Featuring Barbara Armstrong, Keith Bowcock, Jenny Day
Trish Edwards, Clare Jenkinson, Kath Loram, Nicky Noble
Rob Parrish, Cecilia Sharam, Andy Tapper
Clare has a background in textiles - specializing in carpet design for her B.A. - and began her career based in Kidderminster at the heart of the carpet industry. She now divides her time between designing for manufacturers and working as a fine artist.
She has always had a love of drawing and went on to study botanical illustration at Birmingham University, founding the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists with fellow students. The discipline of observational drawing underlies and informs both her design work and painting, and working from life studying natural forms – flowering plants, shells, fungi, insects – is an instrinsic part of her practice.
I paint collections of shells, flowers, insects, fungi and look for rhythm and pattern with this detailed work and work on a larger scale.
‘ I love working in oils, experimenting with the marks, textures and powerful colour that the medium can create, and also work in watercolour, devoting hours to a subject and using the smallest brushes. Part of the joy is the contrast between the two!’
Recent exhibitions include ‘Botanical Inspirations’ at RAMM, Exeter, SWAc Open at Exeter Castle, ‘The Power of Three’ at Artizan in Torquay , Open exhibitions at Harbour House in Kingsbridge, and ‘Tor to Shore’ at Birdwood House, Totnes. Clare has also exhibited recently at Powderham Castle as part of Devon Arts Festival and participated in Devon Open Studios at TAAG and Voyage in Teignmouth. Her botanical work included in the Society of Botanical Artists’ annual exhibition ‘Plantae’ this year at the Mall Galleries in London. Her work is also represented online on Torbay arthub, and her own website: clarejenkinson.co.uk
There may be a tenuous link with the two pictures; the two sheep look a bit lost and perhaps Little Beau Peep is calling them in as stormy weather approaches. Then the landscape of a prehistoric drover’s way leading off into the distance where many a flock of sheep have wended their way across the remote and peaceful English countryside for generations.
A startled hare scampers by, perhaps a cuckoo sounds far away and a couple of buzzards mew somewhere overhead. In the middle distance a roman road cuts across the track like a giant cheese cutter, wonder what the locals would have thought of that.
I sometimes think that to create a picture and then immerse oneself in it is part of the joy of painting.