Most of David Tress' paintings and drawings start from sketch book studies made in the landscape. In the studio he begins work using heavy water colour paper, first drawing and then laying in washes of colour. As the painting continues he draws with more physical vigour using scored lines and torn edges, collaging in new pieces of paper. This sense of physical involvement in the developing work is something that David seems to find essential, paralleling the physicality of the experience of being in the landscape. As work continues he responds as much to memories of the place drawn, which he may have visited tens of times over many years, as to the actual sketch. The painting becomes an emotional, and not merely intellectual, response to the landscape, and describes a relationship with that landscape over a period of time. David finds that risk taking is a necessary part of the working process, and with risk often comes failure. The paintings that survive this risk process have an intensity and power that he finds otherwise unobtainable. David Tress is represented internationally by Messum's Fine Art Ltd., London.Paul Wearing
has lived in Cardiff since 1997 when he embarked upon a ceramics degree. Upon graduation he co-founded Elements Studio and Gallery and since 2007 has been a member of the Fireworks Clay Studios
cooperative holding positions of Chair and Director. Paul gained Selected Membership of the Craft Potters Association
of Great Britain in 2016 and became an elected member of their Governing Council in 2018. He has exhibited widely across the UK and internationally and has received of numerous funding awards from the Arts Council of Wales.