We organise exhibitions throughout the year in our front foyer and coffee bar to coincide with the Highbury Players’ productions. As well as paintings we can exhibit photos, textiles, framed sculptures and calligraphy.
We are always on the lookout for new artists. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
(For information to new exhibitors: Exhibitions will be able to be viewed during Wednesday mornings, from 10am until 12 noon. And also in the evenings whilst attending a show at the theatre.)
As a child my mother encouraged the family to draw and paint. We were taught “not to go over the lines and always shade in the same direction”.
After my children left home I had time to pursue my interest, which has led me along wonderful paths. I have not had formal art training and have learnt from observation of nature and other artists. It has been a great pleasure to visit exhibitions and galleries not only in this country but also in America and Australia.
My interests are varied and include portraits, florals, landscapes and abstracts using watercolour, oils, pastels and acrylics. I take my work from nature and also use my own photographs for inspiration. Where possible I like to use movement in my work with sweeping shapes. This comes from a fascination of watching birds in flight and also my love of dance, particularly ballet, where movement is an important expression.
I hand decorate china and ran a china painting group in Sutton. For the Millennium the group presented the Town Hall with a framed work of tiles depicting views of Sutton Coldfield.
I have been a member of the Warwickshire Watercolourists and the Lichfield Society of Artists and currently am a member of the Sutton Coldfield Society of Artists.
One of my happiest moments has been to see my grandchildren interested in art with one of them taking A level art at Bishop Vesey, with the intention of pursuing a career in one of the many aspects of art.
I have loved to garden and draw ever since childhood. Even at an early age plants and flowers delighted and fascinated me. I was encouraged by my maternal grandfather to help him in the garden, and by my dad who used to draw beautiful sketches of things he planned to make in wood.
Throughout my life I have tried to paint and draw flowers and plants, but have always been frustrated by the two dimensional appearance of my pictures. Taking part in various adult education classes didn’t fill my needs, until prior to retirement I attended a series of workshops at Winterbourne Botanic Garden.
Following this, I enrolled in a one year course in Botanical Illustration at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in 2010 and follow-on courses for a further two years. These were very inspiring courses, and opened up a whole new world for me by introducing me to the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists.
I prefer working in coloured pencil and sometimes graphite and pen and ink. Having learnt the painterly techniques of using coloured pencils, I like the challenges of working out myself how to recreate these types of things on paper.
I am particularly drawn to specimens that are less than perfect, especially leaves and vegetables. I strive for botanical accuracy, relishing the detail. But above all I enjoy exploring the different aspects of this absorbing pastime, and sharing the love of drawing with the friends I have made attending my monthly pencil workshops.
Recently I have also experimented with drawing glass items, cutlery, and rusty objects of all kinds, trees and rotting wood. During lockdown I spent the time in drawing both of my daughters’ pet dogs – both have white dogs, so this was a very interesting challenge.
I have been lucky enough to have had commissions from people who have seen my work to draw portraits of their pets, flowers with personal significance, an impression of Glastonbury Tor, a favourite whisky glass, and an extra-large drawing of a Porsche car shield.
If you have a favourite flower or something you would like a drawing of, I am happy to take commissions. (The only things I don’t draw are people). I can be contacted via my email address.
Please put as the subject ‘Drawing Request’ so I don’t miss your email.
Photography has been part of my life for many years.
My career started off in accountancy, and in the 1980s I studied photography at Sutton Coldfield College.
My photography was initially as an amateur, but professional opportunities arose and … as they say … the rest is history.
Major sporting events that I have covered include World Athletics Championships, World Baton Twirling Championships, Davis Cup tennis, World Badminton Championships, All England Badminton Championships, World Para-Badminton Championships, European Power Lifting, Netball Commonwealth Games and Test Matches and England Fencing Championships.
Much of my photography has centred on athletics – track and field, road racing, cross country and sports hall.
Nearly 1500 photographs have been published in sports magazines and books. An uncounted number of photographs have been published in local, regional and national newspapers with another uncounted number of prints and digital files bought by participants of the events and their families.
In addition to the event style of work, my interests include macro and floral work and local scenery.