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.
Andy lives in Wing and will be exhibiting paintings, drawings and etchings. Working chiefly from sketches and photographs, Andy’s preferred medium is watercolour and his favourite subjects are landscapes, seascapes and buildings of character.
A qualified adult education teacher, Andy has taught evening classes in landscape painting. He is happy to discuss undertaking commissions or one-to-one tuition for beginners and improvers in watercolour.
Katy was brought up locally in Swanbourne and has been painting all her life. She now spends most of her time working to paint and sell her work. After studying Theatre Design at St Martins and a masters from the Slade, both in London , Katy worked on several productions of fringe work and also for the English National Ballet making costumes and sets. Katy then took a PGCE in Secondary Education at Roehampton and worked teaching art for a while. She has exhibited with several galleries in London, including in Richmond and Not the Summer Academy in Waterloo after getting a commendation for an entry for the Royal Academy Summer Show. Bucks Art Weeks have been a favourite for many years and also showing at the Queens Park Centre, where Katy paints with a group every week with a group of professional artists. This is the second time Katy has exhibited at the Mentmore Art festival. She also exhibited with Bucks Art Society last year and the Swanbourne Arts Associates in Swanbourne which has been a long running and successful art group, for people long connected to the village and to art.
Katy draws inspiration from the countryside and interesting buildings such as in Oxford and has a strong connection to Devon, where she likes to paint the boats, the estuary, and rugged coastline. The style of Katy’s work is colourful and vibrant with a loose texture. She works on board with acrylic paint to quickly capture the moment and the feelings behind the painting with great energy. There are also some watercolour and ink works on paper that almost become caricatures.
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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.
I have only recently in the last 2 years found Art. I love painting portraits with acrylic on slate, but am experimenting to lend my style with pen and ink. I have sold paintings but at present am using art as a form of therapy. I was commissioned in 2017 by Mentmore Parish to illustrate a public house. I recently bought a place in France thus the French theme.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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 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 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.
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.
I paint using acrylic and mixed media on canvas producing highly coloured and textured works. My paintings are multi layered to make interesting surfaces. I have a BA in Fine Art, and show frequently in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
I enjoy working on large canvases where I can really get the feel of movement and space into my work. I draw inspiration from lots of different environments. Colours and shapes found in the natural environment such as rocks, sea and natural minerals. I also like to draw on unusual colours and shapes in manmade environments to create eyecatching atmospheric paintings.
Telephone: (01582 864228)
website: www.artist-celia- glyde-husband.com
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 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 am a glass artist and Art teacher working from my home studio in South Bucks.
I love working with the properties of glass, exploring the transparency and opacity of the medium, as well as its unpredictability. Much of my work is inspired by nature, it’s landscapes, water, birds and animals and I love to explore those ideas in my glass pieces.
My more recent work has been exploring the use of enamels and glass paints to create detail and texture, which can be seen in my pieces showing birds and animals.
I also have a stream of work using kiln carving and foils to create personalised typographical pieces for weddings, new babies, birthdays and special occasions.
My work can be found on my website www.henontheshore.co.uk and I can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
“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.”
Painting to tell a story, Val is inspired by photos, sketches, conversations or shared memories. She uses colours and shapes to convey the narrative and atmosphere and works using an expressive impressionist style to capture the image of a special person or place.
Jenny Leach – A book with a collection of images spanning 30 years of exploration through paintings from memory, etchings, figurative pieces focusing on visual enquiry plus student work. The image above is a study for “Educational Institution” – pencil, ink, watercolour, guache on paper.
72 x 55 cms.
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 inspired by the beauty of landscapes in the Chilterns and beyond.She enjoys using colour and collage. She has exhibited in France as well as in the UK and lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, who is a writer.
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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
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.
Belinda Norrington is a jewellery and small object maker, using ethically sourced precious metals. She is inspired by the beautiful textures and forms she finds in local watermeadows, woods and riverbanks – tiny seedpods, lichen-covered twigs, acorn husks and hawthorn leaves have all found their way into her designs. The result is tactile, organic shaped pieces which have a clearly nature-inspired aesthetic. Ideas of permanence, regeneration and the Japanese concept of wabi sabi are all part of the ongoing narrative of her work. She is delighted to offer bespoke commissions based on items in her collections.
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.
I love creating textile art which has special significance to me and my past. I first embarked on this medium some years ago when I gave my sister a special housewarming present.
I dyed old linen sheets that belonged to our Grandmother inspiration for the piece came from our father’s garden.
I loved making this and so the ideas have continued and evolved. I use a variety of printing techniques to create the background. Following this the fabric is then carefully selected and cut into the shapes I create, usually from nature. Then using multi-coloured threads, these are machine stitched into place.
I now exhibit and sell my work in a number of UK galleries
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 took an early interest in creativity, having grown up in Africa in an artistic household, and was fortunate to have a mother who was an artist and who inspired me to experiment and take art seriously. After attending art school in Bulawayo, I started to paint in earnest. As wildlife was even then on the agenda for conservation and protection, it was initially wild animals that captured my interest. Together with my mother and sister, I took part in several private and public exhibitions around Zimbabwe. Sadly though, deteriorating political and economic circumstances eventually led me to leave my home, to move to the U.K.
I briefly lost touch with creativity, adjusting to a new culture and a totally new way of life, but was fortunate enough to have a very supportive group of friends, who encouraged me to begin taking an interest in painting again. Art is a continual search – I love exploring the rich vibrancy of colour, different forms of work, trying out different media and techniques, and of course different subject matter. My media of preference at the moment is acrylic paint. Because the colours dry so quickly, I am forced out of my painstaking, detail-oriented inclination, to putting colours down rapidly and boldly and the work then becomes exciting, because I’m never quite sure how it will end up.
I have a large range of painting styles. Animation has long been an interest of mine, and I have never lost my love of children’s drawing and illustration. Art can be an all-absorbing and endlessly fascinating discipline; I hope never to lose my artistic curiosity in my search for something new.
I have drawn, painted and created in many disciplines and attended various recreational art courses. I have a BA Hons. Graphic Design and after working within the commercial sector I subsequently freelanced which allowed me to share my time more effectively between work and family commitments. 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.Elizabeth Piggott
have drawn and painted all my life and in 2013 I turned my passion for
art into a portrait business. When I am not working on commissions my
artworks are often based on my love of british wild flowers, nature and
wildlife. I enjoy seeing how these change through the seasons. Favoured
subjects are british birds and more recently butterflies and dragonflies.
My favoured media are coloured pencil and acrylic paint. Many of my
paintings combine some brush and palette knife work. I like to produce
quite textured pieces often using relief paste to give a deeper texture to my
work whilst using some brush work to keep an element of detail.
I am a member of Artist Network Bedfordshire and Leighton Buzzard Art
Tel: 07799 148207
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
For me, painting is an opportunity to really look at something or someone in a very concentrated and focused way. It is a reflective and contemplative activity; the more I look, the more I see. I try to capture that inner quality that makes the subject who or what it is, through the way I frame it, the shapes and rhythms of the piece, my mark-making and my colour choices.
Drawing, painting, pastels and the creative arts were prominent in my early life alongside a dancing career which captured my passion for expression and the beauty of human movement. A fascination with form, emotion and flow were (and remain) a theme to my life and art. Over this time art and dancing continued hand in hand with a small number of commissions undertaken alongside dancing contracts.
Some 25 years on, after the inevitable transition from the dancing world to responsibilities, work and family and a very different direction for creativity, as of January 2017 my easel is permanently back and prominent again.
“To be yourself in a world that is trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” Ralph Waldo Emerson is a personal mantra for life and living. I work mainly in acrylic and pastel and have a natural affinity with the figurative. However, I love to let go of any preconceptions in what I paint and see where it takes me.
A former resident of Mentmore, I’m very happy to be part of the Mentmore Arts Festival 2018
If you would like to find out more you are welcome to contact me on 07970 075251 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or come and have a chat at the exhibition.
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.
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.
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.