Born and educated in the south of England, Kim has drawn and painted all her life. She was a teacher of art and design for thirty five years before moving in 2002 to Brittany where she lived and worked for twelve years. Her paintings have evolved from traditional landscapes to completely non figurative, abstract compositions combining tones, textures, lines and colours. Having painted almost exclusively in oils, Kim now works mainly in acrylics as collaging has become an important technique which she now employs to create texture.
"Charcoal is my favourite medium for drawing; it has profound depth and richness. I often make water colour sketches and take photographs out in the open and then rework the images back in the studio. Sketchbooks also serve to record observations, sensations and quotations. Sometimes I simply start from memory with glimpses that have unconsciously lodged themselves in my mind.”
Since November 2014 Kim has been living and working in Farnham Surrey. Her studio is open to visitors by appointment.
Marilyn Taylor is a gold medal winner and International award winning freelance photographer. As a keen amateur, she is on the Royal Photographic Society Digital Group committee, and is an active member of two local camera clubs.
She has always been a keen photographer, from her teens, but when digital cameras became more available in 2000, she started to combine her photography with digital manipulation.
She prefers to take photographs of people and wildlife.
Susi started printmaking about five years ago. Previously she had spent many years creating textile pieces. She finds that pattern and texture are common in both areas and looks for these when she is out and about both in natural and man-made environments. She uses her camera to capture scenes that she finds compositionally interesting or natural forms with especially beautiful textures. She uses parts of these images as a base for her compositions – sketching until she has something she likes. Her work focuses on nature’s beauty, bleakness or quirkiness and humour.
She used lino to produce her first printed images and have been attending courses and creating her own pieces since then using a mixture of processes such as relief (lino, woodcut and collagraph) and intaglio (monoprint and drypoint). She is fascinated by the way that using layers of colours on a plate can produce new colours and unexpected parts of the composition can become more interesting by overlaying. She never ceases to love the reveal as the paper comes away from the printed plate after it’s been rolled through a press – sometimes the piece exceeds expectations but not often enough!
Producing a printed piece combines different skills such as sketching, composing, using cutting or etching tools, preparing beautiful paper and choosing colours of ink which she finds completely absorbing and continually testing. Within the printmakers community she has found encouragement, a willingness to share advice and ideas and the feeling that it is a continual learning journey no matter how far you have already come. She has exhibited her work at the Ochre Print Studio Summer Exhibition and the Harvey Gallery as part of the Surrey Adult Education Summer Exhibition over the last couple of years.
Ruth’s paintings in this exhibition exemplify what catches her eye: INTRINSIC PATTERNS, whether occurring naturally in the countryside, or created by architectural design.
Ruth enjoys working in a variety of media, notably acrylic, gouache, pastel, pen & ink. Over the years, her work gradually but insistently has evolved into the semi-abstract. She is especially rivetted by the strong and vivid patterns that emerge seemingly spontaneously in nature, but similarly inspired by architectural details on buildings. Reflections from, or views through, windows – often abruptly perceived in passing or waiting at bus stops – are another, related, focus. The challenge is to manipulate all that to a further level. Exaggeration and even distortion has fine aesthetic appeal. Some of the results are on display here.
Born and raised in New York, she came to Europe in 1965, ultimately settling in the UK, where she married and produced three children. The art world generally, and painting in particular, always has featured significantly in her life. Ruth has been painting seriously since childhood, and it has remained her main diversion from the strains of parenting and the pressures of working life through the years.
Her work has been exhibited individually, in group exhibitions at various sites in the Southeast and in Southern France, where we live part of the year.
Gill is a local textile artist who has lived and worked in the Guildford area for over 40 years. Having always been creative from an early age, when her children had grown up, she was able to return to sewing, starting with patchwork and then moving on to a variety of techniques and materials.
Over the last year, Gill has been experimenting with print and hand dye techniques and uses the resulting fabrics to make small stitched bowls.
She is inspired by her background in Biology to create small sculptures from vintage materials based on flora and fauna.
Gill also designs and makes colourful metallic pictures that she stitches and melts. Having created many pictures based on Russian architecture she is currently working on a series of fish designs!
Charles is a local artist living and working in Woking and exhibits several times each year locally.
His art takes three principal directions. Firstly, at present he is working on a massive project (over 400 images) entitled, “Trees and Beyond”, of which five are shown here, the work is multi-media, but predominantly ink work and shows the symbiotic relationships which trees have with other fauna within their various environs.
Secondly Charles is passionate about mental health work and spends several days a week working with Mind, Epsom LMLMM and other local organisations.
Then thirdly, Charles loves travel, compiling pictorial essays in ink, water-colour, photography and also the written word of these journeys. Over the years seventy plus of these journals have been produced.
He also produces Maritime and botanical sculpture. All the above is available to be examined by appointment.
Susanne is a Guildford based artist and has been painting for the past 30 years.
This collection of work is based on the properties of colour, the effects generated by movement that then creates the mood and energy.
The goal is to evoke emotions felt when we experience nature. The ever-changing land and seascapes constantly evolve with light and reflection as its inspiration.
The development of each painting rests in the learning process using brush and
palette-knife, she uses a vibrant palette balanced with mellow softness. Sketches and colour studies made on location, lead to strong spontaneous work in the studio.
As Morandi said ‘there is nothing more abstract than the visual world’.
Stephen’s images capture the energy of journeys and cities. He is attracted by light, reflections and the movement and energy of the crowd. The defining characteristic of his paintings is an enjoyment of colour.
The crowd may be large or small – sometimes the focus is on a couple or an isolated figure – but always they prompt the viewer to wonder who they might be, and what are their various destinations. There is a sense of paths momentarily crossing before the groups disperse forever.
Songul is fascinated by the power of light that shapes the landscape and also by the effects of time and weather on the earths' surface - the forces of light, colour and atmosphere are the elements of Nature that most inspire her. When people view her paintings, the hope is to make them feel that they have not only been to these places but have also shared her experience and memories of that day.
Beauty is a material way of expressing her joy and art is its language. She uses he rknowledge of this language to portray all natural and man-made beauty. Her colourful palette and simple brushstrokes, in both watercolour and oils, are the result of the academic art training she received in Turkey and many years of painting in London. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 at Gazi University, Turkey.
Songul loves being on her own when she paints and listens to music, often this could be a classical piece, maybe a hard rock piece or something nostalgic from her Turkish origins. She finds the movement, rhythm and emotion both motivating and mood enhancing.
Songul gets inspiration from her travels. She likes to capture strong light or reflection of the season and then paint. She does not make strategic plans but uses small sketches to define a composition and then see what happens.
Her husband, Nicolas Meier is a professional musician. They both work at home and find this arrangement mutually inspirational. Songul teaches art and runs painting holidays in Europe.