Diana Ashdown has always had an experimental approach to her work and has fun devising new techniques to produce lino prints. With the addition of gorgeous colours, she aims to create something unique.
Our new artist, Chris Williamson, works primarily in oil on panel, although he has been known to work on paper, walls, canvas and computer...even the backs of envelopes. Utilising photo and sketch references - on-site where possible - he has recently started using an iPad, which he says is very exciting - 'All those tools in one box!' His early work was based on the hills and landscape surrounding his home.
However, he is also drawn to the sea and tries to visit the coast for a beer and inspiration when time and finance allows. As you can see, he quite like dogs.
For Bill Smith, a major impetus behind his work is the memory of childhood which, like dreams, is in full colour. So, when looking at black and white photographs from the past, his memories of industrial Britain, vintage motor racing, and railways under steam come to him in colour. A romantic at heart, he then adds a touch of sepia to his paintings to evoke the feelings of yesteryear. Click here for more about Bill.
Here at Green Pebble we absolutely love our latest artist's use of colour. Jenny Hancock's vibrant paintings positively explode from the canvas, spreading joy is all direction.
Two of Jenny's happiest places are her garden and studio. She lives in a rural location and has a studio with doors that open onto her garden, through which she can see the countryside beyond.
'From these I take much of my inspiration,' she explains. 'Painting mainly with acrylics and oils, I also make multi-layered hand-printed lino cuts. I enjoy both processes, so some days it’s a painting day and others I can’t wait to print!'
In childhood, Ellie Ling read Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and her love of walled gardens was born. Now she creates her own narratives set behind garden walls. This gives her a beautiful excuse to visit other people’s gardens and spend time in her own. Using drawings, photographs and memory as reference material, her paintings depict, through everyday incidents, the ancient idea of the garden as an earthly paradise providing joy, peace, pleasure and intimate moments of communication with nature. When she needs a break, she goes out and gets her hands dirty. She has, she says, the best of both worlds!