May – Joan Speight
We are so happy to have Joan Speight as our Artist On The Wall for May!
April – Suzy Sharpe
Suzy’s practice is broadly based, and includes painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation. She recently graduated with distinction from the MA Illustration:Authorial Practice at Falmouth University following a her BA in Fine Art and PGCE at Plymouth University. She is a part time Lecturer on the BA hons Contemporary Creative Practice Course at Cornwall College.
She currently lives in rural west Cornwall where a variety of non human animals, including livestock, pets and wildlife punctuate her days and inspire her work. Her interests are held together with a continual attempt to create a dialogue around the human/animal relationship. Issues relating to food, farming, wildlife, pet keeping and the effects that humans have on the environment are always at the forefront of her mind and research.
Using the work as a vehicle she explores, questions and celebrates the relationships between humans, animals and the environment that we share.
Suzy Sharpe Artist, Illustrator & Lecturer
March – Rowena Scotney
We are very happy to have Rowena Scotney as our Artist on the Wall for March. She is showing some of her felt artwork, inspired by the beautiful Penwith landscape and nature.
‘Living in the wild and beautiful West Penwith in Cornwall, UK, surrounded by the sea, I am constantly inspired by the seasons, the weather, the colours, land and seascapes…tiny details of colour, shadows and patterns in rocks, plants, clouds and the many birds and wildlife. I am fascinated by the energy of the landscape and the human/animal relationship.
I’ve been teaching English Literature for 14 years but have recently hoped very much to
dedicate more time to exploring and developing my artwork. I love to combine poetry with my work and am often inspired by lines in poetry and novels and the ‘colour’ of words as well as the rhythms and shapes of certain words together. I also like to ‘paint’ conversations and their movement and energies.
I was drawn to felting from knitting and crochet and practising with flowers, to experimenting with landscapes and sketching and love the way they grow, evolve and develop by an almost transformative magic. The colours and effects can be surprising and the layering of wet-felting and needle-felting, free from rules, can create very subtle depths. Making mistakes often results in happy accidents and the process for me is such a heartfelt one too and always one of celebration.
I am learning about different fleeces, fibres and textures and their effects and also combining unusual embellishments, as well as beads, sequins, wire and stitching. I am also interested in using ethical fibres in my work and aim to use local wools; the larger suppliers I use sell cruelty-free and ethically sourced products. In looking forward to further exploration and new paths, my dream would be to develop my work into a full-time business. I have gained so much confidence with three local exhibitions, and with selling original work, cards and prints on a regular basis.’
We are very happy to have Ellena Fries as our Artist on the Wall for February.
In her paintings Ellena tries to capture nature in its essence.
‘There is great mystery in the atmosphere of a landscape, the way it makes you feel when you walk or sit in it. My aim is to breathe this atmosphere or ‘felt sense’ into the paintings I’m working on, so that the viewer will experience at least a taste of this specific landscape’s essence.
Colour, light and nature are great healers and I wish to be at their service. I believe healing happens, when looking at a painting makes your heart sing.’Ellena Fries
Ellena also works as a body oriented Psychotherapist in her own private practice in Penzance.
We are very happy to have Dymphna Hermans as our Artist on the Wall for December. To fit in with the Christmas display in the shops, the quilts are all Christmas themed:
Nigel enjoys painting a wide range of subjects including atmospheric seascapes and landscapes, harbour scenes, details of buildings and studies of wildlife in the environment. His main and preferred medium is watercolour.
Particular influences on his choice of images come from observations during many years as a countryside volunteer with the National Trust in Penwith and as seabird and marine mammal guide on the Scillonian with the RSPB. He is a regular participant in Cornwall Open Studios and has had several very successful solo shows in and around West Cornwall.