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Helen has been an artist for many years, working from her studio in Cardiff producing watercolour, pastel and pencil work of landscapes and botanical subjects. Her degree was in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design.
Texture continues to be important in her paintings. She often starts her watercolours with a loose wash of paint, enjoying the accidental flourishes this creates, and developing these marks instinctively. Helen takes great inspiration from wildflowers and gardens as well as the beautiful landscapes around her in Wales.
Anita Raymond was born in Pontypridd and attended Mid Glamorgan College of Art Design and Technology, Foundation Course in1994.
She paints anything that catches her eye and inspires her. Anita tries to combine technical skill with sensitivity for the subject. If she doesn't succeed, she still enjoys trying. She works out the design and areas of interest using sketches.
Following a foundation course at East Warwickshire College Jane studied furniture and product design at Kingston University. Thereafter she worked for 15 years as a designer with Geoff Hollington Associates specialising in colour, materials and finishes on a variety of furniture and product briefs ranging from Herman Miller to Parker Pens and Kodak.
In 2004 Jane became a full time artist, working from Great Western Studios in London before establishing her own in studio Chiswick in 2007.Over the past seven years as a painter her work has tended to involve multi layering that has the effect of creating its own texture, visual depth and contrast that obscures hidden images that invite discovery.
Originally from the South Wales Valleys, she graduated from Bath Spa University in 1998. Louise now lives back in South Wales with the beautiful mountains and fantastic coastline on her door step, she is inspired by the changing colours, light and history of the landscape. Louise now works part-time as a designer so that she can spend most of her time on her paintings.
She has had work displayed and another short-listed for The Cork Street Open 2012.