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Pictures by Jon Watkins - an artist living in North Cornwall who has a wide variety of styles and talents to ''''''''''''''''draw'''''''''''''''' on.
Ian Fox is a well-known and established artist from North Cornwall whose work is owned and exhibited in numerous local homes and galleries.
John was born in Kidderminster in 1947. He came to Cornwall in 1968, where he started to paint seriously and has been painting ever since. John is inspired by life and nature, but he doesn’t attempt to reproduce it. "I love atmosphere and colour, sunshine and rain, seaside, country and town" says John.
After serving for 12 years in the army he came to Cornwall to live. He runs several art classes in and around Padstow and has in the past had his paintings used for printing cards which were sold nationaly. He paints mainly in Oils and Pastels reflecting his love of the Cornish Coastline and Countryside.
John moved to Cornwall in 1983 after a career in the Health Service. He began painting professionally soon after. John is keen on the natural world and draws his inspiration from the wonderful landscape in North Cornwall. He paints a variety of subjects in all media. John teaches art to a few local groups trying not to give up all his secrets.
Joanna has been painting and drawing all her life as her father was an artist. Although originally concentrating on portraits her love of landscapes evolved after her move to Cornwall 11 years ago. She works mainly in acrylics on watercolour paper, board and canvas.
Doug started his artistic career with abstract collages, he then moved on to landscapes and seascapes. His new style is quite unique, paintings with character, boats and buildings in bright cheerful colours and seagulls with attitude.
Lizzie is a local artist from Launcston who paints in watercolours. Lizzie paints with great detail which is why her paintings have taken many hours to complete, in some cases over 100 hours. At present Lizzie wishes to keep hold of the originals and produces prints of her work we hope in the very near future she will allow us to sell them for her.
Tracey was born in Ashington, Northumberland in 1973. She studied art and design at school and college where she gained top grades, besides that she is self taught. She moved to Cornwall in 2001 after the birth of her first child in 2000. Being surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes gave Tracey overwelming desire to paint again. She is now full time mum with two girls and fortunate enough to pursue her desire to paint on a more frequent basis.
New to Karensa for the 2010 season. Jon was born in Cornwall and lives in Falmouth. Jon has a unique way of creating his contemporary art with pen and ink. His medium is an Isograph Pen charged with Indian ink with the finest 0.10mm nib. His drawing is incredibly analytical when it comes to his craft. He creates original art work, limited edition prints and commissions.
New for 2010 season at Karensa Art. Nicholas was born in 1960 close to Peterborough. He started his artistic career painting the countryside in watercolours. Since then he has had sell out exhibitions in Peterborough, Suffolk and Birmingham with his wildlife paintings. Now living in Cornwall the vast skies and coastline has been a source of inspiration to him. Nicholas works with oil on a variety of surfaces with a pallet knife and soft brushes to his more recent work.
New for 2010 season at Karensa Art. Colin has painted Padstow Harbour in watercolour.
Roman specialises in working with genuine driftwood which he collects from the many beaches in Cornwall. He never knows what he is going to find which makes all his work unique.
Judi has been painting professionally for 16 years. She has a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art and a PGCE. Judi teaches watercolour and acrylic to local groups.
Painting boats and the harbours of Cornwall is a passion of hers along with colourful flowers.
Wrendale Designs was established in 2012 and in its first year, they won 2 "Henries". "Best Art Range" for the country set most promising young designer for Hannah Dale.
Sheila has been producing watercolours for over 12 years and she is inspired by the English coastline and sleepy fishing villages as well as landscapes and animals. Her interest in cooking and gardening still remains to encourage new material in other subjects.
Julie was born in Surrey in 1977. She studied at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design for 4 years, she now lives in Newquay. Julie works solely in pencil, creating highly detailed drawings of local harbours, seaside scenes and wildlife.
David is a local artist living just outside the Cornish village of St Newlyn East. He has worked in the publishing industry and illustrated children''s books as well as greetings cards, such as Hallmark. David has had many articles written in national magazines about his quirky and unique style of painting. He now paints predominately onto reclaimed timber.
Taking early retirement in 2005 Lin returned to Cornwall, where she found she had the time to paint seriously. Lin is a self taught artist which she feels her learning comes by way of ''''playing''''. After trying all media she soon realised pastels suited her and she hasn''''t looked back since. Lin says ''''it is to catch the very essence of atmosphere and mood
that feeds my desire to paint.
Bertie & Jack launched in 2010 and create feel good, colourful wall art. Their cut-out concept, where they cut their illustrations from mount board and layer Bertie & Jack patterns and prints behind the cut-out shape, gives their range its originality and they were the first to create artwork in this way.
Ellis Cooper graduated from Central Saint Martins College London in 2007. Now living in Newquay, Ellis chooses to make the local coastal wildlife the subject of her artwork. Her recent paintings use watercolour and masking fluid in the early stages to produce textured effects. Each finished piece can include the use of pastels, acrylic and pencil.
Virginia started painting about 25 years ago when she lived in Scotland and for a short time she studied with and was inspired by the well-known Scottish artist Ann Sinclair. Although continuing with her painting Virginia now focuses much of her time on design and creative arts and crafts. About 3 years ago Virginia attended several courses in felt making and creative design. So now, as well as painting, Virginia creates very individual and striking machine embroidered pictures, using handmade felt and beautiful materials.
Carol Bowes-Alcock specialises in using wool to create art which is amazingly versatile and can be used in so many ways. She studied Art and Design at Cumbria College of Art and Design followed by a Degree in Graphic Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. ’I grew up with a farming background, so it’s lovely finding a link to what I knew growing up’ says Carol who’s aim is to rear rare breed sheep, utilising their fleece, whilst allowing them to live their lives naturally.
Patricia has an enduring love of the sense of light and movement which the sea and the Cornish landscape provide for her in abundance. Patricia likes to paint with acrylic on large canvasses, but does like the diversity of other mediums.
Rachael lives and works on the north coast of Cornwall. Studied at Plymouth university where she graduated with a Masters in 2010. Rachael''s love of art began many years ago as she has been painting for over 20 years. She is inspired by the ever changing landscapes and seascapes of Cornwall.
Sandy originally trained in textiles followed by architectural stained glass. She then undertook postgraduate studies at Central St Martin''s College where she developed other glass techniques. Sandy says "I enjoy working directly with glass to capture a response to a time, mood and place".
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