Agita Keiri was born in Latvia, where she attended J.Rozentala Riga Secondary School of Art (1991-1997) and the Latvian State Academy of Art, Painting department (enrolled 1997, Bachelor's degree 2001, Master's degree in 2003). In 2011 she completed a master class at Angel Art Academy in Florence, Italy. She has participated in exhibitions since 1997.
2009/10 she has shown works at North Carolina's Andrew's Art Museum, Toronto Art Expo, and Art Expo New York.
Her latest paintings were shown in England in the National Portrait Gallery, the Chelsea Art Fair 2011 (Bohemia Galleries), and in Italy at the Chianciano Biennale and Florence Biennale, where she received Jury's Honorable Mention.
Apart from Ron Moody's training many years ago as an engineering draughtsman, he has had no formal art tuition. Although he has always been interested in visual art he didn't start painting until 1995. Early retirement four years later enabled him to devote more time to his 'hobby' which has now developed to the point where he is able to sell his work.
He has discovered a distinctive style of his own that has proved popular over the past few years. His first 'solo' exhibition was Hampshire Open Studios 2005. Since then he has participated in a number of local exhibitions including The Best of Hampshire Artists event held at the Hilliers Arboretum, The Salisbury Playhouse Gallery, Fisherton Mill in Salisbury 2008 and at the Eastleigh Museum in 2009.
His art is not intended to be serious. He uses bright primary colours to create paintings in a quirky, 'tongue-in-cheek' style. His subjects are varied but he mostly enjoys painting architecture, townscapes, harbours and nautical scenes, mainly in watercolour. He also uses acrylics applied thickly with a knife together with mixed media and collage.
Born in Kent, Barry Fry has lived in Hampshire for over 25 years. As an artist, he not only takes his inspiration from the region's wonderful areas of outstanding natural beauty - including the South Downs, New Forest, local rivers and the Solent, but also from his travels to Dorset, Cornwall and abroad - particularly in France and Italy.
Barry is a self-taught artist who has been painting for eight years. In this respect, his journey as an artist is very much still evolving. Although his early paintings were done in watercolour, the more recent move to acrylics has also changed the dynamic and freshness of his work. Painting with pallet knives, his journey as an artist is still evolving and he acknowledges that he is still some way from discovering who Barry Fry the artist really is.
He is inspired by many impressionist painters of the past and more recent contemporary artists including Kurt Jackson, Cecil Rice and Fred Cuming. Such inspiration has encouraged a freer, bolder and richer approach to his work. In this respect, he is especially interested in exploring the use of colour and contrasting light so as to evoke strong connections and depth of feeling. Accordingly, his paintings are characterised with what might be called the qualities of impressionistic realism - yet always striving to be faithful to the sense of place.
Rob Huxley is a well know UK based artist, living and working on the South coast, specialising in maritime art. Rob is best known for his wonderfully evocative portrayal of epic Viking raids and battles across the North Sea.
Rob's subjects also include Cornish Wreckers and Smugglers, Galleons, Lighthouses, Waterfalls and U-Boats.
Rob's work has always been heavily influenced by the English artist Turner. "The atmospheric effects of water, air, sun and rain, early morning and evening; the transitional points between night and day are what I hope to capture, related to perceived reality and dreams".
Extract from The World Encyclopedia Of Naive Art - Noel Barker (1924)
Noel Barker was born in Leeds, Yorkshire. After a busy life working for the famous specialist in flower arrangement, Constance Spry, acting as a professional organiser of parties and social events and raising a family, Noel Barker turned to painting in 1976. Then what had started as an instant enthusiasm became a full time activity.
Noel Barker, a self taught "Naive" feels that she has learnt a great deal (from herself) in her first five years as a painter. Her pictures, which have verged on the primitive style, have become steadily more complex, and their humour, which had a simplistic flavour, has developed in both character and wit; the paintwork too has become increasingly precise.
Noel Barker started painting in her 50's and although she has no formal training she has developed a distinctive style of her own, which has proved very popular with the art establishment and the picture buying public.
Noel Barker has exhibited nationally and internationally and her pictures are collected worldwide.
Richard Paulley - Wildlife Artist
Richard is a full time self taught Wildlife Artist working out of Winchester where he is fulfilling his lifelong passion of creating striking artwork from the various fascinating and wonderful creatures with which we share our planet.
Over the year's art and the natural world has been an irresistible combination that has provided countless opportunities for artists to display their skills whilst at the same time producing images which are as diverse and powerful as the subjects they depict. These skills date back to the early cave dwellers and many artists still use nature's vibrant colours and shapes to enhance their work. But for Richard capturing the individual and sometimes unusual characteristics of these animals using pencil is the most rewarding and working with the restrictive pallet of black, greys and white whilst still maintaining the subtle tones and textures is challenging, but when complete provides a dominant feature suitable to take centre stage in any home.
Much of Richard's inspiration is taken from nearby Marwell Wildlife Park where they work incredibly hard on the conservation and protection of numerous endangered species and they house a vast array of rare breeds. With many of these exotic creatures close to extinction in the wild Richard hopes his drawings will help to educate people of their plight and at the same time provide a meaningful reminder of their existence for future generations.
Melanie Brear is a Glastonbury based artist and illustrator of spiritual, visionary and fantasy art. She was born in Bradford, UK in 1970. Melanie comes from a diverse background - and cites some of the many places she has lived as influencing her work, which range from Edinburgh to Exmoor! Her first occupation was as a self-employed picture framer, but later she found her true calling as an artist. Since then she has self-trained and taught herself traditional oil painting techniques.
Her interests are in the esoteric, spirituality, Jungian psychology and healing. Dreams and the hypnagogic state both play a part in facilitating her creative process. Some of her art is inspired by the imagination where she fuses fantastic and mythical elements into a realistic style.
Melanie has taken part in a joint National Trust exhibition at East Riddlesden Hall in West Yorkshire and her most recent solo exhibition was at Glastonbury Galleries, Glastonbury, UK in 2016.
Jasmine Pradissitto is a prize winning, internationally shown artist who originally trained as a painter specialising in life work and portraiture, before using her background in physics to create an innovative form of art in light and plastics, called Quantum Sculptures. Ultimately all her work is based on the observation of the human condition and the world around us. The fracturing of light and colour inherent in the transparency of watercolour, continues to be a major part of her practise. This series of limited edition prints, are from a collection of works, some of which then went on to inspire new sculptures.
Based in South London, she has degrees from Sir John Cass, Goldsmiths College and UCL and has had solo shows in London and Europe, been shortlisted for many prizes including The Celeste Painting Prize and The Threadneedle Figurative prize and won the Master?s International Silver Prize in 2015 for painting. She has pieces in worldwide collections including Tokyo Museum.
'Jasmine Pradissitto's painting opens up a new episode in contemporary art .......
Your portraits have left an indelible impression on me'.....
Thomas Martone, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto. Art Historian specialising in Renaissance Art.
She is currently working on a series of new watercolours based on Japan and will be showing in London with ArtRooms2017 in January.
Genny Goodman is a busy mother of three young boys living in Upham, Hampshire, with three dogs, two ponies, ducks, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and a cat!
Genny studied Fine Art at Southampton University after boarding at Bedales School in Petersfield.
Genny has always painted but it was only after her first son was born that she started painting animals which soon moved on to commissioned animal portraits. Genny works primarily in oils using colour and texture to create energy, passion and emotion in her paintings, which is inspired by the beauty to be found everywhere, especially in animals and the human form.
From childhood, it was clear that Bethany Vere's passion for creativity and love for animals would lead to the start up of her art career in early 2015. After trialling several corporate options, her artistic ambitions took precedence and the motor trade and studying became a distant memory.
After several years of being a self taught 'hobbyist', Bethany made the decision to turn professional and the pencil artwork you see in this catalogue is just a selection of the wonderful drawings she has subsequently made. Her love of animals - and horses in particular - has been a significant factor in the path she has forged for herself in the world of animal portraiture.
In considering each unique subject, Bethany looks for personality, character, expression and movement.
Joanna Dawson trained as a Graphic Designer and illustrator at Portsmouth College of Art. On completing her training, she worked as an in-house designer for the Health Education Service, producing art work and illustrations for a number of departments, many of which are still in circulation.
Following this Joanna worked for a design company based in Portsmouth, she worked for local and national businesses, creating corporate identities as well as illustrating and producing posters and brochures. Her work at this time included designing the advertising literature for HMS Warrior and the costumes for the guides who work on the ship.
Joanna left full time employment to start a family and during this period she worked as a freelance designer and developed her illustration portfolio. In addition, she undertook portrait work, which she produced to commission. She also worked in an art gallery, advising customers on art and sculpture by a range of artists and was also given hanging space for her own work.
Joanna's current work draws inspiration from a broad spectrum, including social media, film and photography. She has a great love of natural history and this is reflected in her current series of animal portraits. She has also taught art in schools and at further education classes to GCSE level.
Her landscapes have an abstract feel and evoke the spirit and emotions inspired by a number of locations she has visited. She enjoys working in a variety of media and mixes traditional gouache, acrylic, watercolour and coloured pencil, together with collage and ballpoint pen and on occasion, tea and coffee!
Stuart Tocher has always been interested in art, having spent much of his time and money visiting art galleries across the UK and the Continent. He prefers land and seascape paintings, particularly the works of old masters such as Claude, Turner and Whistler.
He started painting some time after inheriting his fathers watercolours and brushes, but finding watercolours limiting he changed to oils and has never looked back. It was during this change he was fortunate to get to know the painter Martin Kinnear, who has helped to develop his techniques and Stuart as a painter.
Working on canvas and board, Stuart favours Robert Gamblin artists paints and mediums for their colour consistency. He also enjoys researching and using the techniques practiced by the old masters, for example the impossible colours created when painting indirectly, or the effect translucent paint has on a glazed grisaille.
In his paintings he has tried to recreate the feeling and mood he experienced while on location, and if he has managed to pass some of this over to the viewer he has achieved his aim, but all said and done, all Stuart wants to do is paint.
Jane Michaelis trained at St Martin's School of Art, Charing Cross Road, London in general, intermediate and finally in craft and illustration, gaining a National Diploma in Design. During that time she had exhibited her wood engravings at The Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers, The Royal Academy and the Wood Engraving Society exhibitions.
Employment in three London advertising studios was followed by freelance work, illustrating educational and national books, yachting journals and individual commissions.
After marrying she moved to her studio located in Hill Head on the south coast and continued to illustrate national and educational publications along with commissions for local scenes, nautical landscapes and boat portraits. Jane started glass engraving to accompany her other mediums of pen and ink, pastel and watercolour. Her husband designed and built traditional boats a few of which they cruised and raced.
Her work may be seen at Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve, Hill Head; Hampshire Annual Open Studios; The Alchemist Galleries, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, as well as monthly painting exhibitions and by appointment at her studios in Hill Head.
Jane's artwork has been widely exhibited and sold both nationally and internationally.
Amanda Bates started off in the East Midlands and then followed a mildly eccentric path around England in pursuit of higher education and employment. She eventually landed in North Hampshire, where she is ensconced among the Downs with her young family.
The hills of North Hampshire proved to be the irresistible inspiration for a second career - now full time - in art. Working predominantly (but never exclusively) in palette-knife oils, she has a keen eye for a landscape that is born, in part, of time spent within the landscape.
She is influenced by many strands of art, particularly Turner, Cezanne and the Impressionist ideal, and believes in the importance of direct experience. Her subjects include the Hampshire hills, the Cornish coast and prehistoric sites from across England, as well as an eclectic selection of still life.
Combining an innate talent for drawing with a recently realised ability to find colours behind colours, her art is a compelling mix of atmosphere and reality and frequently draws attention to the overlooked beauty of everyday places and objects.
With no formal art training, but with the help of local classes and workshops to get Jill Mitchell started, her interest in nature and wildlife subjects has become the main focus of her work.
Initially working with watercolour, acrylic and pastels, she has grown to love the most basic medium - the graphite pencil.
Jill enjoys capturing detail in tonal drawings. Her subjects are usually quite familiar and the tones in graphite allow the observer's imagination to take over. Occasionally a subject will feel right to add a little colour and for this she uses high pigment content colour pencils, but the surroundings are still worked in graphite.
She always works with artist quality papers and pencils to achieve her results and to ensure the longevity of each piece.
First exhibiting in 2010, and encouraged by the response to her work, she now shows in various Hampshire venues throughout the year.
Ken Marshall lives in Hampshire close to the New Forest and local coastline which, with his earlier years in Devon near Dartmoor, gives him plenty of inspiration.
He was at school studying music and art, when he decided to 'drop out' and accept the risks of being a professional musician. His art and music have always existed comfortably side by side and quite often feed ideas to each other.
Painting in both oils and watercolour he adopts a loose semi-abstract approach. His work is inspired by nature but then follows his imagination and demands of the emerging painting.
Having decided to spend more time and focus on painting, he is looking forward to broadening and developing his art.
Vic Bettridge has been interested in painting and drawing for most of his life but had little time to take it seriously until about ten years ago. He is mainly self-taught, having had no formal training except for some workshops and evening classes.
Vic regularly exhibits his work in exhibitions and is successful in selling his paintings and drawings both nationally and internationally. He is influenced by Chinese art and endeavours to combine it with a Western style to produce his unique paintings. Vic paints and draws a variety of subjects, including landscape, seascape, people and animals. Movement in his paintings are an integral part; the seas are rarely calm, the dancers are dancing, the animals are in motion and the birds are in flight.
Vic runs a number of life and figure workshops and tutorials and currently teaches drawing and painting at a local art group. He is a Committee member of the Warsash Art Group, the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society, the Fareham Art Group, the Bishops Waltham Life Drawing Group and the Society for All Artists.
Fiona Shaw was born in Hong Kong where she became interested in photography at an early age. She got her first camera when she was twelve and has rarely been seen without one since. After studying Art and Photography at the Island School, Fiona moved to the UK and followed in her mother's footsteps by becoming a Nurse.
Alongside her career in medicine, Fiona felt compelled to continue being creative and developed a passion for stained glass. Fiona's drawings soon began to emulate this style, recognisable from the bold lines and block colours that are present in some of her works.
After working with stained glass for several years, Fiona studied an Open College course in Art and Photography to rekindle her original passion. In time, she successfully opened her own photography studio in the Midlands, where she specialised in portraiture.
Having since been drawn to the south coast, renowned for its natural beauty and easy-going lifestyle, Fiona is focused on taking pictures of anything she considers beautiful or contemplative. She particularly enjoys how a photograph is able to capture and immortalise a specific moment in time.
Now, she continues to take photographs that capture the world around her, and while she has a wealth of photographic images she prefers the individuality of original artwork and so is producing unusual drawings informed by, and in the style of, stained glass art.
Mark Pearce is a local photographer who was born in Hampshire in 1973 and has remained here all his life, moving to Lower Swanwick five years ago. He was a long-term IBM employee, having worked there for 22 years until leaving to set up business with his partner in 2013. Although always a keen photographer, his interest in the subject has grown significantly over the last 5 years.
To further his skills he undertook an Open University course in 2010. Since then he has practised various techniques on many photographic subjects to successfully broaden his experience in the art.
He enjoys many styles from landscapes through to close-up (macro) photography, but whatever he photographs, he always tries to capture a different view of the things people see every day, or that are simply taken for granted. He now regularly attends various local events to capture them from a visitors perspective.
Coming from an artistic family background, Caroline Lewis was encouraged to develop her artistic abilities. From her early teenage years into her 20's she designed and made her own needlework, which included all aspects of needlework, needlepoint, cross-stitch, silk and crewel embroidery, often acting as a judge at many needlework events.
Following an operation on both her wrists in 1997 she was advised to divert her talents to paper and canvas. Since then she has become a successful watercolour artist, exhibiting throughout the UK including Yorkshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Kent, Hampshire, the South West and Wales, where she now lives, supporting two local art groups.
Caroline is an active member of the Pilton Art Group, Bromley Art Society and St Andrews Art Group, supporting and contributing to their exhibitions.
Caroline also works with pastels, line and wash, pen and ink, and often combines these techniques. Caroline's work has been published in The Society of All Artists 'Paint' magazine and her work can be found in collections in the UK, Russia, South Africa, Europe and the USA.
David Webb started out in life as a draughtsman, and his spare time would consist of the odd sketch, glass engraving and some painting . Being made redundant forced him to change direction and he decided he would like to train as a teacher, after helping at his sons school. He applied to King Alfred's College in Winchester and graduated four years later with a degree in Art and Education.
His last teaching practise took him to a school in Fareham where he has been teaching for the last 15 years.
Last summer however, life was to change when it was discovered that he had pancreatic cancer. He went through a very tough time with chemotherapy every fortnight, followed by intense radiotherapy for several weeks. Dave finally had to retire on ill health grounds from school this year. It was during this period and following that he slowly got back into his love of painting. Living next to the sea for most of his life the sea and its surroundings became his inspiration.
Working with acrylics mainly Dave uses a pallet knife and brush to create the fabulous seas and wood effect.
10% of all his profits will be going to Cancer Research and to the MacMillan Trust.