Alison Drake at bGallery

I have been painting since I was a young girl and love to use various mediums including watercolour, inks and acrylics. I feel my approach is fresh and free flowing. Painting for me is about passion and the ability to express my feeling through colour and imagination. I love to paint to music and listen to various genres especially 60’s and 70’s soul and pop. I also draw inspiration from my surroundings, living in the heart of the Yorkshire National Park has given me a great love of the countryside and the flora and fauna that surrounds me. I especially enjoy the abundance of wild flowers in the Spring and Summer. The ever changing scenery and colours even in Autumn and Winter influences my colour palette and ideas for my next project.

I love to teach and I host several watercolour classes and take genuine satisfaction from seeing my classes grow and improve their own skills through dedication and practice.

I enjoy working with different textures and methods and always embrace new ideas, working intuitively and naturally, splashing paint onto a canvas and losing myself in the moment to create unique pieces that I hope people enjoy and take as much pleasure from them as I have in producing them. I exhibit my paintings in several galleries and have had work travel as far as Canada and Australia.

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Martina Furlong joins us at bGallery with her Beautiful Paintings

Martina Furlong was born in Co.Wexford, Ireland in 1974, moved to London in 1999 and returned to live in Ireland in April 2015. She received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art painting from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1996.

She has had solo and group exhibitions in London and Ireland and her work is in private collections across Europe, America, Canada and Australia.

She paints abstracts and landscapes and works in oils and acrylics. In her work she likes to exaggerate reality, mix it with memories and imagination and paint her interpretation of it.

Martina is based at The Paintbox Gallery and studio in Oulart, Co.Wexford


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Suki Kyme’s Passionate Artwork …

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I am passionate about colour and texture, trees and water, so any or all of these can be found in my art work.

I have not settled for any one particular style, which varies from figurative, through semi-abstract, to abstract. Nor do I use only one medium. Having started with watercolour/gouache, I found I needed more variety, so I moved onto acrylics and from there it was a short distance to mixed media, which continually absorbs and challenges me.

The starting point is an idea that excites or interests me and the work develops organically from there, with adjustments made to my original idea in response to what is happening on the paper or canvas.

The place I paint in is my playroom, not my studio! This fact also colours all I do in it and probably shows often in the finished results.

I exhibit my work locally and am a member of several local societies and groups.

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Ralph Taylor’s Stunning Artwork at bGallery


Ralph has never been to art-school and has not received professional training. His work is organic and comes from his heart. He has a unique and insightful appreciation of his locale. He has a real love for the beautiful colours of the Scottish landscape. All this makes his work feel familiar yet stirring to the viewer.

Ralph hopes that his work will remain interesting to the viewer for years to come, revealing new aspects and invoking fresh senses each day. Above all, he aims to bring joy to the observer of his paintings. He invites you to continue to visit this site from time to time, and perhaps purchase a work or two. As one regular visitor to his own website has said:

“…you never know when you might find something for that other bare wall…” Although Ralph is a Scottish artist he paints and delivers artwork for clients throughout the UK having painted for people in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. He has also sold a number of paintings in the United States of America. In fact he is happy to deliver anywhere France, Germany, Holland and Further.

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Karen Gaetz’s Beautiful ArtWork

Karen Gaetz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, right on the doorstep to the Rocky Mountains.  This led to her love of nature and the outdoors.  Karen now resides in Kent in England where she paints from home and onsite when possible.  The beauty of the Kent countryside inspires her current.

Her interest in art began at a young age, culminating in training via scholarship at the Alberta College of rt, and then on to The University of Alberta.  She attained further training through various workshops. Karen paints in oils, acrylics, and watercolours.  There is also a burning desire to learn how to sculpt.


Karen has won numerous awards for her work over the years, including many jurors’ choice awards, and the prestigious Bert Earle award.

As the mother of four children many of her paintings have a theme with youngsters.  The love of animals and nature is also reflected in many of her paintings. Her passion for colour is evident in the vivid hues and tones she uses.



Penny Wilton’s Monthly Painting Courses …

I teach monthly painting courses in Acrylic, Mixed media and watercolour each month of the year at Holt village hall, near Wimborne, on a thursday, see my website for details. Bring own materials, 10am – 4pm £25.  Also courses at home and abroad.

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bGallery exhibits Iain Grant’s beautiful artwork


I started painting a long time ago, as a way of relaxing during a busy working life in emergency medicine. Initially I worked in oils almost exclusively, but being in the Navy at the time, this was difficult at sea for a lot of reasons, not least that everyone complained about the smell. Now I like to work in the medium which to me suits the subject best. I love the freedom and relative unpredictability of watercolour, the softness of pastel, and the forgiveness of acrylics.

I’m learning all the time, and experimenting, sometimes with less than happy results, but we won’t dwell on them. I have been influenced by many, and helped by lots of people who have been willing to share tips and trade secrets. Some of you may be reading this. You know who you are. My thanks to all! A style of my own is emerging, but I get bored painting in the same way all the time, so there are lots of differences between my works.

I’ve really enjoyed having more time to devote to my painting, and beginning to promote and sell work though i would still rather “be in the studio”, since I (semi) retired. I’m a member of “Drawn to the Valley”, the Tamar Valley Artists Network, and participate in their exhibitions as well as the annual Open Studios. I also have work in some local galleries and have exhibited in the West Country from Bath to St Ives.

I enjoy painting with other people at my local art group, in Buckland Monachorum in Devon, and sharing what I can with others. I’ve taught medicine all my life and enjoy teaching painting too, but find watercolour demonstrations terrifying. Whatever is possible to go wrong almost always seems to. Workshops where the students are doing most of the work are must better for the nerves.


Talented Artist Susie Home at bGallery

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Susie studied Fine-Art & Graphics at Ravensbourne & Croydon Art Colleges before taking up a career in Design & Production within the Publishing industry. Latterly she was Cover Design & Production Manager for Sage Publications, commissioning artists and designers having previously worked for many other Publishing companies. Susie is an experienced lecturer, having taught at London College of Printing and University College London as well as undertaking numerous overseas training projects. Before moving to France, from Kent, in October 2004 with husband Mike, Susie ran Art Clubs and workshops for adults and children as well as painting trips to France. She has a passion for drawing and loves helping people develop their skills and now runs Painting holidays and workshops at her beautiful home in the South West of France. It’s only since her move to France that she has had the time to concentrate on developing her own art, working in various media and regularly exhibiting locally in The Lot. Although she enjoys working in most mediums Pastels have always been a favourite, as well as drawing with charcoal and other dry mediums. Recently she has increasingly completed many works in mixed media including acrylics, watercolour, pastels and collage. She is consistently challenging herself in order to keep her work fresh and original. She has also completed many commissions for people so if there is something that you would like a drawing/painting of get in touch and she will be happy to discuss it.


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Jackie Whall joins us at bGallery


Jackie is fascinated by faces. She has painted them for as long as she can remember, as well as figures in general. She enjoys experimenting with techniques used by the old masters, such as under paintings with layers of glazes as well as working on more contemporary, immediate pieces.

Jackie does paint other subjects, including flowers, still life and animals but is always drawn back to people; this is how she is most fulfilled.

Jackie generally paints on canvas mainly in acrylics, sometimes in oils. Occasionally she experiments with watercolours. She is available to commission – either specific portraits from photographs, more general paintings or fine art reproductions.

Jackie provides art lessons in North Nottinghamshire in the form of individual tuition and block classes. The aim of these lessons is to encourage and guide people to develop their own style, ability and, most importantly, enjoyment.

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