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I grew up in the Oslo region in Norway. We had ready access to the sea, forest and mountains and nature played a major part in my life. I did love drawing and after graduating with biology as my major, I got accepted into the only graphic design school at the time in Oslo. So, a suitable compromise had been made, drawing and design with a purpose and tangible outcome.

I have always had itchy feet and have never needed much of an excuse to go travelling. I fell head over heels with an Australian on one of my journeys and have lived in Australia, mostly in Melbourne, for the best part of 13 years now. With family still in Norway I try to head over as often as possible. I met a part of the Washington Green team on a side trip to Birmingham and I am slowly coming around to thinking of myself as an artist, sane or not!

My first recollection of having an interest in art was at the age of 10 when I entered into a school Easter Card Competition and won first prize. This inspired me to carry on drawing, particularly incorporating my main interest at that time of aircraft and cars. Things changed when I was 12 – for Christmas I was given a set of oil paints and an easel (the easel I still use today 40 years later!). Painting in oil opened up a whole new world of colour and texture, as well as filling the house with the wonderful scent of linseed and turpentine.

Keith explains how his work is, "very raw, which is deliberate; I am not after perfection or realism. I paint from the heart, and strive for emotion and feeling in my work".

My Father told me, never draw a straight line and never draw a whole line, always break them up when you sketch, and change the weight applied to the pencil to make your marks interesting. What great advice this was! I still sketch this way today, as it is very important to be able to sketch with ease.

Short listed as a finalist for the Fine Art Trade Guild 'Best-Selling Artist 2010' Award.

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Internationally renowned artist Mackenzie Thorpe. Mackenzie found salvation in painting and drawing.
His works express an entire range of human emotion, from the special bond of love and friendship, to the importance of self-reflection and individual triumphs. A must for all art collectors

Paul Horton is gaining a reputation as one of the leading contemporary pastel artists. His paintings emerge from a world of imagination with a unique and inspired view of the world.

After quickly establishing his status on the international art scene, Todd's inimitable work is now in enormous demand from art lovers and investors alike.

He is collected by Hollywood superstars, has enjoyed major international TV and media coverage, and also achieved celebrity status himself. His record breaking gallery tour of the UK in 2007 was just the latest chapter in the incredible Todd White success story...

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I often forgot to come home on time after becoming totally engrossed in a painting. Art College followed school and I spent a total of 5 years studying both fine art and graphic design.

On leaving college, I entered the world of advertising. Many years working on commercial material did not erode my passion for fine art. I continued to produce pieces in my own time, experimenting with different medium and subject matter. I realised that in order to follow my dream I had to make an important decision. I chose to commit myself fully to my passion for fine art and became a full-time artist in 2005, a decision I have never regretted.

Adam draws his inspiation from the romantic element of the world around us, and describes his work as a natural slant from story - telling.

His unique view of life, characterised by stylised images, rich colours and thought provoking narratives, continue to take the art world by storm

I am fortunate enough in that the things I love to paint are right in front of my eyes everyday. The hairs on the back of my neck still stand on end every time I see an old ‘Gadgie’.

I love the movement of the street drunk; however he remains a difficult subject to paint – never staying still for any length of time. The real skill comes in trying to capture the just off centre stance of these vertically challenged individuals. The gossiping old ladies standing on street corners, the tired old guy wandering home after a long hard day at work and the wee dog cocking its leg against the street corner are all appealing and interesting to me. I see them all as different choreographed parts in a sort of street ballet.

One of my prize possessions is the oldest, ricketiest, battered bike complete with leather saddle and rusty springs. I bought the antique (I use the term loosely) at a second hand shop for the princely sum of £30.

It is a priceless prop that features in a great number of my paintings.

Staffordshire artist, Ben Riley was born in 1981. From the age at which he could pick up a pencil, Ben started to draw and paint, his flare becoming apparent. He went on to study art from the age of 14, experimenting, and thus developing his own original styles and techniques. This made him stand out from his fellow students

I have always been fascinated by the human form and the use of light and shade upon it, to enhance the image, giving it excitement and mood.

I can honestly say I have spent most of my childhood days surrounded by horses. The horses my family owned were a very important starting point in my painting career, and I have spent many of my days since drawing them. I have observed their joys, affections and passions very closely.

Growing up in Toronto, I was always drawing. As a little kid, animals were my favourite subject. My parents were very encouraging, and when I was about ten years old they arranged for me to spend time with a wonderful artist named Ralph Abrams. He was a painter, sculptor and animator who was passionate about experimenting with ‘the new’. I would occupy long Saturday afternoons sketching madly at the museum, or sculpting at his studio. Sometimes Ralph and I would just hang out with all the other artists in the building and they would show me how they created their art. Even then, I knew that I was going to make art my career – no, it would be my life.

Born in Staffordshire in 1969 Carl studied Figurative Sculpture and received his first public sculpture commission in 2000. Since then the list of his completed commissioned work is extensive, including King George and Queen Mary for the ballroom of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 cruise ship, ‘Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross’ which was unveiled by Princess Anne at Banbury, and George Best, Bobby Moore and Pele for private collectors.

Throughout my life I have been profoundly impressed by many artists, and living where I do I am surrounded by creativity which in itself is inspirational. I often look to the past and to certain artists whose pictures contain a strong narrative sense such as Breughel, Bosch and also the members of the Pre - Raphaelite Movement. As for contemporary painters I greatly admire the work of Lucien Freud, and often feel tempted to change my subject matter and paint some portraits, clothed or unclothed, just for my own amusement. Watch this space! I am also fascinated by gothic architecture and medieval history - two interests which I believe have more than a passing relevance to my paintings.

It all starts by a sketch or a drawing, but the final piece is most often quite far from its original idea. Daisy shapes her diminutive people by hand, and then allowing the clay to dry in open air; in due time they will be fired in an oven at high temperatures. When they are ready they are selectively mounted on the board, where they suddenly take on a life of their own.

Dale was born Staffordshire 1963, where he still lives. Always interested in painting from an early age he went on to study art at Newcastle under Lyme college. He is a master potter has worked in the industry for over 20 years, firstly for Coalport China and for Wedgwood for the last 15 years.

Debra's contemporary style of painting has collectors from all over the world, buying her paintings. She likes to paint in peace and to focus, and for that i need quietness.

she works in both watercolour and oil - each is very different and which medium she uses depends on her mood, but it is the sea which draws her back each time.

Dion paints skyscapes which are, by turns, warm and engaging, mean and foreboding. They betray his admiration for the likes of Turner and Dali. But he is truly in his element when surrounded by nature, which is evident from his paintings that reflect his fascination with the sky. They are not demanding or abrasive in any way, but instead have a feeling of infinity about them. His approach is more suggestive than descriptive, allowing the viewer to bring their own interpretation to each piece.

He is inspired by almost everything around him; living by the sea, film, music, books, exhibitions – the list could go on forever, but if one were to put it in the most general terms Dion is inspired by life, nature and the human condition. Specifically the artists he cites as inspirations are Tom Keating, Turner, Rothko and Rembrandt.

When you ask Lloyd what his intentions are with his work his answer is “I want to make work that people can fall into.” He believes that his purpose in life is to leave something behind; something that is good and beautiful. He works in an innocent, untrained and blatantly honest way with his final works being refreshingly simple, straight forward and breathtakingly beautiful. His own celebration of the beauty around us serves to remind us all to look up and beyond ourselves.

Influenced by the Impressionists and Post Impressionists, in particular Alfred Sisley, Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Dmitri’s first love has always been the details of a closely observed cityscape. His timeless oils on canvas portray beguiling scenes of his favourite European cities and sell for commanding prices on the international market.

Born in Shrewsbury in 1976 I am the eldest of twin boys. Being the son of a doctor and a nurse, I always felt in safe hands right from the start. My artistic flare may well have been passed down from my mother's side. She was one of a family of ten children. Music and art was a central part of growing up in Dublin. My grandfather was from five generations of tailors and trained in Saville Row to become a bespoke tailor. He had three shops in Ireland, one of which was in historical Kilmainham, Dublin. On my father’s side, my grandfather was an industrial designer and skilled draughtsman. Thus the fabric of the artist was woven!

He started his career by working as a street artist which took him off around the world following the summer season. He would draw detailed pen and ink pictures of famous buildings and portraits, and as a self taught artist he developed a highly personal style.

Monkton's work has already been widely reproduced on greetings cards and in books on both sides of the Atlantic. The medium of large fine art silkscreens, though, with their refined materials and bespoke finishes, has given him even more creative freedom.

Fleetwood's work has a fun and contemporary twist on well known subjects.
His style is fast and loose with an urban edge. He creates dramatic compositions that use a bright palette to depict iconic objects and vehicles

Initial inspiration has changed a lot for me due to the fact that my paintings in the beginning were figurative. I now consider myself to be an abstract painter, inspired by the outer tangible world. The observation of the world that surrounds me, thoughts, reflections, analysis,, concentration and imagination all nurture my inspiration. I now base my work on expression through abstraction, telling stories, transmitting feelings or simply trying to create sensations in the spectator. I only want to paint what’s essential.

My goal is creating reflective and honest work permitting chance, a work that doesn’t want to be dramatic with big flourish blurs of thick paint, and glutinous shiny drips. I may find inspiration in a fragment of a wall, a combination of forms, a space, colours, a symbol, the light, people, a political or social fact, a poem or a simple thought that returns to my mind.

I moved from London to the country about ten years ago and I live and work in an old farmhouse, where I have built a shed for spray-painting. I love its rough, rustic character. It's a great place for messy jobs, and gives me the freedom to explore.
I work very intensely, and when I am painting I often work far into the night to finish a piece. Then I like to put the finished piece in my studio and keep looking at it from time to time to see if I want to make any changes.
To relax, I like to sip Chinese green tea, play table tennis or just go for a walk in the beautiful Wye Valley near my home.

Essentially I am inspired by the creativity in me, both the need and desire to fulfil myself creatively makes me who I am.

A great source of my inspiration lies in the different shades of light on the landscapes and I am drawn to the sea again and again. The light, colours and shapes in the sky totally absorb me. The element of movement in these images never fails to make a powerful impression on me and greatly inspires me to translate this movement into my paintings.

Although his stunning figurative images originate in Graham's fertile imagination and represent "everyman" and "everywoman", his subject matter is inspired by incidents in his own life. He uses humour and sentiment where appropriate to persuade us that each individual painting is part of a bigger picture - the picture of life.

In spite of his technical expertise and strong grasp of form and colour, Grant is largely a self taught artist. His inventive and distinctive oil paintings and acrylics on canvas owe a stylistic debt to Magritte, Dali and a range of other surrealist artists whom he admires. As well as the sheer aesthetic attraction, what appeals to him is the element of subversion which is present in their work. He is also fascinated by the quirkier side of Victoriana; the idea of a folly, for example – a seemingly functional building - which is actually produced for no apparent purpose other than its own aesthetic worth.

Hazel Soan is one of the UK's most highly acclaimed artists. Her stunning oils are executed with a flawless technique which records every nuance of light and shadow, bringing each stylish scene to life before our eyes.

Ian’s influences range far and wide, and include the off-the-wall humour of the Monty Python team, cartoon genius Gary Larson, and 1950s American artist, Norman Rockwell.

“I have always enjoyed bending the rules, and for me humour and imagination are the key elements of a rewarding composition.”

I’m very lucky that I take most of my inspiration from people, as we’re surrounded by them! I love the vast scope in the human character, there are so many different kinds I could never be bored. I might be taken by a particular look, or a slight stance or movement that will make me pick up a pencil and document it. Relationships and emotion is also something that inspires me - much of my work always has a story behind it.

My images at the moment are very simple and obvious, from a distance, but I find myself drawn to some parts upon closer inspection. An aggressive thumb print or a trailing smudge mark where perhaps a song I’m listening to has had an uplifting effect on me, or I was thinking about a little moment, these things affect the way a smudge finishes and they become almost mini works of art within the work of art!

Sometimes, when I am working on a new piece its difficult to sleep at night because I am visualising the direction I want to take. I’ve learnt that at this point, it’s far better to return to my easel and continue until I’m satisfied that I’ve achieved all I want to.

I was born in 1951, the sixth of seven children in Yardley, Birmingham. I cannot remember a time when I did not paint. Most of my early paintings were imitations of my older brother Bill’s masterful renditions, who was naturally a very gifted artist

In 1996 the first episode of Laurence’s BBC TV series “Changing Rooms” was broadcast. Its immense success turned a man already well respected and admired in his chosen field into a household name. His latest venture is the launch of a portfolio of stunning artwork inspired by his love of historical art and interior design.

Leigh Lambert was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1979 and lived in the North East until 1996 when he and his family relocated to Warwickshire.

The contemporary art works of Lhouette can be described as ' impressions of pop culture and fashion' drawn from Lhouette's interpretation of the world around him.

Leading the way in contemporary mixed -media work, Linda has quickly built up a huge following and is certain to become one of the UK's most collectable contemporary artists.

Lorenzo has managed to absorb and combine all his diverse talents, thus enabling him to develop his own unique artistic style. His work reflects the clear, true vision of an artist who has matured far beyond his years in a stimulating, intellectual environment. It has been said many times that life imitates art; the achievements of Lorenzo Quinn certainly lend credence to this belief.

The glass panels are made by painstakingly hand stenciling the several different layers of colour between a sandwich of two layers of glass. It is then fired in a kiln at over 1000 degrees farenheight, to form a single piece of glass. The image is then 'inside' the glass. The colours are created from special glazes I have developed myself (similar concept to pottery glazes) by combining various glass and metal compounds together to create a particular colour. It has taken years of experimentation and experience to produce the colour palette.

I could cite a variety of creative influences; the ones that are the most apparent in my work are of course L. S. Lowry, (I was once told that my paintings are “happy Lowry’s” which delighted me!) and the slightly less well-known paintings of Noel Coward. In my travels around South America I also found the bright colours and enchanting gabbeh designs a tremendous source of inspiration.

The son of an art historian and lecturer, Lucien Vin was brought up in Paris, Florence and later, Rome. Visiting galleries and talking about art was always a part of his life, and he still recalls his first visit to the Musée Rodin where he was introduced to great sculptural works of art

I am particularly drawn to areas of flat open countryside or shorelines. The simplicity of ribbons of land and sky, divided by hedges and roads that appear as visual scars across the landscape, provide the structure for my paintings. I live on the Cheshire Plain and my long narrow paintings are inspired by the flatness of the local landscape.

In this type of environment it is natural to scan the horizon, as there are few vertical shapes to interrupt the view. The panoramic nature of the paintings is an attempt to emulate this sensation.

I walk everyday and the way in which the views change is a constant source of fascination to me. The hues of the sky and land fluctuate according to time and season. The effects of weather and light provide both harmony and contrast of colour. The land often appears to be reflected in the sky and conversely a strong sky can tint the earth. The bands of sky, earth and sea can be clearly delineated or the layers can merge and diffuse into each other.

Malcolm’s passion for painting has always been an integral part of his life. In his early career as a teacher his interest in art took up much of his spare time, and in more recent years he has occupied three galleries in the North East and has devoted more and more time to his painting. He holds regular solo exhibitions all over the UK, and one such exhibition, 'A Glimpse of the Great North', was televised by the BBC.

My first introduction to clay came at the age of 7, in Mr Smart's art class. For my first piece I made a swan. I absolutely loved working in this medium; there was, and still is for me, a touch of magic in this process; where the cold, grey, malleable clay turns into a hard ceramic, that can last a thousand years. Due to the specialist nature of working with clay (requiring a kiln), after school I only came into contact with this medium at evening classes. I didn't know any artists and never dreamed back then that earning a living producing art would have been possible for me.

The year of 1967 (when I was 16) proved to be a significant turning point in my life; not only did I start at Medway College of Art in Kent, but on the first day I met Sally who was later to become my future wife.

Up until that time I had got used to being acknowledged as the ‘arty one’ from my class mates as I travelled through the educational system of primary and secondary school; it was with a mixture of excitement and trepidation that I started my time at Art College. I was finally there!

The last few years have seen me working independently as an artist after finally taking the plunge to 'go it alone.' With determination, hard work and a bit of luck I aim to move my art onto a whole new level personally.

Ask any creative person and they will tell you that inspiration is everywhere. The skill is being able to filter out the juicy bits! Without a doubt I am attracted to interesting shapes and shadows, light and contrast. I am a huge fan of comic book artists and the way that they create huge fantasy cities and structures that consume the comic book pages.

Marsha Hammel's women have been described as "romantic but not idealised, beautiful but not pampered, private but accessible, strong, confident and independent" by an enthusiastic reviewer.

I am always striving to do better, each picture being the greatest work of my lifetime, that is, until I start the next - and so it goes on. Should I ever get to the point of total satisfaction, I think I'd better make that painting my last and put my brushes and easel away for good.

I am very fortunate to enjoy my work so much.

Michael Vaughan OBE – the most successful captain in the history of English cricket – has put his batting skills to canvas and combined his two great passions in life, cricket and art, to create ‘Artballing’ – an innovative, unusual and exciting form of modern abstract art.

Using his favoured cover drives, square cuts and pull shots Michael expertly hits a paint-covered ball at a blank canvas to create dramatic abstract pieces that can best be described as a riotous mixture of Jackson Pollock meets Damien Hirst.

I am inspired really by my family, and the way my wife and I were when we were teenagers. We were a pair of romantics and always endeavoured to keep our relationship fun! I try to depict this in my little character. In most relationships there are sad times as well as happy times; this will show in my character as my work develops.
I was greatly inspired by LS Lowry, influenced mainly because he was a friend of my Grandfather. My ideas come mainly when I am out driving, and thinking about quirky little images to paint. I wish I could say that they come easily, but they don’t! It really is hard work, in fact that is probably harder than putting the painting together.
I tend to draw hundreds of little sketches when I get an idea in my head, and then try to develop two or three of the best sketches.

In July '05 I entered the New Artists competition at the NEC in Birmingham and won after which I took a publishing deal with Washington here I am.

I am a keen observer of everyday life so my ideas are created from images I see all around. I also dig deep into thoughts, feelings and emotions that I may be experiencing at the time. I feel that people are very similar in many ways, so expressing my feelings can often strike a chord with those who relate to the situations that I put my characters in.

The prevalent theme in Nemo's work is travel and the discovery of the beauty and excitement of new places. His distinctive images draw together the charm and mood of several famous cities at once to create a dreamlike memory of time and space in a fascinating combination of mixed media.

"In my own small way I strive to create my own worlds and sculptures to ask and bring to the forefront the dilemmas and questions that we all feel and face day to day, as well as highlight the madness around us".

Many of my paintings will come from an emotion that i am experiencing at the time - be it euphoria, sadness or anger.

Colours too provide me with ideas - from the true vibrant contrasting colours of traffic lights to the blue hues of a cornflower or multi-coloured sky.

I have found my work changing and growing with every painting. I also find a new excitement and eagerness in my approach to my work, and have found this personal work much more rewarding. So many interests and artists inspire my work. I try to take inspiration from everywhere: people, lifestyle, fashion, music, sport, and so on. I have had a huge admiration and influence from such painters as Modigliani, Matisse, and Picasso, as well as numerous other painters and illustrators. Style, colour, pattern, and texture also play an important part in my work. My main interest is in people, emotion, and lifestyle

Formal art training for me has always been sporadic and somewhat varied. Having been offered a place at art college I chose instead to do a degree in History and Education finding time for my art through subsidiary courses whilst a student. When I began to paint professionally I chose to attend classes with academician Fred Cuming in order to develop my own particular strengths relating to use of colour, draughtsmanship, and the ability to create atmosphere within a painting. These elements, central to my work, have remained constant.

Painting in heavy bodied acrylics on high weight water colour paper, his palette is characterised by soft browns, mochas, creams and golds, while occasional splashes of red bring the whole piece into focus. His work is held in collections all over the world.

Peter has been a successful artist for over 35 years. He was born in 1942 in Hartlepool and trained as an artist in Hartlepool and Leicester. From 1968 he worked as a tutor with the College of the Sea (now the Marine Society) and travelled all over the world painting, drawing and teaching aboard merchant ships. After three years as a lecturer in Norwich, he turned to painting full time and now lives and works in the Scottish Borders.His images have been exhibited and sold in galleries all over the world, and several of his works are held in the collection of The National Maritime Museum.

My mother & father, brother & sister all have/had varying talents in artistry. But I am sure that my roots in art come straight from my Grandfather. He was an excellent artist, who even managed to paint arab silk traders, trading from the backs of camels during the war when he was posted in Eygpt. I have been told that he owned all manner of art equipment, but sadly, the war stole my grandfather then the passing of time stole his art equipment, so unfortunately I didn't get to meet either of them!

Taken by world class sixties photographer Philip Townsend, famous for his shots of many of the sixties icons including The Beatles, Twiggy, Gene Pitney and The Searchers.

Ronnie Wood’s extraordinary career ranges from rock legend to radio presenter, from writer to actor. Although he is best known as guitarist for the Rolling Stones, he has also pursued a lifelong passion for art that has won him international recognition and critical acclaim.

At the age of ten, Dalí was already learning to paint under prestigious teachers in renowned art schools. Much of Dalí's work and life was affected by his personality which was regarded as paranoid on one hand, but arrogant and greedy on the other. This was clearly evident upon his second expulsion from the Royal Academy of Art in Madrid, caused by his own assertion that he held greater knowledge of his subject than those who taught him. As a result, he never took his final examinations, yet his achievements show that this was hardly a hindrance to his career in art.

I am entirely motivated by colour, and as a realist painter, along with being a big kid at heart, this inevitably lead to the subject matter of toys and sweets. It allows me to explore extremely vivid colour, and at the same time manipulate the structure and form of an image. Having trawled sweetshops, markets, eBay, and my mum's attic, to find my subject.

My paintings are largely inspired by a mix of nostalgia from my own childhood along with watching my own two young kids grow up. Not necessarily making any comparisons, but being reminded of the nostalgic years and how their life today differs in these modern times, yet in many ways mirrors my own childhood.

I believe that art forms are a fascination with life, and our supreme fascination is with ourselves.

What continuously intrigue’s me are the enigmas of our own nature. The human form, energy and spirit are endless inspiration for me. Sometimes you have an image in your head left over from a dream or a passing glimpse; these have the ability to serve as a starting point for a painting. I try to neutralise the figures and remove them from a particular time period, to make them more mythic and timeless. So very often I find my shapes in practice, not in the process of rigid preparation. The shapes are recognisable with hints of body parts, but they remind us that we can go so much further….if we desire.

Around us there is a delicate balance that I try to capture between the play of the abstract forms and interconnection of human bodies. It is through the medium of the human body that I am trying to express myself, seeking the precise balance between aestheticism and emotion. Fashion suggests that you should be moved by certain things and not by others. This is the reason that even successful artists have no idea whether their work is really any good or not, and they will never have any way of really knowing.

Working in mixed media with watercolours, gouache, pastels and even gold leaf, Simon's work - with its asymmetrical dynamism - has a jewel-like exuding warmth and power.

Simon says his works best from direst observation. "When out painting I keep my eyes open for likely subjects, interesting viewpoints and subtle combinations of colour and texture. Before starting a piece I have to see something that excites me.

As time passed Simon began to translate some of this experience into artistic compositions, and discovered an amazingly rich talent. In 2003 he settled in the USA and a whole new world opened up for him. Here he encountered a school of painters, the "Sublime" movement, that was to have an immense influence on his artistic path. These pioneering 19th century artists were attracted by the scenic breadth of the diverse continent of North America. As Simon says, "I know that I experience the landscape with the same spiritual intensity as these artists did, and like them, I aim to inject that divine inspiration into every piece of work I produce."

An exciting collaboration between Sir Terry Wogan and the Daily Mail cartoonist MAC (aka Stan McMurty); resulting in an exclusive collection of limited edition artwork; inspired by ‘Terry’s Old Geezers’.

In 1991, when photography no longer became inspirational for him, he started painting seriously again concentrating once again on the medium that he had originally embraced. “It was then that something clicked and I have not looked back since……painting is my life.”

Each product range begins with weeks of brainstorming and consultation in order to identify key elements of the subject that we will bring to life on the canvas. A variety of media is sourced from a completely free range of subject matter, ensuring we're all in agreement. Then Eureka! Natural sources and elements of the earth and beyond hold particular interests with all the artists, it is from these sources that we draw our inspiration for the art as well as ideas for the materials used.

Now an established artist, Susan creates bold and vibrant images which present what she describes as the real world. She sees them as an interpreted record of life through architectural studies of existing surroundings. These explore the mathematics, rhythm and movement within structures and the relationship between man and the built environment in an exciting and immediate style.

Most of my ideas and inspirations are gained from watching my two cats Mungo and Mingus. They are sisters and do not get on very well with each other. This makes observing them totally absorbing. The way they try and out maneuver each other taking the others’ favorite sleeping place, or taking command of the landing upstairs, daring anyone to invade.

Mingus sleeps a lot on the back of the couch in the window looking at the traffic and the cat next door. She gets very excited when she comes around, jumping up at the window, following her every move. She seems to be posing with every movement she makes. The sunlight streams though this window and creates a halo around her that she doesn’t deserve. They were great when they were kittens. As with all kittens they were up to as much mischief as possible, getting into impossible places, having to be rescued every five minutes and then doing it all over again. It was hard work trying to keep up with drawing them. It was a period of great inspiration and I still have sketchbooks full of ideas for paintings of this time.

At the end of the day, when I would be relaxing on the couch looking at my days work, one of the cats would come and sit on my lap like a critic and look at the paintings with me. They never, however, show that they like or dislike them - they just look.

Now based in Norfolk, Tony has a studio in his home where he spends his time gathering inspiration from such disparate sources as a solo dance by Fred Astaire, the swing of a stylish coat on a beautiful woman, and even the big philosophical questions that haunt us all in modern life… but all with a smile on his face! A subtle, deadpan humour makes his whimsical acrylics uniquely engaging and his desire to "get it right" with everything he does guarantees artwork that is always carefully rendered and perfectly finished.

Wu Ching Ju’s work is much in demand, with several significant collections of her work established across Europe. Collectors include members of Royalty, diplomats and senior figures in banking, law and business. She has had over 15 solo shows in addition to numerous group exhibitions across Belgium, Holland, Jersey and Guernsey.