Biographies of the artists that have kindly donated work to our Secret Art Sale 2019.



Norman Ackroyd CBE RA

Norman Ackroyd studied at Leeds College of Art from 1956 to 1961, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1961 to 1964. Ackroyd has had many solo exhibitions, both in Britain and internationally, including Anderson O’Day; Aitken Dott, Edinburgh; Jersey Arts Centre, Channel Islands and the Compass Gallery, Glasgow. Solo shows abroad include the National Museum of Art, Santiago, Chile; Jan Turner, Los Angeles; Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia and the Mickleson Gallery, Washington DC. Ackroyd has also received several public mural commissions, produced in etched stainless steel or bronze. Recent commissions include Lloyds Bank, London; British Airways, Birmingham Airport; Freshfields, London; Tetrapack, Stockley Park, Heathrow; a bronze mural for the Main Hall of the British Embassy, Moscow; and Lazards Bank, Stratton Street, London W1.

Norman Ackroyd was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000. Ackroyd lives and works in London.

Zoe Anker

Zoe Anker studied MA Design for Textiles Future at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London graduating in 2004. Since that time she worked within the fashion Industry, before returning to her passion for printmaking full time, within her Studio at Wimbledon Art Studios. Silkscreen printing has always been Zoe’s medium of choice, whether that be art pieces on paper or fashion fabrics. Zoe has a passion for the juxtaposition of colour, geometric shape and mark making, with the use of layers to create interesting and unique forms. [email protected] 07889 410 588 @zoeanker
Website: Instagram - @zoeanker

Jane Bain

I’m a London-based painter and printmaker with a fascination for light, nature and scale. Born in Chelsea, I studied art and design at Wimbledon School of Art and the London College of Printing and lived in Singapore and Hong Kong for a while, where I also studied Chinese calligraphy. I regard all my subjects as portraits, whether flora or fauna, exploring the character behind each model, be it the figure-like shape of pears that exude human qualities, the secret of an unopened lily, or the playful cheekiness of a bird. 

For my most recent work I have been experimenting with variable printing techniques. Using stencils, I paint directly onto silk screens, applying the paint in many layers to create depth and texture. The application of colour can be controlled to a certain extent, but the process is all the more intriguing because there is an element of randomness when the paint is drawn through the screen. 


Tony Baverstock A.R.P.S For over 40 years I've had the pleasure of capturing thousands of moments with my camera. At first I developed images by hand in my home made darkroom in a corner of the garage. With the evolution of digital photography I have explored some of the endless possible combinations between camera and imaging techniques to create more than a record shot.

Based in West Sussex, England, I currently enjoy judging at local camera clubs and researching and testing new techniques. I hope you enjoy this selection of my favourite images on this site. 
Jane Bellamy Jane comes from a family of good amateur artists and although passing art at O level never had time with a busy career in the NHS until the early nineties when she took lessons and has worked in all media except oils. Her favourite is watercolour. She still has lessons and has sold several pictures over the years.
Alex Angel-Benscher
Graffiti artist turned jewellery designer, Alex Angel-Benscher provide a short glimpse into the street art culture.
Sir Quentin Blake, CBE, FCSD, FRSL, RDI Quentin Blake was born in the suburbs of London in 1932 and has drawn ever since he can remember. 

He went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, followed by National Service.  Then he studied English at Downing College, Cambridge, going on to do a postgraduate teaching diploma at the University of London, followed by life-classes at Chelsea Art School.

He has always made his living as an illustrator, as well as teaching for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, where he was head of the Illustration department from 1978 to 1986. His first drawings were published in Punch while he was 16 and still at school. He continued to draw for Punch, The Spectator and other magazines over many years, while at the same time entering the world of children's books with A Drink of Water by John Yeoman in 1960.

He is known for his collaboration with writers, most famously, Roald Dahl. He has also illustrated classic books, including A Christmas Carol and Candide and created much-loved characters of his own, including Mister Magnolia and Mrs Armitage.

His books have won numerous prizes and awards, including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award and the international Bologna Ragazzi Prize. He won the 2002 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the highest international recognition given to creators of children's books. In 2004 Quentin Blake was awarded the 'Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres' by the French Government for services to literature and in 2007 he was made Officier in the same order. In 2014 he was admitted to the Legion d'Honneur, an honour accorded to few people who are not French nationals. In 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children's Laureate, a post designed to raise the profile of children's literature. His book Laureate's Progress (2002) recorded many of his activities and the illustrations he produced during his two-year tenure. Quentin Blake was created CBE in 2005, is an RDI and has numerous honorary degrees from universities throughout the UK. He received a knighthood for 'services to illustration' in the New Year's Honours for 2013, and became an Honorary Freeman of the City of London in 2015. 

Annabel Bloxham Annabel's work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy, South London Gallery, Bankside Gallery, The Mall Gallery, The Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Town Hall, Stanley Picker Gallery, Stables Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, Landmark Centre, Orange Tree Theatre Gallery, Riverside Gallery, The Royal Ballet School, in Germany and Malaysia as well as at the various academic institutions with which she has been associated. Annabel most enjoys painting in oils or watercolour and drawing in pencil or ink.
Cinzia Bonada RBA

Cinzia" Bonada  trained as a classical dancer at the Bush Davies School, East Grinstead winning the Adeline Genee Medal in 1955 before joining the Royal Ballet School. Was rather tall for ballet but happily danced on the continent for some years before meeting her future husband Johnny Bonada (Chef D̛̛orchestre at Sporting Club, Monte Carlo).
She became a full time painter when the family (with addition of three children) Laura, Jenny and John came to live in England. Painted once a week with Charles Fowler in Richmond, undertaking many portrait commissions especially of children.
First painting accepted at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1975 ̛̛Le Petit Chalet ̛̛. She has exhibited with the RA, NEAC,RBA,RP, and the New Grafton Gallery.
She joined Peter Garrard̛̛s class at ILEA London and became a full member of the RBA in 1993. She is a founder member of the Small Paintings Group.

Diana Braybrook

West London artist who specialises in oil painting but also enjoys using mixed media and pastel. She likes to explore different themes, as each presents fresh opportunities and challenges, but the inspiration for much of her work is the beauty of the natural world around us. Expressive use of colour and light is a key feature throughout.

Virginia Bruno

Born in the USA, Virginia has been living and working in the UK for over fifty years. A teacher for many years, especially with S & N children. she retrained as a psychotherapist and has now retired. 

Virginia has always been interested in art, art history, drawing and painting. An adult Ed class helped Virginia rediscover this interest and she has attended classes over the past 10 years and still feels she is learning. 

Artwork– Acrylics, Inks, Abstract interpretations from her own photographs 

Gordon Buchanan

After 20 years filming wild and wonderful creatures in remote areas of the planet, Gordon Buchanan has a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments. He has taken part in challenging expeditions and adventures around the globe including South America, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Alaska, always with a view to raising awareness of the fragility of the world’s endangered species and habitats. This summer, Gordon has presented his latest BBC series Equator from the Air on BBC Two.

Emma Buckmaster

I studied Printmaking at the Cambridge School of Art and specialised in etching for my MA.

I have been collaborating with Janet French on the Tree Portrait project which continues to grow and at the same time I have continued with my own work.

Much time is also taken up with demonstrating, teaching and residencies.  I did a residency  at Cill Railaig in Ireland, have demonstrated at Art in Action in Oxford and I teach an annual course at Gainsborough's House.  I took part in the BBC documentary about the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and also talked about printmaking on BBC radio Suffolk.

Christopher Burrows

I've been taking photographs for more than 35 years and have had one accepted at the RA Summer Show last year,2017, I am at present working on 2 projects which should be shown at the Espacio gallery in Bethnal Green Road with The London Independent Photography Central group and also at Photofusion in Brixton, dates not fixed yet. 


Lily Viktoria Callway

Lily is a 13 going-on 14 year-old artist. She mainly draws western-style cartoons on her instagram account. She loves all the nature around Richmond and is very pleased to support the Environment Trust. 
Website: Instagram: @triggeredpimple

Rosalie Callway

I have always enjoyed sketching, especially portraits, and I am entirely self-taught amateur. My background is in campaigning for the natural world and urban ecology. I am a supporter of the Richmond Environment Trust and very pleased to contribute to their work. 

Alan Cartwright

I started my career as an amateur artist at the age of 4 years drawing portraits of Hollywood artists from my Hollywood albums, every Xmas. I always came top of the art classes at school which led to me being commissioned at the age of 15 to do a portrait of Winston Churchill shortly after he died. This was put in the local newspapers and the Electricity board showroom for a month as an example of what a child could achieve. It was placed on the school wall outside the headmaster's room for all pupils and visitors to see.
When I changed schools after 'O' levels the Comprehensive school would not let me pursue art at 'A' level because they were only considering a Modern art curriculum. So I did geography instead and became an architect, and did art in my leisure times.
My greatest achievement was to travel to Saudi Arabia and join an all arab practice called OMRANIA. In 1980 we won a limited, worldwide competition to design a Diplomatic Club for the new Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh. It led to the practice opening a new office in the new Kensington Town Hall and employing 100+ new staff in a time of recession. I was responsible with 10 team members for the design, detailing and supervision of its construction over the next 3 years.
In 1996 it was awarded the Aga Khan for World Islamic Architecture. An award only issued every 3 years.
The building is now known as the Tuwaiq Palace and I am proud to say it is my legacy.

Lesley Cartwright

Currently creating concept art for film and screenplays. Member of Apathy and Tea art collective in Southend. Works with St Clements Leigh on Sea Art Chaplaincy.

Cinzia Castellano 

Cinzia prefers to work on paintings that don't reference recognisable form. She creates intense personal moments by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By applying abstraction, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. 
Cinzia lives and works in London. 


Phillipa Chad

Phillipa studied Art at the Harris College of Art, Preston, Lancashire. She went on to gain photographic working experience in the photography department of the advertising agency J Walter Thompson in Johannesburg. She worked as photographer on the magazine Your Quarter before moving to Devon and opening a studio at Powderham Castle, Exeter. After several successful exhibitions, Phillipa is currently working on a new exhibition.

AustinCole RBA SGFA

Austin is an artist printmaker and a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) and Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art (ASGFA) has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art summer exhibition on three occasions, the Discerning Eye, The Courtauld Institute and other venues in London, Bath and other cities around the UK. He has won the Artichoke Studio Prize on two occasions, and the Arts Club Mayfair Prize at the RBA 2012 annual exhibition.

Walter Conquy

This photographer retired as a Tech. Illustrator. He took up photography in 1980 and sold his images since 1990. He has had about a dozen exhibitions over the years, which have included Landscapes, Dance and Abstracts which was the subject of his last exhibition in June of this year. All either darkroom work or since 2005 digital. He hopes you like some of his works.

Chiara Conway

Chiara Conway is an artist that works in the disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture, writing, composing and acting.

Cathy Cooper

Cathy is a Twickenham photographer who has won International awards and exhibits regularly in Orleans House Gallery. She has worked for many years with a journalist creating travel pieces from far flung places such as the Himalayas, Scandinavia, Canada and USA. Her images have been published extensively in magazines and on websites 

She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and Life Member of the Scott Polar Research Institute and UK Antarctic Heritage Fund. 

Closer to home she is interested and actively involved in local history but also likes to experiment with cameras and photographic techniques. 


Alex Cove

Alex is a self-taught outsider artist on the autistic spectrum. The themes of his work are driven by his interests in nature, Tolkeinesque fantasy and Americana.

Ellie Cove

A mathematician by training, Ellie is fascinated by patterns in the natural world and capturing these and other environmental themes in her art work. She works in a range of media, including acrylics, wire-working, origami and collage which she likes to use when working as a children's arts activity coordinator.

Joanna Crawford

Born in Poland but educated in both French and English schools. During her teens in London, she won many awards for Artwork. Completing a National Diploma Course in Hammersmith College she specialised in Mural Design. After moving to Rutland in the 1970s, she became involved with the newly forming Stamford Arts Centre, and co-chaired the restoration of Stamford Theatre. As member and Past President of the Welland Valley Art Society, Joanna now paint full time, give tuition in Life Drawing and exhibiting regularly in the surrounding area. She has exhibited in London and Paris as well as in Italy. She works mainly in oils and pastels usually painting from nature in the lovely Rutland countryside, as featured in the “Leicestershire & Rutland Life”, “Your Country”, “Nene Living” and “Exclusive” magazines and on Radio Leicester. If the weather does not allow al fresco work Joannna enjoys painting portraits and still life compositions in my studio. Colour is her main fascination and she does not paint from photos, though occasionally will accept a commission based on a photo, if no ‘live’ opportunity is available.

She is a published member of the Society of Civil and Public Service Writers (Poetry).

Her autobiography (First two decades of life): “A Displaced Person” is available on Amazon, or by contacting Joanna at [email protected]


Joy Cuff

Trained at Kingston School of Art. A freelance artist and designer since the middle 60's I have worked in theatre, television and as a matte painter in the film industry.

My first commercial role was as a sculptor on the Thunderbirds series then subsequently working on various projects in film, theatre and television as a freelance painter and sculptor. The most memorable project was designing and constructing the ‘moonscapes’ on Stanley Kubrick’s film ‘2001 - A Space Odyssey’, Currently an image from one of the film clips is on view at the Design Museum in the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition. The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is one of the many galleries I have exhibited work.

Although portraiture is my main interest my paintings often focus on the interaction between people, buildings and the surrounding landscape, reflecting the documentary approach I typically use. I enjoy exploring a variety of mediums and subjects while also developing skills in calligraphy which is often part of the many commissions I have produced over the last fifty years.

Ikuko Danby

Ikuko works primarily as a painter of abstract and contemporary images, painting with oils, but as a result of becoming excited by experimentation in mixed media, has more recently embarked upon a series of collage work. For her the creative process is a personal journey of searching, starting from a simple drawing of an image or a mental sketch from a memory or a present feeling reacting to what is happening around, then it is allowed to evolve according to her visual language which guides the rhythm and harmony that she values. Ikuko is a keen gardener and advanced yoga practitioner and loves music and poetry. All these activities may be inspiring and nourishing her art. 

Peter Davison

Peter Davison was born in 1951 in Streatham. He became interested in acting in his teens and joined the Byfleet Players amateur dramatics society while still at school, later attaining a place at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Davison graduated in 1972 and worked in repertory theatre for several years. His television debut came in three episodes of children's sci-fi series The Tomorrow People (ITV, 1973-9). Davison became well known for his role in All Creatures Great and Small (BBC, 1978-80; 1988-90) as naïve junior vet Tristan Farnon.

Davison debuted as the fifth Doctor Who, dressed in antique cricketing gear, in January 1982. Much was made of his being the youngest actor to play the part and in his more subtle moments he played the Time Lord as an old man trapped in a young man's body.

It was At Home With the Braithwaites (ITV, 2000-03), a drama about a family of dysfunctional lottery winners, that finally broke the mould of genial types with the distinctly flawed and unlikeable David Braithwaite. Four runs of Braithwaites established Davison as a top rank ITV drama 'name'. He has since played an out-and-out villain as a stalker in Too Good To Be True (ITV, 2003), down-on-his-luck cop Dangerous Davies in The Last Detective (ITV, 2003) and the curmudgeonly Dr Bill Shore in Distant Shores (ITV, 2005).

Louise Diggle

Louise Diggle is a London based plein air painter. Her work is all about light - the way it hits and transforms places and people. She works in pastel - the fragility of the medium suits the transience of the moment. Louise is a member of the Small Paintings Group and is on the council of the Chelsea Art Society. Further information can be found on her website.

Lily Dodsworth-Evans

Lily Dodsworth-Evans joined the cast of Poldark as Cecily Hanson in the final series. She is also know for her role in The Good Liar, Dracula and the The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Anna Dyson

Anna is an intuitive, abstract artist and designer. She was accepted to study art at college but after struggling with the academic side of the course turned her back on painting for approximately 30 years. Having been diagnosed with several neurodiverse conditions during adulthood, she was able to put this experience into context and subsequently rediscovered her love of colour. As a carer for her disabled teenage daughter, painting enables Anna to earn an income along with the ability to express herself. Her paintings have been featured in ‘The Metro’ newspaper and she is currently preparing for a second solo exhibition. Anna has an online card gallery and sells leggings and items incorporating her artwork. Anna paints in oils on canvas intuitively, working in a spontaneous style-using colour to guide form. The pieces are unplanned, and Anna herself is always surprised by what she produces.

Betty Earle

Betty is a Fine Art graduate of Central St Martins School of Art which she attended as a Mature Student. She was born in Mexico City and brought up in Venezuela and came to England in the early sixties. Her father was British and her mother was American. Her work is varied and includes collage, pastels, watercolour/gouache, and is abstract in style . She enjoys IPad painting.
Website: In process

Sarah Elliott

Sarah Elliott is the founder and owner of Sarah Elliott Illustration. Her work predominantly consists of bright and fresh gouache paintings. Born and raised in the countryside, but currently living in London, her work reflects both inspiration from natural forms and the modernity of the city.

Jo Ellis

Jo Ellis was born in Hong Kong where she studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. Joe studied fine art and design in London and is a member of both the Richmond Art Society and Twickenham Art Circle. As an illustrator and painter she likes drawing in traditional Chinese ink and also loves painting with acrylic on canvas or recycled cardboard to create texture. Mixing both eastern and western techniques and styles often results in unusual interpretations of familiar subject matter

Michele Fazakerley

An artist and art therapist. The drive to create emerges via:  portraiture; representations of the unconscious automatically; performance video and dance. 

Sue Forster

Sue has been painting for the last six years, encouraged by Richmond artist Mandy Belmokhtar.

Using acrylics, Sue paints local scenes around Richmond, views of the South Coast near Brighton where she spent her childhood and, latterly, has taken to painting places further afield.

She aims to exhibit her paintings in the Richmond area once or twice a year.


Gavin Garcia

I am an artist from Gibraltar, living and working in London. Within my work I try to explore the human form through the study of individuals whilst hoping to create images which capture the vulnerability and beauty of people. At times I focus on the surrounding landscape and its encompassing attraction, be it man made or crafted by nature. By drawing, painting and printing I use the strength of line as well the power of colour to create images that hold meaning. Instagram: @ggarcia86

Jill Goodchild

Painter/calligrapher usually painting in oils with a palette knife but also enjoying the occasional calligraphic challenge and plein air watercolour sketches. Surrey Open Studios participant for 15 years and regular exhibitor with Leatherhead Art Club and Dorking Group of Artists.

Steven Graham

Stephen started off with an interest in theoretical physics at St. Andrews University but it does not take too much brain to work out that most of the research benefits the military. So, with the help of serious mental illness, downward mobility became the main driver in his life. Artwork became feasible after his last breakdown because of medical retirement, which took away financial worries.

Stephen's aim in art is to produce undemanding and enjoyable pictures, in the main abstract, but sometimes using words too. In the last year he has had two exhibitions, the first in photography. He estimates that in a year or so he will be at his peak.

Sue Graham

Sue is an artist based in Buckinghamshire and Scotland. A keen walker and wildlife enthusiast, much of her work reflects the joy of wild places as she tries to capture the feeling and the sounds of being in the landscape. She is also interested in the impact of human activity on the natural environment. Sues work is varied in style and subject, because she believes there is interest and beauty to be found in many diverse aspects of life, all of which find expression in her work. A thoughtful acquaintance once suggested Sue ask herself: “Why do you paint?” It was an unsettling and profound question and she continues to unearth the answer through the creative process. 

Anna Grayson

Anna Grayson is a former BBC presenter and science writer who threw in the towel to go to art college at the age of 60. She has become best known for her re-makes of famous works of art as photographs. (Cant afford to buy them, aint got the bottle to nick them so had to make my own collection!). She was hung in the RA in 2014, and again in 2018 when two pictures were hand picked by Grayson Perry for his famous yellow room. She has also hung at the Royal West of England in Bristol, and six times at the South West Academy in Exeter. She is currently working towards a major solo show in Exeter for Summer 2020

Kate Griffiths

I did a foundation art course many years ago with the intention of doing an art degree. I changed track and went to drama school and became an actress , I worked in theatre, television and film for 15 years until I decided to stop to look after my three children. I have done many art classes over the years, I draw and paint when I’m inspired and free ! I work with watercolours,acrylics,pastels and recently oil paint . I am grateful to live by the river which is a gift to paint!

Miranda Halsby RBA

Miranda Halsby was born in London in 1948 and went to Kingston and Hornsey Colleges of Art. Following that she trained and practised as an Occupational Therapist using Art and Craft as treatment in hospitals. After marrying her husband, Julian Halsby, they together ran Highgate Gallery, a business they ran for 10 years, meeting many artists and dealers whom they count among their friends today and giving several artists their first one-man shows.
Miranda returned to her own work after the sale of the business, a decision made to allow more time for personal creativity, and discovered print making while studying etching at Hampstead School of Art.
Since 1988 she has shown in mixed exhibitions in and around London and the Home Counties. She has shown with the RBA since 1997, winning the St. Cuthberts Mill Award in 2001, and was elected a member of the RBA in the same year. She has taken part in art festivals in England and France, nurturing interest in her work in both countries.
She had her first one man show at Abbott and Holder, London WC1 in 2001 and her second at the same gallery in 2007.
She has work in private collections in England, France, Holland, Japan and U.S.A.
Miranda̛̛s work reflects her life and interests and she has studios in Dorset and in the Languedoc, France, where she spends about three months each year.

Imogen Hartridge

Imogen works in oil paint often capturing the beauty of the Surrey Hills and surrounding areas. She works in a more expressive style often using palette knives and rich colours. Imogen exhibits as a member of Leatherhead Art Club, the Surrey Artists Collective and Shed Art. She recently won Bronze at the Bacchus Art Prize and Highly Commended at the Wild Surrey exhibition at Guildford House Gallery.

David Harsent

Poet, Librettist, Dramatist, Novelist. 


Susan Spencer Hayter 

Graduating in Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon School of Art in 2006, having worked and studied previously as a biologist and in education, Susans current practice combines a passion for the natural world and environmental issues, with artistic concerns, in order to explore the boundaries between the two. Referencing both scientific and artistic traditions in combining close observational studies with both paintings and prints, these etchings of walked paths are a reflection upon the challenges currently faced by the natural world. 

Louis Hellman B.Arch, Hon Doc Uni, MBE

Louis Hellman has for the past four decades drawn cartoons commenting on the world of architecture and planning for The Architects' Journal and Building Design as well as caricaturing famous architects in the style of their buildings for the Architectural Review, subsequently collected in a book, Archi-tetes. The Id in the Grid (Academy 2000).

Other books include All Hellman Breaks Loose (1980), Architecture for Beginners (1986), Do It With An Architect (1999) and Architecture A to Z. A Rough Guide (2001).

Hellman studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. He worked as an architect for YRM, the GLC and the Spastics Society (now SCOPE) before branching out on his own to design home adaptations for disabled people as well as healthcare buildings.

Hellman has had exhibitions at the Architectural Association (1979), Interbuild (1991 and 1993), Cambridge (1996), Sir John Soane’s Museum (2000), Barcelona (2001) and Shrewsbury (2006). He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition every year since 1998.

He has contributed cartoons to numerous publications including Design Week, Private Eye, Punch, The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent, New Society, The Statesman and The Evening Standard and written many articles, reviews and critical appraisals in the professional press.

He has lectured extensively in the UK, Australia and the United States.

Louis Hellman received an MBE in 1993 for services to architecture and an Honorary Degree from Oxford Brookes University in 2002. 


Pete Hind-Fletcher

Painter and Sculptor Pete Hind-Fletcher lives in Twickenham and graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2014 where he was short-listed for the Landmark art prize. Pete is firmly rooted locally with his work and had his first solo show ‘Further than everywhere’ in Teddington last year. He has curated several exhibitions. Pete works in acrylics and and oils on canvas. His work is mainly concerning memory, trauma and mental health, especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Pete’s colourful abstract landscape paintings evoke a sense of dream-like quality, nostalgia and atmosphere. Often with a dark undertow that begs examination. He has two grown up children and an English Bulldog named ‘Albert’.
Website: Instagram @pete.hf Facebook artbypetefletcher

Diane Gerrard

Diane Gerrard works with themes of time and memory, loss and decay. Her paintings, drawings, photographs are instigated by observation but are then may be filtered through memory and imagination, often subjecting an initial idea to a process of layering together using various media. The resulting images visually infer to, or hint at, the changes that may be undergone over time and in memory. Diane has been successfully selected, or shortlisted, for competitive national exhibitions, and has shown in exhibitions locally and London wide Education BA hons: Fine Art painting and print making Newport Art School South Wales Art Teachers certificate Institute of Education London University

Melanie Honebone

Melanie Honebone is a Wales-based fine artist who works using her own original photographs to create beautiful and intricate artworks. She often works in collage and in series, providing visual responses to external stimuli such as literature, science, and music. Until late 2018 she exhibited her artworks nationally and internationally under the name Melanie Ezra. Her collages and photographic works have shown at Studio Voltaire London, as well as galleries in Germany, Italy, Brazil, and several shows in New York and in Minnesota. Recent works have evolved her practice to include three dimensional mixed media art forms based on dolls, mannequins, and the human form. The theme is always deconstruction and reconstruction, whether this is through a photograph or through her mixed-media works.

Graham House

Long standing painter whose work is commissioned and purchased primarily within the u.k. No longer exhibits, but has collectors/patrons internationally 

Ken Howard OBE RA

Ken Howard studied at Hornsey School of Art from 1949 to 1953. He then did his National Service with the Royal Marines before returning to study at the Royal College of Art from 1955 to 1958. He went on to win a British Council Scholarship to Florence from 1958 to 1959.

Howard’s first solo show was held at the Plymouth Art Centre in 1955. Subsequent exhibitions were held in 1966 and 1968 at the John Whibley Gallery. From then on he exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally, particularly with the New Grafton Gallery from the early 1970s. He was given a retrospective in 1972 at the Plymouth City Art Gallery and in 1973 and 1979 was appointed by the Imperial War Museum as official artist in Northern Ireland. He also worked with the British Army in Germany, Cyprus, Oman, Hong Kong, Nepal, Norway, Canada, Belize and Brunei from 1973 to 1982.

Howard was elected a member of the New English Art Club in 1962, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1966, the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1979, the Royal West of England Academy 1981, Honorary Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1988, Royal Academician in 1991 and President of the New English Art Club in 1998. Among his numerous awards are First Prize in the Lord Mayor’s Art Award in 1966, a Prize Winner in the John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool in 1978, first prize in the Hunting Group Awards and the Critics Prize at Sparkasse Karlsruhe in 1985. Ken Howard lives and works in London.

Hamish Ironside

Hamish Ironside is a freelance editor, haiku writer, pinhole photographer and secret artist.

Sarah Kausmally

Individual one-off artworks and accessories made from reclaimed and rescued materials, such as leather, driftwood, stone and jewels. A veteran of the Camden Market antiques scene, Sarah spent a decade restoring furniture and running a popular shop and stall. It was here she discovered her love for the broken, refashioning neglected pieces into items of interest and beauty. Her work is driven by a raw creative love of nature. The pieces embrace flaws and imperfections, in a liberating move away from the ever present pressure for unattainable airbrushed perfection.

Janette Kerr RSA HON PPRWA

Kerr is not somebody who makes meticulous studies of landscape. Beyond mere topography, but with a nod towards the Northern Romantic tradition in landscape painting, her practice remains contemporary and experimental. Delighting in sudden and unpredictable changes in the weather, she is very much a painter of the northern landscape - a foul-weather painter who enjoys being out working from the landscape at its extremes. Drawings get soaked in sea, pages rubbed and scrubbed, charcoal and chalk mix with rain and water found in puddles and rock pools She says “When I’m out drawing there’s a kind of performance going on between me and the sea and the weather, reflecting nature in a perpetual state of flux”. Large paintings made back in the studio can only come from such experiences. They are about the elemental moments caught and infused with recollections of places responses to sound and silence, of movement and rhythm.

Ann Kopka

Ann Kopka is a visual artist and curator. Ann has exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions in London, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy and the USA. Her work is held in private collections in the UK, France, Spain, USA and Australia. Ann’s work has been used to inspire students of all ages and has been the subject of GCSE art projects. She has participated in collaborative exhibitions with jazz musicians, poets, writers, architects and designers. Ann studied Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and The City Lit London. She studied The Practices and Debates of Modern Art at the Open University and graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree. She has studied Museum Curating at The Tate Modern. Ann is a volunteer at the Heath Robinson Museum London where she is involved with organising and curating fund-raising Secret Art Sales and special exhibitions.

Rochelle Libson

I was like many children - I drew and painted, often on old discarded pieces of wallpaper and the like I just carried on where others stopped, taking the Fine Art courses at school to GCE level. Since retiring from working variously as a University Administrator, a researcher on a biography of Sir Alex Ferguson and a traditional PA, I have been able to spend a lot of my time on creative projects including working with stained and leaded glass and taking advantage of the wonderful free sketching sessions in many museums and galleries in London. Also I cannot praise the City Lit and the Mary Ward Centre enough for driving me forward and giving me artistic confidence with their wonderful courses.

Jean Mackey Lebleu

Jean Mackey Lebleu earned a Master of Arts in Communication Design/Illustration from Kingston University’s School of Art. She works with pixels, markers, acrylic paint and ink. Jean’s artwork has been sold at Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House in London and was chosen by judges with the House of Illustration for inclusion in their 2017 and 2016 London Christmas Fairs. She was selected for participation in the 2017 Stroke Association London Art Show at The Coningsby Gallery in Fitzrovia, the 2016 International Illustration Research Symposium art exhibition at the Edinburgh College of Art, and the 2016 Association of Illustrators’ World Illustration Awards Shortlist in the category of Self-Initiated Work for her series Vinyl to Cloud. Jean has also been a guest speaker at primary schools for World Book Week, presenting her book Zed Goes Up the Mountain to auditorium audiences of 300 and teaching drawing workshops. Through the sale of her artwork Jean has raised more than £2,500 for worthy causes. She looks forward to helping Environment Trust. 

The Madden Clan

An artistic collective living and working in Dorset, primarily in the fields of photography, puppetry and performance art. They specialise in the abstract, the odd and the insane.

Tahira Mandarino

Tahira Mandarino is an artist working and living in London. She works in a range of different media that includes drawing, film, installation, performance and works responsively to sited projects. Her work focuses primarily on the theme of absence, looking at uncovering a hidden language of what we cannot see and finding different ways to illustrate the ‘reveal’. Tahira studied at both Chelsea and Wimbledon College of Arts, graduating with a MFA from Wimbledon in 2014. Tahira has exhibited both locally and nationally, when her drawing was selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017. Tahira is Founder of Raw Ground Arts, which develops corporate and educational programmes including Drawing Matters, reintroducing the importance of drawing to young people.

Roger McGough CBE FRSL

Award-winning poet, playwright, broadcaster and children's author Roger McGough was born in 1937 in Liverpool.
He was educated at St Mary's College, Crosby, Liverpool, and at Hull University. He taught at St Kevin's Comprehensive School, Kirby, and lectured at Mabel Fletcher College in Liverpool and at the Liverpool College of Art.

He was a member of the pop music/poetry group 'The Scaffold' between 1963 and 1973. He made his name as one of the 'Liverpool Poets' with Adrian Henri and Brian Patten, included in The Mersey Sound: Penguin Modern Poets 10 (1967).

A Fellow of John Moores University in Liverpool, he won a Cholmondeley Award in 1999 and was awarded an honorary MA from Nene College of Further Education. He was Fellow of Poetry at the University of Loughborough (1973-5), Honorary Professor at Thames Valley University (1993) and is a member of the Executive Council of the Poetry Society. He was awarded an OBE in 1997.

He has twice won the Signal Poetry Award: first in 1984 with Sky in the Pie, then again in 1999 for Bad, Bad Cats. He is also the author of a number of plays, including All the Trimmings, first performed at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, in 1980, and The Mouthtrap, which he wrote with Brian Patten, produced at the Edinburgh Festival in 1982. He wrote the lyrics for an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows first staged in Washington, DC, in 1984, transferring to Broadway in 1995. He has written for and presented programmes on BBC Radio including 'Poetry Please' and 'Home Truths'. His film work includes Kurt, Mungo, BP and Me (1984), for which he won a BAFTA award, and he won the Royal Television Society Award for his science programme The Elements (1993).

His Collected Poems, bringing together over forty years of McGough's poetry, was published in 2003. Roger McGough's autobiography, Said and Done, was published in 2005.

Jane McKeown

Jane is a textile artist whose pieces are hand stitched, using a range of threads, fabrics and techniques. In recent years her work has been exhibited in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Manchester.

Jillian Mclaren

Jillian McLaren lives in Hampton Hill. In 1989, she achieved a First-Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from Farnham College of Art and Design (now University for the Creative Arts – UCA). She has exhibited widely in the UK, in Spain, France and Senegal, Africa. A few years ago, she received a Southern Arts sponsorship to hold a one-man show in Warsaw, Poland, and Hampshire. After graduating, she briefly taught at Aldro School for Boys in Surrey where she enjoyed painting the large stage backdrop for a performance of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Her teaching has included various colleges, including Adult Education Schools, The Open College of the Arts based at Barnsley in South Yorkshire, and Brooklands College, Weybridge. More recently, she has worked part-time as an artist enabling vulnerable people to be creative at Creative Response in Farnham, Surrey. Her work has many influences, including Surrealism and the artists from The St Ives School, especially the painter, Brian Wynter. Also, the works of Kandinsky, Klee, Twombly, Motherwell, Bomberg and Rothko. 

Bob Milton

Bob has been painting since leaving school first in oils and after many years designing and constructing gardens including a silver gilt at Chelsea Flower Show has continued in watercolours. He shows regularly in Surrey selling from his own gallery in his farm shop in Farnham He has just published his first book of poems and paintings entitled In My Minds Eye

Ronald Morgan

Born in 1936 in Landywood, Staffordshire, Ronald Morgan studied art at Walsall School of Art (1951-53, with George Willott ARCA). He is a painter in watercolour, black and white, oil and pastel, Ronald Morgan is also a draughtsman, illustrator, linguist and teacher.

He is a member of the Chelsea Art Society, the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. In 1974 he won first prize at the Lord Mayor of London's Art Award Exhibition, he has also won several other awards.

Ronald Morgan has a biographical entry in 'Who's Who in Art', 'Dictionary of International Biography', 'Royal Academy Exhibitors' and several other publications. Commissions include work painted for the Sultan of Oman, Winchester College and the Savoy Hotel.

His paintings have been reproduced in the 'La Revue Moderne' Paris 1963, 1965 and Leisure Painter. He has written articles on painting for 'Leisure Painter'.

Ronald Morgan art work is now in many private and public art collections, these include collections in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, and America. Ronald Morgan has exhibited at leading Art Galleries including the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists.

Sadly since donating to the Secret Art Sale, Ronald has past away. 

Sian Morgan

Former Executive Officer of Arts Richmond, Sian is currently a Trustee of the Landmark Arts Centre and is studying Creative Glass making at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College with a studio in Twickenham. She is fascinated by the reflective qualities of glass, colour and the natural world.

Kerry Munroe

Kerry Munroe loves capturing the extra-ordinary in the ordinary, often photo finding wonderful colour and texture in everyday objects. She has travelled extensively, specialising in making people feel totally at ease and connected, enabling her to take characterful portraits. On her travels she also seeks out and records street art as a documentary of todays society.

Diana Nicholls

Diana is a local self taught artist and true believer that everything happens for a reason. Her art represents her world, emotions, thoughts, dreams. Diana admits that she enjoys working with any media and her favourites are acrylic, black ink and metallic pen. Although she describes her style as abstract, she is always happy to try something new. 

Peggy O'Sheel

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Peggy lived in seven countries in Europe and Africa before the age of 21 when she came to London and settled in 1967. Self-taught, she was drawing and painting from an early age. Nature, humour and visual puns provide the substance of much of her work as well as abstracted expressions of ’what we don’t know’. Several of her watercolour illustrations are held by the Bridgeman Art Library and have been published in books. She is a member of the Twickenham Art Circle. 

Meg Palmer

After 25 years as a freelance graphic designer which seemed to leave little time or energy for much else, Meg is now returning to her early love of painting and drawing. She has found courses at Richmond Adult College hugely helpful and inspiring, introducing her to the seemingly limitless directions which art can take you in.

Jem Panufnik

Since the mid-nineties Jem Panufnik has been right at the cutting edge of underground art culture, most notably with Finger Lickin’ Records, the internationally acclaimed dance music label he co-founded and which for over a decade acted as a springboard for his creativity ranging from graphics, illustration and animation to DJing, composition and record production. Jem’s highly original visual creations continue to adorn countless record covers, t-shirts, club and festival projections across the world, as well as posters, flyers and other music-related media, many of which are now extremely collectable. 

Stella Parsons

Stella has been painting and exhibiting (usually in oil) for many years and has exhibited several times at The Royal Academy Summer exhibition. She now lives in Kent. Her work is mainly taken from her imagination helped along with references taken from reality. This piece of work was developed from The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets from the Heian (794-1185) When young ladies were employed by Imperial Courts to write kanshi (Chinese Poems). Stella paints The Princess Shikishi as a child. She happily accepts portrait commissions if one wants to be painted with a difference.

Diana Poliak

Principally inspired by Flora and Fauna, Dianas paintings, prints, poems and ceramics are influenced by natural history, usually reflected in a quirky way. Studied at Maidstone Art School and West Kent College, (University of Greenwich), BA (Hons.) Fine Art. She has had her work selected and hung in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on three occasions, in 2013, 2016 and 2018. Her Studio/Workshop/Gallery is in Wrotham Heath, Kent TN15 7RX

Peter Randall-Page RA

Peter Randall-Page was born in the UK in 1954 and studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art from 1973-1977. During the past 40 years Peter Randall-Page has gained an international reputation through his sculpture drawings and prints. He has undertaken numerous large-scale commissions and exhibited widely. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the world including Japan, South Korea, Australia, USA, Turkey, Eire, Germany and the Netherlands. A selection of his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Oxford and Cambridge and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery and the British Museum amongst others.

His practice has always been informed and inspired by the study of natural phenomena and its subjective impact on our emotions. In recent years his work has become increasingly concerned with the underlying principles determining growth and the forms it produces. In his words “geometry is the theme on which nature plays her infinite variations, and can be seen as a kind of pattern book on which the most complex and sophisticated structures are based.”

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Plymouth in 1999, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from York St John University in 2009, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Exeter University in 2010, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Bath Spa University in 2013. In June 2015 Peter was elected as a Royal Academician in the category of sculpture.

As a member of the design team for the Education Resource Centre (The Core) at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Peter influenced the overall design of the building incorporating an enormous granite sculpture (‘Seed’) at its heart. 


Ian Ritchie CBE RA

Ian Ritchie was born in Sussex in 1947. He studied at Liverpool John Moores University School of Archiecture in 1968, then at PCL, London (now University of Westminster) in 1972, graduating with a Diploma in Architecture with Distinction.

In 1981, Ritchie founded Ian Ritchie Architects. His practice has realised many landmark projects throughout Europe and the UK including the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art Glass Towers in Madrid, the Leipzig Glass Hall, EdF Pylons, the Dublin Spire, RSC Courtyard Theatre and Bermondsey and Wood Lane tube stations for London Underground.The practice has won more than 70 awards, including the Iritecna Prize for Europe and the Commonwealth Association of Architects Award for the Advancement of Architecture, and has been shortlisted four times for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Ritchie also devotes much of his time to education and lectures internationally on architecture, art, urbanism, regeneration and values, light, structures, glass technology and innovation. He has been visiting professor at Leeds University School of Civil Engineering and TU Vienna, and taught at Sheffield University, the Moscow School of Architecture and the Architectural Association. He was elected Professor of Architecture at the RA Schools (2004-12) and is currently Special Professor at Liverpool University.

Ritchie was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1998.

Sue Roe

Sue is a printmaker and painter. She loves all types of printmaking but particularly enjoys Collagraphs. Sue works across all genres. She regularly exhibits and has won several awards.


Liz Salaman

Liz Salaman grew up in East Sussex, surrounded by farmland to roam over. She was always fascinated by nature and the wild and would spend hours drawing and painting what she saw.

On leaving school she took a course in dress design and worked for a time as a seamstress at Hardy Amies. After this she continued to design and sew freelance until marriage and children intervened.

After retiring from a working life that was quite separate from the visual arts, she decided to search out an art course and struck lucky at North Kingston adult education, where they were offering “Drawing Towards Painting” tutored by Sue Ribbans – the perfect solution.

Thanks to Sue, and subsequent inspirational tutors, painting and drawing is now one of Liz’s chief pleasures, along with a love of gardening and, thanks to a couple of local drama groups, the occasional foray on to the stage.

Alison G Saunders

Alison G Saunders came late to making art her fulltime career. Intimated by parents who were both fantastic artists but when her husband’s job took her to the USA, she felt free to explore her abilities at a safe distance and art quickly became her passion. On returning to the UK Alison embarked on a Foundation in Art & Design and then a BA. Alison continues to work in a very experimental way using oil, acrylics, pastel, inks or watercolour and often mixing them up together to see what interesting effect can be discovered. In printmaking, the work produced tends to be more illustrative, particularly when using linocut, copper plate, aluminium plate and dry-point etching, but when using collagraphs or screen printing, abstract work tends to creep back in. Alison’s love of colour and use of tone applying many layers before reaching a conclusion, are evident in these works. 

Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well-loved children’s books including 'The Gruffalo'.  His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world.

Axel is a Patron for Environment Trust and will be reading from the new Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler book 'Tales of the Smeds and the Smoos' on the 16th November in Twickenham - for full details see our website.

Bridget Sebastian

An artist known for their use of color with a fantastic range of work from collage to abstracts semi abstracts and charcoal on marble drawings. A Londoner who attended Byam Shaw and went on to exhibit their work throughout the Capital. Currently to be seen at the Geometric Abstracts exhibition. at the Elizabeth James Gallery.(starts Sept29th)

Christopher Sercombe

His pictures are painted in oils from direct observation in front of the subject-no photographs are used. They are painted 'alla prima' with painting knives. They capture something of the excitement and beauty of the natural world that has inspired them.

Berny Simcox

 Former CEO of Environment Trust!

Gill Smith

Gill Smith is a local Hampton Hill artist who has been involved with the Secret Art Sale from the very beginning. As well as donating artwork to each of our previous sales Gill also designed a range of greetings cards for the Trust to sell. She has an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts. Her work takes inspiration from the bold graphics of the Art Deco period, mid-century design and the visual illusions of Op Art. Outside of her art practice, Gill is a management consultant and a keen gardener and runner.

Jan Stevens

JAN STEVENS NAPA Contemporary Abstract Artist Water, Colour, Connection. Jan has paintings in private collections in London Selected for National Acrylics Painters Association (NAPA) Selected for Exhibitions at Orleans Gallery, Bowmans Gallery Richmond, Mariners Gallery St Ives, John Rank Gallery Chichester, Waterstreet Gallery, Todmorden Jan’s Conversation ‘My early life experiences are incorporated in my art inspired by a love of water environments, a quality-loving creative mother and a mathematical fun father. Cornish raised, state-degree-educated, global business wise and South West London living celebrate my creativity through fusion. In my continuing enjoyment of life and our natural world, I find painting to be very freeing, momentary and personal’. 

Felicity Swan

A New Zealander living in Teddington, Felicity Swan studied at Auckland University and Central St Martins College of Art (UAL). She worked for many years in the media, whilst continuing to exhibit in both group and solo shows. Her approach is intuitive, and has developed out of an extended period of experimentation. In playing and exploring, she has found a fresh way to work, enabling her to retain the initial spontaneity of her ideas. There is always a tension between swathes of colour and the drawn line – until the colours work for her, the drawing comes and goes before she finds the final direction. Instagram: felicityswanartist

John Swanson

John has drawn for many years. He especially enjoys the power of line, and has long been fascinated with what can achieved with simple line and wash using traditional dip pens and ink. He likes to work outdoors, drawing the world he sees in this beautiful corner of London and elsewhere. In 2016 he self-published a book about the English Lake District with nearly 200 pen and ink drawings of the mountains and lakes. Partly self-trained, he has also attended classes at the Royal Drawing School, and regularly works with other art groups in London. He has lived in St Margarets for 26 years.

Hanna ten Doornkaat 

Uk based German artist Hanna ten Doornkaat is primarily concerned with the repetitive process of mark making and how to challenge the concept of drawing. 

In 2002 she completed an MA (Sculpture) from Wimbledon School of Art and BA (Sculpture) Kingston University in 1997. She has since exhibited widely both in the UK, Germany, Belgium and Australia, Canada, Belgium and Brazil. She has also curated numerous group exhibitions. 

In 2015 her work was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, London. In 2016 she exhibited in Berlin, Germany, had a solo show in BBK Galerie Oldenburg, Germany and was shortlisted and exhibited twice at the RA Summer Exhibition and Derwent Art Prize. She has recently been invited to show her work at the 2019 Venice Biennale. 


Dame Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson was born in 1959 in Paddington. She attended Cambridge University, studying English Literature, and was part of the university's Footlights Group.
Thompson graduated in 1980 and soon got her first major break in television, on the comedy skit program Alfresco (1983), writing and performing with  Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
Thompson was in "Me and My Girl" in the West End, in the leading role. The show was a success and led to her casting as the lead in the BBC television miniseries Fortunes of War (1987), in which Thompson and her co-star, Kenneth Branagh, play an English ex-patriate couple living in Eastern Europe as the Second World War erupts. Thompson won a BAFTA Award for her work on the program. She married Branagh in 1989. She starred in a string of well-received and successful television and film productions, most notably her lead role in the Merchant-Ivory production of Howards End (1992), which confirmed her ability to carry a movie on both sides of the Atlantic and appropriately showered her with trans-Atlantic honours - both an Oscar and a BAFTA award.

Thompson’s later work included such notable films as Love Actually (2003), Stranger Than Fiction (2006), and several film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s popular Harry Potter series. In 2008 she starred in Brideshead Revisited. She was acclaimed for her steely, sympathetic depiction of Mary Poppins (1934) author P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks (2013).
Thompson then portrayed Goneril, one of King Lear’s treacherous daughters, in a televised adaptation of Shakespeare’s play and the British prime minister in the spy spoof Johnny English Strikes Again (both 2018). Her credits from 2019 included the stop-motion animated comedy Missing Link, in which she provided the voice of a yeti elder. She starred as a talk show host who hires a woman of colour (Mindy Kaling) to diversify her all-white-male writing team in Late Night (2019). Thompson was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2018.

Amanda Timpson

Mandy has worked for most of her life in and around horticulture and is now a freelance gardener. She is a keen amateur stitch artist, and member of the Embroiderers Guild. Her works are mainly landscape, seascape, or abstract , using hand and machine stitch, collage and mixed media.

Pippa Ward

Pippa graduated from Farnham UCA with a first class degree, and during her time there she was privileged enough to exhibit work and collaborate with Gustav Metzger and Ackroyd and Harvey. This experience influenced her to such an extent that the artwork became focussed on the environment, with a particular interest in our use and relationship with single use plastics. She looks at man’s inevitable impact on nature by using found plastic bags, bottle tops and found beach plastic ... ubiquitous and disposable materials and objects that do untold damage to our environment if discarded and used carelessly. In the words of philosopher Roland Barthes ... “the essence of an object has something to do with the way it turns into trash”, meaning that once an object has been discarded, and thus absolved of its function, its form becomes brightly visible – out of its original place and freed from its status as a commodity. Once an object is no longer treated in terms of its use-value, the ‘thingness’ and unwantedness of an item intensifies and this is when Pippa becomes interested in it.

Kitty Wass

Kitty Wass has sold both jewellery and pictures as widely as America, Italy and the UK. She has exhibited at The Fountain Gallery and had a painting chosen for auction at the Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate. Kitty was a member and then the chairman of the professional local group, Teddington Artists. Her paintings are small jewel-like canvases with series such as ‘Mythology’, ‘Glacier’, ‘Gardens’. Travels to Rajasthan, Italy and the Swiss Alps initiate her themes and her own garden is a constant though changing resource. 

Jaqui Wells

Jaqui is visionary, intuitive artist. Art is her way of manifesting her inner experiences. Her path as an energy healer and holistic therapist has greatly influenced her artwork. Jaqui works in oils, acrylic and graphite.

Alison Wilding OBE RA

Alison Wilding is known for her abstract sculptures, which embrace a wide range of materials and processes, on all scales from the handheld to the almost-monumental. Wilding studied at Nottingham College of Art from 1967 to 1968, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Bromley, Kent from 1968 to 1971 and subsequently at the Royal College of Art from 1971 to 1973. She came to prominence in the 1980s as one of a group of sculptors including Richard Deacon and Antony Gormley. Wilding’s first major solo exhibition was at the Serpentine Gallery in 1985, and Projects, her first international solo show, was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1987. A retrospective exhibition entitled Alison Wilding: Immersion – Sculpture from Ten Years was held at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool in 1991.

Since then she has shown extensively throughout the UK and abroad and has been acquired into major public collections in the UK. Public commissions include Migrant(2004) for Snape Maltings, Shimmy (2013) at 10 New Burlington Street, and Herm(2018) for Rathbone Place. Still Water, a memorial to UK citizens affected by terrorism overseas, will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in May 2018. Wilding was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1988 and 1992 and was elected to the RA in 1999. Awards include a Henry Moore fellowship at the British School at Rome (1998) Joanna Drew Travel Bursary (2007), Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award (2008) and Bryan Robertson Award (2012). A monograph to be published in 2018 will coincide with an exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion.

Alex Wilks

Alex was born in Bromley on the 31st December 1991 and has always had a passion for drawing. His earliest memories of drawing were going to the Natural History Museum to draw the skeletons of various mammals and dinosaurs. Whilst he was at school, he studied Art and Design for GCSE. His work focuses mainly on portraits of characters from TV and Film, comic book characters and animals. He uses a specific media consisting of Faber-Castell Polychromos and sketching pencils, but he would like to explore using other media for his work. Alex is currently working on illustrations for an adventure book which focuses on implicitly teaching children the benefits of physical activity. Alex is hopeful that the book will be published in the future. When he is not drawing, Alex is a class teacher and Art Co-ordinator at a school for girls in South East London.

David Wills

I am inspired by the sheer variety of art produced by artists over time & take my inspiration from them to contribute. 
My style if I have one is quite varied & the challenge is to try & be different which is almost impossible. 

Pauline Withers-Born

Pauline resumed painting and drawing after 40 years and is engaged in studying both painting and life drawing at Richmond Adult College. She is learning a lot and thoroughly enjoying the journey. Keeping a sketchbook and going to galleries regularly also help. 

Janet Wolchover

Janet Wolchover originally trained as a textile designer/printer and art teacher and for several years she designed and screen-printed items for sale to stores and at craft events. Since the early 1990s she has concentrated on etching which is an exciting and versatile form of printmaking and she has exhibited work in solo and group shows. The process of making and printing etching plates is a challenge and the end result often differs from the original idea. The subject usually dictates the size of the print and the number of colours using one or more plates. The themes of her work include interior and exterior imaginary scenes and can be influenced by the natural world and eastern art especially Japanese woodcut prints. Janet is a member of Richmond Printmakers and Richmond Art Society.

John Wragg RA

John Wragg studied at York School of Art from 1953 to 1956 and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1956 to 1960. He went on to teach at Chelsea School of Art from 1961 until 1990.

Wragg’s first solo exhibitions were held at the Hanover Gallery, London in 1963, 1966 and 1970, and at Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Paris in 1968. He has continued to enjoy solo shows throughout the UK, including Bridge Street Gallery, Bath (1982), Quinton Green Fine Art, London (1985) and England & Co, London (1994). Wragg has also featured in many key group shows throughout Britain, Europe and the United States. These include the Open Air Sculpture Exhibition, at Battersea Park, London (1966), Pittsburgh International, in the United States (1967), and Biennale di Scultura di Arese, in Milan (1980).

Wragg received a Sainsbury Award in 1960, and in 1966 was winner of Sainsbury Sculpture Competition, resulting in the commission of a work for King’s Road, Chelsea. He won an Arts Council Major Award in 1977 and the Chantrey Bequest in 1981. Wragg was elected Royal Academician in 1991 and a Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1996. Wragg lives and works in Wiltshire.

Cheryl Young

Cheryl studied art at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Morley College, Birmingham College of Art and Goldsmiths. Her first experience of life drawing was working from the model, Quentin Crisp at Beckenham College of Art. She has travelled extensively and always kept sketchbooks. She enjoys working in a variety of materials including drawing, watercolour, acrylic, silk painting and ceramics. She enjoys teaching and creating her own artworks, working directly from life.