Fiona was born in St Andrews, Scotland, but was raised beside the River Nidd in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire where she now resides with her husband, James. She studied a BA (Hons) in Art & Design at Leeds Metropolitan University and graduated in 2000 and then an Adult Teaching Certificate the year after. Now Fiona paints from her studio in Knaresborough where she also runs art workshops (Chameleon Creative Arts).
I am 74 years old, married for 51 years to Patricia with one daughter Sarah who is also artistic. Have had no formal training even though I from quite young have always sketched, then in my teens started painting. Have relied on photographs for my material and copied a wide range of subjects from portraits, animals, landscapes, still life even reproducing copies of paintings by Toulouse Lautrec. Renoir, Turner as well as cartoon and caricature characters. Had a picture entered by my primary school into a Town Hall Exhibition when I was a pupil and in my teens and early twenties painted commissions for family/friends and work colleagues. Most of them told me that I should be doing that for a living even though they didn’t provide me with the means to do so from the payment for their commissions. My artwork has since then suffered due to a mixture of career, family life and other interests and I have only given it more time since finally retiring only relatively recently. I am hoping to make up for lost time and would still like to make a small mark in the Art community.
Since exhibiting on the Nidd Art Trail last year I have continued to paint outdoors locally, as much as I could given the COVID restrictions. This has included regular painting trips in the valleys of the Nidd, Skell and Ure. I have painted more landscapes and less woodland scenes this year; probably because I am craving wider landscapes after being stuck at home for so long! I hope you like my latest work; they are all framed and available for sale.
“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” -VG This quote sums up who I am as an artist. If I create beautiful paintings, but do not continue to grow in loving others then it is all meaningless. I’ve certainly not mastered this, but continue to grow in this area of my life. One way I chose to express that love is by carefully listening to the customer’s heart and helping to map out a personal and meaningful piece of art that will transform their home. Beautiful colour combinations is one of my greatest interests in art. Many times I find myself crying over the symphony of colours that I find in nature, and this is one of my inspirations. I’m also inspired by raw emotions, nature, hope, truth, beauty, design, and stories of transformations. I enjoy expressing emotions onto canvas and creating art that awakens the spirit. I paint in the timeless and beautiful style of impressionism. Lori was born and raised in the United States; now a resident in North Yorkshire with her husband who is a dual citizen with his mother being a Yorkshire Lass.
I live in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, and love to paint in my spare time. I loved sketching as a child but did not start painting until around 2008 when I joined a local botanical painting group. It was there that I learned basics such as composition and tone and where I was inspired to continue creating artwork. I started with painting flowers but now I paint what interests me using my own photographic reference from trips out and about around Yorkshire. My artwork is expressive and colourful, I am very hands on, often applying or spreading paint with my fingers and I love the sticking and gluing of different materials in my mixed media work. I am a member of 2 local art clubs and I exhibit and sell my paintings at their art exhibitions and also at other open local art exhibitions.
The painting are by members of the Yorkshire group using chinese ink and colours. Some are in traditional chinese style and others have western influences.
The paintings of artist Neil Simone have the ability to transcend reality allowing the viewer to interpret what they see from their own personal perspective.
Celebrating his 50th year as a full time artist, Neil’s unique conceptual themes include the passage of time, the ever changing seasons and how we can physically be in one place, yet in our thoughts be somewhere else. How one idea can lead to another and light and shade creates a three dimensional illusion of reality.
Neil’s paintings invite us to see beyond the perceived reality and expand our horizons.
Sarah lives and works from her studio in Ramsgill, a rural village in Upper Nidderdale. Since graduating from the University of Northumberland in 1994. Although first and foremost a landscape oil painter her work has now led onto screenprint, drypoint etching and solar plate work. She is a member of York Printmakers The majority of her work is based on the River Nidd and reservoirs around her home, with recent themes of working into the light and setting sun. She also enjoys coastal work with Staithes, Port Mulgrave and the Northumberland coast being favourite locations. She is a keen walker and works in a traditional way, collecting sketches out in the field and developing her ideas back in the studio.
Duncan Clayton produces paintings in oil, pen and ink, and pyrography. The oil paintings are mainly still life pictures, which are mounted in specially turned hardwood frames to supply a contrasting effect. Other pictures are produced using a pyrography technique in which the picture is finely drawn, then pyrographed / burnt into the wood veneer before being completed by painting with water based wood stains.
Smaller items are made in different coloured hardwoods, and are mainly designed to follow an owl theme / These consist of money boxes, pencil, pencil holders, and keyrings.
Based in Guiseley, West Yorks, I travel to work primarily with landscape both locally through the Dales, The Hebrides and recently to the South of France. I am a printmaker working with different processes and techniques, although mostly Intaglio (etching, drypoint). I also produce graphic images with Letterpress, Screenprint and Monotypes.
In support of my finished works I exhibit drawings and paintings (watercolour, oil pastel).
I attended the Chesterfield School art studying Sculpture, Fine Art and Architectural Drawing. When Chesterfield twinned with Darmstadt in 1959 the town council commissioned me to produce a painting of the famous Crooked Spire Church to present to Darmstadt. After art school I spent a few years profitably painting the mountain scenes in oils around the Austrian Tyrol. Eventually moving into the design of fabrics mainly in tweed and cashmere. Working with such designers as Mary Quant and Donal Davies. Although the textile industry became my main income I continued to paint and sell my work. Doing commissions for the Chatsworth estate and also working with galleries in Derbyshire and Yorkshire. These include the Sutcliffe and Mercer Galleries in Harrogate, The Look Gallery in Helmsley and The National Trusts Fountains Hall. In addition my wife and I sell through “The Art Gallery” on line in Newark. We open our home to the public to exhibit our paintings each year. I specialise mainly in landscapes in Pastel, Acrylics, and Pen and Wash. I am inspired by our ever changing scenery and climate.