Scottish- born painter Catriona Herd splits her time between New York and the UK.
Catriona has staged successful solo exhibitions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Edinburgh, Frankfurt and Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
Catriona travels throughout the UK and all over mainland Europe making plein air sketches in pastel and watercolour.
She is inspired by light, atmosphere and structure in the landscape and especially by colour. A misty, rainy day might seem neutral in colour but Catriona says she will see ‘blues, greens, ochres and purples…… a complex pattern of colour.’ Hence the need for extensive plein air sketches.
Her process back in the studio involves more studies in pastel and oil paint, trying to capture the rhythm and composition, before beginning a large oil painting.
Catriona gained a post graduate qualification at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. More recently she attended the Art Student’s League in New York, where she won a scholarship to Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and a six week scholarship to study and paint at the Marchutz School in Aix-en -Provence.
Henrietta Lawson Johnston is a professional artist living in North Oxfordshire. After studying History of Art at university, she decided her first love was painting and spent some time training at the Atelier Canova in Rome where she chose oils as her medium.
Henrietta draws inspiration from her love of nature and the fascinating scope of still life, whether it be a simple object or the beauty found in ripe fruit. Her work is classical in style and her choice of light and tone calm in quality. She chooses to matt varnish her work, so that, while drawing on centuries of tradition in oil painting, the finished piece has a contemporary feel, enabling her work to sit well in any interior setting. Henrietta also works on commission.
Making ceramics is something I wanted to do for a very long time. I finally began a few years ago, when I spent 3 years at City of Oxford College on a one-day a week course. I soon discovered that I needed more time for making, and set up my own garden studio at home, where I have been working for a few years.
I throw and turn my vessels on the wheel, using either pure porcelain or porcelain mixed with some stoneware. My bowls and vases are made to be used or simply looked at. The forms I throw are mostly inspired by the classic shapes of oriental ceramics, though who could add to the perfection of a Song bowl? I make work in series of similar forms, but unconstrained by a rigid specification, enjoying the subtle variations between pieces. I relish exploring glaze colours and textures, and trying to find a variety of surfaces that complement the simplicity of the forms.
I enjoy the way pots look when grouped together, the shapes and shadows between the forms, and the relationship between the colours and textures of the glazes. My ceramics can be enjoyed as single pieces, but they seem also to complement each other when combined in small groups. I also enjoy how a good pot feels when weighed in the hand, that sense of balance that tells you when it’s right.
Beatrice Hoffman grew up in Germany and studied sculpture at the Norwich School of Art from 1986-9. She is based near Oxford and works mostly in solid and coiled clay, creating sculptures both figurative and abstract to be cast in bronze ( resin), varying in height between 25 and 230 cm. With her sculptures, Beatrice wants to achieve a certain degree of simplicity and abstraction. Some of her ideas for sculptures derive from her other career as an arts educator and therapist, which makes her very aware of the psychological and expressive potential of sculptures. Beside sculptures for the domestic and garden environment, she has been working in polystyrene and plaster on a larger scale (2013-14 as part of an artist-in-residency at the Chenderit School), suitable for either garden or a a more public setting.
Born in Darjeeling, India in 1952, Gerry Dudgeon studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art, gaining a first class Honours degree in 1979, followed by an MFA postgraduate degree from Reading University in 1981. After a travelling scholarship to New York, he was based in London working as a painter in studios at Wapping, the Barbican and Brixton before settling in West Dorset. His paintings can be found in many UK collections including The Marquis of Bath, Cadbury Schweppes, Royal Caribbean Cruises and The Slade School of Art. He exhibits regularly at the RA Summer Show, the New English Art Club and the RWA, Bristol.
This series of work is inspired by travels to remote areas of Morocco. These paintings capture memories of dry desert landscapes, snow-capped mountains and the hazy, mysterious light of dawn and dusk. Dudgeon combines the rich mineral colours to be found in the landscape with shapes and patterns observed in Moroccan carpets and ceramics. The mud-built kasbah towers of Berber villages also feature prominently in these paintings, where colour is used to create a sense of atmosphere and mood.
Oblique references to architecture and folk art are a subtle reminder in these works of Morocco’s rich cultural heritage.
John is at heart an observational painter who likes to work on location whenever possible in order to experience and react to his surroundings directly. Much of his work, in oil or watercolour, is started en plein air and completed in the studio with the aid of photographs and sketches. His drawing skills, honed in his former work in graphic art and design, enable him to tackle often complicated subjects with confidence that evocative and expressive brushwork is underpinned by sound construction.
John divides his time between producing new work, painting to commission, teaching, demonstrating, and writing articles on technique, several of which have been published in The Artist magazine. He has staged many one-man shows and has contributed work to The Pure Watercolour Society at Windrush and The Sunday Times Watercolour exhibition in the Mall Galleries.
My paintings are born from an emotional response to places I visit and views that I witness in my day to day life. Outwardly, they relate to different light and colour in the landscape. I then relate these to inward feelings and memories and things which are currently going on in my life. Sometimes the history of a place and a feeling about a place will have an effect on my paintings. All of them are about beauty in the landscape and moments where this beauty affects us. This in turn correlates with specific events and happenings in my life.
My art is a response to nature; landscape, weather, movement and light. Looking at plants, water or a wider scene, mark making and multiple layering, the dominant theme is the universal struggle for adaptation and survival. Ecological interactions, personal emotions and the physical processes of expressive drawing and painting conjure up intriguing parallels with the complexities and challenges of life.
Sophie Louise White is best known for her contemporary wildlife sculptures and she is renowned for capturing the intrinsic essence of her subject. Irrespective of size, she sculpts with a harmonious balance of movement, elegance and motional poise.
With an astute eye for animal anatomy and forms that function, Sophie manipulates her materials to create an elegant, aesthetically balanced signature style.
Growing up on her family’s rare breeds farm, situated in Kent, Sophie was privileged to observe the beauty of the animal form first hand. This instinctive and insightful study has given her an enviable knowledge and awareness of each subject’s individual characteristics and distinguishing forms.
Now residing in Hampshire, her rural environment is enriched with the wildlife that continues to influence her work. She portrays the unique characteristics of the fauna that she sculpts in clay, soft wax and occasionally in plaster. Each composition is then cast in either Bronze or Silver using the Ancient Lost Wax method.
Sophie Louise White gained a First Class Honours degree in Figurative Sculpture from London’s University of the Arts before gaining a residency at a renowned Hampshire Bronze Foundry. This residency gave Sophie a valuable knowledge of the foundry process, and an ability to manipulate her materials with confident translation from subject to sculpture.
Often choosing to colour her work herself, Sophie finishes each piece with rich and varied patinas, consciously chosen to compliment subject and surface.
Her unique translation and elegant interpretation of her subject has brought Sophie Louise White recognition, which sees her catalogue of work and individual commissions sought internationally.