I have been a member of OBA since 2014.
While the country was in lockdown I decided to concentrate on improving my drawing skills using pencils. All of my drawings are from my own photographs, I have drawn freehand but with the more complex drawings like buildings and some animals I used the grid method as I wanted the drawings to have the correct with proportions. The down side of the grid is the rubbing out the lines before I could get on with the drawing. I have now changed this, still using the grid method, drawing it out on a separate paper, using tracing paper to copy the drawing. I enjoy drawing with my pencils and I have carried on with this method and including when out and about walking locally and I have found I am more observant.
I have lived and worked in Kent for many years and have recently moved to Somerset where I was fortunate to link up with The Old Bakery Artists.
I have been producing art since 2010 when I had a change in career and had the time to develop my interests in the arts. I attended an art course at the University of Creative Arts in Maidstone and this also sparked my interest in photography. When in Kent I was a member of Maidstone Visual Arts Network. After moving to Somerset in 2019 I wanted to continue exhibiting my work and after visiting a local Art Trail I was fortunate to be accepted into The Old Bakery Artists.
I enjoy producing portraits of both people and pets along with wildlife and with my photography I tend to look for the more abstract views that often get overlooked by the casual glance of a passer by.
I have been a member of the OBA for many years.
During the corona virus I have been out with the sketch book sketching and painting some of the bridges that span the river Somer, and surrounding countryside.
As I am now self isolated at home for the next few months I hope to get the 2 paintings below finished. The Brown Bears where photographed in Finland last year and the Painting in Bath is part of Kilmersdon Art Group’s project for this year on producing a painting on Global Warming, which will be shown at their Exhibition in 2021. This painting is on Light Pollution.
The sculpture of the Otters is waiting to have the base glazed and then to be fired in the gas kiln at Frome Community Pottery next September, which will turn the otters and tree trunk dark brown. The College has let me have some clay so that I can get on with my next sculptures over the next few months
I will still go out and about with my camera taking pictures of the local wildlife while keeping isolated, so I have plenty to keep me occupied in these troubling times.
Caroline has been a member of the group for around 4 years now, how time flies. It is a great experience to be able to exhibit with such a range of talented people. We work together to exchange ideas and although our work differs widely it all sits together so well giving our visitors a feast for the eyes.
Caroline mainly creates surreal oil paintings, she is exploring the surreal through the creation of 3D sculptures in porcelain and in addition tothis works in pen, ink, watercolour and pencil.
Caroline also exhibits in other events, she is a regular at the Bath Arts Fair, Frome Open Studios and Frome Arts Society exhibitions. She also exhibits in events throughout the country and has forged links with artists across the world. Her unusual, bright and surreal style of work gives a refreshing change to more traditional images.
I am enjoying more time now to explore new painting techniques, with time to experiment and create some of the paintings that I have not had the opportunity to do before.
Andrew is one of the longest members of OBA since the group was formed in 2000.
I have been potting, now, for over thirty years.
In that time I have worked as a production potter, taught, been a technician, run workshops and creative projects.
Currently I am a tutor for Frome Community Pottery and technician.
I have always made my own work. It is mainly thrown domestic ware, made from a smooth terracotta clay with slip decoration and finished with transparent coloured glazes.
Recently I have gone back to using the technique of raku. I have been making chickens, finished with lustrous glazes and vases using the decorative technique of horse hair and feather raku.