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Happisburgh, John Duckett


"I love capturing atmosphere in my images and spend hours waiting for the right light conditions or the right clouds. Bright sunshine and blue skies are not for me - I much prefer to capture a dramatic, moody image."


John Duckett 

The dramatic and moody North Norfolk coast has a big effect on John's landscape photography and he attributes the atmosphere in his images to the area's unique light and wild landscapes. In recent years, Norfolk-born John has turned semi-professional, selling fine art prints at various shows, exhibitions and galleries. As well as having his work hung in private homes in the UK, France, Spain, Canada, the USA and New Zealand, he has supplied front cover images for magazines including Suffolk Norfolk Life and Photography Monthly. John, whose clients have included the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Woodforde's Brewery, has also published three books of his Norfolk images: The Romantic Norfolk Coast, Romantic Norfolk and, in October 2010, Norfolk, Loving it.  All John's prints are sourced from professional printing firms to ensure their quality and longevity.

To see more of John's work, visit www.jduckettimages.co.uk or email: jduckettimages@btinternet.com


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 Flux II, Lara Cobden

 

You can see more of Lara's work at Regatta Fine Art, Burnham Market; Mandells Gallery, Norwich; Cambridge Contemporary Arts; The Pond Gallery, Clapham, London, and at www.laracobden.blogspot.com email: laracobden@hotmail.com

 

Lara Cobden

London-born Lara graduted from Brighton University with a BA Hons in Fine Art in 1995. She recently relocated to Gressenhall after spending 11 years living and painting on Valentia Island, Co Kerry. In dramatic contrast to the barren turf bogs, rugged mountains and wild Atlantic seas of her previous habitat, Lara's new work focuses on the quintessentially English nature of her surroundings - the soft, subtle palette of Norfolk's landscape, its gentle coastline and the silvery light of the huge East Anglian skies. Inspired by a general theme of recollection and a sense of place, and combining a series of happy accidents with carefully considered brush strokes, her work's origins stem from a fascination with the relationship between reminiscence, painting and photography. Concerned with the play between moments captured on camera and considered, selected and composed painted images, Lara's paintings embrace both abstraction and figuration.

"My paintings are visual diaries informed by observation, memory and meditation. Recognisable, but not specifally representation, they pull between the chimerical and the familiar."

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January King Cabbage and Artichoke, by Sue Crick

Sue Crick

Born in Oundle, Northamponshire in 1945, as a young child Sue enjoyed collecting and recording the wildflowers of the countryside surrounding her home. Inspired by her art teacher – who left Sue two of her paintings when she died - Sue dreamed of going to art college. But, after leaving school at the age of 15, she enrolled at a commercial college and went on to spend 35 years running a successful business in the hospitality industry. While juggling working unsociable hours with bringing up her family, Sue took up painting as a form of stress relief and began producing finely detailed botanical work and flower paintings. She has had private tuition from Jane Leycester Paige FSBA and Reinhild Riastrick SBA - whose work she admires greatly - and recently completed a course with the Society of Botanical Artists. After retiring in 2009, Sue and her husband moved to Holt. Sue is a keen walker and enjoys walking along the north coast path, where she finds an abundance of wildflowers and enjoys working in the field.

 

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 Patti Pearce

Patti studied at Winchester School of Art for 4 years before, aged 21, setting off for Kenya, where she spent 7 years teaching art, also exhibiting her own work in Nairobi. Returning to the UK, she continued teaching until taking early retirement to concentrate on freelance illustration work. Commissions were mostly botanical and wildlife subjects, but varied from a beer bottle label, to product packaging, book illustration and greetings cards. Keen to enjoy the freedom to paint again, Patti moved to Fakenham in 1997, where North Norfolk's unspoilt coastline and countryside provide constant inspiration. Although currently working predominantly in acrylics on canvas, she also enjoys using colour pencil and oil pastel when her inner illustrator needs to get down to some "nitty gritty detail". She has a passion for weathered old boats and shares an affinity with trees - an old beech wood having provided her childhood playground.

Patti has exhibited at Blickling Hall and participated in Open Studios. Her work can currently be seen at Art-next-the-Sea, Wells. www.artnextthesea.co.uk

 

 Patti Pearce, To Catch a Mackerel

Patti has exhibited at Blickling Hall and participated in Open Studios. Her work can currently be seen at Art-next-the-Sea, Wells. www.artnextthesea.co.uk

"Painting seems to be my lifeline, and, at times, my demon, but whatever the subject matter, composition and shape are of prime importance to me."

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 Hazel Millington, SparkleFox Design

You can see more of Hazel Millington's work at Alby Crafts Centre Gallery, Erpingham; Dedham Art and Craft Centre, Essex, and at www.sparklefoxdesign.com

 Hazel Millington

As a young woman, for Hazel, birthdays and Christmas meant sparkly jewellery. While visiting the art hotspots of the west coast of America, she became fascinated by dichroic and fused glass and developed a love of unique jewellery, especially art glass. Mostly self-taught, Hazel employs traditional and contemporary techniques to fashion individually designed pieces, creating her unique SparkleFox range of kiln-formed glass. This features fused glass art, hand-crafted decorative and functional glassware, and a range of dazzling jewellery incorporating art silver clay, sterling silver, pearls, and gemstone beads. Hazel, who says unusual elements and quality materials are essential ingredients in the creation of her pieces, draws creative inspiration from the Norfolk landscape - its sweeping vistas and picturesque coasts. The colours of nature, of light and night, and of the imagination, all influence her original, hand-crafted designs. As well as exhibiting at art galleries in North Norfolk and further afield, Hazel exhibits with the North Norfolk Organisation for Visual Arts (NOVA), Blakeney Guild of Many Crafts, and with the Norfolk Craft Guild.

"Learning to create fused glass pieces and sharing my passion for colour has informed my glass and jewellery design journey."

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 Jan Horrox

After training at Norwich and Walthamstow art schools in fashion textiles, Jan launched her own-label range of knitwear and fashion accessories. Showing at London Fashion Week, as well as New York Pret, the Jan Horrox range gained worldwide sales during 30 years to 2007. Since returning to her birthplace of Cromer in 2007, Jan has continued to work in the field of creative textiles, producing 2D and 3D work in the form of mixed media pieces focusing on the textures of fabrics, fibres and free embroidery - using dyes and textiles paints, as well as felting and beads. Jan shows with Open Studios and exhibits as a member of North Norfolk Organisation for Visual Arts (NOVA).

"I am fascinated with the challenge of drawing onto fabric with a needle and thread and, at the same time, using textural qualities of threads and fibres."

Reclining Girl, Jan Horrox

For more examples of Jan's work, and for details of events, visit www.janhorroxtextiles.co.uk

 

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Poppies in a Storm, by Ann Prideaux

Ann Prideaux


A self-taught artist who enjoys drawing, painting and sculpture, Ann's preferred medium is acrylic (although she also enjoys experimenting with oils). She recently moved to Norfolk, where, she says, she is finding a wealth of opportunity to express her artistic flair. Before her return to the UK, Ann spent seven years living in France, where the bright, vibrant colours informed her painting style. Ann, who recently exhibited her work for the first time at Sheringham Little Theatre, says that, as a teaching assistant in a school for children with special needs, she is able to gain great gratification from seeing youngsters express themselves through art. To see more of Ann's work, email her at: annzam@fsmail.net

"My subject matter, it has to be said, is quite varied and often depends on what mood I am in when I start!"

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Dun Cow by the Crick, John Hurst

John Hurst

John, whose work has been exhibited at venues ranging from the Usher Gallery, Lincoln, to the Nicholson Gallery, Holt, runs Marshland Arts at Salthouse with his wife Jacqui.

As well as selling his original watercolours, prints, and a range of individually signed greetings cards through outlets all over the country, he also runs one-to-one and group sketchbook skills courses at Cley Nature Reserve.

Originally from north Lincolnshire, John studied fine art at the Bishop Grossteste College, Lincoln. He has worked on numerous commissions, with patrons including cricketer Ian Botham - a former neighbour - and the Earl of Yarborough, for whom he produced a series of 50 paintings.

John published his autobiography, Watercolour Words, in 2000 and, in 2003, completed a collection of Wesley heritage studies which formed the framework for his book, John Wesley,  A Pictorial Journey. Known as the Hurst Collection, the paintings are now owned and exhibited by the World Methodist Council at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. John recently returned to America to complete a commission to paint the Blue Ridge mountains for the council, and these have been published as a devotional book in support of the Methodist Ministry in North America.

I particularly love painting Cley windmill, as although it has been painted by many artists over the century, it is a lovely combination of architecture and environment, and to have that blend is wonderful."

To see more of John's work, visit www.marshlandarts.co.uk

 For a full programme of courses, and a list of forthcoming exhibitions featuring John's work, phone 01263 741407 or email johnhurst303@btinternet.com 

 

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Cottages at Cley Newgate, Dix Waterson

 

"My preference is to paint in a way which sometimes seems somewhat detailed, but which, on close examination, is in fact far from being 'photographic'. This is my interpretation of  Impressionism and I consider my best works to be those which remain strong when viewed from the far side of a room."

 

To see more of Dix Waterson's work, visit www.prints4.eu or phone 01263 712962.  

 Mike Waters ('Dix Waterson')

Born a "railway child" in what used to be East Anglia's railway capital of Melton Constable, Dix Waterson - an amalgamation of my mother's maiden name of Dix and my father's name of Waters - is my Nomme de Brosse. My family is North Norfolk to the core: Grandfather Dix spent most of his working life as a flint knapper (including building the cobbled wall surrounding the Bafield Estate), while Grandfather Waters was a station master at Fakenham. Grandmother Dix, who was a teacher at Blakeney School, was one of only 2 people to have drowned in the 1953 floods. By tragic coincidence, an earlier relative also drowned after an old wooden bridge spanning the Glaven collapsed during a storm as he was crossing it on returning from a preaching mission. A prolific oil and watercolour painter, I have, over the years, assembled a 100-strong collection of digital images of my work. My most notable achievement was to earn acceptance at the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists in 2001, when one of my paintings was the first to sell on preview night. I no longer have a 'studio' as such, but welcome visitors by prior arrangement to my home near Picturecraft Gallery, Lees Yard, Holt. 

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Tying the Shoe

Frank Hill FRSA

After leaving school, London-born Frank studied art at Waltham Forest School of Art and St Martins Art School. He then embarked on a career as a designer and illustrator, working at a number of London advertising agencies and commercial studios. Frank later decided to branch out on his own and, as a freelance illustrator whose clients included DC Thompson, worked on publications ranging from classic comics Tammy, Judy and Jackie, to a comic book version of Enid Blyton's Famous Five stories, also illustrating numerous children's and educational books. In 1990, Frank decided to leave city life behind and moved to Holt, but it wasn't until he retired five years later that he found time to focus on painting. Inspired by the work of artists including Donald Fraser Hamilton and Robert Heindel, he began producing pictures of ballet dancers, also painting the occasional landscape. His work has since been exhibited at venues including London's Mall Galleries, Battersea Art Fair, Bury St Edmunds Gallery, and as part of Norwich Castle Open Art Show. Working mainly in watercolours and acrylics, Frank, who was recently elected to the Royal Society of Arts, now concentrates solely on producing gallery paintings. To see more of Frank's work, visit www.frankhillart.co.uk 
 
"After 30 years as an illustrator, painting seemed like a natural progression. But what is nice about it is that you can please yourself; you don't have deadlines and, although one is continually trying to reach a sort of perfection, you do get a great deal of satisfaction when you produce a painting you are pleased with."

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Brian Ryder

 

Brian turned professional in 1993 when, following a career in architecture, he took the opportunity to pursue a life in painting and teaching. Brian, who runs courses in Venice, Garda, Tuscany, Skiathos, Andalucia, Dubrovnik, Egypt and Menorca, teaches and paints in all media, from abracts, to oils and more traditional watercolours. He has exhibited in many East Anglian galleries, as well as at venues in the Cotswolds and London. Four of his oils were accepted for last year's ROI Exhibition at the Mall Gallery, London, and he is now working on his submissions for this year's show. Brian, who is chairman of Wells Art Group, has this year cut back on teaching to concentrate on his own work. However, he still runs demonstrations and painting workshops from the London area to Yorkshire. He also writes for Leisure Painter magazine.

Brian's book, Beyond Realism, sold nearly 10,000 copies following its release in 2002, with his second book, Painting Watercolour Landscapes with Confidence, selling 10,000 copies in the US alone. DVDs accompanying both books are available, as well as DVDs by Brian on oil painting and watercolour sketchbook techniques.

Brian Ryder's work is on show at Norfolk galleries including Picturecraft, Holt and Stockers Gallery, Wells.

"I love the process of actually painting and the emotion it releases. Paramount is the sheer joy of attempting to capture a fleeting glimpse of life, and the feelings it gives when you succeed." 

Autumn Skies, North Norfolk

Brian Ryder's work is on show at Norfolk galleries including Picturecraft, Holt and Stockers Gallery, Wells.

To see more of Brian's work, visit www.brianryder.org or for more information on his DVDs, visit www.townhousefilms.com 

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Pinkfoot in a Morning Sky, Andrew Church


"I am an outside person - I work outside, paint outside and, given the chance, I'll sleep outside."

Andrew Church

Andrew produced his first watercolour painting under the guidance of famous ornithologist and bird artist R A Richardson, later taking tuition from John Nicholson RI. After studying forestry at Pitlochry, he spent 20 years working all over the country as a tree surgeon, continuing to paint in his spare time. While visiting Badminton horse trials, he received a commission to paint two pictures from the British Horse Society. Further successes followed, with the Princess Royal buying one of Andrew's paintings and other well-know collectors of his work including Viscount Grey of Essex, Marquess Townshend of Raynham Hall and former BBC newsreader Angela Rippon. Andrew prefers to paint out of doors, often getting up before dawn to catch the early morning light. For nearly 30 years, Andrew, whose work has been exhibited at a number of Norfolk galleries, has combined painting with running his own tree surgery business from his Cromer home. 

To visit Andrew's studio by appointment, phone  01263 514343


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Sunset Splash 

To see more of Jeannie's work , visit

ww.jeanniezelos.com

Jeannie Zelos

"My gallery has a very eclectic feel as I love to paint. The subject depends on my mood, the weather, inspiration from a photo or news item, or the brief I'm given.

I particularly enjoy painting clouds and, here in Norfolk, we are lucky to have wide, ever-changing skies. I'm never at a loss for a subject and hope others enjoy looking at my work as much as I enjoy creating it.

I'm always experimenting - art to me is a journey and I'm enjoying the ride. I use many different media - from encaustic wax, to traditional  watercolours - and love to try out anything new."

 

Jeannie runs a friendly, free to join art forum at: http://forum.jeanniezelos.com

"The forum has been a great support to myself and many other artists, we like to help each other and share successes, as well as the inevitable down times,"  she says.

  

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"Bohemian and non-conformist, yet elegant and sophisticated, I call this North Norfolk chic with a fiery Mediterranean soul."

A selection of jewellery by Studio Habanero is on show at Sheringham Little Theatre until August 28. To see more of Lieta's work, email lieta@phonecoop.co.uk

Lieta Marziali

Although she had always been interested in form and had been avidly taking photographs since her teenage years in Italy, it wasn't until Lieta moved to England aged 20 that her creativity was fully unleashed and she discovered that stained glass was a fantastic way to paint without a brush. After stints as an assistant editor, a restaurateur and an archaeologist in London, she moved to North Norfolk in 2008, where the area's sweeping landscapes, coupled with a radical change in lifestyle, re-ignited an old passion and she took up glass art once more - but with a twist. Lieta began creating her own range of outspoken and fun, yet singularly elegant stained glass jewellery. Drawing inspiration from her new-found home and from her native Italy, from the smallest colourful daywear designs, to the most eye-catching, theatrical creations, Lieta strives to inject new life into a centuries-old craft by bringing it out of its architectural space and onto the body as a testament to the richness, versatility and chromatic variety of glass. 

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Joan M Sandford-Cook



Joan studied natural history at Bournemouth, which led to a love of flower painting - from botanical watercolours through to decorative acrylic works and impressionist garden studies. Thirty years on, she is now living at Coltishall, on the edge of the Norfolk Broads, and augments her natural history artwork with oil paintings of local river and countryside scenes, as well as the interiors of some of Norfolk's many medieval churches. Her work has been exhibited at galleries in Norfolk and Suffolk, with recent shows including Norwich Cathedral Art Circle show, the King's Lynn Festival, and the West Norfolk Show. Joan, who is a member of the West Norfolk Artists Association, North Norfolk Organisation of Visual Artists and Norwich Art Circle, also has a permanent exhibition at the Rising Sun public house on the River Bure at Coltishall. Joan has recently reduced her teaching hours in order to concentrate on her own work, but is happy to run acrylic workshops for groups and organisations at their own venues.


"I love painting and when I paint, it's like being a kid in a sweet shop. Colour is my passion and spontaneous energy drives me forward into new fields of endeavour year after year."

 

Underwood, by Joan M Sandford-Cook

To see more of Joan's work, visit her blog at www.joansandfordcook.blogspot.com To enquire about acrylic workshops, email: joansandfordcook@hotmail.com
 

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You can see more of Martin's work at www.martinjwall.com or contact him at maxwall@hotmail.com 

 Martin Wall

Born in Liverpool on Christmas Day, Martin is a self-confessed new kid on the block. Although he received the highest fine art A Level marks in the UK in 2006, he is essentially self-taught. Martin, whose background is in mechanical engineering and production in the offshore oil and gas industry, works from a self-built log cabin studio. He uses a variety of media, specialising in acrylic on canvas, with photography and digital image-making also an important part of his work. He also enjoys portraiture, abstraction and experimenting with different materials. Martin is a keen supporter of Open Studios and has taken part in the scheme for the past 3 years. His paintings hang in Shell's 3 main offices in Europe: Shell Centre London, Shell Expro Aberdeen, and Onegas HQ, in Assen, the Netherlands. He has exhibited locally at the Garden House Gallery, Cromer and at Blickling Hall, and was accepted for the Norwich Castle Open Art Exhibition. Martin also painted one of the hippos for the hugely successful 2009 Hippo Hunt at North Walsham, and has had 2 designs accepted for the final stages of this winter's Liverpool City Council Go Penguin art event.

"The euphoria experienced at that transitional stage of a painting from loathing to love is the same as finishing a marathon; it is truly good to be alive and painting is easier on the legs!" 

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Beth Morrison

 

 After graduating from Middlesex University with a BA hons in jewellery design, Beth quickly realised that she really wanted to concentrate on drawing and illustration, and that is what she has been up to since. She grew up in suburban London, but moved to Norfolk in her twenties so that she could have a garden. Beth's drawings often feature cats, rabbits and other creatures, although not in their normal guise.

Beth's character Squirrel Boy is featured in the children's magazine Okido and her work has been exhibited at venues ranging from Fresh Art, London, to the Bovey Contemporary Craft Fair, Devon.

"I like everyday situations that I can create a more interesting, sometimes sinister, story around."

You can see more of Beth's work at Big Blue Sky, Wells, Cherry Cherry, Norwich, the twice-monthly market at Norwich Arts Centre, and at www.bethmorrison.co.uk

 

 Holiday Trip, by Beth Morrison

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Sarah Faulkes

Throughout her life Sarah Faulkes has had a passion for drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Because she felt her work was eclectic and lacked depth, she decided to return to education as a mature student and, in June of this year, gained a degree in fine art at Norwich University College of the Arts. Her work is based around identity, the self and other; how we as individuals endeavour to disguise our internal and external real selves and identities, and how this is then renegotiated within our cultural societies. She delves into her own internal real, collecting body fluids which she uses as reference materials, often utilising microscopes and photography to capture these alien landscapes. These are then recreated as either abstracted paintings, sculpture, photographs or layered imagery. The abjected issue is a direct link from self to outside world, an uncontaminated direct issue of the owner which can be recognised in a base manner by all. These creations are identified with Sarah’s imagined internal format and her real self. She then places highly reflective surfaces upon her work, aiming to include the viewer within the piece and to create a dialogue between the viewer, the work and the artist.  

Sarah's work will be on show at Picturecraft Gallery,  Holt, until December 2010, and at St Margaret's Church, St Benedict's Street, Norwich as part of the Art of Norwich 13 Exhibition, which runs from March 1-13 (open 10am-4pm). You can see more of her work at www.faulkesart.co.uk  email: faulkesart@btinternet.com 

 

 

Degree show work by Sarah Faulkes

" I am interested in the internal structures of the human body and how it relates itself to an audience."

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 Multi Coloured Lampwork Bracelet, by Anna Ovenden 

To see more of Anna's work, visit www.thearabellacollection.co.uk

 

 Anna Ovenden

Working from her north Norfolk studio, jewellery designer Anna Ovenden creates a range of unique bespoke handmade rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings and necklaces using mixed media including glass, silver and semi-precious stones. Trading under the name of The Arabella Collection, Anna, who is a member of Produced in Norfolk, uses lampwork and fusing techniques to create multi-dimensional pieces. She also runs Knapton Crafts, which stages charity craft events at Holt and Mundesley, as well as organising 2 bead fairs a year at Blickling Hall.

Anna's studio and workshop is open to visitors all year round. 

 

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 Peter Bradfield

After leaving school, Norfolk-born Peter joined the family mushroom production business at Stalham before deciding on a career change and moving into the world of media. He now runs his own marketing consultancy business. A keen artist since childhood, Peter, who lists Van Gogh, Picasso and David Hockney among his art heroes, was inspired to again pick up a paintbrush after visiting the art galleries of Amsterdam in the 1980s. Early attempts at abstract impressionism developed into portrait and landscape painting, with subjects ranging from Richard Burton and Marylin Monroe, to Flameco dancers and Lindy Hoppers. Peter is himself a keen dancer and, with his wife Janice, regularly attends local tango, ceroc and salsa classes, where fellow dancers - and dramatic lighting and music - provide constant artistic inspiration. Current projects include a series of portraits of a Chinese model and a painting of a couple he met and photographed at an air show in Dubai. Peter prefers to paint large-scale portraits - not work for the "faint hearted or someone who wants a pretty picture to hang on the wall," he says. You can see more of Peter's work at www.milongagallery.com or by visiting his studio by appointment on 01362 860061, email: beauartz@googlemail.com

"There is a Norfolk saying - 'Do Different' - and my paintings have beeen created with this in mind. I want them to demand attention, make an immediate impact with the viewer and, hopefully, generate comment."


 

Lindy Hoppers, by Peter Bradfield

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Autumn Samphire, Holkham Bay

"Whether it be Brancaster, Stiffkey or Salthouse, or the sheer vast 'aloneness' of the Morston Marshes, the deep peace and ever-changing character of North Norfolk invites visitors to re-find themselves within something greater than themselves - Nature."

 Lionel Wilde

Lionel gained a first class distinction in art at A Level but, although he wished to paint, he was persuaded to take up a professional career. However, Lionel never gave up his dream of being an artist and, throughout his working life as an architect, painted pen and wash studies of boats and buildings. He and his wife Brenda 'discovered' the North Norfolk coast entirely by chance in the mid 1980s and immediately fell in love with its vast open skies and sublime quality of light. They decided to retire to the area, where Lionel now concentrates predominantly on painting landscapes, finding constant inspiration in his surroundings. He tries to capture the spontaneity of a scene, creating an impressiion of what he 'feels' about it, rather than just what he 'sees'. He therefore paints very quickly, first in acrylics, and finishes with oils. Lionel gives demonstrations and is willing to give personal tuition. He has taken part in Open Studios for the past four years and his work can be seen at the Mark Elliot showroom at Holkham; the Flint Gallery, Blakeney; The Wiveton Bell pub at Wiveton, near Blakeney, and at D'Inacios Restaurant, Fakenham. Visitors to his studio are very welcome by prior appointment. Phone 01328 830525. You can also see more of Lionel's work at www.lionelwilde.co.uk

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Lisa Treadwell

Originally from Lancashire, Lisa came to Norfolk to do voluntary conservation work one summer and the Broads impressed her so much that she decided to stay. After a spell working for Norfolk Wildlife Trust, she completed an art foundation course, then went on to obtain a degree in scientific and natural history illustration, graduating with a first class BA (hons). Lisa's passion for the unspoilt beauty of Norfolk led to her returning to the county after her studies and she now lives at Plumstead, near Holt, where she concentrates on producing highly detailed watercolour studies of subjects including dragonflies and butterflies. Lisa puts the fact that her paintings are often mistaken for photographs down to a combination of the training she received on a highly disciplined course and her own determination for quality, detail and truth. By contrast, her wood sculpture is somewhat abstract, with larger pieces started with a chainsaw, then more closely shaped with wood chisels. An extension of her own feelings and thoughts, Lisa's sculptures aim to interpret our connectivity to the natural world. A body of photographic work compiled from field trips is also evolving coincidentally, as she discovers interesting photographic subjects while searching for subject matter to paint.

"Excursions may be planned or coincidental, and may involve repeated trips, finding and familiarising myself with the species. Some of my studies show the habitat, food and behaviour of the subject; some are a study of an individual, celebrating the splendour, colour and intricacy of that particular creature."

 Dragonfly, Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta), by                Lisa Treadwell

To visit Lisa's studio by appointment, phone 07748 967931 or email latreadwell@btinternet.com

To see more of Lisa's work, visit www.lisatreadwell.co.uk

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Riverside Reads, by Jean Hawke 

Jean Hawke 

Jean has a BA in design and worked as an interior designer, but has always had a particular interest in drawing and painting for enjoyment. She has explored various media and particularly enjoys pen and wash, watercolour and oils. Subjects have ranged from still life and flowers, to landscapes and architecture, with previous projects including a series of paintings of Norwich's old riverside before it was cleaned up and turned into up-market residences. Jean has taught in mainstream education for ten years and, for eight years, in adult education art and music classes, but is now focusing on further developing her own work. She has had several Open Studio exhibitions and her paintings are held in many collections. A number of Jean's paintings are available as limited edition prints at www.apictureofnorfolk.co.uk  To see more of her work, visit www.jeanhawke.com


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 Pigtails, by Peter Kavanagh

Peter Kavanagh

Peter has been drawing and painting all his life, through school and art college and various careers such as television graphic design, children's book illustration and art tutor.  He has illustrated over 100 children's book for authors including Dick King-Smith, Jacqueline Wilson and Tony Bradman, and, as an author, has had 10 of his own books published. Currently Peter runs the Art Agency, which provides reference book illustrations for publishing.  As an artist he is drawn to the human form and its expression of life. His work in line, charcoal, watercolour and oil challenges the standpoints of prudery and pornography and presents the naked body without shame. Light moving across the endlessly changing contours and profiles of the living figure provides him with constant inspiration. Life and movement are other qualities he tries to capture in his work. To Peter, the act of drawing is very important. The process of looking, seeing and making marks on paper is like a primitive therapy.

"To draw people from life requires the putting aside of many preconceptions and taboos. It is a process of gradually freeing the mind of personal restrictions and allowing oneself to indulge in the most beautiful form in nature."

Peter is not exhibiting at present, but his work can be seen at www.petekavanagh.co.uk

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 Pauline Wrighton

A retired head teacher, originally from Bedfordshire, Pauline moved to Norfolk in 1988. She first studied textiles as a main subject whilst training in the late 1960s and later gained an Open University arts degree. Since taking early retirement in 1998, she has returned to working with textile and stitch, gaining a City and Guilds diploma in stitched textiles and embroidery. She has exhibited throughout Norfolk and participates in the Open Studios scheme. To create her panels and accessories, Pauline uses a diversity of materials and techniques. Fabrics may be created from raw fibres or recycled materials, others hand coloured and textured, deconstructed or altered. Mixed-media or found objects may be incorporated. Works often develop spontaneously, colours and textures dictating the development of the piece. Organic, natural forms are a favoured conceptual source.

"Although I use a diversity of materials and techniques, the common and compulsive element in all my work is stitch."

 

To see more of Pauline's work, visit www.oaksidestudio.co.uk 

Red Feathers, by Pauline Wrighton 

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 Watching, by Helen Herbert

You can see more of Helen's work at Big Blue Sky, Wells; The Flint Gallery, Blakeney; The Old Fire Engine House, Ely; Wildwood Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, and at

www.helenherbert.com 

Helen Herbert

Growing up on the east coast of Scotland, Helen's earliest influences were the sea, the local landscape, and her grandfathers, both of whom were talented photographers. A keen observer of people from a young age, as an art student, she produced a weekly series of drawings of local places of interest for the Cambridge Evening News, and, while she says her paintings are primarily about "light, colour and shape", the relationship between people and their surroundings has continued to be a connecting theme in her work. Other early successes included being presented with the Anna Airey award for under 25s by Edward Seago and, while studying at Cambridge School of Art, being chosen by Edward Bawden as the best student in drawing and illustrating. A 20-year career as an illustrator saw Helen produce 1000s of drawings for 100s of books, a number of which won National Children's Book of the Year awards. Attracted by "the light, the landscape and the people," Helen, who has been painting full-time since 1998, moved to the north Norfolk coast 17 years ago. Her work has featured in solo and mixed shows in the UK and abroad, and she is this year one of two Artists in Residence during Sheringham Little Theatre's summer repertory season. She aims not to paint a scene literally, but rather to convey mood, atmosphere and the connection between sea, sky and people.

"My paintings are always very personal to me and it is a very perceptive person who will see all I have seen, but what I hope is that they will see more than just a pretty picture." 

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 Kurt Taylor

Born in Wells, Kurt developed a love of art as a child. He became an architectural technician after leaving Reepham High School and went on to work on building renovations for a Norwich firm. He then decided on a change of direction, and moved to Devon, where, working at a Dartmoor pub, he was able to concetrate on painting in his spare time. After a spell working in the Lake District, Kurt returned to Norfolk to manage the Old Reading Room Gallery at Kelling, where his parents run an attached tearooms. Captivated by the skies and landscape of north Norfolk, he began producing paintings of local beauty spots including Cley mill, Cromer pier and Blakeney Point. After Kurt began exhibiting his paintings at the Old Reading Rooms, his keen eye for detail and the almost photographic quality of his work quickly attracted the interest of art lovers. He now has a following of regular clients, and has recieved commissions to paint local landscapes, as well as animal portraits.

 Freedom, by Kurt Taylor

"North Norfolk is a fantastic area to live for an artist; there is so much to paint along the coastline, and the sunsets and the colours in the skies really inspire me."

You can see more of Kurt Taylor's work at The Old Reading Room Gallery and Tea Rooms, Kelling. Opening hours are Monday-Sunday 9.30am-4pm. For more information, phone 01263 588227.

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 Waiting, by Jane Harper

You can see more of Jane's work at Bircham Gallery, Holt; Grapevine Gallery, Norwich; Big Blue Sky, Wells, and at www.janeharperphotography.co.uk

 

 Jane Harper

Jane Harper, who lives at Holt, recently retired from her job as a picture editor at the Times newspaper supplements in London. She has spent her working life in photography and photojournalism, starting out by being a theatre photographer, then working for the music press.

She then went on to run a photo agency in Islington, before becoming a freelance photojournalist. Now, inspired by the beauty and light of the North Norfolk coast, she concentrates on landscape photography and sells pictures in galleries in Norfolk and London.

 

"I'm inspired by the stillness and the light, and I am always looking for a sense of design in my pictures."

 

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Strata, by Kay Davis 

Kay, whose recent work has expanded to include geological studies, now produces paintings and prints, also using techniques such as sand casting, carving and layering with mixed-media to create three-dimensional pieces. She continues to attend lectures and runs art courses in her studio. To see more of Kay's work, visit www.colneartstudios.co.uk

To contact Kay, email: mail@colneartstudios.co.uk

Kay E Davis

Kay's painting 'Dripstone' was purchased by the Creasey Collection of Contemporary Art while she was studying at Portsmouth Unversity. Her first solo exhibition was held in 1989 and, the following year, Kay's work took her to London, where she took courses in lithography, screen printing and etching at Central St Martin's and the London College of Printing. In 1993, Kay moved to France and, over the following three years, she staged six exhibitions, also winning a prize for printmaking, exhibiting with the printmaking group Estampes Atelier and working as an art lecturer.  On returning to London, Kay began creating small-scale monoprints and etchings and her work was selected for the Curwen Gallery, RBA and National Open Print Exhibition. In 1999, she and seven fellow artists formed Callowland Independent Artists and Kay produced a new body of work using collographs and woodcuts. From 2000 - 2005, Kay took part in eight mixed and solo exhbitions. From 2005-2007, she exhibited in opens including the Affordable Art Fair, also working as an art director in the framing industry. A solo exhibition in 2009 saw Kay's attention shift from the landscape; her pallet became lighter and she produced a series of sky paintings.

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Hilary Davies

Following a career in teaching, during which she specialised in art and music, Hilary gained a BA in fine art at London Guildhall University. She later studied for an MA in applied art and visual culture and, in 1996, enrolled at the City Literary Institute in London, where she was entered in the prestigious Stevens competition 3 times. Hilary's fascination with stained glass grew out of an interest in church architecture, which she shared with her husband, fellow artist Lewis Davies, and she now makes individual pieces for herself and to commission. Hilary enjoys experimenting - for example, fusing pieces of glass together with natural materials such as plants, or forming pieces into three dimensional shapes; both these processes require the glass to be fired in a kiln. However, what she enjoys most is painting the glass so that the light coming through it is modified to create exciting, jewel-like effects. She has used all these methods in domestic panels, for doors and windows, and for decorative panels.

"The skills required for making stained glass have changed very little since medieval times, and it is exciting to translate a free drawing into a glass panel. I have a great love and admiration for medieval glass, and have also come to like and respect much of the Victorian and Arts and Crafts glass."

 

Stained glass panel by Hilary Davies (based on the James Elroy Flecker poem, A Ship, an Isle, a Sickle Moon).

You can see more of Hilary's work at the Garden House Gallery, Cromer, or to visit her studio by appointment, phone 01263 514573.

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Beach Pebbles, by Mick Anderson 

"The wonderful thing about painting is that I learn something new every time I pick up a paintbrush. I also get a great thrill when I finish a picture and you can feel it as though it's real."


Mick Anderson 

Born in Hertfordshire in 1947, Mick is completely self-taught. Despite being struck down with Polio in his early life, he carved a successful career in design engineering. As a youngster, Mick's love of drawing and painting was fostered by his rural surroundings but, as his home town became more built up, he decided that the Norfolk countryside offered a better way of life and, in 1991, moved to the county with his wife and two daughters. Now living in Southrepps, Mick finds inspiration in the north Norfolk countryside and coastlne. Having recently retired from engineering, he is able to concentrate full-time on painting, producing watercolurs and oils depicting subjects ranging from carefully observed birds to more relaxed, contemporary paintings.

To see more of Mick's work, visit www.kingfisherart.co.uk


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 Winter Trees, by Gill Baguley

To visit Gill Baguley's studio by appointment, phone 01328 822031 or email gill.baguley@homecall.co.uk 

You can see more of her work at Art-next-the-Sea, Wells, and prints of Gill's paintings can be found at www.apictureofnorfolk.com 

 

Gill Baguley

Brought up in Sprowston, near Norwich, Gill studied for a time at Norwich School of Art before embarking on a career as a teacher. She retired to North Norfolk in 1994 and has since taken part in solo and mixed exhibitions at venues including Sheringham Little Theatre; North Norfolk District Council offices; the Royal Norfolk Show; the Garden House Gallery, Cromer; Art-next-the-Sea, Wells, and Fakenham Contemporary Art Exhibition. For a number of years, she has also participated in the Open Studios scheme. Gill, who lives at Kettlestone, near Fakenham, takes inspiration the North Norfolk landscape and from the landscape of Pennsylvania, in the US.

 

"The vibrancy of colour found in both acrylic paint and acrylic ink appeals greatly and, for me, living in North Norfolk is inspirational  - I love to paint semi-abstract images of its landscape."

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Kevin Elsby
A busy, full time North Norfolk GP, Kevin is a member of the wildlife organisations Butterfly Conservation and the British Dragonfly Society. Two years years ago, he completed a masters degree in wildlife biology and conservation, also gaining an associate distinction in wildlife photography from the Royal Photographic Society. His subjects include birds, mammals, reptiles, flowers, butterflies and other insects, as well as landscapes. An associate of the RPS, his images feature wildlife local to Norfolk as well as from far flung places such as Antarctica, Kenya and Australia. Kevin, who recently spent 6 weeks in Antarctica as a member of an expedition team, also gives lectures to UK wildlife and photography groups, and to passengers on cruise ships whose destinations have included the Amazon, South Georgia and the Galapagos Islands.
 
You can see more of Kevin Elsby's work at Theo's Gallery, Cromer and at www.wildlifeontheweb.co.uk

 

Kevin Elsby's RPS award-winning photograph, Arctic Terns Fighting.

 

"The appeal to me of taking pictures is to try and capture wildlife in its natural environment, but, more than that, to capture animals in action and record their natural behaviour," 

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Dabbling, by Karen Rowlands

You can see more of Karen's work at Alby Gallery, Alby Crafts; The Old Reading Room Gallery, Kelling; Picturecraft Gallery, Holt, and at www.karenrowlands.co.uk 

Karen Rowlands

Karen, who was born and grew up in Berkshire, won several art prizes as a child. After training at Ravensbourne and Loughborough Colleges of Art and Design, she was resident weaver at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Berkshire, also working on Artists in Schools projects, and as a visiting lecturer at art colleges. After marrying, Karen moved to North Norfolk and, while at home with her four children, became involved in making dance costumes, eventually working from a studio at Alby Crafts, Erpingham. Now working as a full time artist, weaver and costume designer, Karen produces oil paintings on a variety of subjects, including landscape, wildlife and portraits. Her work has been exhibited at craft fairs and galleries throughout the country, with recent venues including Pensthorpe Nature Reserve; The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer; Sheringham Little Theatre; Theo's Gallery, Cromer, and The Old Reading Room Gallery, Kelling. Karen's wildlife paintings have found homes in countries ranging from Kenya to South Africa.

"I am often inspired by  the colours in my weaving, or by something I see while out walking, and what is lovely about living here is that there is so much beauty in Norfolk - you just turn the corner and there is something else to paint."

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Helen du Feu 

Helen studied drama and history of art at Manchester University before completing a postgraduate course at Croydon College of Art. She then worked as a propmaker for theatre, films and television while making sculpture in her spare time.

After moving to Norfolk, Helen became increasingly drawn to painting, using patterns found in nature to create abstract or semi-abstract work in vibrant acrylic.  Her work has been seen at the Norfolk Show; The Forum, Norwich; The Upstairs Gallery, Beccles, and at her home studio at Dereham as part of the Open Studios scheme.

"I think why I moved from sculpture to painting was because of my passion for colour, the dynamics of colour combinations and their potential to convey mood and emotion. Every painting for me is a journey towards this end; an arrival at a creative harmony; an attempt at the beautiful."

 To see more of Helen's work, visit www.helendufeu.co.uk or to visit her studio by appointment, phone 01362 850582

 

Helen du Feu 

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 Natural Takeover, Norfolk, by Ken Walton

"I am inspired by my love of Norfolk and its environment, and I think this shows in my work."

Ken Walton

Ken's paintings feature Norfolk's landscapes, flora and fauna, reflecting his concern for the county's environment. In his rural retreat at Foxley, he is surrounded by a wonderful variety of landscapes. All of these are are framed by the ever-changing Norfolk skies which, with the changing of the seasons, provide their own characteristic lighting effects. Each of the scenes and subjects Ken aims to capture in his paintings is a challenge to portray, not just in accurate form, but also in atmosphere. A former Produced in Norfolk Environmental Award-winner, Ken has held annual one-man exhibitions locally for 25 years, also enjoying a steady growth in commissions. His work, which has been exhibited at numerous Norfolk galleries, can be found in many private collections at home and abroad. When not concentrating on his own work, Ken provides watercolour painting and sketching tuition to small groups and individuals. Courses are held on location in rural areas of the county during the summer, and indoors in the winter months. For more information, and to see more of Ken's work, including a range of limited edition greetings cards and calendars, visit www.kenwaltonwatercolours.co.uk To visit his studio and gallery by appointment, phone 01362 688414

"I am inspired by my love of Norfolk and its environment, and I think this shows in my work."

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Peddars Way, by Mari French 

A selection of Mari's work can be seen at Burnham Grapevine Gallery, Burnham Market, and at www.marifrench.com

Mari French

Originally from Manchester, Mari moved to the Isle of Skye in 1995. She worked as a graphic designer for many years, with illustration - both traditional and digital - often forming part of her work. Over the past few years, Mari has concentrated on developing her lifelong passion for painting, working both in the Highlands and in Norfolk, where she now lives. Light and atmospherics play a strong part in Mari's finished pieces - abstracted acrylics/mixed media works inspired by the landscape. The build-up of complex layers and textures and the exposure of under-painting add to the visual intensity experienced by the viewer. Mari, who has won 2 Highland contemporary art prizes, exhibits and sells her work from her home studio and from galleries in Scotland and England. Her work is held in private collections around the UK, and in Europe and the USA.

"Having just moved to Norfolk, I've found the contrast between the dramatic mountains and coastline of Scotland's west coast and the huge skies, atmospheric marshes and land patterns of Norfolk immensely stimulating. There are intriguing similarities - not least in the clarity of light and sense of space."


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 Nick Reynolds

Born in Great Yarmouth, Nick studied graphic design at art colleges in his home town and at Leicester, taking a BA course in graphic design. A career in advertising followed, with Nick working as an art director and graphic designer in London and, later, in the Midlands. In 1985, he co-founded an advertising agency in Birmingham and, as creative director, worked with local, national and international clients. After taking early retirement in 2001, Nick returned to his native Norfolk, where he now pursues his interests in painting, design and photography. Working in oils, acrylics and pencil, he is fascinated by the effects of time on surfaces, both natural and man-made.

 

Nick's work can be seen at the Garden House Gallery, Cromer, at Affinity Arts at Alby Crafts, and in exhibitions by the North Norfolk Organisation for Visual Arts (NOVA) group. He lives and works in Cromer, and can be contacted on 01263 515866.

 Boat Interior, Cley, by Nick Reynolds

"Crumbling cliffs, peeling paint and neglected buildings are what I look for and I am particularly fond of rust."

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 Sea Window, by Kate Green

"When a little boy who was having blood taken told me he liked my birds, it seemed like the ultimate accolade."

 Kate Green

After graduating from Exeter College of Art and Design with a BA (hons) in fine art in 1984, Kate worked in London as a mural painter for Haringey Health Authority, as an art technician for the Imperial War Museum, and as a basket maker and artist's assistant to Lois Walpole and Rapid Eye Baskets. In 1996, she returned to college, to study illustration at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and, from there, won a European bursary to study for a full-time MA at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, UCE. Since 2000, Kate has worked as a freelance artist and illustrator for newspapers, children's book, and greetings card publishers in the UK and US, also exhibiting her work at numerous UK venues.  She recently made a rewarding foray into public art, completing 3 commissions for Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where her work has been reproduced as ceiling panels, window laminates, light box reliefs and block prints. Kate's work can be seen at the hospital, at the Flint Gallery, Blakeney, during Open Studios and at: www.kate-green-designs.co.uk   or  www.nnuh.nhs.uk/arts/projects/commissions_projects9.asp

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Tree of Life, by Sandi Westwood

"I want my work to be more than just an image - I want it to be uplifting and if someone feels something from looking at my work, then, to me, that is an achievement."

 Sandi Westwood

Originally from Hertfordshire, Sandi's career as a scientific auditor took her to countries including America, France and Denmark. After spending 4 years living in Italy, she moved to Briston, near Holt, where she now paints from her purpose-built garden studio. Her first solo exhibition was held at Blickling Hall in 2005, and her work has since been exhibited at a number of Norfolk venues. Sandi also regularly takes part in the Norfolk Open Studios scheme, accepts commissions for portraits and wildlife paintings, and has exhibited with the North Norfollk Organisation for Visual Artists (NOVA). Working in oils and pastels, she produces paintings inspired by her love of the spiritual side of life and her passion for nature. Subjects have ranged from the wildlife of north Norfolk and beyond, to fantasy scenes featuring angels, fairies and unicorns.

To see more of Sandi Westwood's work, visit www.sandiwestwood.com or to visit her studio by appointment, phone 01263 862477.


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 Geoff du Feu

Geoff, who was brought up in the West Country, originally trained in biological sciences, working at both Surrey and Bath universities until his first passion of photography took over around 25 years ago. Inspired by his keen interest in wildlife and nature, he has forged a successful career selling his images to magazines and books. By working with many of the world's leading photographic agencies, Geoff's work has been published worldwide. Since moving to Norfolk 25 years ago, he has concentrated his energies on the wildlife and nature of the Broads, often working from a small boat very early in the morning. Competition success have included Digital Photographer of the Year and Wildlife Photographer of the Year, with Geoff also winning a photography competition run by the Hong Kong Tourist Board. His sunflower image was used on the 2000 millennium 1st class stamp and, this year, his Agave image (pictured) was a finalist in the Garden Photographer of the Year competition. Geoff has recently expaned his range of fine art prints and greetings cards, which he sells through local outlets and during his open studios exhibitions. Current projects include photographing old Norfolk farm buildings using a digital infrared camera. To see more of Geoff's work, visit www.naturalartphotos.co.uk or to visit his studio by appointment, phone 01692 598215.

Agave, by Geoff du Feu

 "I have always enjoyed using photography to highlight those natural details that many people don't see, whether it is a stunning Broadland sunrise at 4.30am or the fine detail and pattern of plant or insect"

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 Neighbourhood Watch, by Linda Matthews

 

“I believe wherever you look there is a painting, working outside “en plein air” is the best experience ever. You cannot help but produce loose, fresh work, and on a week's holiday collate happy memories far more meaningful than a holiday snap”.

 

Linda Matthews
 
Since moving to north Norfolk 10 years ago, Linda has carved a career as a highly successful artist and tutor. She has appeared on numerous TV shows including Anglia's Coastal Inspirations and the BBC's Working Lunch, and was last year featured as a "Top Tutor" in the artists' magazine Paint. Linda now divides her time between working from her studio at Ludham Bridge and running art courses in the UK, France and Italy. She also conducts courses at Flatford Mill for the Field Studies Council, gives demonstrations to art groups all over the UK, and runs corporate, "Teach Your Staff to Relax Through Watercolour" days. Her work has been exhibited at Norfolk venues including the Royal Norfolk Show; Hobart Gallery, Blicking Hall; Picturecraft, Holt, and Church Street Gallery, Cromer, and at French galleries in Languedoc and Montpellier. Linda, who was North Norfolk Open Studios co-ordinator for 4 years, demonstrates for Chroma Atelier Interactive Acrylics, “a new way of working with acrylics”, and is a contributing writer to Leisure Painter and Artist & Illustrator Magazine. Her original paintings, as well as a range of prints, cards and gifts, are available at her studio. For more information, including opening times and course dates, phone 07961813885 or visit www.lhm-artworks.co.uk

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 He Watches Me, by Emma Delpech

To see more of Emma's work, visit www.delpech-art.com

Emma Delpech

Emma was born in London in 1977 to Clare and Roger Delpech. Her father's enthusiasm for painting left a real mark on Emma and her sister Camilla, taking them from the simple pleasures of a new sketch pad at Southwold harbour, to a degree in art. Emma gained a degree in Art for Community at the Roehampton Institute, where her studies allowed her to experiment with a wide range of materials and learn about making work for public sites.  She qualified as a teacher a year after graduating and is now a full-time art teacher at Gresham's School, Holt. Emma has a son at the school and enjoys producing her own work whenever time allows. She was given the opportunity last Christmas to be the live artist at the Notting Hill Arts Club for the uptownboogiedown event, which saw Emma paint from 4pm until 1am as clubbers danced around her. Her work has also been exhibited at Norfolk venues including the Nicholson Gallery, Holt, and, as part of the Norfolk Art Teachers Exhibition, at St Margaret's Church Gallery, Norwich. Emma is an enthusiastic teacher and artist who feels that her students benefit a great deal from her own desire to create.

"Being a painter and sculptor is very important to me, both in continuing my own development as an artist, and in maintaining a relationship with materials and subject matter. I think all this is essential in order for me to be able to pass on the love of it and unmistakable addiction of creation to my students."


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David Morris

After studying graphic design at Hull College of Art, David, who was recently named 2009 Professional Photographer of the Year, worked in London advertising agencies before embarking on a career teaching graphic design and advertising. After a spell as a senior lecturer at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, he became a visiting lecturer to the leading colleges in Milan, Amsterdam and England. Since 1998, David has designed and produced photographs for the annual Hook Norton Brewery collectors calendar, with the 2002 edition nominated for a Silver Pencil award by D&AD. David, who lives at Cromer, is a committed black and white photographer. Current projects include photographing ancient trades and crafts; portraits of artists; cityscapes of Milan, Amsterdam and Venice, and the fishing community of Cabo Finisterre, northern Spain. Other ongoing projects include a protracted study of "Drinkers" - their bars, habits and nightlife, and a work in progress exhibition was staged at the Digby Gallery, Colchester this year.

"I particularly like taking pictures of faces with character as, when reduced to black and white, the quality of light you can get in the eyes and on the face can make a stunning image."

 

 
Cromer, by David Morris
 
You can see more of David Morris's work at www.davidmorrisphotographer.com  and at  Bircham Gallery, Holt; Big Blue Sky, Wells-next-the-Sea; The Garden House Gallery, Cromer; The Gallery @ Horning and at Affinity Arts at Alby Crafts. To visit his studio by appointment, phone 01263 517118. 

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Jools Papworth

Since Jools bought his first camera in 1985, his passion has been to photographically record the quiet backwaters of the Norfolk countyside - the parts we might drive past and not give a second thought to. Initially, photography was a hobby, but, with the encouragement of others, including Holt gallery owner Adrian Hill, Jools took the decision to share his vision of Norfolk. From a simple poppy in a field of barley, to a winter-gripped landcape or a threatening sky over the North Norfolk coast, anything of beauty found in the county is a potential subject. Rather than spending time on the latest high-tech camera gadgets, Jools uses only traditional 35mm and medium format film cameras, preferring to concentrate on capturing the county where he was born and bred in his own way. Many of his photographs are still taken on the slightly battered 35mm Olympus SLR he has been using to record the Norfolk Countryside for nearly a quarter of a century.

To see more of Jools's work, visit www.joolsnorfolkimages.co.uk  Email: joolsnorfolkimages@bbmax.co.uk or phone 07778 516477.

 

 Midwinter Stream, Jools Papworth

"My photography allows you to stand where I stand, see what I see, and feel what I feel."

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 The Cave, by Jenni Thorneley

"My paintings are all about colour and they reflect the world about me. I hope they are thought-provoking to the viewer, as well as being a joy to look at."

Jenni Thorneley

Jenni worked for many years in the health service in Brighton, at the same time studying for a degree in psychology. Her desire to paint was rekindled when she moved from East Sussex to Norfolk in 1995. Having recently retired from her job as a swimming teacher, she is now able to concentrate on her twin passions of painting and photography. Jenni's work is influenced by the colours in the courtyard garden at her home in the Wensum Valley and by her travels to countries including India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the Caribbean.  She uses vibrant shades in an expressionistic style, working in acrylic and acrylic inks to reflect the world around her. Faces and traditional dress are painted in a flamboyant style with acrylics and pastel, with Jenni using intense colour to convey the vibrancy of the environment reflected in her paintings. Jenni's work has been exhibited at venues including the John Innes Centre, Norwich; The Upstairs Gallery, Beccles; Gressenhall Rural Life Museum; The Forum, Norwich, and, as part of Open Studios, at The Gallery Dereham, The Forum, Norwich, and at her studio near Dereham.


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Gilli Sands

Born at Holt just after the Second World War, as a youngster, Gilli was encouraged to draw and paint by her artistic family. She began exhibiting her work seriously 20 years ago after giving up work to care for her husband, who became disabled. She has since received many commissions for her distinctive, carefully observed animal portraits. Other subjects include coastal scenes, her two dogs, and the unspoilt landscape and wildlife of the Glaven Valley, where she now lives. Gilli also produces comic pictures of dogs in shooting or sports clothing, which are drawn from photographs of animal-lovers and their pets. Working in a variety of media ranging from pen and pencil, to oil, watercolour and acrylic, Gilli takes inspiration from her walks in the fields and lanes surrounding her home, from her love of the countryside, and from her passion for animals and wildlife. Sadly, she lost her husband two years ago, but takes solace in her art and says that, in time, happiness will return. She calls her work Umberart, after her beloved chocolate labrador Umber and her interest in sepia drawing.

"All my inspiration is taken from my surroundings; I have the sea just 4 miles away and just outside my house are the fields and lanes, where it is common to see wildlife from deer and owls, to hares and foxes."

 

Hare, by Gilli Sands 

You can see more of Gilli's work at www.minigallery.co.uk/Gilli_Sands

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 Hickling Broad, oil painting (10" x 12"), by Alwyn Crawshaw

 Deckchairs on the Beach, watercolour (11" x 15") by June Crawshaw

"To us, a journey is never just a journey, as we are always looking at the scenery and wondering whether it would make a good painting." - June Crawshaw.

To see more of June and Alwyn's work, or to buy books, DVDs, prints and original paintings, visit www.crawshawgallery.com

June and Alwyn Crawshaw

June and Alwyn Crawshaw have been inspiring would-be artists worldwide with their learn to paint television shows, books, courses and DVDs for nearly half a century. A pioneer of the hugely popular "Learn to Paint" books, Alwyn has produced 29 titles for Harper Collins, with June co-writing 3 of these, as well as writing 2 of her own art books. A 20-year career on camera has seen June and Alwyn make eight TV series comprising 68 half-hour programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. These have been screened worldwide. The couple, who have been married for more than 50 years, have also run many painting courses at home and abroad.

Alwyn has exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists in London, and with June at galleries in the UK and abroad. Venues have included top London department store Harrods, with the couple also staging 2 major exhibitions in Tokyo, Japan. Alwyn is a fellow of the British Watercolour Society, president of the National Acrylic Painters Association, and an honorary member of the United Society of Artists. He is also a member of the Society of Equestrian Artists, where he has won best watercolour prize on 5 occasions at the organisation's annual exhibition in London. June is a member of the Society of Women Artists, the British Watercolour Society and the National Acrylic Painters Association. She is also an honorary member of the  United Society of Artists.

June and Alwyn recently staged a highly successful show featuring more than 100 paintings at Picturecraft Gallery, Holts. The exhibition coincided with the launch of their book, June and Alwyn Crawshaw - Their Paintings, Their Story.

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 Moonkissed Beach, by George Debenham


"To me, the sea is one of the greatest natural spectacles there is, and what I endeavor to do is to recreate the feeling of sheer wonderment I experience on seeing my chosen subject matter - and to invite others to experience it too."

George Debenham 

George, who is originally from Worcester, is primarly a painter of dramatic seascapes. He admits to being an unprolific artist, often producing fewer than 20 paintings a year. A perfectionist first and a commercially professional artist second, George aims to ensure that each picture he finishes is at least as good as his previous one. He paints entirely from memory, using soft pastels or oils to create strikingly atmospheric paintings recreating the breathtaking beauty of nature's ever-changing skies and seas. George, who works from his studio below his and  partner Margie's Cromer gallery Theo's, is also entirely amidextrous - an asset when painting in pastels. George's paintings are much sought-after and are held in private collections in the UK and worldwide. To see more of his work, visit www.georgedebenham.co.uk or call at Theo's Gallery, Garden Street, Cromer. Phone 01263 514197.

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Brian Lewis 

Brian studied art for 13 years, with his last student days spent at the Royal Academy Schools. He then began producing and exhibiting abstract work,  supplementing his income by organising prestigious parties for city socialites. But his work was slow to sell, and it wasn't until he marked a move to Hindringham in 1992 with a change of style that his paintings began to attract attention from galleries and collectors. Brian moved to Bees Hall, Sheringham, in 1996, and his immediately recognisable, characteristically sunny paintings have since become highly sought after. Brian now paints what he enjoys most: scenes spotted locally, or off on his travels, most recently to Cape Cod, USA, France, Spain, Italy and Greece. His work, which is held in private collections all over the world, has been exhibited at galleries in Norfolk, London, Leicester, France and Belgium, with his twice-yearly open studio events attracting hundreds of visitors from as far afield as France, Spain, Australia and the US.

You can see more of Brian Lewis's work at the Westcliffe Gallery, Sheringham, or visit www.art-e-mail.com where you can buy prints and originals online.

Seal Trips, by Brian Lewis 


"I paint the blue sky days, the lighter side of life. I leave the grey days and the angst for others."  -  Brian Lewis


"The cream of modern art is on show at the 20th Century British Art Fair and the Royal College of Art. Highlights include Brian Lewis's arresting work, The Seal Trip, Blakeney." - Marianne Macdonald, The Independent.

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Morston, by Terry Draper

To see more of Terry's work, visit www.terrydraperphotoart.co.uk A selection of his photographs can also be seen at Church Street Gallery, Cromer, with cards by Terry on sale at Westcliffe Gallery, Sheringham.

Terry Draper

Terry, who was born in 1950 near Cromer, studied fine art at Liverpool Art College, but fell by the wayside and did not complete the course. This meant he needed to earn a crust and, because architecture involved drawing - albeit with a pencil and set square - he took a job with a local architectural practice. From there he progressed to the architectural department of North Norfolk District Council and then into a local building surveying practice. Since he bought his first digital camera about 3 years ago, he has tried to produce images that can justify their place in a gallery.

 

"Inside this photographer is a painter who cannot paint, and I try to use the camera with a painters eye, using natural lighting conditions to produce images in which there is something new to see each time they are looked at."

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Rodney Rowlands


After leaving school, Rodney, who was born and brought up in Aylsham, studied maths and physics at Great Yarmouth College. A lifelong art-lover, he first picked up a camera in his early twenties, taking pictures of Norfolk's wildlife and countryside which he developed in a darkroom set up in the kitchen of his Norwich flat. Juggling running his own rapidly expanding engineering company with bringing up 4 children with his artist wife Karen meant Rodney was forced to put his passion for photography on the back burner. But, with the advent of digital photography, he eased himself back behind the lens a few years ago. He can often be seen, camera in hand, walking the family dogs at Cromer or Blakeny, timing his trips to catch the early morning or late evening light. Other subjects have included Venice Rome and Pompeii, with Rodney, who lives at Cromer, also combining his love of waterskiing and windsurfing with his passion for photography.

To see more of Rodney's work, visit www.karenrowlands.co.uk

Reflections, Blakeney, by Rodney Rowlands 


"To me, taking a good photograph is about keeping an eye out for that special moment in time, from a tern diving, to the sun rising over Cromer clifftops."

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 Night Garden, Blickling Hall, by Heather Tamplin

To see more of Heather's work, visit www.heathertamplin.co.uk or to visit her studio by appointment, phone 01263 768652 or email heather.tamplin@btinternet.com

Heather Tamplin

A founder member of the North Norfolk Organisation for Visual Artists (NOVA) and central Open Studios representative for 3 years, Heather is one of the original members of the committee responsible for running the prestigious annual Salthouse exhibition. Her work has been selected for Salthouse twice, also featuring in the event's sculpture trail and regularly selected for the East Anglian Open from 1985 - 2007. She was a full member of the Free Painters and Sculptors, Buckingham Gate, London, for more than 20 years, and her work has been exhibited at Norfolk venues including the Forum, Norwich, in London at the Mall Galleries, and further afield in Portugal, Spain and New York. Heather's paintings are also held in private collections in Europe, the USA and Canada. Working in layers of colour built up using mostly golden acrylic paints, she finishes her paintings with layers of oil paint glazes or scumbles, adding richness and depth. Her work is drawn from diverse visual traditions including folk art and commercial graphic design, with personal references and opinions inevitably featured.

"I am compelled to create through a wide mix of triggers: a sentence teased from a conversation at a festival; a colour seen on an advertising hoarding; a phrase read in a book; a shape traced in wet sand by a child; morphing cloudscapes; yesterday's leftover paint roughly brushed onto a canvas, this world."

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Linda Pattrick 

After gaining a Master of Design degree from the Royal College of Art, Linda worked as a knitwear designer in Paris for a number of years. Since the late 1990s, she has put her creative ideas into paint, taking part in Open Studios for the last 4 years, as well as exhibiting in local galleries. Linda paints in a loose, semi-abstract fashion, mainly in oils, using a rich colour palette. Her inspiration is taken from the wonderful local images which bombard her every day. Favourite subjects are boats, Labradors, beach huts, the sea, and local scenes.

"Often after walking the dogs in the morning, I will return straight home and paint the images in my head. Painting for me is an emotional response to the beautiful surroundings I live in. I am a generally happy person and I think this shows through in my work."

  

 Labradors in the Waves, by Linda Pattrick

To see more of Linda's work, phone her on 01328 710648.

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A Moment's Rest, by Chris Wright

"I have travelled extensively throughout Africa, Central America, Europe and Asia - where I have enjoyed first-hand encounters with many of the animals that now inspire my work." 

Chris Wright

Born and raised in North Norfolk, Chris now combines his two main passions - art and wildlife - working as a professional artist, and as Programmes Officer for international wildlife conservation charity, the Born Free Foundation. Since their first appearance on the commercial market in 2004, Chris's drawings have sold to an international clientele stretching from the USA to Switzerland, and from the UK to Australia. His debut one-man show at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham was a sell-out, and he has made regular sales at the annual National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in Chester. 2009 will be his debut exhibiting at the prestigious Marwell International Wildlife Art Society annual show. Part of Chris's commitment to conservation includes donating a percentage of profits to Born Free's project work to help keep wildlife where it belongs - in the wild. Chris welcomes commissions. 

You can see more of Chris Wright's work at Aylsham Frames; Echo Barn Gallery, Alby Crafts; Pensthorpe Waterfowl Reserve; Jarrolds Forum Gallery and at www.cwright.co.uk

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Desmond Clover 

Desmond spent 4 years studying at Hornsey College of Art, London, before embarking on a career in graphic design and illustration. After 16 years of city life, he decided to move to the country, where he launched his studio pottery and spent the following 25 years working as a full-time potter. His work was sold in many galleries in the UK, was exhibited with the Cambridgeshire Open Studios scheme, and is held in collections worldwide. While Desmond continued to paint throughout this time, it wasn't until he moved to Norfolk 6 years ago that he decided to concentrate on painting full-time. This year he took part in Norfolk Open Studios, which led to further exhibiting offers and a number of commissions. Desmond, whose work is influenced by his surroundings - the countryside, the coast and the natural world - is fascinated by the margins of the landscape and his daily beach walks provide constant inspiration. He is currently working on simple printing techniques with pen and ink drawings, also producing new paintings for exhibitions planned for 2010, including Art in the Park at Croxton Park, Thetford.

"Birds in particular interest me, not only for their beauty, but also for their ability to fly with such ease and grace. It always seems so effortless, but it must take so much more energy than we know."

 

After the Tide, by Desmond Clover


To see more of Desmond's work, visit  desmondclover.co.uk or email desclover@mac.com  Some of Desmond's pen and ink prints can be seen at the North Norfolk Artspace "secret" exhibition at Sheringham Little Theatre until October 31st, and as part of the Artspace Travelling Art Scheme.

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 Celtic Spirit, by Lana Grabinskis

"Art is one hundred per cent work, but there is an element of luck, and of what crops up along the way. The exciting thing about it is that you never know what path you are going to cross."

Lana Grabinskis

Born in 1963 in County Durham, Lanas passion for art stems from early childhood when, as a four-year-old, she began sketching portraits and ballet dancers. Under the guidance of her late father Talivadis Grabinskis - a respected watercolour artist - Lana honed her skills and began to dream of being a professional artist. However, life took her in a different direction and, after leaving school, her dream diminished. Moving to Gloucestershire, Lana enjoyed a spell painting portraits at an art and craft centre, but a busy family life meant that, for many years, art was put on the back burner. After moving to East Runton in January 2009, Lana again picked up her sketchbook and, discovering a flair for conte pastel, she began creating pictures of dancers. Inspired by the challenge of capturing figurative form in motion - and by artists including Sir William Russell Flint, David Shepherd and WJ Waterhouse - Lana has since produced many studies of performers, also painting portraits of visitors to the annual flower festival at St Andrew's Church, Sheringham. Recent projects have included a series of paintings of cast members of the hit show Riverdance, with Lana also invited by Leeds-based Northern Ballet Theatre to make sketches during rehearsals.

Paintings by Lana Grabinskis are currently on show at Picturecraft Gallery, Holt. To see more of her work, visit www.picturecraftgallery.com

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Rosemary Carruthers 

After studying at Canterbury and Bideford Colleges of Art, Rosemary moved to Norfolk in the early 1970s. She now lives at Fakenham, where she combines painting professionally with running regular art classes for adults, also giving demonstrations and hosting occasional life classes. Working in oils, gouache, acrylic, mixed media and collage, she takes inspiration from her Norfolk surroundings, including her spectacular, painting-style garden which has featured in 2 national magazines. Subjects range from beach scenes, still life and figures in interiors, to portraits, city scenes and abstract work. Rosemary's paintings, which fetch up to £2,000, have been accepted by the Royal Academy, and she has exhibited with the New English Art Club at the Mall Galleries, London, on several occasions. Her work, which has been described as "English Impressionist", is currently on show at galleries in London, York and North Yorkshire, and in Norfolk at the School House Gallery, Wighton, and Westcliffe Gallery, Sheringham.

"I'm looking for peace and harmony in my life and I try to capture that in my paintings; I don't want to make statements, there's enough of that going on elsewhere."

Sheringham Station, by Rosemary Carruthers 

You can see more of Rosemary's work at www.rosemarycarruthers.com  Email: rosemary.carruthers@tiscali.co.uk

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Saltmarsh-inspired boned bodice (detail) by Jill Hill


You can see more of Jill Hill's work at The Old Workshop Gallery, The Street, Corpusty, NR11 6QP.

Jill Hill

As a designer/maker of garments, accessories and art textiles, Jill employs a range of creative textile techniques, including felt-making, hand dying, and machine and hand embroidery. Although primarily self-taught, she honed her pattern-cutting and dressmaking skills while studying fashion at City College, Norwich, later completing a creative textiles course. Her studies helped expand her horizons and formed the basis of the range of work she now produces. Jill's main influences - apart from a general love of textiles and the creative arts - are the history of fashion from the early to mid-1900s and embroidery, including the work of the Needlework Development Scheme. She also has a fascination with traditional smocks, which she likes to work on in her spare time. Jill can be found most days at her sewing bench at The Old Workshop Gallery, Corpusty, where she also organises and hangs exhibitions. Starting early 2010, Jull will be running workshops covering subjects including traditional smock embroidery and felt-making. For more information, phone 01263 587268 or email jill.hill@mypostoffice.co.uk


"I cannot remember a time when I did not sew; I had certainly fallen in love with the sewing machine by the time I started school."

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Kit Wade

 

Kit's painting is often about landscape and sense of place. She enjoys looking for images in the marine, urban and "proper" landscape and feels that, if her work draws another person's attention to that same colour, pattern or circumstance in the day to day world, then it is successful. She doesn't see paintings just as a commodity, valuable only in terms of money. Colour in its many forms, paint, glass, textiles, sea, sky, boats, apples . . . these are the things she most enjoys - along with a sense of place and the heroism of small acts in a large world.  Kit takes part in Open Studios, is a member of North Norfolk Organisation for Visual Arts (NOVA), and exhibits locally.

 

"Art should be available to as many who can make it, or like it, or to whom it speaks."

Spring Oak, by Kit Wade

To see more of Kit's work, phone 01263 570048 or visit www.kit-wade.co.uk 

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 Josie Nudd

Born and raised in Norfolk, Josie, who lives at Hunworth, near Holt, studied at Norwich School of Art before going on to graduate from the University of Brighton with a degree in interior architecture. She has since divided her time between painting and designing commercial interiors. Using a combination of abstract themes from landscape to texture, her pictures aim to draw the viewer in quickly, at the same time providing a real depth of visual interest. Her work has been exhibited at venues ranging from the Mastercard UK head offices in London, to Strictly Not High Street at The Forum, Norwich, and has been purchased by many private and international corporate collectors. Josie, who welcomes commissions, also regularly takes part in Open Studios.

You can see more of Josie Nudd's work at Gallery Plus, Wells-next-the-Sea, and at www.josienudd.co.uk  email: info@josienudd.co.uk

 

Blakeney III, by Josie Nudd

"My paintings seem to hang suspended in time; a fleeting moment, a sublime daydream, or a warm, nostalgic memory." 

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 Keith Nash

Born in the south of England, Keith's career in environmental engineering brought him and his wife to Norfolk in 1975, where the big skies and changing colours and light of the seasons soon led to a fascination with the county's landscape and coastal marshes. Work commitments took Keith back to Surrey in 1982, and, an admirer and collector of landscape watercolours, be began painting for pleasure around 8 years ago. His hobby soon became more serious, with galleries in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and London selling his work and staging exhibitions. Keith, who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2004, last year decided to move back to his adopted Norfolk to further his interest in landscape, wildfowl and seascape painting. His work has since been accepted by 4 local galleries and is selling extremely well. Keith also now runs art workshops for those wishing to learn about landscape and marine painting.

"I am a traditional landscape artist struggling to become a contemporary landscape artist. I am a firm believer that 'less is more' but, like most artists, I find it hard  to know when to put the brush down!"

 

Keith Nash's work is on show at The Garden House, Cromer; Baron Art, Holt; Wildwood, Bury St Edmunds; The Gallery, Dereham; The Crome Gallery, Norwich; The Flint Gallery, Blakeney and Jarrold's Forum Gallery, Norwich.  You can see more of Keith's work at www.keithnash.co.uk 

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Rounding the Buoy, by Maureen Cherry

You can see more of Maureen's work at The Grapevine, Norwich, at Hayes Gallery, Swaffham, and at www.maureencherry.co.uk

 

Maureen Cherry

Norfolk-born artist Maureen Cherry has lived in North Norfolk since 2000. She has also spent part of each year residing and painting in Valencia, on the Costa Blanca, where she has regularly exhibited and enjoyed the diversification and the new perspective the Spanish Landscape has brought to her work. Maureen, who studied at Great Yarmouth Art College, Norwich School of Art and Lowestoft College of Art, has exhibited successfully in one-woman shows, and in mixed exhibitions throughout East Anglia. Her work has also been exhibited further afield, at venues in London, Dubai and Holland. Maureen, whose work has been accepted by The Royal Marine Society and The Society of Women Artists, aims to capture in her paintings the emotion, atmosphere, freedom, and sometimes destruction, of the great waters of the sea.

"My inspiration is drawn from the ever-changing movement of the skies, seas, pools and inland waterways; the brilliant colours of nature's flowers and the suggestion of human form."

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Frozen Shoreline, Kevin Turton

 "I hope to challenge the viewer to put their own interpretation on each painting, making it personal to the individual whilst making them more aware of their surroundings."

Kevin Turton has exhibited widely throughout the UK and in Europe and participated in Open Studios. His West Raynham studio is open throughout the year, for details, and to see more of his work, visit: www.turton-artist.com 

Kevin Turton

Kevin has always had a keen interest in the arts, however, painting had to make way for his final choice of career in graphic/web design. Although he enjoyed the technology of computers - and the changing possibilities of design because of them - he yearned to get back to "hands on" creative work, and to be able to express himself without the constraints of a client's brief. He lived in the Snowdonia National Park for many years (painting part-time) and, more recently, in North Norfolk, where he now paints full-time. Kevin's creative inspiration comes from the 3 most natural elements found in both areas - water, land, and ever-changing light. He attempts to capture these, not by true representation, but in an abstract, contemporary style which shows his innermost emotions and recollections, at the same time portraying his own view of these unique areas.  Some of Kevin's paintings represent close detail or "elements", others a wider sense of landscape. He works in acrylics, creating strong textures with deep glazes, and incorporating a multi-layering technique which enables reflected light and colour to change with each viewing, turning every painting into a "living" wall sculpture.

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Andrew Midgley

Yorkshire-born Andrew has been a landscape photographer for many years. Following a Masters Degree (Distinction), in 2000, he made a full time career of photography and now works for publishers nationwide. He is the staff photographer for the Peak District National Park, and was given a Highly Commended award in the 2008 Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. As well as previously lecturing in photography in Oxfordshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire, Andrew, who lives at Hunworth, has travelled widely in the UK and Europe, providing photographs for books whose titles range from Grand Literary Cafes of Europe, to Exploring Roman Britain. His favourite places for photography are around the North Norfolk coast.

"What is important to me is light and, while the place is important, it is often secondary and I will either go out very early or very late to catch the interesting light."   

 

 Morston Saltmarsh, by Andrew Midgley

 

You can see more of Andrew's work at the Photographer's Gallery, Cromer Road, Holt, and at www.andrewmidgleyphotography.com

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