Alan lives in Wing and has a passion for drawing architectural studies of buildings along with other works inspired by surrealism.
Alan’s preferred medium is pen and pencil.”
Katy has painted all her life and studied Theatre Design at St Martins and an Ma at The Slade University College, London. She then did a PGCE in Secondary Art at Roehampton Institute and taught for a while. Having been brought up in Bucks Katy returned home to live in Winslow, a town she is very fond of. Katy continues to paint every Tuesday at The Queens Park Centre in Aylesbury with a group of professional artists and exhibits locally. Her work is collected in Devon, London and locally. Her most recent exhibition was at Obsidian Art in September and at Aylesbury High School Christmas Show. Katy exhibited at Wendover for Bucks Art Weeks in June where she was at The Little Bird Told Me Gallery, which went very well. Katy also exhibits at Mentmore regularly. Her paintings are mostly of scenes from Devon and are colourful and jovial with a graceful originality that springs from her love of colour and the environment around her. If you would like to contact Katy please email her on email@example.com or phone 01296 711151.
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Wendy Diana Bird 00447765452586
My work is about being part of the natural world. I am fascinated by rocks and prehistoric art. I would like to be an owl or a fox for one night.
Nature sculpts the world through movement. Trees grow slowly, water runs fast. Each leaf, cloud, dragonfly’s wing… is unique. Light permeates the invisible air. Mind dissolves into the object – there is no separation.
Wendy studied Fine Art and Printmaking in England and Spain.
• I was at Amersham College of Art where I was taught painting by Sir Romeo di Girolamo RA and Lithography by Henry Trivick RA, (who also taught Stanley Spencer).
Dorienne Carmel lives and works in Elstree Hertfordshire ; her way of working does not follow trends and fashions. Her professional qualifications are seen in her artistic inspiration.
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.
Hi, I’ve been painting now for about 20 years, I’m very passionate about my paintings and all the other crafts I do. This is my ninth time at Mentmore, I’ve had very little formal training, but have decided to make my own path into Arts and craft. Hope you enjoy my work.
I originate from Paris, France and am presently living in the United Kingdom. My love of art started at a young age and was an important part of my university education.
I have used all mediums in the past but have more recently focussed on using oil and acrylic.
Attention to detail is paramount and I will often spend many hours researching a subject before commencing the actual artwork.
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.
Lynda is an Award Winning self-taught artist. She loves to use the creation of her art as an emotional release with her vibrant and often highly textured art.
Water and particularly the sea have captured Lynda’s imagination for many years and she is very excited to have found a way of capturing this in her recent work with resin and the sculptural almost 3d effect of recycled glass and resin.
T: 07702 871562
Sarah grew up in Leighton Buzzard before studying 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. More
recently, she undertook several courses in
writing and illustrating children’s picture books. Sarah enjoys working in both ink and collage and balances art work alongside, teaching and being a mum.
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.
My training as a cabinetmaker by John Makepeace is where my interest in the arts began.
I continue to make bespoke furniture www.paulcrudge.com from my workshop in Tring.
I am new to painting and enjoy experimenting in acrylic.
I am a contemporary artist who works in acrylics and mixed media.
I feel a connection to light, shape and colour in nature which is reflected in my work. I love the versatility of acrylic and by using acrylic and mixed media I try to incorporate bright colours and textures into my paintings, which lean toward the semi abstract. My subjects are varied but I tend towards marine art. I like to try out new techniques and to continue to develop as an artist.
I am a regular exhibitor around Buckinghamshire including at the Obsidian Gallery, Bucks Art Society Exhibitions, Bucks Open Studios, Bucks County Museum and various art festivals.
I have exhibited at the Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition and the ING Discerning Eye exhibition, both at the Mall Galleries in central London, at ‘Not the Royal Academy’ at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London and at The Crypt Gallery, St. Ives with members of the National Acrylic Painters Association. I held a solo art exhibition at Claydon Estate Courtyard, 2018. I have also exhibited with the Oxford Art Society and in ‘The People’s Landscape exhibition’ at Claydon House.
I have sold to private collections both home and abroad.
I am a member of National Acrylic Painters Association, 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.
E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/curbiart
I am a silversmith manipulating silver to produce individualistic jewellery. Echoing clean modern design in hand crafted items and specialising in, elegant statement pieces
For Mentmore 2020, James Davey
A slightly different perspective
on the traditional landscape.
Drawing on his experience painting
vistas within walking distance,
he attempts to deliver scenes of
nature from all over the place,
all while containing it within
a nice neat box.
I am an artist illustrator and I create work of the places, spaces and objects that trigger an emotional response.
My practice is drawing, painting sketches of the subject, revisiting from many angles, in different scales, before standing to paint a loose, free version of the subject matter.
I have taught art for many years and gain much from the student, a reciprocal exchange. My work is exhibited in Hertfordshire and London.
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.
Matt Ellis is nearly 50 and still not dead. Some people find this rather irritating.
Whilst he has a day job, he’s also a semi professional photographer and member of the Royal Photographic Society.
Though wildlife is his preference, garden plants don’t run away quite so often as cute furry animals!
Being a big kid, he also likes photographing cars, which tend to complain less than people and almost never ask for money.
He lives with his long-suffering wildlife artist fiancée, Alison Perkins, who is also at Mentmore this year.
And he takes commissions, details of which are on his website.
Tel: 07910 077 616
I completed a degree in Illustration many years ago, although I didn’t pursue a career in art at the time. Since becoming a mother 6 years ago, I have focused on building my career around my art, doing what I love. I have also been teaching art classes for the last year.
I work mainly in acrylics but I also like to try different mediums to experiment with and develop my style. I do not have a favourite subject as such, although I find a lot of my inspiration comes from animals and wildlife.
My painting style is quite bold – I love colour! Over the years my style has become more abstract and expressive. I use a palette knife to create the backgrounds, whilst keeping some detail on the subject.
I also enjoy graphite pencil drawing, where I tend to focus on rather more detail than I would with a painting.
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.
Jim creates his unique Statues and Wall Hanging Sculptures using only the finest authentic metallic compounds including Pewter, Bronze, Copper & Brass.
Jim uses his own unique casting technique process that he has developed through many years of practical experience that reflect his passion for his work.
Using clay and resin in the origination of his works, the suspended melded metallic finish is fused to the sculpture, which is then hand polished.
Jim has been commissioned by the BBC, and has sold work into more than 25 different countries worldwide.
Being weatherproof, most of Jims wall sculptures and statues are also suitable for garden and outdoors locations.
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.
Alexander James Gordon’s paintings are inspired by the colour and light found in everyday travels. Drawing influence from the sky and imagining the possibility of colour to be used within his artwork. He will find colours from small marks on objects, especially if they are worn or are slightly damaged and play with these images and thoughts to create his next piece of work.
As an artist who is inspired by the ever changing sky and its influence on the colour in the world, he is very excited by the change of light which takes place in a very short period of time and the early rises of colour within the day.
Alexander works in oil paint with a palette knife to leave a visible mark on the canvas, this creates a texture to his work which adds a subtle layering to the piece. He is particularly fond of the marks made towards the end of the piece as he reveals the layers of paint beneath.
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 was born in Tring where I still live. I like going out with my camera and taking photos of landscapes and then paint them I enjoyed art as a teen many years ago . And after retiring found I wanted to get back into it. So I spend a lot of time painting and learning different ways to approach the way I paint . I do most subjects. Landscapes, portraits, I use oils, acrylics, and I have just started trying watercolours. email@example.com
My second year exhibiting at Mentmore Arts Festival, I am a self-taught artist who started painting in the late summer of 2017 using acrylics, but subsequently I have moved into using predominantly oils.
I enjoy painting a wide variety of subjects and relish the challenge of trying something new.
Most of my current work involves nature in some form; be that landscapes or waterscapes, or wild animals and birds, but equally I love to capture the quirky characters of our furry domestic friends and I take commissions for pet portraits.
My next challenges I am interested in trying include some more architecture, especially old mediaeval towns in France, and café scenes – watch this space!
Striving for realism in my work, I wish to capture and celebrate the vibrancy and richness surrounding us if we just stop long enough to look.
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 both vintage and modern to create an interesting mixture of colour and texture. Inspiration for my work comes from the fabric from which I develop into a range of useful gifts. My main focus is bags of all shapes and sizes. I include patchwork, quilting and machine embroidery to enhance the fabrics and embellish, if needed, with beads, button and handmade flowers. Mostly items are individual works of art.
T: 01525 379921
As an award winning commercial designer in the fashion industry Jenny brings a sensitivity to the glass making process… Her inspiration is drawn from her fascination with colour, pattern and texture.
Each piece of glass jewellery is created by Jenny to be elegant, simple and contemporary.
The decor pieces are a modern statement for the home expressing pattern and form in functional vessels.
Each new glass piece is carefully tailored to ensure it is true to the original idea
Having trained under Dennis Hawkins RA, Belinda studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw and has
exhibited in London and Edinburgh.
She specialises in portrait and image, in oils and charcoal.
She is currently studying sculpture under Gil Wyman at Chelsea and works in bronzed clay, producing figurative sculpture for home and garden.
Commissions undertaken. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi my name is Gill Johnston,
I live in Cheddington .
I took up art just under 3 years ago, encouraged by my husband David, who bought me a combination art starter set. I quickly discovered my preferred medium to be acrylics, and joined a small art group locally, which has given me much inspiration and encouragement, and given me the confidence to exhibit my work here at Mentmore, for the second time.
I hope you like my work.
Rhodri was born in the Seychelles and educated in London where he now lives and works. He is a retired design engineer. He is self taught and started painting at an early age, making copies of the Renaissance, Impressionist, Post-Impressionists and French artists. He belongs to various art societies which keeps him in touch with other artists and provide opportunities to exhibit is works. He works in watercolour, acrylic and pastel.
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.
“My interest in ceramics was early aroused by the shapes and styles of ancient clay artefacts – humans everywhere on earth discovered, quite independently, that useful articles could be fashioned from materials dug from the ground. So we inherit an enormously rich tradition from which we can draw our ideas for making objects both useful and decorative from the past.
Coil building gives me most satisfaction and enables me to explore a wide variety of shapes to interpret in whatever way i wish, and to experiment with different ways of glazing and finishing my work, hopefully to give pleasure to others.”
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 teaches privately at Heath and Reach near Leighton Buzzard.
I have been a local amateur artist for past 20 years, specialising in poultry, animals and general wildlife. I use watercolour paints and pastels . This is mainly a hobby but I am happy to take commissions too.
T: 01525 375893
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
Jay studied illustration and design at Brighton and has been a professional artist for 30 years. Her work has been used for textiles, fashion, interiors, greetings cards and magazines. Returning to her first love of affordable, decorative art her large, bright, mixed media pieces now hang in homes and commercial spaces across the UK as well as Boston, Melbourne, New York and Beijing.
T: 07891 986817
FB: Jay Nolan-Latchford Artist
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.
Graham Pellow has had a passion for drawing and painting since childhood, particularly watercolour landscapes. He works in most mediums, since all have their own strengths and weaknesses. More recently he has worked extensively in oils and mixed media.
Whilst traveling the world Graham loves to record the trips using sketch books, often in challenging locations. He now has an extensive collection, often using these sketches to work up larger paintings. These sketch books have become his prized possessions.
Creating a painting with atmosphere is always Graham’s ambition, capturing fleeting moments of light, often early in the morning or late evening.
Graham exhibited in USA for several years, completing many commissions varying from landscapes to horse racing events. He taught art privately for 15 years in his North London studio, however having recently moved to Leighton Buzzard he is exploring the rich local landscape for artistic inspiration. He is now Vice Chairman of Leighton Buzzard Art Society.
Graham demonstrates to art societies in the mediums of watercolour, oil, pastel acrylic and mixed media.
As a ceramic artist I am largely self-taught, starting pottery as a hobby in evening classes over 30 years ago.
10 years ago, I decided to turn my hobby into a full-time profession.
My work is mostly thrown on the potters-wheel and then altered and sculpted. I like to make decorative ceramics either for display in the garden, on a balcony or on a patio or indoors. I also make functional ceramics, again thrown on the potters-wheel and altered to obtain unusual forms.
I am inspired by natural forms, flowers and seed-heads. When I make my pieces, I try to emphasize the characteristics of an instantly recognisable shape. For example, my poppy seed heads have large crowns which are even more pronounced by the vibrant colour of glass-frits in the middle.
I also get inspiration from my immediate environment for example the shape of my first ever handbag resulted in the line of handbag vases.
The use of white stoneware clay enables me to fire the pieces to high temperatures and it allows the colours of the glazes to come through.
All work is either fired in an electric kiln or under reduction conditions in a gas-fired kiln to stoneware temperatures. This makes the decorative pieces frost-proof and suitable for outdoors all year round.
I mix all my glazes from raw materials and the experimenting never stops!
I want to let the glazes tell a story inspired by nature, travel, landscape and environment: my way of painting with minerals and fire
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 wildlife and pet portrait commissions.
More details are on her website.
T: 07952 291340
I have drawn, painted and created in many disciplines and attended various recreational art courses. I have a BA Hons. Graphic Design. I now have the opportunity to create for my own enjoyment and have a particular interest in silk screen printing. I am an associate member of the Oxford Printmakers Cooperative.
Lesley Pollock- TagArt.
Forging, melting, milling and casting silver and gold into beautiful finished objects brings me pleasure and joy.
Nature cannot be improved upon but it is the inspiration behind ideas leading to adornments which can mimic in shape and texture natural objects like a leaf, shell or a starfish.
I do this by using a range of techniques, some ancient, including loop in loop Viking chains, fusing gold to fine silver and sculpting wax for casting in silver and gold.
My paintings are an exploration of the play of light in natural and urban spaces .
I love working with oil, cold wax and mixed media and through the pouring and layering of paint, my pieces reflect the mimetic process found in nature.
I live and teach art in Hertfordshire and my recent visits to Spain, Italy and Cornwall have influenced my current work. I have exhibited in Hertfordshire and Cornwall.
Limited Edition prints available
Nathalie Pymm Artist & Printmaker www.nathaliepymm.com
Nathalie is an artist and printmaker working full time in her garden studio in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.Her paintings and print work are inspired by Port Isaac, in Cornwall, her travels, architecture, her pets, objects as well as anything with bright colours. Nathalie is a member of Buckinghamshire Art Society, The Visual Arts Group and Beechwood Artists. She takes part each summer in Bucks Art Weeks where visitors can come and see her working and all of her artwork which will be available to buy.Nathalie has exhibited throughout Buckinghamshire as well as at the Mall Galleries as part of the Society of Women’s exhibition and also the ING Discerning Eye exhibition. She has sold work to buyers from the UK, Europe and also America.
Film has always been my first love, when digital started I quickly embraced the new technology. As a professional photographer being able to see immediately the results of a photo shoot was a big leap forward.
Digital photography is now the norm. With cameras and smart phones technically advancing everyday, numerous editing software apps to quickly edit and alter images, has for me taken away some of the magic of photography.
I am old fashioned. I like to be in control, doing the work in the field or the studio, taking the time to compose the image, the exposure, focus and depth of field, being involved with the subject.
I print and frame my work on different mediums,
using acrylic panels, aluminium panels, canvas, glass ,
as well as laminating and mounting on MDF and foam board.
www.mikeralphs.co.uk 07922 521049 email@example.com
I am a local amateur artist previously trained as a graphic designer who has only found the time recently to concentrate on drawing and painting. Primarily a coloured pencil artist I also like to experiment in pastels and acrylics
I specialise in animal drawings but am particularly passionate about endangered species
Sarah uses printmaking, painting and collage to express herself. The starting point is usually the landscape around her although often ends in abstraction and mark making. Sarah participates in exhibitions locally and further afield throughout the year and delivers workshops in printmaking and abstraction.
Kelly is an abstract artist with a love for working with alcohol inks and resin. She was born in Oxford although she spent 10 years of her childhood growing up in Southern Spain. Kelly now lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and two children.
After working in London as a Police Officer for 12 years, Kelly was diagnosed with PTSD, Anxiety and Depression. As a way to channel her nervous energy and boost her mood she started painting. Painting allowed her to switch off and for once in her life, be completely present in the moment. Painting has been an amazing therapy for Kelly, and it has helped her reach a place in her life where she is simply happy and exactly where she wants to be.
With a simple goal to hold on to that feeling of happiness, Kelly is now a full-time artist working from her home studio in Buckinghamshire.
Jane trained at Hornsey Art College (BA Sculpture) and then at the Royal College of Art (MA Ceramics) and she has drawn throughout her life, concentrating chiefly on capturing movement.
One of the things she enjoys now is to attend Ballet Dress Rehearsals and draw ‘Dancers in Movement’ in the dark – the orchestra strikes up, the curtains open – and the auditorium lights go out. So she homes in on the stage, and just captures the movement the dancers make during each ballet. Often she adds colour very swiftly afterwards, but does not work on the drawings – or they stop dancing!
She is delighted to show her work at Mentmore and will bring some drawings from recent ballets.
Esperanza Walsh is a visionary artist who imparts her thoughts and insights through her art. She is currently the Team Leader for Creative Ministries at St. Peter’s Church in Edgware and shares her artistic gifts with the community through art workshops and art for wellness sessions for adults, children and special needs individuals and groups.
Her artworks can be seen at www.the-artist-esperanza.com.
Among Esperanza’s celebrated works are “Picadilly Circus” featured in Average Art Magazine in August 2017, “My Countryside Paradise” based on M J Ford’s photo, ‘Along the Tissington Trail’ and “Field of Poppies” inspired by the poppy display at the Tower of London in 2014 both in SAA’s Paint magazine, September 2016 Issue.