After a long break of 30 years Simon rediscovered art in the form of Life Drawing at Queens Park Centre in Aylesbury where he furthered his exploration of the human form. Pastels and charcoal are his preferred media, representing his interpretation, with particular reference to colour, of the model before him.
George graduated in Drawing & Painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, in 1972.
There, he studied under Alberto Morocco and James Morrison but the greatest influence was exerted by Bill Cadenhead, his drawing tutor.
After a career in advertising, George has once again taken up pencil and brush, choosing to work in watercolour in the main but continuing his first love of drawing.
He has exhibited at the popular Pittenweem Arts Festival in Fife, Scotland, which also happens to be his home town. He now lives in Postcombe, Oxfordshire and devotes his time to his family and art.
I was born in Lancashire where I studied Fine Art and Illustration and have since worked in design for the retail sector in the southern counties.
My passion for art has motivated me to teach adults/children weekly at 6 different venues (including 4 Schools), as well as ‘Art Days’ at Telefonica Digital and Chestnut Lane School in Amersham.
I exhibit my work in local galleries and produce many illustrations for a variety of clients including the National Portrait Gallery.
I find the human form the most inspirational of subjects, and so I have been attending life drawing or a few years now. The main body of my work consists of portraiture and figurative and painting, but I love life drawing as a means of exploring the dynamics of the human body, and the potential for conveying feeling through posture and movement.
Beckie Howson was born in Shrewsbury, and moved to Buckinghamshire as a child. She now lives in Loosley Row with her family.
After studying Art A-level and Art Foundation, Beckie continued to foster her interest in art with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Imaging at the University of Derby.
Beckie has a keen interest is wildlife and photography, and after graduating, produced sculptures for the Zoological Society of London’s Whipsnade Zoo. She has continued her work through illustration for farming programmes and specialises in pastel pet portraits. Beckie has recently re-kindled her love of life drawing with the Life Enhancing group, after starting during her student years at the Henley College.
I have been attending Life Drawing sessions since 1987 and, as well as working in charcoal and ink when working from the model, I draw and paint other subject matter using pastel, oils and acrylic.
I often use my life drawings to develop more abstract work and I attempt to infuse the energy and life force of people into my initial drawings. I find Life Drawing offers amazing possibilities in drawing. Interaction with the model provides a sense of immediacy which is both exciting and productive.
I am a member of the Buckinghamshire Art Society and have exhibited with them and also had work exhibited at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury and other venues including the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe and the Hexagon Theatre in Reading.
I have studied on Life Drawing and Drawing into Painting courses at The Slade in London and also studied Portraiture at Missenden Abbey in Great Missenden.
I trained at Nottingham College of Art and Design.
A love of drawing has always influenced my work though I am primarily a painter.
My work has changed greatly over time, as I like to explore and experiment with different materials, styles and approaches. The result is a constantly changing and evolving eclectic mix, from figurative through to abstract.
I have had a varied Art teaching career from City & Guilds Diploma Courses to teaching on Cruise Liners. I now run private classes in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and Summer Schools at home and abroad.
Exhibitions include Mall Galleries London, Montesson France, Obsidian Gallery Buckinghamshire, Open Studios.
Journalist in native South Africa, then political prisoner succeeded by work as a school teacher in London, Dublin, Aylesbury and Watford. Wildlife drawing in South Africa followed 40 years later by landscape and portrait with Miles Richmond in North of England, London, Rome and Ronda, Andalusia. Intensive Drawing & Painting in Life Studio at Queens Park, Aylesbury.