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.
My paintings are alla prima in oils usually from life, en plein air landscapes and still life subjects in the studio. I am interested in capturing a moment in an honest and impressionistic way, be it the beauty of the countryside through the various seasons or a scene from everyday life. My approach is one of curiosity and exploration.
I am still experimenting as an artist in different mediums and find I really enjoy painting large canvasses. I am lucky to live close to nature in the wonderful Gloucestershire countryside, which inspires my wildlife photography, and my art. Recently I have taken an interest in ceramics, enjoying creating in 3D items that can go in gardens, and sometimes featuring birds and nature.
Clare Lewis Knight
I am a local artist currently working with healing art using geometry and exploring the pathways of consciousness. I spent many years travelling the world, exploring our connectedness to nature before finding my way back to the Cotswolds. My paintings are a vibrant response to the mystical inner and outer realms, taking and incorporating symbolism and imagery from many spiritual disciplines.
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.
My work explores themes of self and identity, creating reflections of an inner world. I create realistic oil paintings of female portraits. The models are often depicted wearing a mask of heavy make-up and Elizabethan style ruffs; this has been partly inspired by my background in theatre. Behind each piece lies a hidden story, emotion or memory transfixed in time.
Gillian Cox is a well travelled linguist and practising artist, who has lived in Spain, Switzerland, Scotland, and moved to the Cotswolds in 2002. In 2009, she co-founded Crescent Art Space; a studio and exhibition space based in Cheltenham. Her oil paintings are a bold colourful style, incorporating aspects of abstraction. They are observational from life.
Rolling hills, fields, grasses, hedgerows and flowers have been a constant in my life. My watercolour paintings evoke that childhood feeling of viewing the world from ground level through colourful and playful compositions. I hope to create work that is uplifting and captures the spirit of nature rather than a completely accurate representation of the subject.
I work with paint, collage, and mixed media as well as found objects. I work intuitively. Influenced by patterns and textures in in the world around me, synchronicities, human psyche, and nature. I attended art school in Swindon, Stroud and Cardiff from 2005- 2011. I enjoy working collaboratively providing interactive community art events locally, in Bristol around the UK as well as creating decor and artwork for festivals.
I am a Tewkesbury based artist who is passionate about the natural world. My artworks are abstract by definition and are influenced by environmental concerns and the difference between natural and synthetic experiences. The majority of my artworks are created with acrylic paint and mixed media on paper or large abandoned photographs. Hopefully creating a starting point for the imagination.
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
Whilst spending time in Costa Rica nearly 30 years ago, and then going back in 2017 I was still attracted to the art of magical realism. This over there is associated with literature as well as visual art, where the ordinary somehow achieves a magical quality. I also like colour and figurative/expressionist art, as well as experimenting with traditional media.
I enjoy painting landscapes and doing plein air painting, mainly in oils. Much of my work has also been done in Colorado and New Mexico, which I visit regularly. I am lucky to have a studio in my garden. If you'd like to discuss any of my work, please contact me: email@example.com
The link above takes you to my on-line portfolio.
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.
Bettie is a nurse by profession but an artist by desire, having been encouraged by a friend to pick up her brushes at the start of 2020. Living in the heart of the Cotswolds but often being drawn to the sea, Bettie is still discovering her style but uses the mediums of acrylic and oils, preferring to work with palette knives.
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.
"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.
I am a contemporary landscape artist, working mainly in oils. I sketch and paint en plein air, creating larger works in the studio for galleries, commissions, or pure pleasure!! I won the British Contemporary Arts award 2021, and am delighted to be sharing my painting journey with the Stroud Artists Cooperative. My work is available from me direct.
I am a painter in oil, mixed media, ink and watercolour. The natural world has always been a great inspiration for me, with a love of animals, trees and the myriad beauties of the nature. I also love painting the elements – the wildness of the sea and landscape. I live in Stroud, also teach in workshops, enjoying bringing art into community life.
I spend my summers on Elke, our 57’ narrow boat navigating the waterways. The anticipatory planning, followed by the outward journey; the imaginary being replaced by slow energy, momentary reality. The homeward retrace helps redefine uncertain memory.
My interest in expressive abstraction allows me to explore the condition of being and memory - maybe, even the differences between male and female?
I am a Stroud based artist and am pleased to be a member of The Thursday Group and Stroud Pottery as I like to work alongside other artists. Last year I made some large collages and some very satisfactory ceramic forms. This year my focus is on producing work that allows me to tell a story, using ceramics, the book form and printing.
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.
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.
Jane started painting, drawing, sculpture and pottery after retiring in 2017. She continues to paint and draw, mainly in oils and charcoal, and enjoys landscapes and portraits – she is still finding her style. Her other interests include promoting and supporting ADHD and neurodiversity charities and learning Greek. She spends a lot of time in Crete. Cretan landscapes have rich colours, especially in the earth and stones.
Working in that uncertain realm between thoughts and feelings. Producing mixed media work in the form of materialistic enquiry. Finding ways to bring feelings into existence. Derived from observation and experiment. The art produced is a unique form of expression, embedded forms emerge in the moment, turning the unseen into the seen. Gaining a Masters in Fine Art opened new ways of seeing.
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.
I am a mixed media landscape painter working mainly with watercolour and acrylic inks but often include the use of materials such as pastel and inktense pencils. My pictures can be realistic or semi-abstract where I have experimented with my materials and then developed wherever the effects have taken me.
I'm an abstract and mixed media artist based in Stonehouse. Colour is always at the heart of my paintings but I also love using collage, ink and drawing media to create layers and textures, often completely changing each piece by addition and subtraction many times before I feel it’s finished. I paint for me! creating unique pieces of art that lift my spirits and I hope bring joy to those who view them.
Stroud Digital Artist and published cartoonist. February 2020 Lockdown and with time on my hands I’ve created over hundred digital collages. Created from vintage comic covers, old newspaper articles, hieroglyphs, geometric religious symbolism and a little bit of magic. Follow me via my Facebook page @comicartbyblzbob for weekly instalments of my cartoon strip and my latest digital collage.
Diane Young is a painter turned printmaker inspired by nature. She creates lively animal art and prints, which often suggest storyline & humour. Collagraph printmaking is now her main focus; creating textural printing plates, inking them up and hand pulling them through a printing press to transfer to dampened paper. Sometimes the prints are further worked into by hand adding watercolour or gold leaf and collage.
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.
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.
I am predominantly a landscape artist, preferring to paint outside or from direct observation working in oils. The continual challenge of translating nature’s fragility into a convincing representation of space and light is very exciting. It’s always changing outdoors and I love to stand back and see the result. I hope that those who share in the experience of my work take as much pleasure from it as I did in creating it.
I revel in the process of creating: physically wrestling with stretchers and canvas, constantly questioning my methods; unpicking and rebuilding my doing; my techniques, my materials. I aim to create work that resonates and stands. This year I am evolving work relating to my travels to India through drawings, collage and paint. I need the smell of paint and the challenge of colour and creating movement in my work.
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.
Susie studied art design at Middlesex University graduating in 1989. She started her career as a ceramic artist. She lives and works in the Cotswold's as an art teacher. Ten years ago she taught herself to oil paint ‘ I enjoy painting small intimate still life compositions’. I work in a small scale on cradled wood panel in water based oils.
I am a teacher, artist and jeweller based in Stroud. I enjoy working in a range of media including acrylic, watercolour and vitreous enamel. Like many, I find joy in the natural world and my work is inspired by the ebbs, flows, light and space found in nature. I particularly enjoy painting skyscapes and seascapes, often featuring murmurations. I also create seascape inspired enamel jewellery and teach enamelling workshops.
I work in a variety of mediums often starting from an idea based on an experience, an observation or from something recognisable, which may through varying process and layers become a more abstract theme. A selection of recent work can be seen on my website (link on image). Occasionally I post some work on Instagram.
Jane started painting drawing, sculpture and pottery after retiring in 2017. She continues to paint and draw, mainly in oils and charcoal, and enjoys landscapes and portraits â€“ she is still finding her style. Her other interests include promoting and supporting ADHD and neurodiversity charities and learning Greek. She spends a lot of time in Crete. Cretan landscapes have rich colours, especially in the earth and stones.
In 2019 Jon put on his first solo exhibition of paintings “Outside In(Side) Out”, and has participated twice in the North Bristol Artists Art Trail. His work has also been featured at the Other Worlds are Possible Gallery in Bristol. Jon is currently working on a series of paintings inspired by the Welsh island Ynys Enlli and plans to exhibit the whole series in June 2024.
Jane is a painter and textile artist. Her paintings are predominantly watercolour or gouache, focussing on the natural world. She has attended courses in Botanical Art to hone her skills in colour matching and blending enabling her to produce an accurate likeness. She is a bobbin lace maker, designer and teacher who creates Art Lace as well as more traditional items.
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.
I am an artist based in the Cotswolds, inspired by seasonal colour and shapes from the local landscape. I create textile pieces exploring the devore print technique producing luxurious silk velvet scarves and cushions. My paintings are influenced by light falling on the linear forms in the countryside, colours are layered and painted onto velvet and enriched with gold. I also explore my observations of landscape through my collagraph and dry point printing.
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!
Photography to me is telling the story without the words. I am a passionate photographer who likes to capture the special moments in life. I appreciate the small details that make each day unique. I love taking photos of Stroud’s beautiful landscapes and also capturing all those precious and memorable moments in life. I love art and in my spare time I enjoy painting too.
Growing up in an artistic family in Tennessee, Rebecca eventually stumbled across “Colour” - a book which led to her own artistic journey. Starting in Switzerland working with Beppa Assenza, who had developed an approach to colour based on Rudolf Steiner’s work on colour. This was her foundation. From this point Rebecca has experimented with all mediums and has developed her own style.
Stroud based abstract surrealist outsider collage Artist. Created only using found imagery from old books and magazines, then lots of thinking, scissoring and gluing. No Google. No Photoshop. No resizing. No colour adjustment. No computers or printers were used or harmed in the making of. Inspired by Space, Mushrooms, Trees (but too hard to cut out) and other stuff like clouds (also really hard).
I paint semi-abstract landscapes, drawing inspiration from the scenic Cotswolds. Rather than capturing the world as I see it, I strive to depict how I feel about it. By creating paint splashes and allowing them to flow freely across the surface of the canvas, I merge realistic and abstract elements in a fascinating game of chaos and precision.
Lee (3rdEye) has been creating art inspired by graffiti art culture and comic artists such as Vaughn Bode since the 80s. He collaborated with Bristol street artists when Graffiti art was exploding. Over the last 10 years, spent in the Cotswolds with his family, his art has evolved to combine geometric shapes, organic and symmetrical forms as well as 3rdEye’s own trademark characters. His work is always funky, bold, and eye-catching.
I am a Stroud artist working in oils, pastels and charcoal mainly in portraiture, including pets; often as commissions and occasionally still life. My style is inspired by the great masters or from other accomplished artists. I am a member of Raw Umber Studios where I get regular tuition. This image is of my late father for which I am especially proud.
Maria is one of our Young Artists and has Polish roots. Born is Stroud, feeling deeply connected to the Town. Inspired by the landscape and Art Novae she likes to create abstract art using pens. She has her own You Tube channel: @youngartist580 , where she shares her art, tests art materials and shows simple techniques for kids.
Formerly a classical singer and sound therapist, my explorations into abstract painting began a few years ago, inspired by an artist (Giorgia Siriaco) a singer (Dimash Qudaibergen) and the love of colour. Working in mixed media, sometimes I paint how I feel about a song or a dance or may just let whatever wants to be expressed come through.
I am an artist from the Stroud area. I have recently been making small still-life studies, using the alla prima technique. Prior to this I most recently worked on large-scale oil paintings which were shown in the Society of Equestrian Artists’ 2022 exhibition, portrait commissions, and generally pursue a keen interest in life drawing, landscape sketching, and printmaking.
I worked in the creative industries for over 30 years, but a few years ago I focused on my art. Bold, colourful renditions of natural elements such as flowers and landscapes using acrylics or pastels. More recently I have been using acrylics and resins in a looser more flowing abstract format. I am easily distracted - who knows what will attract me next!