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Illustration & Drawing

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Bill Crooks

My art has evolved from using cartoons and illustrations in the field of humanitarian aid, to experimenting with digital art, charcoal and acrylics. I have been involved with refugees and asylum seekers in creating art together to capture their experiences and hopes for the future. My interaction with them has always inspired me to try new ideas and styles.

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Chris James

Currently working with oil, acrylic, mixed media, pencil and ink - work covers any topic from industrial to natural to urban. Mostly working in and around Stroud, Cheltenham and Gloucester. Visual marks make their way onto clay, porcelain and more recently wooden sculpture (current piece hanging from Studio 18’s ceiling). In 2019 the large mural in the Eastcombe Bus Shelter was created.

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Haruko Boot

Haruko Boot comes from the concrete jungle of Osaka, Japan which is a huge contrast to the rural pastures of Stroud. Her main media is pen & pencil, also acrylic paint but she sometimes likes to go vivid with digital experiments too. Inspired by the Japanese Manga she grew up with, she creates her own original characters and incorporates them into her artwork.

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Josh O'Brien

My name is Josh O’Brien. I’m a character designer, visual development artist and picture maker working
within animation and illustration. I’m a simple man, on a simple quest; to make sense of myself and the
world around me through art and storytelling.
I live in the Cotswolds, UK with my animal pals and my incredible wife.
Mostly I like to be useful.

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Leila Bryan

I produce drawings, paintings and sculptures and am often inspired by my interests in esoteric spirituality. I like to experiment with geometric forms, images seen in meditation and sometimes semi-automatic drawing as well as a basic practice of working from life. I try to use recycled materials where possible.

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Sarah Hitchcock

I work in a variety of media, drawing inspiration from the natural world with a lens to the human
condition, looking for connections to self in found objects and natural forms. I am interested in
understanding the bigger picture through small details. Experiencing the macro through the micro.

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Val Saunders

I am an illustrator and printmaker. I was an illustrator for Oxford Illustrators (1986-96) drawing for various educational publishers before leaving to have my daughter and become freelance. I moved to Stroud and worked at Stroud College as art tutor working with young people with additional needs plus some part-time work at Stroud High as an art tech. I have run workshops from my artshed which is fun!

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Catherine Jones

Catherine has been an artist since childhood, always painting at home and hiding in the art block at school...she finally went to art school a few years ago and was awarded a distinction for her MA. She spends most of her time working in 2D, painting drawing and pattern making as well as painting furniture and murals. She loves teaching and sharing her passion for creativity.

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Christopher Silk

My name is Chris. I live and work in Kingsway, taking a lot of inspiration from my local area. I grew up in the Cotswolds and continue to find this part of the country a huge inspiration.
I also take inspiration from the Swiss Alps, a location my Father regularly visits. I paint mainly in oils, but also in acrylic, gouache and pencil sketch.

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Jacqueline Hammond

The play of dappled light, shadows, reflections and contrasts excite me and I am especially inspired by our local landscapes. I paint with oils, but also try to capture the beauty of found objects such as feathers, shells, twigs or everyday objects in pencil or fine-liner. I hope the magic I find in everyday life comes across!

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Katherine MacInnes

Katherine MacInnes draws tree portraits of favourite trees for birthdays and anniversaries. Trees are so eloquent and so loaded with meaning and memory that a tree portrait of a significant tree makes a wonderful present. Katherine can work from life or photographs.

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Louise Abel

Louise creates contemporary watercolours with mixed media, painting utopian scenes of peace, solitude and nature. As an autistic person with sensory processing difficulties and frequent sensory overload, she finds comfort in the tiny remote houses often seen in her work and the nature of simplicity and repetition. Described as "a hit of dopamine" and “a visual treat”. Louise hopes to evoke a sense of joy and serenity in an otherwise chaotic world.

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Sue Trickey

"It is true for me that art can speak where words often fail" I am a self-taught mixed media artist living in Gloucestershire. I have always loved art but now have the time to really develop and follow my passion. I love to create imaginative, original artwork designs on different themes. My inspirations are nature, wildlife, history, faith, hope, emotions, love, poetry and music.

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Wedad Alamin

Wedad is half Jordanian half Polish, and always felt torn between two worlds. Through her art, she creates her own “nationality“. Her paintings focus on the play of lights and shadow, trying to present unique beauty amongst the ugliness. She is inspired by the human body and its beauty, always striving to present it as an integral entirety with spirit and soul - a full package of expression.

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Catherine May Vondrak

Catherine May Vondrak is a Bath based artist who specialises in Gothic illustrations, bird paintings, mixed media and assemblage. The inspiration for her work comes from a variety of sources including the natural world, Halloween, fairy tales, the macabre, the strange and unusual and most recently, Ukrainian folk art.

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Claire Ash

Stroud artist and teaching assistant. BA in Graphic Design from Norwich Art School, specialising in Illustration. Started off as Graphic designer and Illustrator. Now working as a Teaching assistant, helping children with their art. Uses the local Stroud landscape for inspiration, especially drawing ‘en plein air’. Likes illustrating animals, flowers and seafood. Media: soft pastel, acrylics, pen and watercolour.

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James Beer

I am currently raising a family in Minchinhampton. I specialise in anthropomorphic and eclectic illustrations for children and adults, and work mostly in watercolour and acrylic. I also write short stories. All my work is available in high-quality printed or downloadable form. (link in image). I am on Instagram, under the_vaudeville_museum

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Katie Zamiar

I love creating images that force the eyes to change perspective. Each image is individually hand drawn, with near perfect precision that really brings the wow factor. Each and every single piece is a one of a kind, unique piece of art. It means the world to me that there is only one of any design I do.

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Michael Sykes

Painting (mostly oil) and drawing go hand in hand and are a constant source of intrigue and enjoyment. Recently I have focused on figure and portrait work, but still life is important to me and in the Cotswolds, landscape just won’t go away. I try to blend the techniques of traditional painting and a contemporary view or choice of subject.

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Tania Fullerton

Tania is a painter and illustrator living in Nailsworth with a studio in Stroud. She paints primarily alla prima in oils, but also undertakes portrait commissions of individuals and houses. Her illustrative work is hand drawn and inspired by vintage books on interiors, fairy tales, fashion, botany, animal studies & architecture; synthesised to create fresh new aesthetics.

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Cetta Di Lieto

My work is characterised by a nuanced and restrained
palette. Surfaces are sanded, scratched, and drawn
into. I aim to reveal beauty in the overlooked and mundane, drawing attention to the values of their condition. My latest collection includes studies of structures and spaces in Cornwall and Gloucestershire, incorporating painting, drawing and ceramics.

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Clare Hines

I love the use of colour and how it can uplift the spirit - most of my work is lighthearted and (hopefully) joyous! I started in digital art for fabric and surface pattern design, but more recently moved to acrylics, ink and watercolour. I am always learning...

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Jo Howe

I am an artist in Gloucester. My 2021 collection includes Angels on canvases. I am currently planning my 2022 collection “Cotswold” with Wioletta Quill (a Stroud photographer). I run art clubs in schools; have eco craft projects as “2 crazy crafters”; enjoy experimenting. In January 2020 I won an Abstract competition in ‘Oleśnica Dwurnikiem’

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Kirsty Tallon

I am a Rodborough artist, specialising in pen and ink and watercolour paintings of vintage vehicles and aviation subjects. I also work in acrylics, and paint leather jackets. Other subjects include animals and birds, people, and architectural. I have exhibited at the Mall Gallery, London, with the Guild of Aviation Artists.

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Sally Ann Smith

I am passionate about drawing, doodling and vibrant colours. I have developed my own style to create colourful and quirky pictures of local scenes. My aim is to make people smile and bring a splash of colour into the home.

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Tony Morris

I worked as an Architect for 30 years but prior to retirement I helped to provide therapeutic art services at the AOC. in Beeches Green for adults with learning difficulties.
I am a member of the Society of Architectural Illustrators but I like painting and drawing all subject types. The mediums I use are mainly watercolour, acrylics and line and wash.

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