Marie Baird is a contemporary Scottish artist who has made Norfolk her home. In December 2018 Marie completed her Diploma Course at the Norfolk Painting School under the tutelage of Martin Kinnear, one of the UK’s leading artists. In 2019, as an emerging artist, Marie’s painting “Bright New Day” was selected by the Institute of East Anglian Artists for their Summer Exhibition. She expresses the beauty of flowers with strong textural detail and joyful energy.
“In this (flower) series I wanted to express the beauty of flowers through textural detail, strong mark-making and close interest and feeling.”
Anne’s delicate pastel drawings are inspired by photographs of our local fauna taken by her husband Les. Her portraits capture that moment the shutter clicks with delightful freshness and surety of touch.
Wild Life Photographer
Les Bunyan’s profound love of nature inspires his photography. Waiting for that special moment the barn owl goes about its business without knowing he is there or capturing the wonderful spectacle of tens of thousands of waders as they swirl before the tide. Les captured this year’s record number of knots on the Wash and produced a series of stunning photographs which can be bought from the gallery. Hares have a special place in his heart and he spends hours watching and photographing them. His photographs are used by the RSPB and other organisations for publicity.
Geraldine has a passion for clay and has been a potter since completing her arts degree in London. She moved to Norfolk in 2000 and set up her studio in Stanhoe. Her pots vary from delicately thrown mugs to large coiled garden ware. Geraldine’s husband Michael prepares the clay and fires the kilns.
Julie’s incredible journey into art began in 2015 after she survived a subarachnoid haemorrhage. She left her demanding BBC career in London for a calm and recuperative existence on the North Norfolk coast. Enthralled by her new environment, Julie began to paint. Working mostly with a limited palette, her aim is to capture light, atmosphere and movement in a loose, flowing and suggestive style. The sea is a recurring theme and features prominently in her work. Julie experiments with a variety of materials, including inks, oils and watercolour. She exhibits regularly with the West Norfolk Artists Association.
Alison D'oyley - IEA (prov)
Alison works mainly with pen and watercolour, handmade silkscreen, occasionally stitch. Her inspiration comes mostly from nature. She looks at life in detail and is fascinated by shadows and reflections, along with the ephemeral, and how they change our perception of what we see. She enjoys the process of making by hand, through the various sometimes complex stages, to her final work.
Nicholas Elliott - IEA (prov)
Nicholas is a self taught artist and began painting professionally in 2001. His paintings are the result of a rare dedication that caused him to sell his home in London to live cheaply in India and Andalusia while he perfected his art. He has exhibited in Spain and France and had a successful exhibitions in Cork Street in 2008. His work has been shown in fairs in London, Canada, New York, Glasgow and Brussels. In 2009 he moved to France, returning to the UK in 2013 for major cancer surgery. He now lives and works in Norfolk.
Kerry Farr paints with a light, sensitive touch that comes from her love of the natural world and puts the viewer firmly in North West Norfolk. Her painting ‘Summer Meadow’ beautifully illustrates the aspiration of the Garage Studio in creating Peddars Meadow; a project is explained elsewhere on this site.
Bee on the homepage by Kerry Farr.
Albert has sculpted in wood and exhibited since 1959. His inspiration comes from the creatures which share our world. The wood he uses is home seasoned, some for up to 40 years. At the age of 88, Albert is still carving. His woods include cherry, lime, walnut, yew and holly. Each piece is signed with a crown and completely unique. The oldest wood Albert has carved is oak bog wood from the fens around Ely – carbon dated to approximately 2530 B.C.
Barbara’s paintings reflect her deep affinity with our environment. Her work embraces North West Norfolk from the contours and colours of our ever-changing coastline to the intricate forms and shapes of our fields and hedgerows. Barbara studied History of Art and graduated from London University. She has exhibited in the Mall Gallery, London and throughout Norfolk.
Nicky uses wet and dry felting technique with lovely bright Marino wools. Her collages are made with a variety of materials. All her work is inspired by the ever-changing landscapes and seascapes. She also makes silver jewellery: rings, bangles, pendant necklaces and earrings; and holds a City & Guilds in design & craft -3D studies (jewellery).
Stephen has been a professional watercolour artist and tutor for over twenty years. His first love as an artist has always been the Norfolk landscape with its big skies and wide open spaces. However, he has painted landscape, towns and cities of many locations around the world, including the USA, India and China.
For several years Stephen was chairman of the West Norfolk Artists Association and he has exhibited on a number of occasions with the Royal Watercolour Society in London.
Inspired by the wild beauty of the Norfolk landscape and its fantastic wildlife, Chris works mainly in the field. His sketches can take the form of detailed paintings, simple scribbles or even written notes; any information that can be gathered to provide reference for the larger studio painting which may follow. Chris finds this an enjoyable and vital part of his creative process. He has provided illustrations for books and magazines including bird identification plates for ‘Birds of the Atlantic Islands’ published by A&C Black. He is a winner of ‘British Birds’ magazine’s national competition ‘Bird Illustrator of the Year.’ His work features in the new book ‘Red 67’ published February 2020 by The British Trust for Ornithology, which highlights bird species of special conservation concern.
Julie is a self-taught artist with a passion for wildlife and the Norfolk coastline and countryside. Her enthusiasm is exhibited in her artwork, which includes pastel drawings, water-colour, oil and acrylic paintings and wonderful collages.
She uses soft pastel and pencil which enables striking detail and the vibrancy of nature to be captured in her work. Julie loves our Norfolk hares and designs artisan needle felted hare sculptures, each of which display their own unique characteristics upon completion and will bring a smile to the viewer.
Vanda’s wonderful paintings capture the very essence of Norfolk. With masterly direction she paints our vast skies, ever-changing weathers and magnificent coastline, unfolding the county before us. Vanda exhibits throughout Norfolk and holds oil painting classes in various locations.
The photographs exhibited here have been hand printed in the dark room from 35mm film and shot on a Nikon 501 SLR. They show detailed studies of veteran oak trees in life and in decay, circa 2000. No filters were used. ‘Nature gives us everything,’ she says, ‘I cannot improve on it.’ One of her photographs appeared on the cover of The Sunday Times Magazine. She has recently begun to paint.
Izzy is a Norfolk artist who creates with colour pencil, graphite and pastel that which most intrigues and interests her. From complex drawings of Norfolk’s historic towns and harbours, to the simpler shapes of seals at play on Blakeney Point, there is much to be admired in her work. Izzy reached the quarter-finals of SkyArts Landscape Competition in 2019. She is currently working on a self-initiated project to illustrate a book about Kings Lynn.
Liz and Alan Witley
Artist & Photographer
Alan and Liz use a variety of mediums and techniques. Liz is a skilled watercolourist and her paintings are inspired by her husband’s photographs. Alan combines his vast knowledge of the printing industry and graphic art to produce with Liz, beautiful images of Norfolk.
We have a lovely selection of natural soaps handmade by Ringstead resident Maree McMann and a cheerful assortment of embroidered and patchwork bags from local craftswoman Helen Young.
You are welcome to purchase art through our artist’s websites, but please state your journey via the Garage Studio.
Both my sisters are artists and I am proud to be able to link to them here:
Jeannette Siebols www.siebols.com in Australia
Wildlife artist Marinka Siebols www.animalsetc.eu in the Netherlands
The conservationist movement of WildEast East Anglia