Woburn Art Gallery

Artists

Naomi Boiko-Stapleton
Naomi Boiko-Stapleton Figurative Paintings

Naomi is a young up-and-coming figurative painter, about to start her last year on the painting course at Brighton University, taking her first steps into the art world.

She primarily works in oil paint on canvas, using traditional painting techniques inspired by the old masters. Many of the compositions and poses in her artwork are inspired by 16th century Italian mannerism and the Dutch northern renaissance, specifically Cranach and Parmigianino. A reoccurring manifestation of this influence is the depiction of young beautiful women with exaggerated features such as elongated necks. Along with the adoration and idealisation of the women depicted comes distortion, poised between refinement and the nonsensical.

The absurdity in her paintings and the use of animals - mostly fish and birds- follow in a symbolist tradition, as well as coming from a fascination with the New Age ideas of Jungian psychology. This approach questions what it is to be an individual and explores theories of human nature, such as Thomas Hobbes’ amoral ‘nature state’ before society.

A continual inspiration on the subject matter of Naomi’s work is her passion for opera and literature; she thinks of the women in her paintings as characters in a drama, inhabiting an absurd landscape and placing them into bizarre and often comical situations, and in contrast to her more recent use of a dark pallet.

AlisonAbrams
Alison Abrams Resin Paintings

Alison uses free flowing materials, guiding and manipulating them into shapes and blending and layering colours to create her abstract, textured artworks, working with alcohol inks, fluid acrylics and resin. She lives and works in Milton Keynes, and can be found in her garden studio. Alison describes her work as abstract and focusing on colour combination and texture.

Alison has created commission pieces for homes in the U.K. and abroad.

Richard Ballantyne
Richard Ballantyne Raku

Richard started his career at Bradford College of Art, studying interior design.

After retraining as a teacher in secondary schools he went on to become head of the Ceramics Department. He then started evening classes to keep one step ahead of his pupils. This started a lifetime love affair with ceramics.

Leaving full-time teaching and returning to university he completed a degree in glass and ceramics at High Wycombe and is now a full time ceramic artist, lecturing at High Wycombe University and Thames Valley University.

His ceramics are as varied as the British climate - work being both sculptural and functional, life size to miniature, from Raku to high fired porcelain. Exhibiting all over this country and abroad he has become a well known artist, with his work becoming highly collectable.

Being not only a pyromaniac but also a bit of a magpie, his work incorporates found objects in the sculpture - from ash from Mount St Helens in a glaze, to stones washed on the beach as plinths - telling everyone its own story.


AndrewBrown
Andrew Brown Mixed Media Paintings

I have always enjoyed the expressive potential of using colour, shape and textural aspects in my work. I hope the viewer also shares in a celebration of these elements. My practice has evolved into layering techniques using acrylic paint, sometimes combined with collage and other media. I like to work on a series of subjects, with varying degrees of abstraction. The small constructions I make, using driftwood and found objects, are also popular.

Following my training at Falmouth School of Art, and a post-graduate year at Brighton, I became involved in education. I taught Art and Design in schools and further education, and also for many years at M.K. College.

I have exhibited widely, showing locally, as well as at Suffolk Coast Galleries, Canary Wharf, and in Northern Germany. Some of my work is also in collections in Michigan and New York, USA.

LisaCampbell
Lisa Campbell Oil Paintings

I have always loved the art of storytelling, whether in the form of film, a book, a piece of music or a painting. My paintings have a story to tell, sometimes quite simple, a couple walking down the street, sometimes more complex, leaving the viewer to participate and question what is going on. "Who is the girl waiting for?" "What are they looking at?" to mention a couple questions about some of my paintings.

As a keen people watcher and observer of life my inspiration for a painting starts with a figure, perhaps the clothing worn, a red hat, a scarf worn in a certain way, something they are doing or the interaction between a couple or group of people. I am interested in portraying people in everyday situations and the relationship within their surroundings.

When I start a new painting I draw and plan the painting working from my own photos and always start with the figure, allowing the background and foreground to develop around the central figure or figures. The idea of working around the figure continues with the painting, where I like to use a limited palette. I am fascinated by colour mixing and still find magical when two colours are mixed together to create another colour. I usually use palette knives and love the way colours can bounce off each other to make, I hope, bold and striking paintings.

AlanChown
Alan Chown Watercolour, Acrylic, Harbour, Landscape

Alan was born in Northamptonshire but now lives in Milton Keynes not far from the concrete cows. Alan is a self-taught artist with a background in modular fabrication design and building services.

Alan first started drawing back in the late eighties and early nineties with a big interval until he took early retirement and then picked up his pens again venturing into the world of watercolour.

He still remembers his first tentative steps in adding watercolour to a pen drawing and was hooked!

Landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes are his particular inspiration with a penchant for boats.

As well as basic watercolours and pen & wash, the use of watercolour with mixed media elements such as textured paper and paste is something he is enjoyed immensely and the recent use of acrylics is now another part of his painting portfolio.

AbbyCork
Abby Cork Floral and Landscape Paintings

Abby began drawing wild flowers as a child, sketching with her dad in the fields, woods and meadows around her home in Buckinghamshire. Today, she has developed a unique and joyous style, inspired by the beauty and dynamism of the natural world.

Abby adopts a free-flowing approach with a variety of media including acrylic inks, watercolours and pastels built up with complex layering and completed with embellishments including glitter and diamond dust.

Her finished works burst with colour, resulting from a channelling of energy until florals and landscapes seem to come alive, enveloping viewers and bringing them into her world. Abby says "What gives me the greatest joy is sharing my art with others. I love that my paintings occupy a special place in someone's home and I hope it brings them as much pleasure as it did me in painting it."

Abby also makes coasters and covers for the iPhone I7 mobile phone, each using her own paintings as decoration.

CarolineCousin
Caroline Cousin Glass

Caroline is a chemist by training who took up painting on retirement.

She now makes fused glass pieces that are both ornamental and functional with a love of colour that is reflected in the pieces she makes.

She enjoys experimentation and principally uses float glass exploring the effects of colour mixing, of mixing frit sizes and of different inclusions. As well as making pieces by fusing powdered glass between two sheets of glass she also makes pieces by building designs onto of a pre-fused base piece using stringers and cut coloured glass, both of which she can make myself. Hand cut metallic and dichroic decals sometimes provide the finishing touches.

She takes inspiration mainly from the natural world, with flowers, trees and fish all featuring in her work. She exhibits regularly locally and has won several awards for her work, including the national magazine 'Leisure Painter' award at Patchings in 2010. She held a successful solo show in Hythe as well as taking part in Bucks Art Weeks each year since 2011 selling her work both in the UK and abroad.

Her work is happy and affordable.

KathleenDeane
Kathleen Deane Sculpture

Creating art work has always had a large influence
in my life. I started out sketching in pencil, and then slowly progressed to using clay, as this enabled me to have more artistic exposure in the 3D realm.

The anatomy of the head caught my imagination and there I focused my goals to achieve and refine techniques, with simplicity, using different types of clay. Being a self taught artist, I worked diligently to create facial likeness with expression, hopefully culminating in a diverse repertoire.
Apart from having various exhibitions in many parts of the country, I have also worked on commissions for a company in Sleaford, mostly producing an array of clan crests, some only 10cm high. Subsequently these were exported and sold in America.

GinDurham
Gin Durham Sculpture

Gin Durham is a contemporary sculptor. Her sculptural animal pieces are exhibited in galleries across the UK and feature in international private collections. Initially working as a commercial illustrative and design artist she now sculpts in stoneware and porcelain clay.

From an early age Gin has been fascinated by animal behaviours and the way in which they are represented in culture, particularly in the genre of storytelling. Her quirky and imaginative ceramics are inspired by imagery shaped by treasured tales, into beautifully sculpted work, rich in humour, character and detail.

Every animal is unique; individually sculpted in stoneware or porcelain, incorporating textile impressed elements and finished with oxides, glaze and gold or platinum lustres.

All of the work is kiln fired three times at varying temperatures in order to enhance the depth of colour in the finish.
Each piece is informed by the rich historical value of traditional ceramics, combined with the multilayered textile surface finish and precious metals.

SusanErskine Jones
Susan Erskine Jones Mixed Media Paintings

Susan Erskine-Jones began training as an artist in South Africa. She gained a distinction in printmaking at Natal Technikon before moving to Cape Town where she studied printmaking under Pippa Skotness at Micheallis University of Cape Town. Since moving to the UK she studied a further year at Amersham College, Buckinghamshire, concentrating on painting, for which she gained a distinction.

Susan continues to work in both printmaking and painting. She is inspired by her environment, although the early impressions and memories of the South African Cape still strongly influence her work.

IreneFoster
Irene Foster Watercolour and Oil Paintings

Irene always wanted to paint, but didn't start until her children had grown up. Not having much confidence, she joined an art group who were exhibiting when she was giving blood!

Painting soon changed her life and outlook. She loves every minute, from just drawing to adding colour, the first exhibition, the first sale, even the disasters.

Having tried almost every medium - watercolour for sketching and painting smaller pictures - she has settled on oils to give vibrancy of colour and mood. Influenced by Turner and his skies and elements she also enjoys the impressionists and Klimt.

Being a member of local art groups (MKSA and BAFA) has help her developed as a more rounded artist. She has exhibited not only locally but also at Windsor and Reading. In 2018 she had her first solo exhibition in Suffolk.

She cannot imagine life without art and all that it brings, especially the people.

AnneGilbert
Anne Gilbert Watercolour Paintings

Anne is a self-taught painter who uses mostly watercolours, but also work with mixed media. Based in Northamptonshire, Anne produces exquisite paintings of hares, foxes, badgers, wolves, birds and dogs, each one capturing beautifully the individual character of her subject.

Her passion for animals and wildlife has inspired Anne to create a real sense of movement and expression in her paintings, with many of her pictures featuring animals she has seen locally.

Anne produces mostly original paintings for sale, but such has been the interest in her work recently that she has now produced a series of limited edition giclee prints.

Raina Goran
Raina Goran Collage, Pastel, Acrylic, Oil Paintings

Raina Goran is a contemporary, mixed media, artist, inspired by city and landscapes. She works in acrylic and collage, simplifying what she sees into patterns and vibrant coloured shapes, made from torn or cut sheets of hand painted paper. Raina often works straight from life, editing down until she has found the most important shapes and colour balance which create a new version but retains the essence and energy of the original place.

Her training as an Illustrator still influences her work and love of travel inspires the vibrant colour palette that appears in her paintings.

Raina exhibits regularly and in the past two years has exhibited with, The Society of Women Artists, The Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours and The New English Art Club at the Mall Galleries in London.

BeckyGouverneur
Becky Gouverneur Charcoal and Pencil Animal Portraits

Becky was born and raised in Buckinghamshire, which serves as a constant source of inspiration. Following a love of art and design from childhood, Becky went on to study photography and textile design followed by an 8 year career as a freelance photographer.

She has since developed her specialist charcoal techniques, but her primary focus remains quirky, large scale, high contrast charcoal animal portraiture on a stark white background showing the influence of professional studio photography. This is also what truly sets her apart from other talented animal artists.

The combination of high quality, insightful photography and highly realistic drawing techniques produces stunning images full of character and fun.

She is also a regular tutor at The Courtyard Art Studio on Claydon Estate.

She is an active supporter of Medical Detection Dogs and has also been involved with leading art workshops with Child Bereavement UK.

SusanGray
Susan Gray Oil Paintings

Susan is a land and seascape artist who takes her inspiration from the West Country, Cumbria and the Chilterns. She has painted all her life starting with portraits of friends and family in oils. As a teenager she attended evening classes painting portraits from a model. After bringing up a family she decided to go to college and university studying Fine art. This led to painting and sketching in the landscape, inspired by the sea and painting on the beaches of Devon and Cornwall in acrylics.

Susan thinks painting in the landscape is exciting, capturing the moment with big brushes, knives and anything that is available to create the mood of the work. She also make smaller sketches which she turns into bigger paintings in the studio.

Often painting at high tide, the wild weather and windy conditions add to the excitement of working outside and allows abstract elements to help portray movement and a sense of place.

Her early influences were Turner and Kyffen Williams and more recently artists that worked in Cornwall, including Peter Lanyon and Patrick Heron.

Susan exhibits in Buckinghamshire, Cornwall and London and runs workshops and painting days in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

TimHagan
Tim Hagan Acrylic and Oil Paintings

Tim studied sculpture, painting and printmaking at Torquay, Winchester and St Albans Schools of Art, and subsequently working in the caring professions as an Art Psychotherapist until his retirement from the NHS in 2012.

Nowadays he is predominantly a landscape oil painter.
His work has been influenced by British pastoral
painters, Impressionism and more recently by contemporary abstract landscape painters.

He has held several solo exhibitions and has paintings in private collections both in the UK and abroad. He is a member of the Fellowship of Professional and Amateur Artists (FPAA), based in Northamptonshire, of which he was a past chairman.

Nowadays he lives in Shillington, Bedfordshire. He is a performing musician, keen gardener and cat lover.

ChrisHarvey
Chris Harvey Woodwork

Only 4 years ago Chris was doing his day job. The first time Chris picked up a chisel, was when he enrolled a two year wood working course, he said that it just felt right.

Chris' parents, who used to paint scenes on lace bobbins were both artists. He still exhibits with his father.

Chris thinks that being able to draw has helped. He loves the naturalness of wood and is not interested in changing its character. He uses English hard wood, usually Ash, Beech Walnut and Elm.

The results are here to be admired. Always being fascinated by wood has led him to where he is now. His unusual take by adding resin makes these pieces special and very unique.

RoyHolding
Roy Holding Mixed Media Paintings

Roy was educated at Barnet College Hertfordshire, where his love of painting led him to explore all media giving his art a distinctive character.

His work is in many private collections: Britain, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, China and Japan. He has also lectured students in America.

Roy works out of Towcester Town Hall showing his work in various media.

He is highly regarded and with over 45 years experience is extremely accomplished in watercolour, pastels, acrylics, oils, mixed media and collage.

He favours dramatic rural landscapes that can be found in remote parts of Wales, Scotland and the Lake District. His work is highly sought after.

GaryJohn
Gary John Acrylic Paintings

Gary was originally trained as a graphic designer, back when computers were still a thing of science fiction and technical hand skills were the available and accepted tools of the trade.

However, following a degree in Education, he has spent some 35 years in the class- room. He suggests, teaching afforded him fantastic opportunities along with a real sense of purpose in supporting young people to achieve their goals.

After being totally absorbed and giving everything to the profession he decided to take some time for himself and go back to developing his own creative skills. This has required a radical shift in attitude, structure and thought. It is a journey with its highs and lows but one which had to be explored.

As an artist he is rather a magpie in relation to styles, techniques and materials. He suggests he has now become the student, influenced by an ever increasing range of artists and very much enjoys analysing the processes and techniques used in a wide range of media.

He is continually battling against his tight technical background and strives to explore with a more expressive approach.

The infectious journey has become part of his daily being and as Picasso is reported to have said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

TlwsJohnson
Tlws Johnson Glass

Tlws makes large glass sculptures by the pate de verre method and slumps and fuses glass in a kiln. Her work is often colourful and sometimes has a narrative theme.

Tlws is a member of The Buckinghamshire Craft Guild, The Oxfordshire Craft Guild, The Buckinghamshire Art Society, The Buckinghamshire Visual Images Group, Just Glass and the Contemporary Glass Society. She regularly exhibits her work with these groups and in galleries around the country.

She uses lead crystal cullet melted into a mould to form large sculptures. These usually have a polished side to reveal the interior, where the colours swirl about and tiny air pockets that look like silver drops within the glass. The fused glass has colour trapped between two sheets of glass and range from small pedants, bowls, and larger wall pieces and windows. Most of these sculptures are individual originals but Tlws also makes a limited edition of certain items.

EddieKing
Eddie King Glass

Having started in the profession of glass blowing at the tender age of 15, my love and fascination for glass has never waned over the years. I specialise in free blown sculptures in glass and am constantly experimenting with colours and techniques, and exploring new ways and ideas.

The focus of my work is influenced by the transition of colour and aesthetics to the colours it brings. My past history covers working at the prestigious companies of Whitefriars glassworks and Long and Lawson Edinburgh crystal, where I later became the senior production manager. Each of these experiences has added new skills to my armoury. Having nurtured these skills with these companies, this has culminated into the expertise I have gained to become a master glassmaker.

AnnLoines
Ann Loines Encaustic Wax, Drawings and Oil Paintings

Ann was born in Leicestershire in 1963 and following her passion for art, studied for her B.A.(hons) degree in Textile Design at Loughborough.

Ann has had a successful career that has always revolved around art in some way. A significant part of which has been as Head of Art, teaching Art and Design at secondary level.

While successfully selling work through exhibitions and galleries in the UK, Ann also has work in Australia and the USA. Her art work has always maintained an interest in continuing to develop technical skills with a variety of media from pencil drawing to encaustic wax pieces. Now, painting from a purpose built Art Studio at her home, she mainly paints in oils, cold and encaustic wax with a quality that is truly encapsulating.

Ann says that she is delighted with the response from the public and galleries of her work, and always looks forward to the next new piece of work.

BarringtonLoines
Barrington Loines Oil Paintings

Barrington was born in Liverpool in 1960, where he spent most of his childhood, with the rest of his friends, dreaming of escaping somewhere exotic on one of the many ships that used to be along the dockside. Reflecting on these early days, Barrington recalls 'the day dreaming is what leads me to continuously paint and draw'.

After leaving University, with a degree in 3 dimensional design, Barrington started work as a furniture designer in Tring, Hertfordshire, moving on to becoming an interior designer, before starting his own company designing and making office furniture. 'I was fortunate enough to acquire a patent on one of my product designs which then led me in lots of directions visiting many countries around the world.'

As exciting as all that was, it was painting that always brought Barrington back down to earth and, whenever possible, he would steal time away to keep the passion going.

Over the past 30 years, Barrington has painted a wide range of subjects from landscapes to African wildlife, selling his work through exhibitions and individual commissions.

'Although I have sold many paintings since my early teens, my art work was always second to the need to work for a living... but now I have taken the decision to push it to the front and see where this ship takes me'.

RogerLoxton
Roger Loxton Glass

Roger was a prominent academic at the Open University, joining almost from the outset and remaining there until he took early retirement.

Always a practical man, he took up stained glass work and practised this for a number of years - and still does!

For his 80th birthday he was bought a kiln and he has been busy making dishes and coasters ever since.

MaryMayne
Mary Mayne Textiles

Sewing has always been an important part of Mary Mayne's life and patchwork entered it in the very early 1960’s. What started off as very basic techniques gradually became much more interesting and challenging and she realised that she wanted to design her own work. Mary is completely self-taught and has made many mistakes along the way, but strongly feels that this is the right way to learn – by your mistakes.
Her work has taken her around the world, teaching and lecturing in America, Canada and on one occasion, Australia. Mary retired a few years ago, after over 40 years to concentrate on commission work and exhibition pieces.
Mary's quilts have won awards many times and she has a number in private collections and The National Post Office Museum bought one that won a First Prize at QUILTS UK in 1995. Many books and magazines have featured her work.
Mary is an Honorary Member of The Quilters Guild of The British Isles and judged at the Festival of Quilts for a number of years. This show is the biggest in Europe, held at the National Exhibition Centre each year.

SallyMcRae
Sally McRae Glass

After a 36 year career in Local Government it was time to try something new. I love to be creative and wanted to do something that would combine my creativity with my geeky technical side. I’ve always loved glass, particularly the reflections you get from the sun shining through garden art and after attending a couple of basic glass fusing courses I bought my first kiln in 2019. There are so many things to make, different techniques to learn, firing schedules to understand and develop the possibilities for experimentation are endless.

I work mainly with fused glass but also dabble a bit with glass mosaics. I often wake up in the middle of the night with my head buzzing with ideas and no chance of getting back to sleep – sometimes my night time ideas translate into lovely pieces and sometimes they don’t! The great thing about fusible glass is that failed experiments can be recycled into new things so there is no waste.

JanMunro PS
Jan Munro PS Pastel, Acrylic and Oil Paintings

Jan is a member of the prestigious Pastel Society who exhibit at the Mall Galleries London, and has won many awards over the last two years.

She also writes for the Pastel Journal in USA.

Her paintings are made with watercolour, acrylic, pastels and sometimes a mixture of media. She is primarily a landscape painter using both local and other UK places for inspiration. More recently she has been developing still life paintings in pastel. She loves to buy a piece of pottery wherever she visits and it inspires a still life.

She aims to represent a place or thing but also to convey to the viewer her inspiration and feelings about what she is painting. She wants to look beyond the reality.

Composition and design are key elements in her paintings so that there is a feeling of balance. There will always be a sense of light and space. She works hard to master the media that she uses so that the painting seems to flow beyond technique and to be made with a playful curiosity and seemingly without struggle.

CatOakley
Cat Oakley Raku

Cat spent most of her professional life as a garden designer, both interior and exterior. In addition she worked in further education for Buckinghamshire Council running courses in horticulture.

She started her art education via a foundation course at Epsom School of Art, moving to Kingston University and gaining a BA (Hons) in Furniture and Related Product Design.

Throughout her professional career she has always maintained an interest in ceramic sculpture, and in particular an interest in portraiture both human and animal. Cat recently moved and in exploring the local area was delighted to discover a local farm and its wonderful inhabitants; "During lockdown I reconnected with nature, clay and a dear friend who happened to have a kiln or two! The result of this reconnection is a series of ceramic raku-fired animals, mostly pigs at the moment with quirky anatomy. I hope to make people smile as much as I do when making them!”

LauraPartington
Laura Partington Wire Sculptures

Laura has always enjoyed being creative and experimenting with various media. Over the years in her sculptures she has attempted to capture nature in motion; creatures in flight, floating, running or poised ready to scuttle off.

Wire is a wonderful medium for suggesting movement and casting interesting shadows. Each piece is started by "drawing" a basic 3D outline. This gradually takes shape by bending and twisting lengths of wire together and then attaching finer detail. Since taking up wire sculpture Laura has become a tool geek and has moved in on her husband's territory (the garage) which enables her to find successful and imaginative ways to mount her work.

She has always loved being outdoors surrounded by the beauty of creation. Explaining that sculpting has brought a weird new dimension to her interaction with the natural world so that when she comes across something she haven't seen before she finds herself asking, "How could I make that out of wire?"

CarolRead
Carol Read Ceramics

Carol worked as a nurse while completing an Access to Art and Design Course and then Adult education classes in sculpture and ceramics. She gave up nursing in April 2016 to focus on ceramics. She has been working in collaboration with her partner, Richard Ballantyne, for around 8-9 years.

“Between us we also make thrown studio ceramics and stoneware fired sculptures for home and garden."

Raku Firing is a pyromaniacs delight and very unpredictable. However the results really suit the subject matter and the hares and polar bears (and all the rest of the menagerie) come alive with the white crackle glaze.

“The fun is creating the character of the animal and hopefully adding a bit of humour along the way.”

CathyRead
Cathy Read Painting

Cathy Read re-imagines iconic architecture using explosive, colourful drops and trails of paint, held together with a structure of white lines. Inspired by looming, dramatic urban and industrial architecture, she draws on influences from various cities in the UK. In a previous life she worked as an Occupational Therapist, using large art projects to help develop fine motor skills in children.

She exhibits with the Society of Women Artists in London and was awarded the Barbara Tate Memorial Award in 2015. Her work is in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and corporate collections. She appeared on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2016 and 2017.

Originally from Manchester she now lives in a chapel near Buckingham, which she converted with her husband. She lives close enough to London to get her Urban Architecture fix when needed.

Cathy draws inspiration for these paintings from time spent in London and other major cities, such as Manchester and Oxford.

Vikki Stacey
Vikki Stacey Glass

Vikki started working with glass in 2011 and, after learning how to blow, lampwork, cast and fuse glass, decided that casting and fusing were the techniques she wanted to find out more about.

After various courses, workshops and experiments her quirky style began to emerge. She finds inspiration in colour and light and her love of architecture influences some of her fusing. Vikki makes larger sculptures using polystyrene, clay or wax to make a model; this is then covered with a plaster mix of plaster, silica and fibreglass to make a mould, which is filled with glass of various sizes. Finally this mould is fired in a kiln, cooled down and the resulting glass piece is hand polished or processed to finish it.

The fused pieces are made by cutting and arranging coloured opal or transparent pieces of glass and then fusing and slumping the pieces as required. Sometimes the result is not as anticipated, due to colour changes or glass shifting and this can mean “happy accidents’ which lead to different developments, making all her pieces original.

PennyStevens
Penny Stevens Glass

Based in the small village of Weedon, in Buckinghamshire, and working from a workshop in my garden, I love being creative with a range of shaping tools, a selection of clear and coloured pieces of glass and a large kiln for company.

I have set up ‘Through the Arch – Fused Glass’ as my company name and I am a Glass-Fuser, carefully cutting, shaping and melting glass sheets together with coloured glass powders and frit (chippings), creating bespoke pieces of art as gifts and for the home.
After retiring from teaching as a deputy headteacher, I went on to complete two years studying glass fusing at the University of Hertfordshire. I have always been artistic, having studied art and biology at university for my teacher training, and I thoroughly enjoy using my artistic skills in my retirement to create beautiful pieces of wall art, bowls, windows, tiles and many other gifts and artefacts for the home. I love combining colour and texture in creating anything from landscapes or abstract pieces to melting glass bottles. Between commissions, I am currently making a window, tiles for my bathroom and a splashback for my kitchen.
I love creating glass pieces as commissions, working closely with the client to create the perfect addition for their home, a tile, a window or a bowl,
or a piece designed as a special gift for someone.

Lorraine Streatfield
Lorraine Streatfield Paintings

Lorraine creates abstract paintings that are inspired by emotions and memories - those little moments of joy that pop up unexpectedly. Working with mixed media including acrylic, ink, crayon and marker pen, Lorraine paints intuitively, responding to mark making and using colour to bring harmony and balance.

Born in Bletchley and now living in Woburn Sands, Lorraine is a ‘vintage addict’ and has always been passionate about collecting, making and upcycling. In her art works, she takes inspiration from the stories behind treasured life remnants and weaves these details into her art.

Lorraine returned to painting in 2004 and has since completed course including Art with Adele Sypesteyn and more recently The Creative Visionary Programme, an intense 12 week deep dive into art and intuition, delivered by artist Nicholas Wilton of the Art2Life Academy.

Her recent collection explores moments of joy and she has undertaken a number of private commissions to capture memories on canvas.

ClareTebboth
Clare Tebboth Oil Paintings

Working in predominantly in oils and watercolours, carefully observed still life and atmospheric seascapes provide endless fascination for Clare, a Buckinghamshire artist and teacher.

Clare exhibited this year with the Royal Watercolour society at the Bankside Gallery, at the Green and Stone Gallery, Chelsea and was shortlisted for the Royal Institute of Watercolour exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

Clare loves the creative process and is constantly inspired by the world around her. She says that when she starts a painting it is a feeling of that moment that she is trying to capture on canvas, whether that be in the case of a still life – a fixed moment in time, the intention behind the scene, or for landscapes - the weather, light conditions and mood. She enjoys the challenge of recreating a special moment, hoping her paintings begin to tell their own story.

HannahThomas
Hannah Thomas Paintings, Original Prints

Hannah is a local artist born in Milton Keynes in 1967. She has lived, worked and studied here ever since. Informed by her various studies including; art and design, life drawing, sculpture, artist’s books, printmaking, astrology and psychology, her approach to art is a therapeutic one.

She works spontaneously with a tendency towards experimentation and consequently she repeats the same subject over and again in a variety of mediums exploring shape and form, marks, texture, atmosphere and meaning.

Using mainly a limited palette, she enjoys the speed and coverage of dry media such as charcoal, pastel and pencil. But she is equally happy exploring the journey of a line using biro or ink pens. Often Hannah will progress through to a painting but this is never the final goal, just another part of the journey.

Anchored in the discipline of Life Drawing and the ability to work with immediacy she takes her inspiration from the environment around her. Inspired by those ‘ordinary’ moments, Hannah’s work focuses mainly upon the natural world and in particular birds.

Quite often appearing in Hannah’s work is also a recurring theme of circles: A never ending line symbolically representing a presence of time, journey, memory and essentially, ‘life’.
Hannah’s intention is to explore, to experiment and to forever repeat this process.

“For everything is in motion and where one image stops another begins. Like a circle there is no end.”

JillVarone
Jill Varone Pastel and Oil Paintings

Jill's passion has been painting for many years. She has experimented with most media and enjoys working in oils, acrylics, mixed media and pastel which remains a firm favourite for the local woodland scenes she loves to paint. The coastal scenes of Italy often feature in her work, a fond reminder of family holidays. Jill tries to capture an essence of the place, finding the vibrant colours just irresistible.

Figurative work is a recent challenge and one that she is really enjoying, particularly trying to capture those childhood memories on canvas.

A love of painting has given Jill the opportunity to demonstrate and teach in and around the Buckinghamshire area. Knowing that she is helping others discover the pleasure that painting can bring is greatly rewarding. Jill regularly exhibits in the Three Counties and has had work selected by the SWA, the Society for Women Artists, and exhibited in the Mall Galleries.

Her involvement with Woburn Art Gallery and exhibiting her work is an exciting venture.

MikeWaldt
Mike Waldt Wood Turning

“The craft of woodturning has developed into my passion, and the natural beauty that is revealed as you work on a piece never ceases to amaze me…”

Mike lives with his wife in a small village in Bedfordshire and started woodturning in 2011, after watching a YouTube video on turning a bowl. He very soon became hooked and turned his double garage into a workshop.
He has developed a successful YouTube channel and regularly uploads videos and also does live demonstrations. His woodturning is juggled between a full-time job as a bus driver in his local town of Bedford and maintaining the cottage and garden."

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David Wells Watercolour paintings

David Wells is an international award winning artist who paints mainly in watercolour. His paintings have been published in both The Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines. He paints most subjects but particularly likes to paint people, animals and buildings.

Many of his paintings feature race horses and musicians. All of his paintings are of scenes he has photographed himself.

His paintings are held in commercial and private collections world wide.

Born in South Africa, he has lived for many years in Milton Keynes.

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Peter White Ceramics

Peter has been inspired by the creative industries for most of his adult life. He has worked as an engineer, teacher and designer, but now uses clay to create unique sculptural forms, inspiring vessels and tableware. 

”I love the tactile nature of clay and the amazing forms that can be created by pushing the boundaries when it is in a malleable state. I really enjoy experimenting with glaze combinations and never tire of the excitement when opening the kiln and seeing a mélange of beautiful colour. I throw and hand build my pieces and each item
is individual with no two pieces being exactly the same. I love the fact that each piece is unique in its own right”.

As a trained school teacher, Peter loves to inspire by passing on skills and knowledge. In a quest for lifelong learning, Peter runs throwing and handbuilding tuition on a small group or individual basis.

Peter was a 2020 finalist on the popular TV programme, “The Great Pottery Throw Down”.

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Terry Wood Acrylic Paintings

Terry Wood was born in Tottenham, North London, and grew up in Potters Bar. He has now lived in Stotfold, Hertfordshire.

Terry studied at St. Albans School of Art, and completed a BAHons degree in 2D Design.

His background is in Commercial Art, but his passion was in traditional painting. Finding himself on his own after tragically losing his wife, he knew he had to do something else with his life and applied for a class in fine art, graduating with a degree in the subject.

Terry gains inspiration from many sources. Having travelled extensively, his sketchbook is usually a digital camera, which he finds useful especially when time is short.