Acrylic Painters Association, the Buckinghamshire Art Society and member of the Visual Images Group. I teach a drawing and painting class at the Queens Park Arts Centre and guest tutor at other local groups.
Tel: 01296 428358 www.facebook.com/curbiart
I am a silversmith manipulating silver to produce individualistic jewellery. Echoing clean modern design in hand crafted items. Specialising in, elegant statement pieces
Mary Ann has been painting for as long as she can remember. A self-taught artist who has, over the years attended numerous workshops, some by eminent artists themselves, Mary Ann has experimented with different styles and textures. She says she is “travelling on an artistic journey that continues on a never ending roller coaster of discovery.”
Mary Ann was shortlisted to take part in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 and has featured in several local art exhibitions in Hertfordshire and around London.
“I am excited by the magic of paint and never cease to be amazed at the level of complexity and versatility just one brushstroke can achieve,” she says.
Her home country, the UK, has been inspirational in her artistic development. Recently the red earth of Australia and the azure of the sea have been feeding her endless curiosity for subject matter to put to canvas.
Mary Ann has featured in several local art exhibitions in and around London.
Currently Mary Ann has been experimenting with thick layers of paint laid on with a palette knife, using bold, bright colours, depicting a series of scenes showing everyday people at play or at work, on the beach or among their friends, catching them momentarily in a scene as if through candid camera.
Mary Ann continues to paint with both brush and palette knife. She has also allowed her long-standing fascination with the outdoors to come through her work, developing a series of colourful coastal scenes and trees in bright autumn colours.
She has encompassed the breathtaking beauty of water, whether it is coastal waves lapping the shore, a gentle river meandering through green rolling hills, or a sparkling, frothy waterfall in a forest glade, ablaze with colour.
“Colour is the key to my work,” she explains. “Without colour life would be a very dull place. I feel my job is to project that colour on to walls in generous, daring quantities, providing an uplifting and happy interlude for the viewer.”
For more information, or if you wish to purchase an original painting contact:
Mary Ann Day:
I am an artist living with my family in Tring, and I work predominantly in artist’s pencils and watercolours. I have a love of the countryside and wildlife, and I am currently working on a series of drawings of the local animals and birds that we are lucky enough to encounter here in Hertfordshire.
I have been painting since 2002, and producing & selling greetings cards from my art for the last few years. I print my own cards using high-quality matte photo paper, which gives amazingly vibrant colours and a surface which is a pleasure to write on.
I love painting! I use a variety of media, including watercolour, acrylics (inks & paint), pen & ink, charcoal and pastel, and mixed media. I am inspired by the colours and shapes of nature: plants & flowers, wildlife, the sea; I also love to draw & paint boats, townscapes & seascapes. I prefer to draw & paint from life, but use my own photos as inspiration too. I have a passion for colour. I hope you will love my art too!
Laura is a representational artist, living and working in Hertfordshire. Her figurative and portrait work are atmospheric paintings, breathing life on the depth of diverse human emotions. Recently she has taken inspiration from a more classical style of oil painting that centers around the aesthetic values of colour and unity of space, – where the use of light and interpreted brush strokes create her distinctive style of painting. In parallel her digital paintings are computer-based works. They are exploratory expressions inspired from various art forms, a creation of images that are a blend of eclectic styles and techniques. Her work can be viewed on www.fusionartsonline.co.uk or she can be contacted directly on 07711 719452.
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
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.
Jamie is a Buckinghamshire based photographer who strives to add an alternative perspective to my subjects. My footage has been broadcast live on the BBC during the Burghley Horse Trials in 2016. I specialise in aerial photography and love to add my own twist on capturing those unmissable special moments.
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.
Matt Ellis is 46 years old and still not dead.
Whilst he has a day job, he’s also a semi professional photographer.
Though wildlife is his preference, garden plants don’t run away quite so often as cute furry animals!
He lives with his wildlife artist fiancée, Alison Perkins, who is also at Mentmore this year.
Tel: 07910 077 616
I have been taking photographs since my early teens and to this day I use both a film and digital cameras for my work. I mainly shoot in a documentary style with occasional forays into “Fine art”. I shoot people (candidly and posed), landscape and architecture. I have sold images to clients all over the world in the form of Framed Prints, Prints, books and Canvasses.
I trained as a Window Dresser in a north London Store and spent six years there before I married and came to Harpenden. I then spent the next three years window dressing in St Albans before having children.
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 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.
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 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.
Yvonne has found great inspiration working with friends in a group – painting every week and even enjoying exhibiting at Mentmore – life begins at 80!
T: 01296 435531
Teaching arts and crafts on my travels over forty years through Africa and Europe has excited me with colour, movement and texture – a wonderful journey.
My name is Anne Graham, I live with husband and 3 boys in Cheddington. I do mixed media using watercolour ,acrylic ,lace, real leaves, tissue paper and beads and even shells.
I celebrate nature, light and especially work with textures and colour in my work I paint flowers, butterflies, woods and I have recently looked at coastal scenes. I have also done some scenes from Narnia.
I have exhibited in The Berkhamsted Art Club and at Little Heath Farm Garden Centre. Potten End .
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 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.
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.
I am a gardener by trade and have always loved the way that light accentuates the colour and beauty of my gardens. This passion is reflected through my creation of stained glass.
Candy Hackney enjoys working in different mediums, especially enjoying the vibrancy of colour found in encaustic wax and acrylics. Candy believes that art can speak to us on a spiritual dimension and desires to show the beauty of God through her work. http://www.candysgallery.weebly.com
Candy Hackney, Sally McIver, Isobel Cherry and Bev Purdue are part of a community of Christian artists delighted to be exhibiting together on the theme Light from Heaven.
I have been working with glass for the last 6 years and love the
colours and capturing the light. I have done several masterclasses
including working with Bob Leatherbarrow, Amanda Simmons and Nathan
Sandberg. I have had a showcase at The National Glass Centre in
Sunderland.I make a range of different glassworks which are either
pieces of art or functionable pieces for the home.
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.
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.
A retired art teacher, who paints mainly in acrylics and usually of local scenes and landscapes. Also available for commissions.
T: 01525 375455
I work with a wide variety of textiles. Some are vintage, some are modern, this creates an interesting mixture of colour and texture.
My inspiration is the fabric with which I develop a range of useful gifts. The methods I use include patchwork, quilting and machine embroidery. My sewing is then often embellished with items such as beads and handmade flowers.
By working with limited amounts of fabric my items become very individual.
T: 01525 379921
I have always been excited about colour, and especially coloured glass. 1997 on my first glass bead-making course I knew that I had found my ultimate passion – colour. During 2016 I had the urge to paint, I am using alcohol inks as they have some wonderful colours that I use with glass (of course) and a special Japanese paper.
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.
Colin has had a keen interest in photography for the best part of 40 years and in the beginning he combined this with his other passion for motorsport and concentrated on taking pictures at Motorcycle Road Racing and Motocross events across the country an he had a reasonable level of success by getting a number of pictures published in national media.
Since those days he has now turned his attention more to Wildlife and Vintage Military Aircraft with a particular interest in Birds and WWII Aircraft respectively.
Colin spent 4 years living in South Africa during the 1980’s and got hooked on Safari’s which has driven his passion for all Wildlife photography.
Colin also has a keen interest in Military Aviation and attends a good number of air shows throughout the year, so it’s no surprise that he veers towards taking the majority on his pictures across these two subjects however, you may find a few surprises amongst his collection that do not follow this trend.
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.
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.
Born in London, Jenny studied Fine Art Painting and Etching at Camberwell Art School in the mid/late 1980’s. A tutor at Putney Art School for 25 years, she has recently moved to Wing village. Jenny’s work includes oil painting, etching and drawing and is figurative- scenarios from memory in day to day life as well as life drawing and portraits form the inspiration for her visual language.
Bert Mabane trained as an Architect and this was when he first became interested in watercolour painting. Following early retirement he has been able to return to the medium and his work has been exhibited widely in Northern Galleries as well as with The Royal Society of Marine Artists at he Mall Galleries, London.
Marion Macrae has exhibited with the Leighton Buzzard Arts Society for many years and is now the chairman. Her first love is watercolour which she finds perfect for painting landscapes and flowers. She also works in pen and wash, mixed media and silk.
She works as an adult education tutor for Milton Keynes Community Learning… She also teaches privately at Heath and Reach near Leighton Buzzard.
Sally is a award-winning artist exhibiting in France and the UK. www.yearofbeauty.net All her pictures are designed to be uplifting and inspired by the wonder and beauty of the Creator. Psalm 96:5-6
Each picture sold at Mentmore Arts Festival will help support St Marys church through the festival as well as the beautiful work of GLO www.greatlakesoutreach.org serving the poorest country, Burundi.
Sally McIver, Candy Hackney, Isobel Cherry and Bev Purdue are part of a community of Christian artists delighted to be exhibiting together on the theme Light from Heaven.
0777 6055 145
Jenny is self-taught and has been painting with watercolour 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 photos.
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
Jane Domett Muir
I enjoy experimenting, working in a variety of media and using different techniques. This year my focus of interest has been the effect of light on single subject still life and in particular how shadows contribute to the composition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a self taught artist who loves to draw and paint wildlife and animals. My favourite media is coloured pencil as my work tends to very detailed, but I also work in graphite and acrylic paint. Most of my work is commissioned portraiture but I have recently started to exhibit and sell some original artwork and prints locally. I am a member of the Leighton Buzzard Art Society.
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.
My paintings explore the wonders of light and energy in natural and urban spaces.
Through the pouring and building up of paints and other mediums I am able to mimic natures processes to create energy, rhythm and tension
through the ethereal and sometimes fleeting shapes and pattern that manifest.
The hope is that it helps the viewer to contemplate this natural wonder that sometimes allude to the intangible, mysterious and the Divine.
Born a long time ago and still alive, I have been a very keen photographer since the day my father bought a kodak box brownie, and I started taking the family photographs, (I looked better behind the camera than in front )!
After many varied and different careers, I became a full time professional in 2006, and opened my studio working on many different commissions, weddings, family groups, model portfolios, and product photography. Whilst I enjoyed the challenge of studio work I decided to close and concentrate on doing my own thing, taking photographs of landscapes, the natural world, boats, anything that took my eye really, especially whilst on my travels.
I moved to the Herts/Bucks borders in 2012 and now produce my own work. I edit and print my photographs personally, and hand make picture frames. I laminate and mount my photographs on acrylic panels, canvases and art blocks as well as making clocks, work top savers and coasters.
I attend art and craft shows in the Herts/Bucks/Beds area where I look forward to meeting people and am always happy to talk photography. More details about me and my work can be found on my website www.mikeralphs.co.uk
A qualified Occupational therapist, Cathy started her art career in 2008. Self taught, her earlier paintings were predominantly circle based abstracts but developed into urban landscapes fuelled by a lifelong interest in buildings. This evolution was only natural following a childhood dominated by the giant mills of the Cotton industry.
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.
T: 07818 240116
Julia Rigby is a well-known artist and designer with her colourful and quirky designs appearing on stationery, puzzles and cross-stitch kits. She also illustrates for The English Garden magazine. Her work is always colourful and the subject matter varies from landscapes to plants and animals as well as naïve depictions of people, especially children in her work for Phoenix Trading and Wentworth Jigsaws. She enjoys mixing media and techniques and is always striving to produce something new and original.
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.
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.
“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.
An artist for over 20 years, working specifically in glass for more than 10, I merge traditional stained glass methods and modern fusion and screen printing methods, incorporating materials such as wood and metal to create unique stained glass art panels, windows and mirrors, and kiln-fused jewellery, and wall and table art.
In 2005 I took a 10 week evening class in stained glass techniques and since then have developed my skills through testing my ideas against traditionalist views, and through additional short workshops.
My ever evolving style brings a range of beautiful and unique pieces with inspiration from various sources and styles including pop art, art nouveau, nature, and photography.
I undertake commissions of all sizes and intricacies from single pieces or wedding sets of jewellery, to table and wall art, through to large leaded and fused glass panels.My web address is: www.starburstglass.co.uk and my facebook is https://m.facebook.com/StarburstGlassbyOpalSeabrook/ I’m also on instagram as Opal Seabrook too.
Wayne Stiller is a keen amateur photographer and a member of the Royal Photographic Society.
Whilst using and enjoying most styles and types of photography, he is most passionate about street, macro and pet photography.
Street Photography captures images of the modern world and most of Wayne’s work looks at people going about their everyday business around towns and cities such as London and Leighton Buzzard.
Wayne loves using macro photography – getting close, seeing details and using abstract images to show life in a slightly different manner.
Being the proud owner of 2 Tibetan Terriers, Wayne enjoys nothing more than an outside pet photography shoot capturing interactions with pets and their owners, showing the pet’s true personality. One of his photos has been officially selected for the Tibetan Terrier Association calendar 2017.
Another of Wayne’s passions is capturing the stunning local landscapes that surround us in this lovely corner of Buckinghamshire.
Please feel free to contact him to discuss any commissions or view more of his work on the web address below.
Telephone: 0750 8995450
Julie spent her childhood in Drayton Parslow, in Buckinghamshire. She won a scholarship to the Willesden Technical College of Art, where the intention was to become a dress designer from 1953-1955.
Unfortunately, funds would not allow her to follow her dream and stay at College. She was told to ‘get a proper job!’, sound familiar?
Julie became a secretary (her ‘proper job!’). She started painting in later life and attended a local Art association and joined night school. Julies work was exhibited in the Linda Blackstone Gallery and in 1985 achieved real success. Julie had two very successful exhibitions, and was, through the gallery, introduced to two print companies who printed cards and posters, namely Camden Graphics.
Moving to Dorset in 1997, Julie was again successfully exhibiting her work. Unfortunately, her husband sadly passed away in 2000, and Julie could not think of painting for some time.
Now, Julie has now lived in the Buckinghamshire countryside of Stoke Hammond for four year, and is now painting and exhibiting her Art, once again. Julie paints in oil, acrylic, pastel and water colour and finds her countryside and creativity from all of her surroundings.
T: 01525 279547
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.
Richard is an historian by training. He has long been interested in art. Only in retirement has he found time to develop fully his artistic interests and talents. His boyhood upbringing on the south coast and lifelong love of the sea are reflected in his artistic expression. His paintings are mainly seascapes and landscapes in a semi-abstract, impressionistic genre. The relationship between art and poetry, especially of the sea, is reflected in his painting. He paints mainly with a palette knife in oil and acrylic in his studio and en plein-air.
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
Susanne paints mostly in meditative state to enriching and inspirational healing, energy music. The range of style is broad – much of what evolves through the application of the paint, translates itself into landscapes, whilst other pieces remain abstract. Whether painted by brush or only with fingers, most of the paintings exude bright, lustrous and radiant colours.
Susanne’s mainstream work being in transformational health and life-coaching and complementary health.
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.
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…!