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SEPTEMBER - Jo West

Jo West was born in Plymouth and still lives on the beautiful south coast of Devon. A contemporary self-taught artist who is heavily influenced by her rural upbringing explores natural themes. Jo has had many commissions and has been selling professionally since 2016; she has already gained interest from galleries. Jo loves experimenting and is excited to see how her style will develop. She is the first UK artist to use colour changing resin. Her aim is to make you smile and take you to a happy place. She loves the use of colour and how it can influence how you feel. To create her beautiful paintings she uses acrylics, mixed media and resin, as well as crystals, metal leaf, fine glitter, iridescent powder and fibre in the resin to add depth and interesting aspects.
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JULY - Chris Bradley

Chris Bradley lives between Dartmoor and the South Devon coast, which is reflected in the wild nature of his work. Chris revels in bright, abstract designs. These dramatic and colourful pieces of art can bring the room to life with their modern, vibrant, contemporary and fresh feel. Chris' artwork is mixed-media on deep canvas; acrylic, acrylic ink, watercolour paints, as well as silicone and nail varnish to create texture.
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JUNE - Angela Cox

Angela Cox's inspiration comes from many sources in nature and works in great detail. In each work she explores mood, atmosphere and texture. She works in a range of media, with her preference being graphite pencil or watercolour on a coloured background. Angela's work has sold through a number of galleries as well as via private commissions.
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MAY - Theresa Shaw

Theresa has been painting and drawing her whole life: doodling, colouring-in, throwing paint ‘Jackson Pollock-style’ at a large piece of paper in infant’s school – these are her earliest artistic memories and are the basis for who she is today. Over the years, Theresa has worked in various businesses whilst always keeping art as her focus. Following the birth of her two children, she retrained as a teacher, eager to pass on her knowledge and joy in painting. Teaching all ages, she has held painting holidays in Norfolk and the Yorkshire Dales and continues to teach weekend workshops and individual pupils at her home. In the last fifteen years Theresa has exhibited and sold many pieces of art with galleries and private collectors around the world. She is inspired by the natural world, expressing her love of nature with a unique and personal flair. At present she is absorbed in the use of acrylic inks for their brilliant colour and incredible fluidity, helping to create truly individual pieces of artwork that reflect how she feels about beauty and life. Colour, layers and depth are the backbone of her work as she explores techniques and styles to capture all things floral and tree-like.
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APRIL - CLAIRE HARMER

Local Paignton artist, Claire Harmer works at Cabbage Tree Studio at Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot. Claire experiments with painting, printmaking and illustration. Since last summer Claire has been exploring a viewpoint capturing Berry Head, the Brixham headland with the breakwater and lighthouse in the foreground. What started as a single commission, soon became a major project. She has spent many a morning over the months sketching in situ, looking at the view in different weathers at different times of day, never seeing the same view twice. The single painting has quickly become a series. An investigation, an experiment. Claire is painting on various scales & depicting the changes in light and colour.
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MARCH - Susanne Lowry-Smith

As an existing framing customer of ours; we have admired Susanne's artwork for a while and are now lucky enough to be featuring her work in the gallery. Her pastels are atmospheric and moody depictions of the South Devon coastline. She also explores dark and light in her mixed-media portraits.
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DECEMBER- Rhian Wyn Harrison

Rhian is an artist and illustrator who works from her home studio in Paignton, Rhian creates lively and colourful mixed media illustrations on re-purposed old book pages and maps, they give her the inspiration for her interpretation between word and image. Drawn by hand the coloured with ink, gouache paint and pastel, Rhian uses traditional techniques rather than digital. Rhian has built up a large following for commissioned work, while successfully exhibiting at a number of galleries in Devon.
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NOVEMBER - MIKE LANGMAN

Mike Langman started working for the RSPB after he left art college in 1983. His bird illustrations and paintings are used as identification cards and can be seen on many RSPB reserves, in information centres and hides. Mike has to date, work published in 53 books and his work regularly appears in the UK birdwatching publications; 'BBC Wildlife' and 'Coast' magazines. An avid birdwatcher, Mike enjoys birdwatching in his local area around Torbay, Devon and thankfully inspires him to draw and paint many beautiful subjects.
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SEPTEMBER - TRACY FOX

Tracy Fox started painting 15 years ago and has since had exhibitions in Oxfordshire, North Lincolnshire and the USA. Tracy is inspired by the diverse Devonshire coastline; the sea and the sky. She prefers using a mix of acrylics and oils, with heavy structure gels, to paint seascapes in an abstract form, with texture and dimension, as well as painting coastal towns with their myriad of pastel coloured houses.
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AUGUST - JULIA FINZEL

Brixham artist Julia Finzel creates etchings, photo-etchings and mono-prints. She has a strong connection to animals and they often feature in her creative work. Julia has been printmaking for over thirty years. She developed her etching techniques in Venice and has been printmaking in Dartington for seventeen years. She has exhibited all over the world and has illustrated several books. We are also featuring a number of Julia's original paintings and giclee limited editions.
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JULY - KIM SHERWIN

Kim Sherwin paints under the name August Earth. Her finely detailed images are created using watercolours on a variety of surfaces, using a special preparation medium to allow them to accept the pigments. The beech wood slices are a recent discovery for her, incorporating geometric shapes, inks and metal leaf. The small scale and intricate detail invites the viewer to examine these beautiful paintings more closely.
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JUNE - JULIA KELLAND

Julia Kelland creates striking and vibrant works of art. She originally painted exclusively in oils, but has moved on to mixed media painting and uses many new techniques to paint big & bold and look at art in a totally different way. Julia has exhibited at Birdwood House in Totnes and regularly opens the doors to welcome visitors to her home during Devon Open Studios.
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APRIL - Tessa Airth

Tessa Airth has been living in South Devon for over 20 years and currently works in her garden studio at her home in Stoke Gabriel. Her canvases are mostly oils and acrylic, creating a free, spiritual feeling, with some small details. Much of her inspiration comes from nature and our relationship with the natural world. She is also inspired by traditional myths and stories, as well as the symbols and imagery of dreams. She believes every picture tells a story...
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MARCH - Chris Bradley

Chris Bradley lives between Dartmoor and the South Devon coast, which is reflected in the wild nature of his work. His inspiration comes from looking into the depths of lakes and reservoirs, being mesmerised by seaweed and sealife moving and enchanted by coastal rockpools. Chris revels in bright, abstract designs to capture the beautiful places which surround him. These dramatic and colourful pieces of art can bring the room to life with their modern, vibrant, comtemporary fresh feel. Chris' artwork is mixed-media on deep canvas, with multiple layers of resin, which takes up to 7-14 days to create these vibrant pieces.
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November - Valerie Hammond

We are Exhibiting a selection of Original work from Valerie Hammond, it will be on sale with us until Christmas, come and have a look. Valerie Hammond is a Devon-based local artist who has completed a 4 year Open College of Art course in painting, at the end of her final year she took part in their London Exhibition, and participates in a monthly tutorial at Exeter University. She is also an exhibiting award-winning member of the Paignton Art and Crafts Society. She mainly paints local sea and landscapes in oil medium, and participated in their recent exhibition, this was held in the Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey.
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MAY - Mary Ann Rogers

Mary Ann Rogers is a self-taught artist who began painting at a very early age and has become one of the most acclaimed watercolour painters of her subjects in Britain. She is known for painting her subjects directly from life - capturing the briefest moments in time. We have selected two of her beautiful limited edition prints in the gallery but Mary Ann has produced many paintings of your favourite critters
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February 2015 Angela Cox

Angela explores various media, favouring watercolour or graphite and working in great detail, which forms the contemplative heart of her creative process. Angela likes to use a coloured background for her paintings that allows her to create a mood for the composition that reflects the original encounter with the subject, capturing the smallest details in her work is particular to each of the compositions.
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DECEMBER - JULIA KELLAND

Julia Kelland creates striking and vibrant works of art. She originally painted exclusively in oils, but has moved on to mixed media painting and uses many new techniques to paint big & bold and look at art in a totally different way. Julia has exhibited at Birdwood House in Totnes and regularly opens the doors to welcome visitors to her home during Devon Open Studios. For more examples of her beautiful works of art visit her website www.juliakelland.co.uk
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