Some of the West Country artists who will be exhibiting with us in 2020 or have exhibited in the past
My glass is inspired by the wild, natural places of the South West where I walk and sketch, I am especially drawn to the sea and marginal regions. I work with fused glass using powders and frit with feathers, leaves and foils. I like to experiment and develop new techniques stretching the traditional boundaries of glass. Each piece develops organically and has its own story to tell.
Elaine, a resident of Burton Bradstock, has been painting for many years, and is a regular exhibitor to this and other venues. Since retiring to this beautiful area, she enjoys many hours of this challenging and creative art form. Elaine has enjoyed experimenting with techniques in oil and watercolour in order to capture a variety of subjects, ranging from costal scenes to still life.
Johns inspiration is firmly rooted in the diversity of the Dorset coastline – his love of the natural world and of the landscape in this region is evident in his work. He has gained a reputation for his atmospheric style – his ability to use colours and perspective that capture a mood so effectively.
I rarely plan my work, preferring it to develop spontaneously – although I usually have a fair idea of how it needs to take form. I love to work outside especially along the Dorset coastline.
Elm House Studio. Catherine’s love of colour and line has fused together in her range of Spongeware and Mediterranean style ceramics, all handmade at her studio in Dorset. She is strongly influenced by visits to rural Portugal, reflected in her Dorset pottery with Lemons, Oranges, Olives Pomegranates and Grapes flowing across the surfaces of her ceramics, giving them vivid colour and vitality.
The forces of nature and its myriad effects on both the land and seascape provide an endless source of inspiration for my art. In situations both entirely formed by nature and those having felt the influence of the hand of mankind have imparted a powerful and poignant impression that demands expression through the filter of the artists sensibilities.
Barbara has painted and sketched since her teens. After an art based teacher training at Trent Park college, she taught for many years continuing to paint in her spare time. Since retiring ,she has set up her own studio in her house overlooking Lyme Bay.
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Working out of my studio in Long Bredy in the Bride Valley I enjoy the challenge of working ‘en plein air’, painting mainly in oils, being particularly motivated and inspired by the light just before or after storms or showers and at dawn and sunset. Website
My textile art work is inspired by my love of walking in the wild places of nature – West Dorset, Cornwall, Dartmoor, Cumbria, Peru. I like bringing elements of my walks to life again with fabrics of different texture and colour. I use many fabrics and combine them, like mixing paint, to give depth to the pictures, adding machine and hand stitch to bring in detail.
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I also spend many hours walking the coastal paths and surrounding countryside, I make simple line sketches and combined with stored images these are then developed into paintings within my studio.
I am best known for my distinctive stylised west Dorset landscapes (although I do occasionally cross into our neighbouring counties!). Watercolour is my main medium and I also work in print including lino, drypoint, copperplate etching and monoprint.
12-20 AUGUST 2023
Six days of brilliant classical, jazz and world music with internationally acclaimed performers and a eight-day exhibition featuring some of the finest art and ceramics in the South West.