Eliza Jane Speight
Already for several years, my artworks tell the story of white nights and Northern summer.
White nights are my most favourite time of the year. This is the time when the whole night is just one endless twilight. I think this magical period brings balance to deep sadness of the Estonian autumn and of our endless winter. In my artworks you can see people interacting with animals among the imaginary herbs.
For me, the white night is a special mysterious time when imaginary flowers blossom and like the stories say – people can understand what animals say.
Ocean Publishing prints
As a self taught artist, Simon threw himself into experimenting with different painting methods and mediums, from painting portraits in chalk to abstract and surreal landscapes in oil, although, after a time he found acrylic paint suited him best and his style developed from there.
Introducing characters and humour to his work a few years ago sent him on a new direction, “paintings that make you smile” was a comment often given to me and I knew that this path was the right one for me.
He likes to fill paintings with as much humour as he can and you’ll find something hidden away in a corner, which stems from the art he enjoys, paintings that keep your interest.
As long as I can remember I’ve had a compulsive desire to draw and paint. From being encouraged and inspired by my Dad at an early age to developing through university and post graduate studies, I still feel passionate and driven to explore the next ‘wow’ factor that is just around the corner.
Living in Cornwall, I am constantly inspired by the dramatic light, the surf and sand, the gardens and the myriad of tiny harbours and inlets. I have painted until frozen on beaches trying to capture that perfect seascape, I’ve sketched boats and buildings until my hands were numb and I’ve been on my knees in a forest glade of rain glistened bluebells waiting for that shaft of sunlight to burst through the leaves. Hopefully you can see this enduring passion reflected strongly in my work!
Lamorna Penrose grew up in an artists environment in rural Cornwall where from a very early age she had an instinctive need to draw and paint.
In 1993 she spent a year at Falmouth College of Art where she studied on the foundation course and specialised in fashion and textiles, followed by three years studying for her degree in theatre and costume design at Wimbledon School of Art. In that time Lamorna worked with international television and theatre companies designing costumes and sets.
Lamorna returned to Cornwall where she found the landscape and pace of life had such a considerable impact on her work she decided to aim towards devoting all her working energies to painting.
Art Marketing prints
Founded in 1980, Art Marketing is considered to be one of the market leaders in the home furnishing industry.
We focus on creativity, innovation and fantastic customer service and continually strive to be the great British design company that customers can trust.
Art Marketing has four very well established and popular brands. ART@artmarketing encompasses our pictures and wall art, Thomas Kent is destination for our successful clocks collection, ARTBEAT contains an extensive range of greeting cards and Almond Street is the home of our photo frames.
Originally a family run company based in Hertfordshire, we were shaped by the artistic talents of our founding members and their influence lives on in our artists and design team today. Our artwork is created by our exclusive team of talented in-house and freelance artists based on the Isle of Wight. Graphic Designers and product developers based in Hertfordshire form the back bone of Thomas Kent, ARTBEAT and Almond Street collections. It is this combined approach to design is the driving force behind Art Marketing’s enviable position in the market.
Our enthusiasm and dedication sets us apart and ensures that Art Marketing retains a strong and proud sense of its own identity through product design, quality, service and of course innovation.
Born in 1980 on the Isle of Wight, Sabrina now lives in Cowes, the home of the famous Regatta. She confesses to spending many hours relaxing and sketching her ideas for new artwork on the Marine Esplanade.
Following a recent holiday to Devon she was inspired to create a series of naïve seascapes that reflected the character of the place. Colour was her main focus, rows of cottages squeezed onto banks of green foliage, all set along the water’s edge.
She has recently started working with charcoal, both for preliminary sketching and while painting. She wanted the elephant paintings to remind her of old photographs which have been tucked away for years. To achieve this effect she combined acrylic paint, acrylic inks, pastel and charcoal. She has also been working with soft pastels this year, using the medium on top of acrylic paint. This not only achieves some amazing colours, but also creates interesting textures.
Sabrina based her New York paintings on a holiday to New York a few years ago. She says, “It is a place which, once visited, you’ll never forget.” Having grown up on a small island she wasn’t prepared for the general scale of everything, not to mention the food that New York has to offer. Immersing herself in all the hustle ‘n’ bustle of the city she found incredibly stimulating.
Adelene completed her training at the Manchester College of Art during the 1950s and went on to work in a textile design studio before progressing to become a Design Consultant. This background explains Adelene’s impeccable sense of composition and colour which is evident throughout her work.
Adelene is a highly versatile artist, skilled in a variety of techniques and subject matter. Flowers are a particular favourite of hers, originating from living on a secluded country lane in Surrey as a young girl. “I loved the abundance of wild flowers surrounding my home.” Nowadays she prefers to paint large brightly coloured flowers like poppies and sunflowers inspired by her colour coordinated garden.
Holidays abroad are another great source of inspiration to Adelene where she often has a camera or sketchbook in hand, capturing the essence of the landscapes around her. A trip to the Dordogne has been influential in her most recent pieces.
She has received much acclaim in galleries throughout the country and exhibited at the prestigious Royal Institute of Painters, The Watercolour Society and The Society of Botanical Artists where she has been appointed a member. She has been, not surprisingly, awarded numerous prizes over the years.
Angie Thomas grew up at the centre of the yachting community, on the river Hamble, within a big family of sailors, shipwrights and artists. Originally trained in catering, Angie possesses an artistic flare as both chef and painter. Moving to the Isle of Wight with her young family in the ‘70s, Angie takes her inspiration from her love of nature, the Island, it`s people and animals.
As a self-taught artist, her work has become widely collected over the years. Angie’s love of the wild garden she and her husband have built and grown in the picturesque village of Brading, overlooking the sea, can be seen in her successful range of bold, floral designs.
She is particularly interested in the essence of her subjects, which she captures with her wicked sense of humour, portraying people, animals and flowers with both warmth and familiarity that we all recognize and love. ”I`ve always loved the quirkiness in the nature of people and animals, and try to share this in my work. This is the first time in my life I`ve been without pets in my house and miss them very much, I now find myself painting them more often, perhaps because of this.”
Anthony is fascinated by nature and the landscape. He has had this interest since childhood and although he has had little formal training in art, his understanding and love of the countryside shines through in his work. He is able to capture atmosphere and the charm of light filtering through trees, the sparkle on the water and almost the fresh smell of an early morning by a river.
After leaving school he went on to join the R.A.F where he gained a commission as a fighter pilot and flew the early jet aircraft of the 1950s. In 1976 Anthony decided to make painting his full time profession and retired from his business life in sales and marketing. His time is now spent painting, fly fishing, growing vegetables and playing golf or else he is in his workshop making furniture.
Until fairly recently he was best known for his atmospheric watercolours which have been exhibited in many galleries throughout the country including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. More recently though, he has been painting in oils and acrylics and is enjoying the different technique of working with thick buttery paint on canvas.
Recently Ulyana went back to see her family in St Peterburg and it brought all her childhood memories flooding back. She loved showing her husband and young son where she grew up along with all the beautiful places which have had an influence on her work. “In one of the museums we went to in St.Peterburg I saw amazing pieces of antique pottery which inspired me to do the vintage pots collection.”
While studying traditional art and culture at University, Ulyana spent many hours sketching and perfecting the art of sculpture, discovering this rewarding outlet for her passion of painting contrasting shapes and colours.
In 2003 Ulyana moved to the Isle of Wight where she has happily settled and married and pursues a career as an artist expressing her life experiences onto canvas.