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Norman Ackroyd RA Norman Ackroyd was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000. He has had many solo exhibitions, both in Britain and internationally. He has also received several public mural commissions, produced in etched stainless steel or bronze.
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Diana Armfield RA RWS NEAC Diana Armfield RA RWS NEAC started her career in textile and wallpaper design in partnership with Roy Passano. Examples of their work are in the permanent collection at the V&A. “I enjoy the different challenges offered by working in pastel, watercolour and print making, but return to the two first and drawing as fundamental to my way of observing and translating.”
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Anne Bardsley Anne Bardsley is a Manchester based artist creating work themed around endangered and vulnerable animals. Over the years she’s created a variety of artistic styles which allows her to present each animal in a unique way, she’ll employ a different technique depending on what impact she’s hoping to achieve. For Habitats & Heritage she’s created a watercolour painting that she hopes will speak to all animal lovers and bring someone joy for years to come. Anne has sold work in several countries around the world, and in 2021 was selected for the Conservation Collection in the Sketch For Survival initiative. Anne exhibited one of her paintings in a group show in Manchester earlier this year, with another painting being exhibited in London in early September. She has a great passion for animals and regularly donates work to help raise funds for many much needed causes. Website : www.annebardsleyart.co.uk.Instagram & Facebook : @annebardsleyart
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Joanna Barker Joanna Barker Artist in Manchester ,I have Asburgers and do portraits and animals but sometimes challenge or experiment to see where my strengths are. I use pencils and watercolours ,my art is on these social media sites.
Instagram:@QuoJo30 Twitter:@QuoJo30
Facebook: Joanna Barker Artist Page
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Tony Barrell Tony Barrell is a Teddington-based author and artist who often illustrates his own written work with collages. His books include The Beatles on the Roof (2017, Omnibus Press), Beatlemania (2020, ACC Art Books) and Born to Drum (2015, HarperCollins). He responds well to commissions and can be contacted at tonybarrell@msn.com.
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Tania Beaumont Tania Beaumont is a Painter-Printmaker who uses a diverse mix of media to explore her chosen themes : painting, original prints and more recently ‘monotype papercuts’ , cut and layered one-off prints which form papercut reliefs.
For the past 3 or 4 years the theme has been about things ‘sprouting’ ,from holes in the wall, pavements or pebbles on beaches.
Having lived for many years as an expatriot she has exhibited worldwide, returning to live in W. London in 2011.
website : www.taniabeaumont.squarespace.com
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Christine Bintcliffe Christine Bintcliffe is a self taught, Preston based artist who works mainly in acrylic paint but also enjoys watercolours. Christine works part time as a creator alongside her job as a teaching assistant in a primary school. A principle theme in Christine’s work is abstract in which she uses shape and colour to portray emotions through movement and to take these aspects to make connections in her work. She is currently undertaking work on a larger scale using canvas and is excited to see where this will take her.
Find me at: Stardustacrylicart.etsy.com
Stardustacrylicart – Instagram
Stardustacrylicart – Facebook
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Angela Birchall Angela is an artist and art teacher who loves animals so she adores drawing pet portraits or painting various animals and birds. Most of her commission work is pet or pet and people portraits. She grew up in Southern Africa where she was taught to draw and paint by an inspirational RA-trained tutor from whom she gained her love of landscape painting and figure drawing . . . you can see this from her two submissions for the Secret Art Sale. She returned to UK aged 18 and completed her first degree specialising in art with a dissertation on the workings of the two hemispheres of the brain and how ones drawings differ depending on which hemisphere you are working in. It’s a subject that has fascinated her ever since. Art became a passion and hobby during a career as a journalist and newspaper editor then a university lecturer, but a move to France 8 years ago saw her return to full-time artist and art teacher including leading painting holidays for groups of visiting artists. Now back in UK, she has just finished a solo exhibition that sums up her work: she draws and paints landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, pet portraits, people portraits, animals, birds, flowers and still life using watercolour, acrylics, oils, pencil and pastel, so her exhibition could only be entitled: “I Am Not and One-trick Pony”.
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Farah Bokhari Farah is an International Artist and Author. Her innovative and experimental mixed media artwork has been exhibited all over London and America, and showcased in private collections worldwide.
She has been featured in the press, on television and on London radio for her art and mental health programmes with traumatised young people and her work with young soldiers suffering from mental health issues in using art as a healing and expressive platform in their recovery from PTSD.
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Nick Bridson Baker Nick has worked as a freelance cartoonist and humorous illustrator for over forty years.
He now draws fewer cartoons and produces drawings, paintings and monotype prints.
He has had one-man exhibitions at:
The Riverside Gallery, Richmond 1997 and 2018
The Nehru Centre, London 2003
The Mercury Theatre, Colchester 1995
The Waterman’s Art Centre, Brentford 1986
and shown work in mixed exhibitions at:
Wednesday Printmakers, Riverside Gallery, Richmond 2019
RA Summer Exhibition 2015
London including ‘Art Erotica’, London 2012
The Claude Andre Gallery, Brussels 1998
Website: https://nickbridsonbaker.co.uk/
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Helen Alexander Bristow Helen Alexander Bristow is a neurodivergent artist/illustrator living in the heart of Kent. Working on my own projects and hoping to start my first children’s book in the near future. In addition I have produced many works for charity including three ‘Wild in Art’ sculptures which have raised over £10,000 for hospice charities. My work can be quite surreal, rather unique and characterful . I use many different media including digital but I am happiest using traditional watercolour, colour pencil and pen.
Website: www.helenalexanderbristow.co.uk
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Tim Brookes Tim Brookes studied at Chelsea School of Art in London before embarking on a career in advertising. During this time, he developed a fascination with the printing process and in particular the deconstruction of images into different colour layer breakdowns. Playing with varying sizes of halftone dots almost to the point of abstraction has become a feature of his work, whether that be painting or screen printing. Working out of a nearby studio in West London, his colourful prints have been shown at various galleries and exhibitions across London, culminating in a one of his prints being selected for this years’ RA Summer Exhibition.
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Gordon Buchanan MBE Gordon John Buchanan MBE is an internationally renowned Scottish wildlife filmmaker and presenter. His work includes the nature documentaries Tribes, Predators & Me, The Polar Bear Family & Me and Life in the Snow.
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Tina Bullen Tina Bullen is a Colchester-based artist with a broad palate (pun intended). She trained in art in Canterbury, went into teaching, left teaching, then returned to art with a vengeance in 2018. She chooses not to work in one set style, as she finds her inspiration in so many things, such as nature, language and humour. Instead, she chooses to communicate atmospheres and meaning using whatever is appropriate at the time. As a result, her works tend to be representational with an impressionistic and symbolic twist. Equally at home working in monochrome or glorious technicolour, her work embraces contradictions and opposites, the zing of contrasting colours, the sting of isolation and the joy of connection.
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Lisa Cee Lisa Cee is an intuitive abstract artist influenced by the beauty and mystery of nature. Working predominantly with acrylic and mixed media to explore texture, colour and the flow of energy in the work she creates.
Website: www.LisaCeeArt.com
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Liz Chaderton Liz Chaderton creates paintings which help people see the natural world in a new light. Her work is full of vitality and joie de vivre, capturing the beauty and energy of the flora and fauna we often take for granted. She creates special paintings which bring a sense of wonder into your life. Her joyful watercolours reconnect you to nature, leaving space for your imagination to wander.
iz lives and works in a small village in Berkshire, working mainly in watercolour and ink. A selection of her paintings is published in the UK, USA and worldwide. She also loves to share her enthusiasm for watercolour and is working on her fifth practical art book. www.lizchaderton.co.uk liz@chaderton.com
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Austin Cole RBA, ASGFA I am an artist printmaker and a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) and am Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art (ASGFA) have exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art summer exhibition on three occasions, the Discerning Eye, The Courtauld Institute and other venues in London, Bath and other cities around the UK. I have won the Artichoke Studio Prize on two occasions, and the Arts Club Mayfair Prize at the RBA 2012 annual exhibition.
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Cathy Cooper Cathy is a Twickenham-based photographer who has had her images published extensively, exhibited nationally and won several International awards.
She used to specialise in travel photography but now concentrates on capturing the local wildlife in Bushy Park where she works as a Volunteer Ranger.
She is involved in local charities including Park Lane Stables RDA, is a regular contributor to TW Magazine and has a passion for circus photography.
Website: cathycooper.photography
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Caroline Davis Caroline Davis trained as a Graphic Designer, and became particularly interested in making things by hand as an antidote to computer-based work. She enjoys collage, painting, drawing, knitting, and mixing these media.
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Sally Deegan Sally is a Staffordshire based artist inspired by allotments and the natural world, and, having grown up on the North Yorkshire coast, the sea. She works primarily in inks and collage. She also explores the use of natural inks that she makes from plants from the garden, allotment and hedgerow.
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Kathy Dowling Kathy Dowling has been a member of the ‘Still Lively’ art group, based at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, for 5 years. A supportive, friendship, drawing group for the o/55’s facilitated by Sam Hale of Creative Health CIC. This group has developed Kathy’s art skills as well as her confidence. “They kept me going through Covid and cancer,” she says.
Kathy is proud to have had her work displayed by the Gallery
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Judy Dyson I am an amateur artist from Leamington Spa. Painting and photography are passions of mine, with a lot of my artwork being inspired by the photos I take. I paint mainly in acrylic on a variety of materials, including canvas, slate and wood.
Facebook @DanNatDesigns
Instagram @dannatdesigns
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Tracy Ferris Tracy is a health therapist and tutors beginners in drawing. She is interested in environmental aspects of creativity and is a member of Twickenham Art Circle.
Her passion is for pencils and pastels but also enjoys making collages from old magazines. She has co-designed the Homeopathic Tarot Deck and feels that being creative is necessary for the well being of all.
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Susan Flockhart I’m a part time artist, living in Twickenham and working mostly with watercolours and ink. I take much inspiration from nature and love to paint different weather conditions. My artistic style is slightly whimsical and owes a lot to a childhood spent poring over illustrated children’s books, long past bedtime.
Website:    www.susanflockhart.com
Instagram:  instagram.com/susie.flo/
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Jo Franks I use bold colours and play with textures in 3 d mixed media pieces that incorporate beach combining finds, to make semi abstract bespoke pieces, as well as bold, beautiful brush pieces for sale as original, cards, mugs and prints. I find a peace at the coast, it’s my therapy, happy place so I hope to being that mood into my pieces so that people can be transported to a beach or coastal memory from anywhere in the world as they reflect on memories of the beach holidays.
I am also inspired by the natural world around us, love to create animals. I love exploring their personalities that are as individual as humans.
If you have a commission idea, or would like to know more about purchasing affordable art for everyone, whether home or office, a special gift for a loved one or why not treat yourself, please check out my shop at www.jolocalityart.com or redbubble link
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Jill Goodchild Since 2003, Jill Goodchild has been exhibiting very successfully every year with surreyopenstudios.org.uk. She is also a member of Leatherhead Art Club and Dorking Group of Artists with whom she exhibits twice yearly and has a number of paintings showing in three local galleries. Her chosen medium is oil for its colour and texture, but she also enjoys the drama of charcoal and the beauty of pastel. Subjects are very varied, ranging from landscapes to vibrant semi-abstracts.
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Anna Grayson Anna Grayson is a geologist by training and worked most of her career as a science writer and broadcaster, living initially in Hampton Hill near the Longford River. She was a regular voice on Radios 4 and 5 and also presented programmes for BBC2 television. Ten years ago she took early retirement and spent a year at art school as a treat. This move was more successful than anyone bargained for and a year later she had her first piece hung in the Royal Academy, and had become a regular contributor to the South West Academy. Her success was repeated in 2018 with two pieces in Grayson Perry’s famous yellow room in the RA Summer Exhibition, and last year she had another piece hung in what became the “winter” exhibition due to covid. She exhibits regularly in commercial galleries in the South West and last year had a major solo show in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. She now lives in Devon with her husband (also an artist) and a large tabby cat.
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Katy Grubb Katy Charlotte Grubb has been drawing under the name ‘KatScratch’ since 2015. After not drawing since early childhood, Katy was inspired by seeing a film called ‘The Violent Kind’ (2009) by The Butcher Brothers, and taught herself to draw photo-realistically by copying the film stills. Katy works primarily with coloured pencils on Arches Aquarelle Rag paper.
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Miranda Halsby, R.B.A Miranda Halsby is a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and her work features in international private collections. Miranda̛̛s work reflects her life and interests and she has studios in Dorset and in the Languedoc, France, where she spends about three months each year. She likes to work in series and is very interested in people, particularly busy groups doing things they enjoy.
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Louis Hellman B.Arch,Hon Doc , MBE Louis Hellman has been publishing cartoons since 1967, known as “the summer of love”, initially in architecture and planning magazines such as the Architect’s Journal, the Architectural Review, Building Design and then in more general publications, including national newspapers and magazines.
Originally from Islington in London, he studied architecture at UCL and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. He has exhibited in Barcelona, Sir John Soane’s Museum. London, the Royal Academy, the NEC BIrmingham, the Architectural Association, the RIBA and elsewhere. He has lectured extensively in the UK, Australia and the USA. He received an MBE for services to designing for disabled people, and an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University. He has published five books on cartoons and architecture.
Website: https://www.louishellman.co.uk/
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Melanie Honebone Melanie Honebone is a Wales-based fine artist. She often works in series; constantly shifting between deconstruction and reconstruction of uncanny 3D forms in an anarchistic melding of artistic disciplines.
As the work evolves, photographs and drawings of her fantastical creations eventually become more important than the sculptural works themselves. The materials of which are inevitably broken down and reused to form the next in the series.
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Marie Hortin Marie Hortin finds inspiration in the textures, patterns, and colours of her surroundings. She works from her home in the Eden Valley, Cumbria where she settled four years ago. Marie creates artworks in weave, stitch, felt, and paper to explore structures and lasting connections. For Habitats and Heritage, Marie is exploring the meditative and rhythmic qualities of woven drawings and paper collages whilst reflecting on the theme of ‘Togetherness’. .
Alongside making art, Marie is studying for an MSc in Art Psychotherapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. This follows many years in teaching and leadership. .
Her work is exhibited locally and regionally. .
Instagram @mariehortin.
Email: marie.hortin@gmail.co
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Jo Hudson Working with Collage and Mixed Media, I create offbeat, surreal and strange artworks, often with a dash of humour.
Influenced by Pop Art, Surrealism and Graphic Design.
You can find me on Instagram – @jo_collage
Facebook – Jo Collage
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Phoenix Hughes Phoenix Hughes is a Childrens’ author, illustrator & artist, living in her birth city of Aberdeen, Bonnie Scotland. As a mum, she created stories & poems to entertain her children, when they were younger. Many years later, finding time on her hands, she then fully illustrated & brought them to life for other to enjoy. She began illustrating at home after reluctantly leaving her much loved designing career of 30 years with the local newspapers. When she is not being arty farty, Phoenix is also a street drummer & can be found banging funky beats & destroying the peace all around the North East of Scotland.
Website: http://getbook.at/FAIRYDUST
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Richard Hyde I’m a visual artist working with photography, installation, the spoken word and technology to explore the human spirit and reconnect us with our natural environment.
Website: https://richardhydeartist.com/
Instagram: @richardthyde
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Samantha Inman Samantha Inman is a Theatrically trained actor, International photographer, self-taught emerging multimedia artist, and a published fiction author. . Samantha found her love of the creative arts at a young age and pursued her dreams to do it all with determination. Her photography can be seen in the occasional festival, exhibition, and has been on the walls of the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece more than once. Her artwork has been on public display for all to see in local locations, international exhibitions and in homes. Samantha’s artwork is a unique contemporary statement about multimedia art. She blends story and emotion into threads that literally hold her pieces together, like the decisions and emotions that take us through the journey of life. She prefers to use smaller pieces as they are more accessible to view and paint. More is always to come and always open to commissions. her portfolio https://www.artshowinternational.com/artists/samantha-inma
Her website is house-of-samantha-inman.squarespace.com
email address inmansami@gmail.com
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Carole Jones My limited formal training has allowed me to go on an exciting new path – enjoying taking risks and trying new techniques. I find inspiration from everything that life has to offer and draw immense satisfaction from trying to translate the feeling, beauty and essence of a scene, object or emotion into colour and texture. My paintings are primarily abstract, mixed media pieces incorporating my passion for texture and colour and often include recycled and found objects.
E: dumayneart@gmail.com
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Jacqueline Jones Jacqueline Jones was born in Wales in 1967. She is a figurative painter and Printmaker. She has exhibited in the Mall Galleries, most notably The Royal Society Of British Artists.
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Geraldine Leal Geraldine Leal studied BA Fine Art: Sculpture at Northbrook College in Worthing, West Sussex, 2007. Her artwork is concerned with climate change and materialism, often set in a dystopian world. https://geraldineleal.artweb.com/
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Steven Ling Steven Ling graduated in July 2000 from The Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College, with a BA (Hons) degree in fine art. His work is essentially formalist with a regard for aesthetic in its basis, and joins the elements of arrangement of from, texture, colour and surface quality. In many of his works the influence of Abstract Expressionism is his starting point , with his own responses and sensitivity shaping the works progress, towards its point of resolution. In June 2001, Steven completed a Year Of The Artist commission to design the planting for three flowerbeds in Jubilee Gardens, Bracknell, Berkshire. He has work in the collections of Frimley Park Hospital, Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Rushmoor Borough Council, and in private collections in the United Kingdom, Australia, Gibraltar, Republic of Ireland and the USA. Steven welcomes commissions and would be delighted to discuss projects for paintings.
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Rakha Madahar Rakha Madahar is a Surface Pattern Designer based in Warwickshire who works under the name desgn.prnt. Her love of patterns came to fruition having completed an online course at a time when she was looking to channel her creativity to fit around her children. Rakha uses her hand-drawn sketches and turns them into digital illustrations and seamless repeat patterns that can be then printed on to different surfaces.
Website: www.desgnprnt.co.uk
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/desgn.prnt/
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/rakha-madahar-desgnprnt
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Diane Marcotte Painting is my attempt to express the joy I find in Nature. Be it a landscape that I find particularly moving or animals that capture my heart. it is all intrinsically beautiful. My goal is to reveal the spirit of Nature so that all may enjoy. In addition to realistic portrayals, I also produce abstract and semi-abstract paintings that also relate to Nature. I am open to experimenting with multiple mediums which is a wonderful way to get the creative juices flowing! My preferred painting mediums are watercolour and coloured pencil – watercolour for its unpredictable nature that makes it an exciting and expressive medium, coloured pencil for their versatility and ease of application. I also do collages using hand-painted papers. I regularly exhibit my work locally and have taught courses and workshops in the recent past.
I live in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and my website is www.dianemarcotte.com. My art can be found in private collections in Canada, the United States and England.
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David Nash RA David Nash’s work has been included in numerous international key group exhibitions since 1970. He has held solo shows on an annual basis throughout the world. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1999, the same year in which he was appointed a Research Fellow, University of Northumbria, Newcastle and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Art & Design by Kingston University.
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Diana Nicholls Diana Nicholls is a self-taught Richmond based artist with a great passion for abstract art and a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Her artwork is the soul-searching journey, the way to express her emotions, thoughts, dreams, joy or fears, the way to escape and feel free.
Diana equally enjoys painting on big canvases with a preference to acrylic mediums or just drawing on white or black paper with a black ink or metallic pen. Since 2015 Diana has been a member of the Art & Soul group and her artworks have been exhibited in various Art & Soul local exhibitions.
Diana’s artworks can be viewed at
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Farina Noorani Farina Noorani creates art under the name ‘Beyond Images Studio’ which is all about her passion for art, architecture and photography. . Inspired by architectural spaces and features, Farina aims to document and preserve the grandeur and memory of historical sites and fascinating architectural landmarks through her artwork. She works with mixed media and freehand sketches, and juxtapose them with original photographs to create one composite images. To her, working on an architectural subject provides a captivating energy, and however freely the watercolours flow and how dramatic the perspectives are, the presence of an underlying geometry and logic always seems to follow, binding them altogether as one. .She lives in Milton Keynes and is a resident artist at the Westbury Arts Centre. . Contact Details: .Website: www.beyondimagesstudio.co.uk.Instagram: @beyond.images.studio.Facebook: Beyond Images Studio
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Patricia O’Keefe After retiring as a primary school teacher I have concentrated on my love of art and have managed to get my art into a gallery in Glasgow and recently shown in the biggest exhibition in Scotland (outspoken arts big art show) I paint using acrylics and oil pastels with gold leaf detail. I like to represent the female face on a natural background, which I hope expresses an inner strength in women and their connection to Mother Nature. They both help growth and unity to develop and give strength and courage when needed. I also paint angels in an abstract form, again I hope this presents as a connection that we never lose with our loved ones and a feeling of love and protection all around us.
I share work on my social media under @artbytriciaok
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Peggy O’Sheel Born in Brooklyn, NY, Peggy lived in seven countries in Europe and Africa before the age of 21 when she came to London and settled in 1967. Self-taught, she was drawing and painting from an early age. Nature, humour and visual puns provide the substance of much of her work as well as abstracted expressions of ’what we don’t know’. Several of her watercolour illustrations are held by the Bridgeman Art Library and have been published in books. She belongs to the Twickenham Art Circle.
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Geoff Owens Geoff Owens I am a Wirral based artist who has been exhibited in a number of Galleries in the UK along with other exhibitions in America, France and Germany and been included in a book of international artist 2021 all these details are available via my web site geoffowensart.com. .I use a number of mediums from simple pencil, Watercolour , ink and acrylic depending on the subject matter. .The images I have submitted to Habitats & Heritage are both ink and Watercolour . .I am proud to support Habitats and Heritage and look forward to the coming years supporting this worthwhile charity . .Geoff Owens Art .Web site – geoffowensart.com .Face book- Geoff Owens art
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Diana Poliak Diana Poliak BA (Hons.) Fine Art. Studied at Maidstone Art School and West Kent College, University of Greenwich. Diana is a member of The Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum and has had her prints and paintings exhibited in The Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions in London in 2013, 2016 and 2018. Her poems and short stories have been aired on BBC Radio Kent.
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Sarah Quayle I gained a BA Hons in Fine Art in 1986, but after having three daughters and work my life was very busy and painting took a back seat. However, I did find my way back to painting, and I have done work mainly for family and friends. When not working on a specific subject, my paintings usually come from some place in my head which means that style and subject very much depend on my mood and emotions at that moment. I mainly use acrylic, watercolour and ink, and listen to a wide variety of music which also influences how my work evolves
Email: sarahwot@sky.com
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Ian Ritchie, CBE, RA Ian Ritchie, CBE RA, is a renowned British architect, artist and author. His work is influenced by subjects ranging from technology and physics to social concerns, history, landscape and neuroscience. He was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1998.
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Sue Roe Sue is in artist/printmaker living and working in SW London. She is a member of the Printmakers Council, KAOS Kingston Artists Open Studios and Ochre Print Studios. She exhibits regularly including RE International Original Prints, Bankside Gallery 2021, Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries 2022 and Society of Women Artists 2022, Mall Galleries. Sue has received many awards including the Teesside Print (first prize) 2020. Her work is in private and public collections around the world. www.sueroe.com.www.Instagram.com/sueroe1372
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Axel Scheffler Axel Scheffler is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well-loved children’s books. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world. He is a Patron of Habitats & Heritage and has greatly supported environmental and other organisations around his Richmond home. He is well known for his illustrations of children’s books, including The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson. He has also authored and illustrated the Pip and Posy series of books for children.
Website: axelscheffler.com
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Anne Scoggins  After a career in Medical Research, I stopped working in 2020 to pursue a healthier outdoor lifestyle. I signed up as a Volunteer Bushy Park Ranger and spent more time in the garden and on the allotment.
I was inspired by nature and by friends to start painting stones. Initially I started painting scenes inspired by our campervan trips. I then started imitating paintings from some of my favourite artists including Van Gogh, Seurat, Dali and Picasso.
I moved on to paint landscapes on canvas and recently I have been painting animals seen in Bushy Park on leftover bathroom tiles.
Instagram: annescoggins
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Miira Siltavirta I am a middle-aged woman from southern Finland and I discovered the joy of painting only a year ago. I am a self-taught artist without any art education. I paint with watercolours because I love their glow, sensitivity and challenges. My inspiration comes from Finnish Nature. I spend a lot of time outdoors walking and hunting with our dogs, enjoying fresh air, beautiful scenery and discovering amazing things that only nature can provide us.
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Kate Simkins I am an artist, illustrator and printmaker from Twickenham. My work is quite diverse, reflecting the variety of life. There is always something new to try. I love the physicality of producing printing plates, rolling on the ink and working up a sweat with a heavy press to leave images on paper. It’s like magic! I exhibit fairly regularly with the Wednesday printmakers and also have a successful greetings card business.
Website: katescards.com
IG: c.simkins2019
Email: c.simkins@sky.com
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Mark Slowey Mr Mark Slowey (Artofslowey) I have always had an interest in art. Though never any formal training. I’ve helped and organised numerous large art exhibitions for others and in aid of charities close to my heart. Yet never entertained the idea of myself as a serious ‘Artist’. I’m always too busy doodling away in the background. It was the pandemic and lockdowns that probably made me reevaluate, reassess and progress my own little works. Push it to the forefront of my mind, realise and progress My own work. compulsion, obsession. My Art. The pandemic seemed highlight even more vividly my own reason for my compulsive production of doodles and artwork. From the fear of a new virus, wars, political and corporate corruption, mental and physical illness, global warning, poverty, hate, and racism. It just feels like a constant attack on the psyche and soul, all a bit too much. With my artwork being my own little antidote and escape. A little bit of escape and no worries fun where the mind is free to wander. www.Artofslowey.co.uk @artofslowey on all social medias
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Karen Smith I studied Textiles and Graphics at college and am currently Artist in Residence at The Lychgate Studio, St Clement Church, St Clement, Truro, Cornwall TR1 1SZ www.artbykarensmith.com www.facebook.com/karensmithartistinresidenceatstclement www.instagram.com/karen.smith.artist https://twitter.com/KarenSmitharts
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Chez Smith I’m chez 50 yr old wife mother nana . From n.r.Lincs.
Retired due to ill health and mental health . So last year I picked up a pencil a started to mess around I’m no artist. I just mess about with drawing watercolour and acrylic paint. Ect. I have a Facebook group
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Susan Spencer Hayter, BA Hons Fine Art Painting, BSc Hons Botany & Zoology
A London painter and printmaker, graduating in Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon School of Art in 2006, but having worked and studied, previously, as a biologist and in education. Current practice combines a passion for the natural world and environmental issues, with artistic concerns, exploring the boundaries between the two.
Exhibiting both here and abroad, works are currently held in both British and international, public and private collections.
The drawings, ‘Tree Talk’ and ‘Tree Talk i’ were both created for the 2022 Habitats & Heritage Secret Art Sale Exhibition ‘Togetherness’ . They are reflections upon the vital role green corridors of trees play in our current climate crisis: not only all the associated environmental benefits , such as releasing oxygen, absorbing carbon and pollution, offering cooling shade and moisture but also unseen, below ground, where interlinking roots support vital ecosystems and stabilise the soil.
Website: http://susanspencerhayter.co.uk/
Mob: 07976653576
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Alan Stanton RA Alan Stanton has been Vice President of the Architectural Association Council, and a member of CABE design review panel and the RIBA Awards Committee. He was elected a Royal Designer for Industry in 2005 and is currently a Trustee of Open City. Project of the Stanton Williams architectural practice include the London 2012 Paralympic Games Eton Manor venue.
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Jan Stevens, NAPA Jan Stevens is a contemporary abstract artist and member of National Acrylic Painters Association. Jan has paintings in private collections in London and Europe
She has exhibited at Royal Watercolour Society Open at Bankside Gallery, NAPA Summer Show at Oxmarket Gallery Chichester and Mariners Gallery St Ives, Water Street Gallery Todmorden, Orleans Gallery, The Bowman Gallery Richmond
Jan in Conversation
‘Togetherness is a wonderful theme this year inspiring us to appreciate wildlife and nature’s green habitats. My art is inspired by a love of golf, coastal landscapes, a quality-loving creative mother and an engineering fun father. Cornish raised, state-degree-educated, global business wise and South West London living all fuse to celebrate my creativity. As I continue enjoying my life, I find painting to be very freeing, momentary and healthy. Seeing my art on the wall, makes me smile and remember a time well spent
My abstract art is fluid like water. I use water based paints and prefer acrylics for their range of consistency. I love gestural brush marks to create movement. A depth and floating sensation is made through solid calm and restful shapes. I hope my art grows more togetherness, gratitude and wellbeing
@janstevensart on social media sites
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Anne Swankie Anne Swankie was born in London and has lived there most of her life. She currently lives and works in Richmond but travels widely to seek inspiration.
Her works have sold to collectors around the world. These range from private individuals to commercial collections and historic buildings and private clubs. She has won several awards and has featured in The Artist magazine.
She says “I have always been fascinated by people in everyday situations going about their daily lives. I like to observe people unselfconsciously interacting with each other, perhaps having a drink or a meal or just walking along the street. My obsession with umbrellas shows no sign of abating. There is something about the shape which works well in a composition and I enjoy the way that watery reflections pick up light on the pavement. Whenever it rains, I dash out with my camera – I get quite anxious if there is a long dry spell!”
Anne is represented by John Iddon Fine Art and her work can be seen at various fairs. Just get in touch for information about current exhibitions.
Website: http://anneswankie.com/
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John Swanson I draw whatever catches my attention, but favourites are scenes from the area where I live (Twickenham, Isleworth, Richmond and The Thames), sculptures in London’s great museums, and people. During lockdown, when drawing anywhere outside the home became impossible, I began illustrating favourite stories and books from imagination.
@johnswanson2012 is my Instagram site, where I share the fullest range of my work, but I also have a website at www.johnswanson.co.uk
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Guy Taylor Hello! I am Bosscuts (Guy Taylor), an artist specialising in handmade collages that concentrate on themes of escape, loss and dreams. My pictures are made using books from charity and second hand book shops. I like to use second hand books as I am very climate change aware, and think recycling is very important within this type of artwork. Recently I was approached by the music label ‘Athens of The North’ to use one of my images on a vinyl/cd release and this will be out this summer. To see more of the collages as well as some paintings, make sure to check out my instagram, @bosscuts1
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Clare Tebboth Clare Tebboth
Working in predominatly in oils and watercolours. Carefully observed still life and atmospheric land and seascapes provide endless fascination for the Buckinghamshire artist and teacher.
Clare has exhibited with the Royal Watercolour society in their Open exhibition at the Bankside Gallery and at the Green and Stone Gallery, Chelsea and was shortlisted for the Royal Institute of Watercolour exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
Clare loves the creative process and is constantly inspired by the world around her.  She says that when she starts a painting it is a feeling of that moment that she is trying to capture on canvas, whether that be in the case of a still life – a fixed moment in time, the intention behind the scene; or for landscapes, the weather, light conditions and mood. She enjoys the challenge of recreating a special moment hoping her paintings begin to tell their own story.
Commissions welcome.
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Jill Temporal Jill Temporal is a contemporary British Visual Artist who works predominately in Acrylic & watercolour paints. Jill is inspired by a connection to the natural world around her paying homage to the engaging beauty and wonder of colour within nature. She works out of her Rural studio located in her native home town of Tickhill in Doncaster South Yorkshire.
Website: photos-art.co.uk
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Vicky Thompson Vicky Thompson is a part time mature student studying Foundation Drawing with the Open College of Arts. Juggling working full time as an IT Systems Process Analyst and chasing her creative passion through distance learning, she is continually covered in paint, glue and a whole host of other art materials as she finds her artistic voice. Although she has yet to settle for a particular style or medium, her work will always have a strong focus on texture and colour.
Instagram: @vikzistix_art
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vikzistix
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Garry Vaux Garry is an award winning illustrator and designer and has been a freelance illustrator for the past 8 years working on a variety of projects including 20 children’s picture books. Living in the south for the past 25 years Garry is originally from York and he also volunteers at Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead. Garry is always open for commissions 🙂
email: garryvaux@gmail.com
Paul Ward I am an artist working in the new realism movement working in nature to reflect its beauty. Email wardpaul1976@gmail.com
Instagram @wardpaulart76
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Alison Wilding RA Alison Wilding RA is best known for her abstract sculptures, which embrace a wide range of materials and processes, on all scales from the handheld to the almost-monumental. She has shown extensively throughout the UK and abroad and has been acquired into major public collections in the UK. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988 and 1992 and was elected to the RA in 1999. Awards include a Henry Moore fellowship at the British School at Rome (1998) Joanna Drew Travel Bursary (2007), Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award (2008) and Bryan Robertson Award (2012).
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Sue Wilks Sue studied illustration at Manchester School of Art and went on to have a successful career as a Magazine Designer & Art Director designing Women’s Fashion and beauty magazines. Sue was born in Lancashire, but now lives in Richmond. She enjoys crafting and loves creating scenes of the countryside, which nearly always feature a sheep or two.!.Email: suewilks22@gmail.com
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Helen Williams Helen Williams. Helen is an intuitive Artist that through the layering of colour and form investigates her own connections of a life long passion for the natural world. Feeling within, through and beyond to the ancient ways and modern concepts to what helps her make sense and gives balance to the world in her view. Shared through serene yet energetic images that offer a space to rest a busy mind.
Website @helenzart2021.com, e-mail helen.williams84@yahoo.co.uk.
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Janet Wolchover


Janet lives in Richmond upon Thames and has been a printmaker for many years mainly producing etchings. She is now concentrating on watercolour paIntings which are in a similar style – she is interested in Eastern art and natural subjects.
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Nicola Woods Nicola Woods is a self taught artist from Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Living in such beautiful countryside inspires much of her art and craft pieces. Working with different media types such as acrylic, watercolour and ink for her art pieces, she also produces craft items from clay, recycled materials and fabric.
Facebook @woodsartcrafts
Email nicolawoods2@gmail.com
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Chantell van Wyk Chantell van Wyk is a South African-born artist living in the West Sussex, who’s been painting for over 20 years. She paints in oils and watercolours and her artwork has the power to transport you into a world of beautiful landscapes and botanicals, Inspired by the nature. She has a great passion for the environment and has pledged to plant a tree for every painting sold via the “one tree planted” initiative.
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All artists generously contributing to the Secret Art Sale Jennifer Abri; Norman Ackroyd CBE RA; Kate Aldous; Tracey Allen; Caroline Areskog Jones; Diana Armfield RA RWS NEAC; Peter Babb; Stacey Bagley; Gemma Bailey; Terezia Ballayova; Anne Bardsley; Joanna Barker; Alison Barker; Tony Barrell; Francesca Batt; Katie Beardsley; Tania Beaumont; Christopher Bennett; Gill Berryman; Judith Bibby; Christine Bintcliffe; Angela Birchall; Victoria Blacker; Annabel Bloxham; Farah Bokhari; Caroline Borland; Guy Bosscuts; Nick Bridson Baker; Helen Alexander Bristow; Amy Brocklehurst; Tim Brookes; Virginia Bruno; Gordon Buchanan MBE; Cathryn Bull; Tina Bullen; Lily Callway; JuliaCamden; Lee Campbell; Lesley Cartwright; Cinzia Castellano; Lisa Cee; Liz Chaderton; Dapinder Chahal; Christie Cittern; Florence Clifford; Emma Clifford; Avril Coelho; Austin Cole RBA ASGFA; Amanda Helen Collings; Walter Conqoy; Cathy Cooper; Gabriela Costache; Bridget Cousins; Kathryn Coyle; Joanna Crawford; Caroline Davis; Andi Dawson; Sally Deegan; Sarah Gabrielle Dixon; Kathleen Dowling; Kenneth Draper RA; Anna Dyson; Judy Dyson; Emmely Elgersma; Liz Ellis; Catherine Evans; Tracy Ferriss; Stephen Fielding; Rod Fletcher; SusanFlockhart; Susan Flockhart; Rah Flynn; Tricia Ford Evans; Sue Forster; Fiona Forth; JoFranks; Janet French; Jayne Gale; Rosalie & Lily Gardiner (Callway); Kirsty Garner; Curt Gaudon; SusanGibbons; Denise Godfrey; Jill Goodchild; Sue Goulding; Stephen Graham; Anna Grayson; Julija Greaves; Julie Grimes; Katy Charlotte Grubb; Miranda Halsby R.B.A.; Anita Hanley; Carol Harris; Imogen Hartridge; Louis Hellman B.Arch,Hon Doc , MBE; Melanie Honebone; Marie Hortin; Caroline Houchell; Graham House; Fran Howard; Jo Hudson; Phoenix Hughes; Sarah Hutchinson; Richard Hyde; Samantha Inman; Cara Jackson; Edward Jackson; Stephen James; Christopher Johns; Carole Jones; Jack Jones; Jacqueline Jones; Joyce Joy; Stevie Kemp; Sheelagh Kerr; Rayna King; Julia Kiss; Susanne Laughton; Alex Leadbeater; Geraldine Leal; Rhi Lee; Felia Lim; Antoinette Line; Steven Ling; Paula Little; Annabelle Losa; Lauren Macdougall; Lorna Mackay; Clare Mackie; Rakha Madahar; Stella Mance; Diane Marcotte; Sasa Marinkov; Sue Mason; Russell Mcconkey; Alastair McDougall; Claire McGinley; Ellis McIntyre Rose; Jane McKeown; Graeme McNay; Mesh ; Shal Mines; Ernesto Montoya; Fiona Morris; Tina Morris; David Nash OBE RA; Jo Need; Janine Newby-Robson; Penny Nichol; Carolyn Nicholls; Diana Nicholls; Diana Nichols; Farina Noorani; Patricia O’Keefe; Peggy O’Sheel; Geoff Owens; Les Palin; Barbara Parry; Tom Pearce; Chloe Penson; Dan Peterson; Siân Pile; Diana Poliak BA (hons); Delphine Pope; Cindy Powell; Val Price-Davies; Pauline Prowse; Stephen Puri Atkinson; Sarah Quayle; Moon Rice; Victoria Riley; Ian Ritchie CBE RA; Marissa Roberts; George Roberts; F J Robinson; Sue Roe; Mary Rouncefield; Cecilia Rouncefield; Judith Russenberger; Axel Scheffler; Adelie Scheffler; Luca Scholes; Anne Scoggins; Elizabeth Sen; Christopher Sercombe; Khilna Shah; Ian Shillaker; Kerry Sides; Miira Siltavirta; Caroline Silver; Berny Simcox; Kate Simkins; Mark Slowey; Lucy Smale; Karen Smith; Cherylee Smith; Maria Spanswick; Susan Spencer Hayter; Alan Stanton RA; Jan Stevens; May Summers – Perkins; Achuth Surendran; Anne Swankie; John Swanson; Miyu Tang; Clare Tebboth; Jill Temporal; Carol Thomas; Mike Thompson; Victoria Thompson; Dan Thompson; Lorraine Thorpe; Jo Towned; SusanTunnicliffe; Lyn Tyler; Hannah Ulliott; Chantell Van Wyk; Mandy Van Zyl; Garry Vaux; Jane Wachman; Pam Wakefield; Rowan Walker A.T.D.; Ann Wallace; Lorna Wallis; Pippa Ward; Paul Ward; Kiran Welford; Jaqui Wells; Christopher Weymouth; Amanda Whittington-Walsh; Breda Whyte; Alison Wilding RA; Sue Wilkins; Alex Wilks; Sioned Williams; Helen Williams; David Wills; Eveline Winstanley; Janet Wolchover; Nicole Woods; Nicola Woods; Ally Wragg; Chantelle van Wyk; Karen Youngs;
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