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It was during art college that I found the medium of Batik was right for me. I use fine white cotton lawn and colour fast dyes and work from my own sketches, sometimes using as many as thirty dyes, which takes many hours. Although people often think of Batik as a mass-produced decorative medium, my Batiks are unique pictures. I have had many solo and group exhibitions all over the UK and three solo exhibitions abroad. A book was published about my work called The Art Of Batik - Flowers And Landscapes. I love creating dramatic scenes with vibrant colours - perhaps a hangover from my previous career as an actress.
Telephone: 01502 724437
Mary has been painting professionally for more than 25 years. Always interested in figure painting, she has become known for capturing children playing naturally along the Suffolk Heritage Coast.
Mary ran her own successful galleries for more than 14 years, initially in Southwold and latterly in nearby Halesworth. She closed the gallery in Halesworth at the end of 2015 to give her more time to develop her painting and enable her to exhibit her work further afield.
Mary is a figurative painter and is inspired by anything "living" - be it a musician in the street, a galloping horse on the beach, or a loosely arranged bunch of flowers.
Mary's work has been exhibited by The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, The Society of Women Artists and The Royal Institute of Painters in Oils - all in the Mall Galleries, London. In 2014 she published a book "Drawn to Southwold" showing her work.
Telephone: 07760 178195
I concentrate mainly on watercolour and in printmaking I use water based inks which enables me to print on top of watercolour and vice versa.
My subjects are mainly seascapes often with figures, still lives and botanical although I do turn towards textural and abstract studies
Telephone: 07712 294938
Prices: £65 - £500.
Wil has always painted as a hobby, but took early retirement 15 years ago to paint 'more seriously'! Largely self-taught, apart from two print-making courses, he has always loved drawing - especially pen-and-ink with wash. He loves painting en plein-air, and regularly participates in a group in Norwich.
However, several years ago he took up oil portraiture and this now rivals the pen for his attention. He is happy to take commissions for portraiture - whether house, people or even pets!
Address: Green Gables, The Street, Wenhaston, Suffolk IP19 9DP
Prices: £120 - £350.
After a career in publishing working in production and as a designer, Anne now works full time as a painter in Walberswick. She received her training at the Chelsea School of Art where she studied painting and printmaking with Eric Shanes and Peter Baer. She has has had her work shown in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, the New English Art Club, The Chappel Galleries, The Southwold Gallery and Snape Maltings Gallery and others. Her work is included in many private and public collections here and abroad.
Anne has been featured as the Artist of the Month at the Snape Maltings Gallery on several occasions. In 2007 she had her first solo exhibition at the Chappel Galleries.
She likes to work expressively, responding to the landscapes and seascapes of East Anglia using mixed media. She endeavours to convey the essence of a scene with an economy of line. Publications: Artist & Illlustrator 1997, Walberswick, East Anglian Interludes 1880-2000 by Richard Scott, Who's Who in Art (2006), Artists in Britain since 1945, David Buckman (2006)
Telephone: 01502 722068
Address: 5 The Terrace, The Street, Walberswick, Suffolk IP18 6TZ.
Guideline price: Prices: £85 - £300
Andrew Pitt was born in Maldon and educated at the Gilberd School, Colchester and St. Andrew's University.
He has been painting landscapes since he was 11. For many years he painted exclusively in watercolour concentrating on East Anglia landscapes and particularly marine scenes. He now paints with equal facility in both watercolour and oil and has greatly extended his range of subject matter. Although he has remained a figurative artist, his oils exploit the full potential of the texture of the paint and his aim remains to get a painterly image, which captures the essence of the subject. Andrew is well known for his loose, fresh approach to watercolour and the simplicity of his style has made him much in demand as a tutor in this medium. He has had 15 one-man exhibitions since 1980 and contributed to numerous mixed shows. His work is included in "The Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Landscapes" and he is a regular contributor to the "Leisure Painter" magazine. He is a frequent art club demonstrator and workshop/painting holiday tutor.
Andrew's pictures are in many private collections in Britain as well as Canada, Holland, North America, New Zealand, Slovakia and Australia.
Telephone: 01502 723760
I am a colourist and my paintings are generally figurative and impressionable. My father was my first teacher and showed me that legs and arms had muscles and were not like sticks. he bought me several books in the "how to draw" series he also showed me that the bark of trees are not just brown. He did not encourage me to take up art as a career. Instead I studied both agriculture and later human nutrition at university. My first post was in Uganda and there I taught myself to paint in oils, using materials and a book sent by my father.
For a while I painted only in oils, which is probably my favourite, but now I also use acrylic, watercolour and pastels. For a few years I concentrated on Batik, having learnt the method in Singapore, where for a few months, I also attended the Nanyang Academy of Art. That was the only formal art training that I had, but everywhere I have lived, I have found excellent tutors.
My love of colour has been inspired by living in the tropics (think of Gauguin). My continued interest and love of animals and rural life has been fostered by living and working in Africa, and the South Pacific islands and continues to provide my subject matter
Telephone: 01728 747343
Address: Almond Tree Cottage, The Street, Easton, Woodbridge, Suffolk , IP13 0ED
Prices: Prices are between £150 - £300
Dawn is a figurative painter based in Suffolk, UK. Working in oil, watercolour, pencil and batik, she is principally preoccupied with capturing the beauty of light and colour. Portraits are a speciality and commissions are welcomed but her subjects range widely to include landscape, seascape, mountain subjects, architecture and still-life. Dawn Pretty also runs a regular programme of painting classes in her studio at The Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth, East Suffolk for current details.
Originating from Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, Dawn has been established as a successful artist for more th than 20 years. She is now settled in Suffolk where she has held solo exhibitions since 1996. Her work is in collections worldwide.
Telephone: 07979 721253
Richard Scott is a painter and sculptor living and working in Walberswick, a village with which he has had close links for almost half a century. He taught at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in the 1960s and at Suffolk College from 1971 to 1995. He is a founder member of the Suffolk Group, a member of Ipswich Art Society and a previous president of the Southwold Art Circle.
He has exhibited widely in East Anglia and his work has been shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and at NEAC from 1992. He had solo exhibitions at Chappel Galleries, Essex, in 1999 and at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, in 2002.
Publications include 'Artists at Walberswick - East Anglian Interludes 1880 - 2000' (Art Dictionaries 2002)
Richard's concerns as a painter are to represent the world around him when seen in unusual conditions of light. His particular interest is in the vibrant intensity of dawn and dusk when the silence and stillness of his chosen subjects are least disturbed by the threat of human movement.
Telephone: 01502 722577
Address: Samphire Cottage, Walberswick, Suffolk IP18 6TX
Wendy Sinclair obtained N.D.D. in sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art in 1955, then Slade Diploma in Fine Art in sculpture and etching. She started painting in 1969 after the youngest child was born, and has exhibited with her husband, Chris, for the last 30 years. Her paintings are mostly of growing plants.
In 1990, like Chris, she became is a founder member of the newly formed Suffolk Group and has shown with them every year since.
The Sinclairs have taken part in the Suffolk 'Open Studios' programme and have shown in various venues around the country.
As well as painting in watercolours, pastels and oils, Wendy produces prints by etching on copper plates using an ancient spider-wheel press. Lino prints in colour and, recently, wood cuts, are also made using the press. Wendy also undertakes carved lettering from time to time.
Telephone: 01502 724433
Address: 'Driftwood', Church Lane, Walberswick, Suffolk IP18 6UZ
Jack Stephenson trained at Walthamstow and Hornsey colleges of art and taught art in London for 30 years while regularly exhibiting at galleries in and around the Capital as well as at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. At the age of 40 he treated himself to a year's sabbatical to take an MA in painting and printmaking at Goldsmith's College, an experience which convinced him that painting was his priority.
At 50, he and his wife, botanical watercolourist, Christine Stephenson, took early retirement from teaching and moved to Middleton, Suffolk where they both have studios.
Jack sees himself as working in the ongoing English figurative tradition and, perhaps unfashionably, values classic drawing skills above all as the basis of successful painting. Although he also paints landscapes and still-lifes, Jack is primarily a portraitist working to commission and has made the modern 'conversation piece' something of his own speciality.
He lists as his principal influences: Velazquez, William Nicholson, William Orpen, John Singer Sargent, John Ward, R.A. and, especially, Ken Howard, R.A. under whom he studied figurative composition at Walthamstow.
Jack has been a member of the Suffolk Group for 10 years and is currently its treasurer. He is also President of the Southwold Art Circle.
Telephone: 01728 648748
Prices: Charges range from £300 - £500 for a portrait drawing, and £1,000- £2000 for a small oil portrait up to £8,000 - £16,000 for large canvases featuring family groups or conversation pieces.
Brian Steventon is a painter living in Staffordshire, but frequently travels to East Anglia, where he has family ties and supplies commercial galleries in the region He is self taught and is an elected member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA), The Easel Club, Birmingham Art Circle, Birmingham Watercolour Society (BWS) and Wolverhampton Society of Artists. He is Vice President of the Easel Club, was previously a committee member at the RBSA.
He has exhibits extensively in the UK and has had work displayed at various exhibitions at the Mall Galleries. His work is in private collections in the UK, Europe, USA.
He has had articles published in The Limner and Art of England magazine and his work was purchased by the Kingdom series.
He is "inspired by the abstract element within the subject, very often atmospheric and light conditions enhance the abstract quality that I am seeking. Sometimes it is the bigger landscape that I find inspirational, other times it can be merely a cameo of the overall view, but there is rarely a day goes by when I don't see something that inspires me to paint.
Wild open spaces, such as Wales, its Borders, East Anglia, Peak District, Cornwall and Italy, I find inspirational, but a normal busy street scene can also be appealing to me.
Painting on the spot can produce a finished work, or it may be the starting point for a variety of paintings on a theme to be painted back in my studio."
Brian paints in Acrylic, Oils, Watercolour and Mixed Media
Address: 6 Rookery Rise, Wombourne, Staffs, WV5 0NP
Having spent three decades as a writer in advertising, PR and technical journalism, I started painting in 1991 as an antidote to the verbal and a chance to exercise the other half of my brain.
I paint in watercolours, oils. I enjoy painting 'the particular', whether portraits or places. I find myself drawn especially to buildings which exhibit the effects of successive layers of history with evidence of alternating periods of human attention and neglect.
Telephone: 01502 722582
Prices: £100 - £200
After moving to Suffolk from Kent 6 years ago, Laina has become increasingly absorbed in painting the surrounding countryside and sea. She has always loved painting and drawing and is continually looking at new techniques and mediums. She is fascinated by the marshes in East Anglia and the glimpses of water between the reeds, so characteristic of this area. She is also making the time to study and research artists who particularly inspire her, and is a particular fan of contemporary artist Kurt Jackson.
She exhibits regularly with Southwold Art Circle and Beccles Society of Artists and this year opened her studio to visitors as part of Southwold Arts Festival. She has also exhibited at the Upstairs Gallery, Beccles, Suffolk Open Studios, Swan House, Beccles and the Ferini Gallery, Pakefield.
Laina works mainly in mixed media, but also enjoys oils, watercolour and pastel.
Prices: Prices for work start at £60. Commissions are welcome