Julie is a professional fine artist with a lifelong passion for Watercolour. Born in Bristol she has lived in the area all her life and is inspired by a wide range of subjects – from local landscapes to portraiture and florals. She has a particular passion for the natural world and Cornish subjects. Julie is always looking to capture the emotion of her subject in a contemporary yet traditional style telling a story in her interpretation. She does explore other mediums – and is not averse to mixing them up if the subject calls for a more experimental approach. Julie is a keen en plein air painter and is one of the 6 North Somerset artists @art6explore who interpret monthly themes for an online exhibition on their social media pages. They also hold occasional live events locally. All the ART6 Artists are exhibiting at Portbury Church.
Julie is an experienced art tutor running adult Watercolour lessons in the inspiring venue of Portbury Church. She also offers workshops and guest tutor sessions for local art groups. You can keep up to date with latest events and work on her social media pages and website. Julie accepts commissions.
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Sarah runs her small fused glass business “Mydsomer Studio” from her home studio in North Somerset. She’s been working with fusing glass for nearly 20 years specialising in contemporary designs that are often brightly coloured. Items for the home and garden include plates, candle holders, hanging panels, free-standing curves and framed pictures. Sarah also makes a range of very popular jewellery. She has taken part in North Somerset Arts Weeks on 6 previous occasions.
Sarah runs 2 hour “have a go” workshops across North Somerset to share her love of glasswork. Now many of the workshop attendees are also bitten by the glass fusing bug and who can blame them?
Items available to buy, plus workshop details, on www.mydsomer.com
Susannah is a professional artist living close to the North Somerset coast. Her inspiration is her local landscape….. the rocks, the pebbles and the geological features, as well as the ever-changing woodland close to her home. Using natural earth, mineral and botanical pigments that, as much as she can, she forages for or grows, Susannah aims to represent our timeless and precious world. Becoming a more ecologically aware artist, using organic, sustainable materials as much as she can, has become a very important part of her practice.
For Susannah working mindfully and often intuitively allows for a deeper connection to the land. Walking, observing, gathering earth, grinding earth, making paint and then painting, inspired by that same landscape, is, for her, a grounding, cyclical and meditative process.
Stephanie Gay paints colourful and arresting yet delicate images of British Landscapes, Flora and Fauna on Chinese silk. Her inspiration primarily comes from the beauty of the natural world and she enjoys experimenting with scale and context, attempting to create works that communicate energy, enthusiasm and a sense of fun to the viewer.
Born and brought up in Somerset but having lived in Berkshire for almost 30 years, in 2019 she moved to Portishead with her husband Andrew and miniature poodle Frankie. In 2017 she won the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year and in 2022 she won the Polodango ‘Clevedon Artist of the Year’ competition with her painting ‘The Spirit of Clevedon’
Ceramics, Painting/DrawingAdrienne Hughes creates both thrown and hand built decorative ceramics in her home studio in Flax Bourton. She also produces paintings, mainly in acrylics and occasionally watercolour, taking her inspiration from her deep connection to nature and landscape.
Colour and pattern feature strongly in many of her pieces which at times can be light and playful and at others, challenging and thought provoking.
Adrienne will be exhibiting a range of work at Portbury Church with artists' cooperative Art6Explore, of which she is a founding member.
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Renée Kilburn is a professional ceramic artist, specializing in hand modelled pieces for the home and garden. Colourful flowers on stems, large birdbaths and urns, bird feeders and water features. All are hand painted with unique, brightly coloured glazes.
Renée will exhibit with her Art6Explore friends at the beautiful St Mary’s Church, just off junction 19 in Portbury, and will be showing a large range of work to suit every budget, beautifully displayed in the church and garden.
From J19 M5 take A369 to Bristol. 1st right at traffic lights then 1st right (brown road sign St Mary’s Church)
Parking along Church Lane
Good – ramps for wheelchair access
Tea and cake available