Miranda Thompson trained at Farnham College of Art & Design and The University of Arts, Canterbury before following a career of teaching and painting.
She loves to use different mediums including ink pens, coloured crayons, watercolour and gouche for her illustrations, and pastel, charcoal, acrylics and gold leaf for her artwork. Her illustrations have taken her on to write and illustrate children’s storybooks such as The Little Girl and the Swallow and The Orange Tree.
Miranda has exhibited in London, Kent and throughout the South East.
A6 Greetings Card
Chris studied an Art Foundation in Worthing and went on to complete a degree in Graphic Design at Nottingham. She set up her own graphic design business in 1997 but stopped in 2019 to pursue painting full time.
The majority of Chris’ work is based on landscapes however she also loves creating abstract paintings, and playing with colour and shapes. With her abstracted landscapes, Chris is trying to capture the atmosphere of moments, the never-ending skies and sense of space. It’s all about contrasts, whether it is light and dark or colour contrasts.
Spring Downs 2
27 x 27 cm (framed)
As a self-taught artist, Jo developed her own style over time, finding a particular joy for acrylic.
Living in the Kent countryside provides Jo with an abundance of inspiration, and she spends much of her time exploring and capturing the beauty of the natural world.
"I believe that art has the power to connect people to their surroundings and to inspire them to appreciate the beauty of the world in which they live. Through my art, I aim to share my personal perspective on the natural world and the moments that I capture on my walks."
36 x 25 cm
Edition of 100
Mike has studios in France and Kent and regularly exhibits in both countries. His work is contained in many private collections, as far a field as Thailand and Australia.
He tends to work thematically, usually based on inspirational places he has visited eg Africa, Iceland, the Andes, Norway and many English landscapes, especially Dartmoor!
He has had many very successful solo exhibitions in London, and before moving to Kent he was awarded the Harrison and Walker prize for the best painting to capture the essence of Shropshire.
Mike's 2D work is primarily completed in acrylic / mixed media. He sees his work as an emotional response; an attempt to capture the spirit of a subject, rather than being a photo realistic representation. Texture, colour and light are usually strong features of his work; hence his many moody, stormy landscapes.
Taking inspiration from her garden and natural elements, Lottie paints primarily in oils, using texture with dripping colour to create paintings depicting the ethereal quality of plants.
Having taught interior design, paint effects and organised creative workshops, she now works from her local garden studio. For many years she has painted with a strong group of local artists and has exhibited throughout Kent.
40 x 40 cm
Oil on canvas
Samantha likes to see beyond a traditional view point and invites you into her quirky world where you can visit “above and below” in some of her paintings and enjoy a natural flow in others. Nature is full of wonder and mystery and this is where she takes her inspiration. Samantha loves colour and beauty, in all it’s imperfections and this is reflected in her paintings.
Samantha loves working with acrylics as they give her work a wonderful depth and crispness of colour and allows her versatility in the techniques that she uses on the canvas.
Samantha seeks adventure and happiness in all that she does and her ethos is to make you smile and bring joy to your wall.
Dandelions in the Ocean Breeze Greetings Card
Shirley mainly paints landscapes from her holidays and nostalgic scenes of times gone by. Using acrylic and textural mediums she creates rough and tactile paintings with sentimental emotion.
81 x 55 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Ali is a self taught artist working in oil & cold wax, acrylic & collage.
She is inspired by all that is around her, whether it be on her doorstep or on her travels. The sights, the texture, the experiences and the feelings, nature in all it's bounty.
Her work ranges from non-representational mark making to abstract landscapes and florals to semi-abstract seascapes. She chooses a colour palette, influenced by the seasons, and lets go of what the final outcome will be by intuitively letting one mark inform the next. The result is an authentic and honest portrayal.
A Place Remembered
33.5 x 33.5 cm
Oil and cold wax on board
Kaye studied Illustration at the University of Wales (Gwent College of Art) and went on to work as a freelance illustrator with leading London-based illustration agency Artist Partners, on commissions for books, magazines, advertising and children's books.
Her work has appeared in local and national exhibitions and has been included in the National Portrait Gallery Portrait Award (1981, 1984 and 2010). Her work was also selected for the Daily Mail ‘Not the Turner Prize’ exhibition of figurative painting at the Mall Galleries, London, and in 2017 she was selected to take part in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition.
Kaye is an Associate Member of the SGFA (Society of Graphic Fine Arts, The Drawing Society).
She has worked on mural projects in hospitals, schools, sports clubs and private homes in England, and in 2002 worked with theatre designer Will Bowen on sets for a production at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
31.5 x 33.5cm
Oil on board
Sue is a botanical artist working mainly in watercolour, using the 'live' article to create a feeling of natural texture, shape and design. She is a medalist at the Royal Horticultural Society, and her work is in private, institutional and corporate collections.
Dahlia 'Verrone's Obsidian'
John's landscape subjects are places he visits or lives near. A simple wheatfield can provide a platform for colourful expression, so it is not the place that is important, as the basic composition it provides for initial drawings and sketches. Landscape becomes an emotional springboard.
He enjoys the immediacy of acrylic paints, and the introduction of Posca pens allows for an integration of drawing and painting that can provide a visual energy of line, shape, and texture.
There is always a new medium or avenue to explore – so these basic landscape subjects allow him to focus and develop, when otherwise he is tempted to wander into creative tangents that are sometimes best left in the sketchbook.
50.8 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm
Acrylic on canvas
There's value in differences as opportunism, it's a necessary part of human behaviour. We notice differences because we have evolved to survive as hunter gatherers. John is interested in how we carry this with us; we notice things but don't necessarily apply it as directed by our evolution. Perhaps opportunity functions differently in contemporary life but our behaviour still presents difference as opportunity, if we choose to act on it in our own way…
In John's painting practice, it is these differences which connect his works. Whether something in the landscape or in objects, we notice differences and they shape us as individuals becoming our interests and a part of our identity.
42 x 59 cm
Oil on calico
Since moving from an urban environment, Juliette has been inspired by the natural world's beauty and colour that she finds in the Weald of Kent.
Her paintings are intended to celebrate this colour and are infused with texture and form, creating their own atmosphere. Juliette’s aim is for her audience to feel the power of the wind, the chill of the winter sunshine, and the golden glow of autumn. She also experiments with the pointillist style of Seurat, in her recent painting of the Sandhurst windmill, with the intention of the colours portraying the intense midday sun.
Her style is evolving from realism to contemporary, and she intends to move further towards abstraction in time.
“Walking in Manet’s Footsteps” Sandhurst Windmill
78 x 59 cm
Coby's work is heavily influenced by her interest in all aspects of the natural world. She is passionate in her beliefs and concerns about the environmental emergency and is very active in that field. We as human beings are part of the natural world, not separate from it and Coby's practice is immersed in that belief.
Coby likes to reuse flotsam and jetsam and experiments with different media and techniques to create images often based on childhood memories or moments in time. Toys also play a major role in her practice, in particular a Squeaky Rubber Doll dating back to the 1940’s.
She worked in childcare as a Nursery Practitioner for twenty years so understands the need for children to use toys to help them better understand their world. As a mature woman and as an artist she still finds them a very useful tool. There is an autobiographical element to Coby's work, being influenced by her life experiences.
Through the Darklings Forest Path
87 x 67 cm
Anna is a Kent born artist who paints at her home in Sevenoaks. Although not formerly trained, she has painted since childhood, being taught originally by her artist grandfather. For many years she has painted with a group of artists, the Stone Street Art Group, who are now firm friends, from whom she says she has learned a lot, and by whom she is continually inspired. The group has also had the benefit of a renowned group of visiting tutors including Andy James, Tim Benson and Alastair Adams.
Her artwork, in acrylics and oils, covers an eclectic mix of subjects in a distinctive, colourful and expressive style. She wants her work to be uplifting, and aims to pass on the beauty and joy she finds in her subject to the viewer.
Her work has been exhibited extensively in shows and galleries throughout Kent and Sussex.
Sissinghurst White Garden
59.5 x 69.5 cm (framed)