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Nikky Corker

My inspiration comes from life itself and the little things that make us happy. Memories of carefree childhood holidays and the quirky humour that can be found in almost any situation. My motto is crack a smile and pass it on', and I am thrilled to watch the response of people when they look at my paintings. What better motivation is there than that?

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Billy Showell

Billy Showell is a renowned botanical painter, well respected for her modern compositions and fresh interpretation of botanical illustration. She has many awards to her name and has written several books on how to paint. Billy says, “My inspiration comes from the natural world and objects of desire, the beautiful curve of a stem or the twist of fabric in movement can set me thinking of new compositions: nature and design unite to inspire.”.

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Becky Bettesworth

Becky Bettesworth is an artist living in South Devon, with her husband, three children and dog Twiggy. Born in 1974 and always loving art, she obtained a BA Hons in Graphic Design at Bath Art College, before working in London as an art director for an advertising company. Her pictures are an explosion of colour, influenced by the vintage 1930s railway posters, celebrating the amazing natural beauty of the South West of England.

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John Donaldson

Painting was my first love and it is how I have chosen to make my living for more than thirty years. Usually, I will pass over obvious beauty spots in favour of something more understated. Quiet corners and everyday scenes become profound because they crystallise an atmosphere, a reality, such as the simple beauty of a barn or a solitary chapel in a field of flowers.

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Henrietta Henson

Self taught, Henrietta Henson comes from a line of naturally gifted artists, She has followed her dream, painting in style which is modern, contemporary, and has a quirky twist. Her images encapsulate a feeling, a mood of happiness, freedom and carefree days. It makes people smile and has a slight tendency towards the 1950s where a colour explosion became the order of the day.

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Shirley Trevena RI

Shirley Trevena is a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. Her still life compositions suggest forms that never quite materialise; the vibrant colours, shapes and patterns, at times breaking away from reality. Throughout her career she has pushed the boundaries of watercolour and is now one of Britain's most experimental and innovative artists in the medium.

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Kate Andrew

I live in a small village in South Devon with my husband, two sons and our dog, Maggie. I have always loved art and whenever I have a pen or pencil in my hand I am usually drawing. I love using colourand pattern and am often influenced by nature. I really enjoy having new ideas and the process of developing them so that they work as a piece of art. I feel very privileged to be able to do something that I feel so passionate about.

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Mike Bernard RI

Mike Bernard trained at the highly acclaimed Royal Academy Schools in London. In 1997 he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. His unusual painting technique ofcombining paper collage and acrylics is immediately recognizable and highly sought after all over the world. He is best know for his paintings of Cornish and Devon harbours, Italian coastal scenes and Venice.

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Michael Morgan RI

Michael Morgan built an international reputation for his inventive and much sought after paintings which have been featured in numerous publications. He was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and was a founder of the South West Academy. He held the coveted RI Medal, awarded for his outstanding work, as well as the Roland Hilder Landscape Prize.

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 Sarah Holden

I am lucky enough to live on the beautiful Roseland Peninsular in Cornwall where the changing colours of sea and landscape though the seasons are a constant inspiration. My aim is to convey the natural rhythms of the local geography within swirls to create a design that flows and gives the illusion of movement. I also endeavour to capture a sense of fun, often including swooping seagulls, smiling fish and other creatures in various situations.

 

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Brett Humphries

 

The 'great outdoors' has always fascinated me as I was fortunate to grow up in the beautiful countryside of Devon and Cornwall. I aim to create paintings that enable the viewer to respond to my painted landscapes in a similar way to how I did when I visited the actual locations. I am inspired by places that have their own distinct character and beauty. Subjects that I paint include beaches, cliff top viewpoints, quaint fishing villages and the high moors.

 

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