Roger is a self-taught landscape artist using watercolours and acrylic-based mixed media. Roger studied Geography and Geology at Hull University, and then Landscape Architecture at Manchester University. After retiring from his own landscape architecture business, Roger has more time for painting. Roger’s paintings have been chosen several times for the national exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours at the Mall Galleries and in 2015 appeared on Sky TV’s Landscape Artist of the Year programme painting at Trelissick in Cornwall. Roger aims to express the underlying patterns in the landscape and uses acrylic mixed media combined with geological, Ordnance Survey and satellite maps to express the landscape. Areas of transition between lowland and upland are of particular interest. Typical subjects include Roger’s local area of Northamptonshire, but also extend to the Peak District, Cotswolds, Lake District, the Pennines and the north east and south west of England.
I live and work in the beautiful South Northamptonshire countryside with a view of the River Nene and fields around me. I find this very inspirational and feel very fortunate to have such lovely surroundings while I create. I originally studied in Cornwall under the tutelage of Rod Walker, Jason Wason and the late Colin Scott among others. I particularly love the impasto style of working – Fred Yates is one of my favourite artists. I mostly work in acrylics but can also do commissions in oils or watercolour. I have had works shown in galleries in the county and also in the Isle of Man where I lived until recently.
I am a versatile artist of landscapes and village scenes, and have sold many works over the years. I also take commissions to paint specific landscapes for clients own requirements. Country folk, sheep, cattle and horses often feature in my works. I lived in Crete and France for a few years and painted the local vineyards and countryside, where I exhibited in Cordes sur Ciel, in France. My works are available as originals or giclee prints, which can be supplied in mounts, framed or unframed. I am also a retired carpenter and enjoy working with wood. I produce frames, and canvasses from simple to bespoke in a variety of sizes and formats. I have enjoyed helping aspiring painters working on location, individually or small group basis in the Spring and Summer months.
My desire as a visual artist is to create images that evoke meaning and stimulate a response that allows the viewer to ponder their own existence and the origin and sustaining force behind all that exists, to reflect on our actions and how it impact nature and people around us. However I do believe as an artist I should be able to cover any subject matter and so I accepted commissions, whether its portraits, landscape or any painting or drawing tailored to your specification. My style or painting or drawing is realism and representational.
Mark Duffin was born in 1960 and grew up in Tilehurst near Reading in Berkshire .
At that time all around was countryside and it was a quick walk to the River Thames where he spent most of his time as a child with his two brothers in this most English of landscapes .
He always loved to draw as a child , even going so far to draw on the households walls and after leaving school was accepted into Berkshire college of Art & Design where he spent four years studying graphic design and illustration .
Upon graduating he then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator working for design consultancies, advertising agencies and publishing companies in the UK and overseas.
At that early period he worked with traditional media, mainly airbrush & acrylic due to the tight deadlines but in 1996 ,with the onset of computers he changed to the digital media for his commercial work while still painting for private work in oils .
These are the works that he produces today , trying to convey a sense of calmness and quiet with his subtle use of colour and keen eye for detail, aiming to create the feeling of an old photo that vaguely recalls memories of a distant time and place all inspired by the English landscape.
A well established Northampton based artist, my portraits and figurative work is strongly influenced by the classical atelier techniques of Caravaggio, Velazquez and Singer-Sargent. My work is developed from my extensive use of life drawing sketches, my own imagination and digital media, and this includes my landscape paintings, where I focus strongly on the light, colours and shapes of the English countryside.
Working mainly in oils, I also use acrylics and charcoal for my art and paintings. I am a member of the Northampton Town and County Art Society, and I am available for commissions whether in oils, acrylics or pencil/charcoal drawings.
A keen mountain explorer I also paint “en plein air” locally to my home and in the Peak District and Lake District, as well as the Welsh Hills and the Scottish Highlands
A full member of the Northampton Town & County Art Society, I am also a member of the Northampton based Network Arts Group and the Rugby & District Art Society.
I provided the illustrations for a book on Wainwrights ‘Pennine Journey’ – edited by David Pitt, with maps by Ron Scholes, published by Francis Lincoln June 2010 and I featured in ‘Inside out – Cumbria & the North West’ – BBC TV. Now available by the same team is a similar volume on the Howgills Fells published by Lincoln Press in 2013.
I am currently working with Ron Scholes on a further Wainwright book publication due 2018
I live in Northampton and I have been painting with watercolours for several years, and love the delicacy and transparency of the medium. I like to experiment with different subjects, styles and techniques’, expressing whatever inspires me in the moment. I also paint in oils and enjoy drawing with ink. I enjoy sketching locally and when on holiday, and I belong to Urban Sketchers Northampton.
I have currently six different unique designs lovingly created and digitally printed and personalised often on to items made to order. My latest 2019 design is a champagne bottle and balloons to be a celebration theme that can be personalised for that special someone or event.
My career as an artist started when I was 4 or 5, drawing all over my parents album covers, I would spend hours sketching, copying and then drawing from observation. When I left school, there was no hesitation I wanted to pursue a career in art. I went on to gain a BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design at Bedford College, and a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art Painting at Loughborough University. I have worked as a freelance artist educator since, enjoying teaching art to all age ranges. In Primary I have run after school art workshops and clubs, in Secondary I have taught art at GCSE Level as well as working as Artist in Residence. My specialist teaching qualification is Higher Education (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education PGCert Level 7), and I hold an enhanced DBS. I am qualified in Mental Health Problems Level 2, in view of incorporating what Ive learned into my classes. My specialist subject matter is acrylic painting and mixed media.
My visual attractions are both people and the outdoors. Whether that be separate within my work or together. I began as a portrait painter and have always used this subject in my practice. My work on nature has come from a want to bring the outside in. These two fuel my need to create visual art being it drawing, painting, print making or mixed media.
I love giving everyday people of all ages an opportunity to be creative. Creativity helps you see things differently and makes life infinitely more interesting and fulfilling.
I use figurative and abstract elements combined to produce work based on emotion, secrets, and inner stories, in oil pastel and oil paint. I am drawn to the power and beauty of the masculine form and feel driven to express poetic visions of modern life, how advancements in living conditions have made us sadder and more lonely, exploring the world in which we live – not much physically, but emotionally and spiritually. This is reflected in my current male nude series, “In My Mind”, which features interpretations of the figure from within the mind of the subject.
The main medium which I work in is watercolour, but I also sometimes work in graphite. I have mostly experienced in portraits, but my current focus and interest is creating paintings of seascapes and landscapes.