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 was born in Cheshire, England. Later studying at Stockport College of Art, following which I spent an informative period in a Manchester advertising agency. Eventually I took the plunge and entered into the world as a freelance illustrator.
I acquired a high profile London agent and gained a continuing reputation as a Fashion Illustrator, although I continued to work on a wide variety of subject matters and gained clients both national and international. A love of travel and varied experiences took me to many countries in Europe and North Africa. I worked and settled in Spain, France, Munich and Ireland.
Originally from Birmingham, I currently live in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK and have been quite successful over the past few years, selling to various galleries and private collectors in the UK.
I graduated from Lancaster University and gained a BA Honours in illustration.
The best part about being an artist is the enjoyment I get from my work. When I complete a piece of work, it’s always a great feeling to take a step back and feel happy about what I’ve just created. When others appreciate my artwork and the effort that goes into it, then that makes it all worthwhile.
My work can be described as colourful, vibrant and quite quirky, and my main influential artists include Doug Hyde, Mackenzie Thorpe, Peter Smith and Paul Horton. I paint in oil on canvas and have had some success in selling originals and commissions through my website and other various online galleries. I’ve also gained steady popularity and built up a small but ever-expanding customer base over the past eight years.
I completed a BA Honours in Illustration at Lancaster University in 1997, then moved back to my home town of Birmingham and subsequently decided to pursue a career in graphic design as a design studio manager, while still drawing and painting in my spare time. In 2005 I decided to try my hand at painting full time. Now based in Cambridgeshire, I am a self-employed artist thoroughly enjoying working in my current style.
Richard Higham from Albany, Auckland, New Zealand, paints exquisitely rendered New Zealand bush and foliage acrylic on canvas. Born in Auckland 1957, Richard’s interest and participation in art started from an early age. After completing secondary school, Richard chose Architecture to study and graduated with a B(Arch) from Auckland University in 1984. While working as an Architect and since leaving Architecture in 2002, Richard has continued to develop his interest in drawing and painting. Over the last 15 years Richard has exhibited individual works in local art awards and members’ shows. In October 2012 he put together a substantial body of work for his first solo show at Northart, Auckland. Richard’s vision is to be a top New Zealand landscape painter.
I hope you enjoy looking at my paintings. I have chosen some from each of the four categories on my website: Anthropomorphic Antics, Jungle Themes, Animals and Fantasy.
I must admit, there is a fair amount of cross-over between the categories in one or two of them: unexpected characters have appeared on the canvas taking what was to be a serious depiction of nature or place for instance, into a whole new realm.
I got serious about building up my portfolio three years ago. My plan was to demonstrate my versatility with a variety of subjects. After a while, each one seemed more enlightening than the last, ideas have flowed like water from an inner well I had previously no idea existed. I never know whether an idea will work, some are still ‘works in progress’ but I can see growth -crucial, for a self-taught artist.
Creating my quirky images fills me with what I can only describe as joy – please excuse the exuberant language, I don’t like to gush – perhaps it’s because I love to see other peoples reactions to them, or could it be that I alone know all the hidden secrets behind each one…..?
If you would like to know/see more, go to: http://www.parallelworldarts.co.uk
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.
I am a painter living in Florida where color attacks my senses on a daily basis. I am a University graduate with a degree in art. I work primarily in acrylics and often incorporate different gel mediums in my work. Sometimes it is merely to add dimension to a canvas and other times to entice the viewer with lots of texture. I move between brush and palette knives for different effects and in this way directing light to and around the subject matter. Over the years, my work has evolved into a more figurative and expressionistic style. I always see color exploding everywhere! Most significant, I think, is my blatant use of vibrant color in most of my work. My goal is to invite the viewer to want to look closer, to see detail not always apparent from afar. I also want the viewer to look and wonder, “why did she use those colors?”. I intentionally violate the rules, juxtaposing cools against warms. Sometimes I want the viewer to be uncomfortable with my use of color. But, if it makes them stop and look and wonder………………then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do!
I live and paint in Norfolk and have exhibited widely across the county. The inspiration for my work comes from my sense of connection with my surroundings. I am currently exhibiting a range of impressionist landscape paintings in vibrant acrylic on canvas.
My eyes, my skin, my mind and nature are my inspiration.
All works are abstractions in a very pure and often square-framed form.
Thes are metaphors of my relationship with mother earth and mankind.
Our society is organized to label and to frame lives. So I subscribe my motto:
Jump the lines and cross the borders.
I’m using different kinds of materials, like paper, canvas, wood, plywood and waste as subsoils for my acrylic paintings.
Sometimes I paint directly, often in accumulating layers, so you’ve to guess what’s underneath.
That’s the struggle to be on good terms with contemporary life.
It’s difficult to celebrate life when simultaneous you’re perceiving the evolving cruelty.
So I’m painting to survive indifference.