Born in Somerset Brian trained at art school for five years and for some time worked as an illustrator for publishers and agencies in London. Then when living abroad for some years he concentrated on figurative painting and portraiture usually via commission.
He now lives in soggy lovely Devon with a studio at the bottom of his garden which is far too small. He paints every day, in between walking the dog, sometimes on the beach.
Music, always, accompanies him ranging from Bill Evans and Miles Davis to Malcolm Arnold Shostakovich and Tom Lehrer, and if that’s not enough he confesses to being a fan of Radio 3 and a pipe smoker!
Born in 1962, Richard has been creating and publishing works since the age of 11, early works being mostly Beardsley inspired macabre Indian ink on cartridge paper pieces for the UK fantasy fanzine marketplace.
......now a full time creative artist, Richard sculpts, paints and produces eclectic themed works in various styles.
Alan Jacobs is a professional photographer specialising in nature photography. These idyllic images of landscapes and seascapes are pleasing to the eye and evoke the sometimes haunting beauty of Dartmoor, Devon and Cornwall. Alan Jacobs’ ability is in portraying the beauty and colour of nature.
Based in a tranquil village near Dartmoor, Alan’s portfolio includes landscapes and seascapes of the Devon and Cornish countryside as well as Natural Abstract images.
Over the years Alan has built a portfolio of critically acclaimed pictures of the South West coast and countryside.
A painter and writer since leaving home at 16 in 1979, Lawerence Freiesleben has lived in the wilds of the North Pennines in Northumberland with his wife and the youngest of his children, for the past 6 years. Exhibiting widely all over the U.K, particularly London and the South West, he twice won first prize in the Bridport Open. His most recent exhibition was online with the International Times, and the paintings featured, were partially inspired by the ruined landscapes of the lead mining industry, high on the moors. Before moving north he and his family lived in North Devon for thirteen years, and before that at various locations all over Britain, "for just long enough to remain unsettled!"
Amy studied A'levels and completed a National Diploma at Exeter College, and then spent a year travelling in Australia before going to university. For the first year of her fine art degree she studied at Nottingham Trent University and then moved to Cornwall where she completed her degree at Falmouth College of Art. Being in Falmouth Amy found incredibly inspiring and fueled her interest in portraiture.
Amy takes inspiration from her surroundings; a beautiful landscape, an interesting person, an inspiring book. Her main interest is in portraiture and abstract work. Amy likes working from life and from photographs to capture the character of the person she is drawing or the atmosphere of the landscape.
Ian Dunn has worked as a freelance artist and illustrator on the European continent for the past twenty years. During this time he also spent nine years teaching art as the head lecturer at the 'Regensburg Academy of Arts' in Germany. He has exhibited widely, and successfully in Europe, and his work has been the subject of many articles in print and radio.
Since returning three years ago to his home of his birth: Devon, he has concentrated on painting; his deepest love and passion. His often enigmatic figurative paintings are saturated with stillness, space and an intangible, subliminal narrative.
His land, and seascapes, articulate his passion for the raw and the elemental within a landscape; be it the wilds of the moors or the tempestuousness of the sea. They are expressive, sponteneous, wild and abstractly impressionistic.
Shan Miller is a very popular West Country artist. Born in Redruth, Cornwall, she studied art at North Devon College and attended various 'Life Drawing' groups, also participating as a model for Exeter University and the Aaron Foundation. Her work encompasses primitive and classical styles, depicting a wide range of subject material. Influences include the old masters, for their life-size portrayals and their strength and vibrancy, rural matters, such as farming and local characters and modern figurative painters. Though she is best known for her life-size farmyard animals and farming scenes, her latest works concentrate on action portraits of dogs as typified by “Running Dog”.
Ray Foxell, who lives in Lapford, Devon, came late to painting following a lifetime's interest in photography, in which he has professional qualifications. This probably explains his penchant for fine detail and unusual lighting effects.
His work, mainly in oil and watercolour, has sold both in this country and abroad and has been exhibited in galleries here in the South West, in Birmingham and in London.
Still life has always been an interest, but recently portraits and bilbical genre paintings seem to be predominating.