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Ann Baber

My inspiration comes from the world around me, in particular nature with all its wonderful colours, shapes, textures, majesty and beauty. I do not have a style because I am a very experimental painter always looking for a different way of expressing a subject.  I consider myself a very fortunate person being in a position to "live the dream" even if, from time to time, I do find myself covered in paint.

Sarah Ball

Draftsmanship is key to who I am and what I create. I feel it is important to introduce the factor of the hand. It gives our images identity, like that of handwriting. Through seeing it we are then able to consider it and then understand it.

Shape captivates me. I look intensely and wait my judgement upon my piece of paper until I am ready to "expect the unexpected". The shape of the object makes me determine the line quality. Judgements are passed with the intermingled sense of how I am feeling about what I have created. Sometimes it frustrates me, other times I feel overjoyed. This up and down rush from a few brush-strokes. I feel I am living it. It absorbs me until I am done.

Jenny Barron

Born in the West Country to a horticulturalist Cornish father and an art loving Russian mother. Jenny grew up in East Africa and later The Isles of Scilly and Somerset. She studied textile design at The Central School of Art in London and then worked designing textiles and wallpapers, with Chelsea Textile Designs. In 1988 a series of paintings of rare Magnolias submitted to the RHS and won a Silver Gilt medal and led to a first solo show of paintings.

Since then I have exhibited every year in my house in Watchet, sometimes as part of the Somerset Arts Weeks and also in galleries here and there in the UK.

Rachael Bennett

British artist Rachael Bennett born in 1956 grew up in Hampshire and attended Winchester School of Art, she then went to Liverpool University to complete her first degree. She then moved to London where by the age of 22 she was running a successful textile design business. Bennett, using her experience with a wide range of art making materials produces evocative, powerful descriptions of liminal space, mostly in the form of land and seascapes. Her interest is in the integration of the materials used and a story to be told. Her process and philosophy is bold, informed by the bold life/work decisions she has always been able to make. She has professional representation and continues to exhibit widely.

Martin Bentham RWA

Martin Bentham has been a full-time professional artist since graduating from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1985.

Primarily a figurative painter, Martin prefers to work directly from his subjects, which are mostly derived from the people and landscape of the Mendip Hills, where he lives.

Mike Bernard RI

Born in Kent in 1957 award winning Mike Bernard trained at the West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, followed by postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools. Since then he has exhibited widely in London and the provinces. The artist was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1997. He moved to Devon in 2008 where he has been inspired by the amazing light.

Mike Bernard enjoys experimenting with media and techniques, often using mixed media incorporating collage and acrylics. Mike has used paper collage for several years and has developed a highly original and appealing style of his own.

Colin Brown

After a 4-year course at Canterbury College Of Art, I have 26 years experience as an artist based in the South West. Working for design and advertising companies in the UK and Europe, then later to go into publishing.

I have produced art work for companies that include Hasbro/ illustrating Transformer packaging, Mattel/ Barbie, Saga, Corgi Toys, Kraft, Audi, Burtons Biscuits, St Ivel, Castrol Marine, Cuprinol, Dawes Bikes as well as Guinness Book Of Records.

Marie Burke

I am drawn to the effortless beauty of the natural world and fascinated by the ease of its structures, the complex twists and turns that can be missed in the blink of an eye. They bring to mind the sinuous, asymmetrical curves of Art Nouveau. By portraying my botanical subjects larger than life, I like to draw attention to the flow of creation that surrounds us as a reaction to the complicated world that we construct for ourselves.

My paintings are botanically accurate, this is very important as it is a passing of time over which I have complete control in an otherwise chaotic and unpredictable world. In executing my work, I introduce periods of stillness into my daily life which allows me the space for reflection. When people see my work, I would like them to be able to experience this momentary suspension from reality and tap into a little of the awe and wonder that the natural world offers.

Leo Davey

Leo studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art where he specialised in children’s picture books.

He now lives and works in his home town of Minehead in West Somerset where he has a studio/Gallery.

Tooth brushes, paint brushes, dip pens, pencils and inks all feature in the creation of his watercolours. Working from a combination of sketches and photographs, Leo punctuates his realistic depictions with stylized pattern and a distinctive language of marks and colour.

Leo chooses his subjects from a growing collection of photos that he takes when out and about and on his travels to Thailand, Mexico, the Red Sea, Spain, Portugal and elsewhere.

Leo has won the “Evolver Prize”, has been a prize winner at the A303, Milfield and Ilminster open exhibitions. He has shown at the RWA and had paintings in “The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2012” and the “Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour” at London’s Mall Galleries.

Maria Ellis

I am passionate about painting and drawing. Art is my passion and has always been inspired by colour. Having discovered the true magic of drawing and realising my talent which my late father instilled in me, there was nothing more I preferred to do as a child than create my own masterpieces on homemade sketch pads which my father made from paper off cuts from his technical drawings.

I studied a three year degree course on Graphic Design at Gloucester College of Art I went on to work in publicity and advertising as a Visualiser.

While having a family I worked from home as a freelance illustrator. Designed and made up Macrame Owl Kits, selling at craft fairs and to the RSPB. I illustrated a small Cookery Book for what was then Jordans Wholefoods. Designed, edited and had printed magazines, 40+ pages for many years for FPSC (Frensham Pond Sailing Club) and owned and ran a Children’s Boutique and toy shop for 12 years in the beautiful Hampshire village of Odiham.

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