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Back Beach Artists

Featuring Barbara Armstrong, Keith Bowcock, Jenny Day
Trish Edwards, Clare Jenkinson, Kath Loram, Nicky Noble
Rob Parrish, Cecilia Sharam, Andy Tapper

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Barbara Armstrong

Kath Loram

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Clare Jenkinson

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.


My paintings and drawings are a response to my surroundings and my place within them – the beautiful landscape of Devon where I live, the excitement of travelling to other places, and the natural objects that are precious to each place.

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:

Andy Tapper

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.

Jenny Day

From an early age I have been captivated by the natural world, and drawing and painting have been a constant joy and companion in my life.

I am inspired and fascinated by the colour, shapes and rhythms of landscapes and flowers, which I interpret with an often intense and vivid palette. My application of paint can be quite free and generous if I am using a palette knife, but I also like to produce a softer more flowing sensation using a mixture of brush and rag to apply and work in thin sequential layers. 

I am also a printmaker and currently working on local scenes of Dartmoor and South Devon in linocut. I have twice travelled to printmaking workshops in Florence where I have worked in waterless lithography and etching. 

I am a member of Teignmouth Art Society, and Topsham and Kenton Art Groups. I have taken part in a number of TAS exhibitions, as well as exhibited with “Flying Colours” at the Spanish Barn in Torquay in 2014, with “Botanical Inspirations” at RAMM, Exeter in 2016, with “In Nature’s Colours” at TAAG,Teignmouth, in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, 2018, with Sarah Morris’s printmaking group at TAAG in 2016, 2017,2018, and 2019,with the Teignwich Village Artists at TAAG in 2017,2018 and 2019. 

Earlier Event: October 26
6 Creative Contemporaries