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Participating artists

Barry Gowers

Barry Gowers

Barry lives in Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, where he has built himself a printmaking studio in his outbuildings.
Taking inspiration from printmaking tuition at West Herts College, he has become an enthusiast for a particular type of printmaking called solar plate etching.
This allows printing plates to be made from any starting point, from a photograph to a sketch or even real objects such as feathers and foliage. The plates are exposed to bright light such as the sun, and developed in pure water, so it is an eco-friendly process.

Barry was encouraged by his friends to enter a print for the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, a chance to be seen among the top artists of the day. As someone who has only been able to be a full-time hobby artist for a few years this approbation from fellow artist was a great pinnacle of achievement. His submission featured in the exhibition and sold out.

BECKY GOUVERNEUR

BECKY GOUVERNEUR

Becky was brought up in rural Buckinghamshire and has a love of all things furry. Her large scale, highly realistic, quirky charcoal drawings often with a stark white background, show a clear influence from her former career as a professional photographer. She tries her very best to juggle creating artwork around looking after her two young children at her home in Winslow and most of the time manages it without any disastrous consequences!
Although the majority of her work is commission based, creating work for exhibition gives her cause to explore her local area with her camera, meet new people and have fun all under the vague guise of it being "work"!
Her vast and varied career includes eight years as a professional photographer, five years as a police officer, two years living abroad in the Netherlands where she married and acquired her unpronounceable surname, then she retrained as an art teacher and worked in several schools across Bucks.
CLAIRE WATSON

CLAIRE WATSON

Claire has cosen to create a visual archive of British rare breed farm animals for the public as a record and to encourage action in conserving them. To enforce the beauty and importance of rare breeds, the animals have been presented in the style of formal fine art portraiture, reminiscent of historical paintings. Using the power of personification, the photographs persuade the viewer to see these animals as individuals with personalities.
Claire also photographs a wide range of other animals from pets to wildlife. She is based in Northamptonshire and is comfortable working with a range of animals from having grown up in the countryside on a working farm and constantly surrounded by pets, farm animals and local wildlife. Anthropomorphism is also a centre concern of her work, where she tries to portray human emotions or ideas in her animal portraits.
HILARY AUDUS

HILARY AUDUS

Hilary specialises in animal sculptures and has an especial love of birds. All her pieces are built using the traditional coil technique in stoneware clay. In some of her pieces she uses the technique of scriffiito - drawing directly into the slip before the first firing. She then paints coloured glazes into the drawn line before firing the piece for a second time.
For most of her career she has been employed in the Animation industry, eventually working her way up through business to the post of Director. She was an animator and boarder on "The Snowman" and co-wrote "The Snowman and The Snowdog". Her film work has won several major International Awards, including BAFTA.
JAMES DOUGALL

JAMES DOUGALL

James Dougall is a multi-award winning silversmith whose innovative approach bridges the gap between C21st design sensibilities and the traditional craft techniques he uses to produce his work.
Unafraid to take risks, he seamlessly utilises other materials with silver to extra- ordinary effect; leather, wood, glass, fish skin, even brick and marble are employed to create a unique synthesis and design vocabulary.
Each piece is the cumulative outcome of a long process of engagement which the designer hopes will add to the rich canon that is the silversmith's art.

KATHRYN ACTON

KATHRYN ACTON

Kathryn specialises in screenprints and linoprints. She takes inspiration from
nature, British landscapes and her travels
to Western USA, China, Greece and elsewhere and likes to abstract shapes and colours to create her distinctive prints.

Kathryn taught for many years and during her teaching career discovered with her students the joys and unexpected and surprising results of the printing process.

LAURA BOSWELL

LAURA BOSWELL

Laura's primary interest in creating
prints is to work with shape and colour.
Her subject matter is the rural landscape around her and, while she makes observational drawings and photographs in the landscape, the design drawings that result in prints are very much her own creation in the studio.

She aims to evoke a sense of place that is less about geography and
more about mood and her chief ambition is to provide enough space and ambiguity for the viewer to make the landscape their own.

Marian Carter

Marian Carter

Marian Carter is a designer and artist who graduated from Middlesex University in the early 1980s. She has worked on her own and for a number of companies in a range of areas such as book illustration, card design and, recently, printmaking.

She lives on the edge of the Chiltern Hills and uses a number of different methods to produce original prints. These include etching, drypoint, monoprinting, screen printing and reduction lino printing. Her inspiration comes from various sources but especially from the natural world where she finds reduction lino a good method for portraying feather and fur.

MARIE SHEPHERD

MARIE SHEPHERD

Marie Shepherd has always been fascinated with forms and movement and this reflects so well in her sculptures. She likes to explore various facets of sculpture from the sensitivity and dynamism of the human form to humour in animals or the pleasing shape of fruits.

She draws a lot of her inspiration from the wildlife around her.

Her favourite material is plaster but she also works in clay, wax and her sculptures are then cast in either bronze or bronze resin. The sculpture takes form and evolves as it is created. The final creation is a moment captured.

Originally from Brittany, Marie lives with her family in Oxfordshire where she pursues her passion for sculpture. Her work has been exhibited and selling in the UK and abroad since 2007. She is an active member of the Oxford Sculptors Group and regularly takes part in exhibitions around the country. Her works can be found in collections in the UK, on the Continent, the US and in NZ.

MARTYN BURDON

MARTYN BURDON

Martyn lives and works in Swanbourne in Buckinghamshire
As an artist, Martyn is mostly focused on calm and reflective portraiture, but his practise also covers a diverse range of subject mater. His work is gentle, figurative and naturalistic, with a strong importance placed on both emotional insight and draughtsmanship.
Martyn has developed a distinctive intricate style that is soft and delicate, and rewards repeated viewing. He works mostly in either paint or pencil.
His painting of the musician and actor Matt Berry was shortlisted for the 2017 BP Portrait Award, and was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
His work has been selected for the National Open Art Prize in 2016 and in 2017. He has also been shortlisted for the ‘Artist and Illustrator Magazine’ 2018 Artist of the Year Award. The nominated painting was exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London.
His work is regularly exhibited in London, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
PAUL ACTON

PAUL ACTON

Paul carves mainly abstract, semi-abstract and occasionally figurative pieces in a range of stone types including limestone, sandstone, soapstone and alabaster. He enjoys the act of carving, the ring of the stone, the feel and even the distinctive smell of different types of stone. It is a totally engrossing activity - even meditative.

He loves stone and is endlessly fascinated by the challenge of carving it and revealing
the hidden qualities of this hard old material that was created millions of years ago and will long outlast us.

R & B CERAMICS

Richard started his artist career at Bradford College of Art, where he studied as an Interior Designer prior to starting work as such for Samuel Smiths Brewery in Tadcaster. He returned to university at Bretton Hall to retrain as a teacher. His first teaching job he was put in charge of a ceramics department and so started a lifetime love affair with the material. In 2003 he left full time teaching and returned to university to complete a degree in glass and ceramics at Buckinghamshire University.
Carol trained as a nurse after an education in England, USA and Germany. Her interest in clay started at an evening Access to Art and Design course and developed into a love of making - both on the wheel and hand building.
Carol and Richard began a working partnership around 2010. The resulting ceramic art is a fusion of both their skills, contributing to each others work and creating new work together. Their ceramics are as varied as the British climate - work being both sculptural and functional, life size to miniature, Raku to High fired porcelain.
TOM SHEPHERD

TOM SHEPHERD

Tom's paintings are a way for him to explore the wonder of the world around him, everything from exotic wildlife and the intrigue of places and people far from home, to simply the shadows cast across a sunlit street right outside his front door. What fascinates him most is the way light brings a subject to life.

Tom was born in Leamington Spa in 1985 and always had a real interest in painting and drawing. After a slight deviation from the world of creativity for a few years, in 2010 he found himself working freelance creating custom artwork for guitars and other musical instruments.

In 2011 he made a move towards fine art painting, studying as an apprentice in a working artist's studio. Since then he has exhibited work at various venues around the UK. The spring of 2014 saw him move into his own studio space on the edge of the Cotswolds which is where he creates the majority of his work.

Zaza Shelley

Zaza Shelley

Zaza Shelley is a British wildlife artist and she works primarily in ink and watercolour. Her style is loose because she paints most of her images directly from life. When she's not in her studio, she is out on walks or on farms painting the animals she comes across. Zaza has spent some time in South Africa too and occasionally goes to British safari parks to get a 'refresher' on particular animals for studies or commissions.
Zaza studied History of Art at St Andrews University and then went on to teach Art and Art History in a boys’ independent school. She then went on to lecture the collection at the National Gallery, London. After a few years there, she moved to Scotland where she worked (a very little) for Sotheby’s and started to paint again before coming back home to Worcestershire to paint full time.