Thames Chase art and sculpture exhibition 2019 - Ideas and Imagination

Thames Chase art and sculpture exhibition 2019 - Ideas and Imagination

Local artists and sculptors display a range of their inspired works for the annual art exhibition

In 2019, artworks and sculptures will be themed around ideas and imagination, inspired by what can be seen and found throughout the Thames Chase Community Forest and the mosaic of landscapes across the region.

View the Art Exhibition at Thames Chase Forest Centre, Tuesday 13th-Monday 26th, 10:00-16:00. Items for sale range in value from £10 to £2,000.

It's the third annual exhibition held at the Forest Centre, at the heart of the Community Forest.

Confirmed artists for the 2019 Art and Sculpture Exhibition

Jennifer Arthur

Guernsey harbour, by Jennifer Arthur

Mixed media

Jennifer Arthur has been drawing and painting ever since she can remember and over the years have tried most mediums. She currently tends to use ink and watercolour and particularly like to paint panoramic townscapes, usually on a river setting. Her main inspiration for these paintings is colour.

Doreen Bright

A beutiful peackock butterfly, by Doreen Bright

Doreen Bright is passionate about wildlife, nature, and global warming, and her passion to preserve habitats in the natural world provides inspiration for her work. She tries to use ‘green’ materials and recycles them as much as possible, in order to do her bit to save the planet.

Julian de Camillis

Cranham Marshes on a misty morning, by Julian de Camillis

Julian de Camillis has always sketched but did not take up painting since schooldays until around 1980 when he bought a box of watercolour paints whilst on holiday in Jersey. Having seen some paintings by East Anglian artist Edward Seago in a London Gallery around that time his interest in painting had surfaced again.Julian is mostly self-taught but attended various adult education evening classes and art instruction holidays during the 1980s.

He enjoys painting on location (Plein Air) and have always been inspired by the big skies and estuaries of East Anglia and regards himself as a representational painter with a touch of Impressionism. Most of Julian's work is produced outdoors where the light, sights, sounds and smells are all part of the inspiration. He works in all mediums often combining them for mixed media work.

Living in Upminster, Julian paints mostly landscapes, townscapes, rivers and old industrial sites. He loves exploring the creeks and estuaries of Essex and East Anglia, and always has a sketchbook with him when out walking or looking for new locations. Julian likes to work quickly and capture the subject before the light changes, and his work has been exhibited at the Mall, Guildhall, Barbican and other London Galleries.

Steve Cook


I saw two swans go sailing by, by Steve Cook

Steve Cook trained as an artist and teacher of art at Hornsey College of Art and at Goldsmiths College. His professional career has been spent in the field of adult art education, working mainly for the London Boroughs of Havering and Barking and for over 25 years at Fairkytes Arts Centre.

Steve finds inspiration in the area of specific still life and attempt to capture the essence of surface quality and organic structure in order to achieve a sense of enhanced reality. The myriad interlocking shapes comprising the overall form of dried leaves or flower heads in a state of graceful decay have abstract elements that he finds visually compelling. Steve works exclusively in oils, a slow drying medium that encourages a meticulous approach providing opportunity to achieve the high detail that he requires in the finished piece.

As a result of this relatively new direction in his work, Steve now exhibits on a regular basis with the Society of Botanical Artists.

See more of Steve's work on his website.

Dawn Cowan

Although for a number of years the main focus of Dawn Cowan's art has been pastels of wildlife, for the last few years she has been experimenting with fluid acrylic art, and sometimes combining the abstract nature of this with realistic overpaintings. However, in keeping with the theme of the exhibition the two paintings Dawn has chosen to submit are of an abstract nature.

Janet Doyle


A watercolour depiction of the iconic Tithe Barn in Upminster by Janet Doyle

Janet Doyle is a local amateur artist and has been painting for almost 20 years. A member of Upminster Art Society, she is mainly self taught and started painting at a local watercolour evening class and then joined professional artists at their workshops and art centre holidays. Janet enjoys sketching and painting outdoors, sometimes completed paintings, but otherwise sketches that she uses with photographs to complete paintings back in the studio. Janet and her husband holiday in the UK and take every opportunity, weather permitting, to paint and gather information. She mainly paints in watercolour and her main subjects are landscapes, wildlife, pets and flowers. The subjects Janet paints are those where something has caught her imagination, for example a particular landscape or the look of an animal. She exhibits locally with Upminster Art Society and in joint exhibitions with her husband.

Terry Doyle

Watercolours, acrylics and oils

Maldon harbour with an ebbing tide, by Terry Doyle

Terry Doyle is a local amateur artist and has been painting for almost 20 years. He started with a watercolour evening class but also joined painting holidays and workshops with professional artists. He is mainly self-taught but did attend an oil painting course at Norfolk Painting School. Terry paints in watercolour and acrylic but increasingly enjoys painting with oils. He has a particular interest in painting “plein air” and gathering information in his sketch book to be used in later paintings.

Although mainly a landscape artist, Terry also enjoys painting birds, animals and architecture. When roaming London, particularly "The River", he gathers all sorts of inspiration for his work. He is a member of Upminster Art Society and currently Chairman and Secretary. He exhibits his work at joint exhibitions with his wife and also with the Society.

Adrian Dutton

Adrian Dutton loves painting and has painted professionally for over 20 years.  Alongside my painting practice she runs daily painting and drawing workshops.

Dog walkers, by Adrian Dutton

In his work Adrian explores the traces people leave behind in the environment.  These small size paintings are good examples, you may not see people but you will be aware of them, through objects such as a radar tower or a telegraph pole.  In some case though, people may be very evident – as children playing for example.

Check out more of Adrian's work on his website.

Otis Griffith

Metalwork sculpture

Otis was artist in residence at the Forest Centre during May - the stunning Barn Owl was a major attraction 

20 years ago Otis Griffith purchased a Mig welder and started experimenting with scrap metal recreating the images he had in my mind. After years of honing his skills as a self-taught artist and welder, he has created hundreds of pieces of art experimenting in a variety of genres taking inspiration from day to day objects, his visions and even the metal itself. With each piece Otis's technical skills have grown and this has further inspired him to push his creativity and challenge himself.

He creates art from a variety of recycled and new materials and transforms them by hand into an individual and innovative piece of art. Creating his pieces of art is now a well-established creative pursuit for Otis, with the only impediments being the time available to produce the ever-growing ideas and imaginative projects he has in mind!

See more of Otis's work on his website.

Judith Harries

Butterflies, by Judith Harries

Judith works mainly in acrylics - though occasionally in watercolour. Her inspiration comes from the natural world, such as trees, grasses, flowers and leaves, and comes through in the works presented at this year's show. She enjoys exploring different textures and techniques as she develops her work.

Lynne Harris

Watercolour and Cyanotype

Lynne Harris's fascination of light and colour has always been a motivation and powerful influence in her work and defines the identity in her painting. Lynne's practice is based on personal experiences and different responses to the world around her. She feels connected to the water, skies, stunning sunsets, buildings, and the land, amongst other surroundings of the natural world. Her work is both figurative and contemporary which is stimulated by Lynne's attraction to shape, line, and pattern.

Watercolour is the main area of her practice, and she mainly works with a limited palette and mix her own secondary and tertiary colours which are considered clearer and brighter. White paper and the translucency of watercolour drives Lynne's work and gives an opportunity to layer washes of colour to obtain a luminous quality and capture an intensity of light. The reaction of watercolour paint with water excites her and stimulates her imagination. Lynne particularly likes to paint wet in wet to obtain beautiful flowing washes of colour which can be unpredictable.

Cherryl Harrod

Lazy afternoon, by Cheryl Harrod

Cheryl Harrod is a local amateur artist who went to classes as a hobby. She loves to take photos of places she has been and to show the atmosphere and colours and reminders of these places.

John Hart

John Hart has been a member of a few art clubs and paints what attracts his eye. He mostly uses acrylics and captures paintings of trains and boats, but has also painted cars, planes and people.

Stefanie Hayes

Stefanie Hayes's work includes a variety of subjects such as wildlife, land and seascapes, portraits, still life and buildings.  The mediums she employs are watercolours, oils, acrylics, pastels and pencils.

Brenda Haywood

Brenda Haywood’s creative spark was first ignited at school, but lay dormant until joining an art class later in life. From student she became master, and works with both oils and watercolours to capture the elegance of the natural world, looking at both the intricacies and simplicity of her subject.

Beverly Hughes

Winding throught the woods, by Beverly Hughes

Beverly Hughes is an artist whose practice explores line, colour and pattern hidden in the everyday. She exhibits in open art shows throughout Essex and held a solo exhibition at Loughton Arts Centre in 2017 and 2018. She was successful in 2017 in entering an open competition with the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists and has since been elected as a member of that group. She is currently exhibiting at selected exhibitions in the Walthamstow Village Window Gallery and the Babylon Gallery, Ely.

For Berverly, art is about looking deeper and discovering something of what may be revealed.

A significant part of her practice involves walking in the woods and woodland studies have become the centre of her studio work. Woodlands describe layers of time, both natural and manmade, creating pattern and texture on the landscape. It is also a place to awaken the senses, not just sight, but of sound, smell and touch (and maybe something deeper). Beverly is especially drawn to roots and branches. At one level, they may be a visual chaos, but the longer one looks, lines and patterns emerge from both negative shapes and shafts of colour. She is also fascinated when catching glimpses of animals and how they seem to morph in and out of their surroundings, becoming part of the woodland patterns. She enjoys using all media including watercolour, acrylics and oils.    

Therese Lillis

Jurrassic Coast, by Therese Lillis

Therese Lillis's first memories as a very small child were looking up at the sky with white fluffy clouds and seeing the shape of a horse, long mane flowing, galloping across the sky. This soon became an obsession; everywhere she looked she saw tigers crouching in the shade, dogs in crumpled sheets, faces in trees. Crayons and paper were Therese's best friends and she drew everything she saw in these transient shapes. Every time she mixes a colour or selects a brush she gets the same feeling of wonderment. Sunlight racing across distant hills and valleys... Rippling muscles under the silk sheen of her horse’s coat... Standing stones with their ancient mysterious energy still resonating and seizing the earth... Stone circles humming through the millennia, singing to the sky.

Therese's art is intuitive; her mark making is a journey through time. She feels truly connected to the universe when she paints; it’s this connection she wants the viewer to feel.

David Littlejohn

A storm is a-brewing, by David Littlejohn

David Littlejohn is an Essex-based artist and undertakes equine commissions. He favours acrylics due to their versatility and longevity (they retain colour and last as long as oils). He is also inspired by creating art that is more than just the picture.

In this digital age, image enhancement - David says - is an easy alternative to painted pictures, so original paintings have to be more than just a picture. He hopes that visitors to the exhibition enjoy discovering the meaning behind the paintings.

Wendy Mazzaschi

Wendy Mazzaschi enjoys finding different ways to express her designs, through a range of arts and craft works. Inspired by nature, Wendy tries to capture the wonder in the woodlands and the world around her.

Denis McDermott

St Andrew's Church, Hornchurch, by Denis McDermott

Denis has been painting regularly since he retired. Watercolour is his preferred medium simply because of the quick results.  He paints for pleasure and chooses subjects that catches his eye.

Tom Mead

Specialist portrait and figures artist Tom Mead is a recent graduate of the Wimbledon College of Fine Arts, and was a finalist in the 2019 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition. 

Having grown up in Upminster and previously taken part in a number of activities at the Thames Chase Forest Centre – including hosting his first ever exhibition here at the Centre - his work is now of national renown and much sought-after.

James Merriot

This image of Southwold, in Suffolk, captures the picturesque town and the ever-changing sky above the North Sea coast

Born in the East End of London in 1941, James Merriott has been painting watercolours for over 30 years. Setbacks have occurred and although the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1971 limited his movements, it also increased a passion for his painting.

The basis of his watercolours is simplicity and speed of execution. He demonstrates to art groups and clubs throughout East Anglia, and gives tuition from his home on a regular basis.

He was invited by both Essex and Hertfordshire Life magazines to contribute monthly features, and for the past 12 years has portrayed countless county villages. For many readers his watercolour reproductions are the high light of the magazine.

He feels that his life continues to be a flow of lucky breaks and above all else, he remains amazed and excited that his paintings bring pleasure to people all over the world.

See a full array of James's work on his website.

Peter Mitchell

Boats at Leigh, by Peter Mitchell

Peter Mitchell has been painting in watercolour since he retiired, because he enjoys the challenge of the medium, the picture making process and finding new subjects.

Mitchell's pictures are akin to his visual diary, recording places and events he has encountered. His brushstroke covers a broad range of subjects, but boats are a particular favourite of this artist.

Bill Newman

Isadora, by Bill Newman

Bill lives in Ockendon, Essex.  As a young lad he was greatly inspired from watching his older sister sketch while completing commissions.  He then became an artist in his own right after leaving his career of 25 years as a draughtsman.  He is self taught and is progressing with his artistry constantly and now is a celebrated artist of renown throughout the Country.  The world of technical drawing clearly shows through his artwork when detailed perspectives are required.

Many subjects are in his portfolio.  His favourite medium for working with is pastel because he finds the blending capabilities of the pastels complement the subjects he works with and his portraiture.

Bill’s contemporary artwork covers a varied selection of images including family, pets, architecture, cars, ballet, Hollywood icons etc. Beacuse of his abilities the galleries have requested commissions on many of these subjects for their customers.

Maggie Shrewry

Maggie Shrewry has always loved drawing and painting from a very young age. Her father was an artist and, as a child, Maggie would often go into the country side with him to draw, so he was a very strong influence. When she left school, Maggie went to Leicester Polytechnic and did a fashion and textiles course, specialising in printed textiles, lino and screen printing. She completed postgraduate art teaching course and became an art teacher in secondary education. 

Maggie did very little of her own art work before retiring in 2011, as she was too busy with work and family. However, soon after retiring, she joined a local art group in Pilgrims Hatch which has allowed me to develop and extend my painting skills. 

She now works mainly in watercolour, pencil and pen and ink, with some acrylic work and is inspired by nature. Maggie's subject matter is mainly flowers, trees, landscapes, animals and birds, and she enjoys trying to capture the changing light and colours at different times of day as she paints.

Bob Stevenson

Armageddon, by Bob Stevenson, depicting his vision of the worst outcomes of climate change

Bob is a novice artist from Upminster who started painting by joining a weekly art class at the Bishops Hill Centre after recently retiring. He gained some understanding of the basics of drawing and painting and gradually became more confident to experiment with different media and subjects. Bob started with watercolour, painting landscapes and portraits. However much of his recent work is in acrylic and tending towards abstract, inspired by his love of the vibrancy that is possible with this medium.

As a Thames Chase Conservation Volunteer and a member of the Thames Chase walking group, Bob spends quite a lot of time out and about in the Community Forest. The wonderful green spaces have been a huge inspiration for many of his recent paintings.

Lyn Stone

Lyn Stone is an Essex girl with a love of colour, who dabbles with all types of media, although watercolour is her favourite. Lyn is inspired by nature which makes it a large part of her work, but she also enjoys people-watching and finds herself working with figures too. She delights in others’ enjoyment of the way she has captured her vision of the world.

David Taylor

Catching the wind and the waves, by David Taylor

Being a great film buff, David Taylor likes to paint iconic characters such as Clint Eastwood AKA Dirty Harry. His inspiration comes from this type of visual representation including the beautiful Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison and other icons. He has learnt many techniques from past commissions of old masters and impressionists.

David has had two successful exhibitions at the Queens Theatre and has a small showcase of his works in a shop in Hornchurch town. 

‘The Mask of Jackson’ depicts Michael Jackson in a classic pose and is painted to highlight the showmanship of Michael in a semi-abstract style. He has painted Michael as if he was wearing a chrome face mask and applied glitter to some areas for that effect.

David sells many paintings online as well as in person, from specialist websites as well as his own.

Robert Townsend

Rob Townsend uses a combination of hand-drawn and technical methods to create his works, often starting with sketches and etches before combining them with digital technology. This includes the media on which he makes his mark, such as glicee prints on archival paper.

Jan Wix

Jan Wix is an artist with an eye for experimenting, trying various different materials in order to capture her vision. She likes to add aspects of herself and her emotions into her work, and is passionate about using lots of colour and vibrancy in bringing her pieces to life.

More details to follow.

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