Biographies of the artists that have kindly donated work to our Secret Art Sale 2020.



Prof. 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.

Alison Barker

Alison is an amateur artist from Hampton Hill, who enjoys working with mixed media by combining the use of watercolour paints, watercolour pencils, and collage. In her youth, Alison studied woven textile design, but left behind creative pursuits to become a financial account. In recent years, she has picked up her pencils and paintbrushes again and experimented with various techniques, looking to find a style that suits. After some trial and error, however, she has decided that to go with the flow is far more interesting.

Tony Baverstock

For over 40 years Tony has enjoyed the pleasure of capturing thousands of moments with his camera. With the evolution of digital photography he has explored some of the endless possible combinations between camera and imaging techniques to create abstract and surreal pictures.

Annabel Joan Bloxham
As well as the various academic institutions with which she has been associated her work has been exhibited at The Royal Academy, South London Gallery, Bankside Gallery, The Mall Gallery, Gallery, The Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Town Hall, Stanley Picker Gallery, Stables Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, The Landmark Centre, The Orange Tree Theatre Gallery, Riverside Gallery, The Royal Ballet School and abroad in Germany and Malaysia.
Farah Bokhari
Farah Bokhari (formerly Husain) is an imaginative painter whose expressive paintings touch the soul with exuberant blasts of energy and colour. Working with an array of media including chemicals, fluorescent aerosol paint, acrylics, and flowing watercolours Farah aspires to paint beyond the visible and capture the experiences of the soul. Farah’s innovative and experimental mixed media artwork has been exhibited all over London within galleries located in the heart of the thriving, fast-paced city. She has been featured in the press, on television and on London radio for her art programmes with young people and her work with young soldiers in using art as an expressive platform.
Alan Brown
Alan has been painting for around 30 years in watercolours, oils, and acrylics. Alan is inspired by the English countryside, by the seaside and boats. Alan also paints urban scenes and people, especially subjects which appeal whilst out for the day or travelling in the UK or abroad. His aim is to paint a loose interpretation of the subject in an attempt to capture mood and atmosphere using light and shade, reflections, and colour. In his view usually the simpler the painting, the better it is. FB: alanbrownart1
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.

Gordon is a Patron for Environment Trust.

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. 


Rosalie Callway

Rosalie is local to Twickenham and loves exploring all the precious green spaces throughout the borough.

Lee Campbell

Professional fine artist and qualified art tutor based on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham. Specialising in traditional oil painting.

Since graduating in 1991 site-specific work has provided her with new locations and collaborations with bodies as varied as the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, St. Saviours Church, Pimlico, King's School, Canterbury, and the Soho Piano Gallery resulting in rich and diverse subject matter.

Recent projects include the Royal Ballet School's site in Richmond Park, White Lodge and Byrne Brothers whose construction of The Shard and The Savoy re-fit provided her with exciting challenges and new images.

Most recently she worked as Resident Artist for Associated British Ports based at the Port of Southampton.


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.

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

Walter was a technical Illustrator for 30 years and became a Photographer in 1983. He has had about a dozen exhibitions, originally in Monochrome but latterly in colour also. His last exhibition was of abstracts that he photographed of both macro glass objects and fireworks. You can see all Walter's work on his website, enjoy.

Cathy Cooper

Cathy is a Twickenham photographer who has won International awards and has exhibited regularly at Orleans House including a solo exhibition in 2019 in the Stables 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 Geographical Society, Life Member of the Scott Polar Research Institute, the UK Antarctic Heritage Fund and also a Volunteer Ranger for the Royal Parks. 

She is interested and actively involved in local history and likes to experiment with cameras and photographic techniques.


Nicky Cundy

Nicky is a member of Ham Art Group and The Environment Trust. In the late 1960s she trained as a textile designer specialising in printwork. She taught art to children for several years and since retirement has been painting and drawing, mostly seascapes and abstracted work. Nowadays she usually paints in acrylics.
Website: [email protected]

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 painting. 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 her second solo exhibition is currently taking place at the Cornerhouse Theatre. Anna has an online card and print gallery and sells leggings and items incorporating her artwork. Anna paints in oils and acrylics 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 graduated from St Martins School of Art in 1992. She uses gouache painted paper to create collages which are abstract. She was born in Mexico City and brought up in Caracas Venezuela and her works tend to be vibrant in colour. She is currently painting still lives, using watercolour and ink.

Diana Edmunds

Since graduating from Camberwell College of Art in 1995, Diana has undertaken a number of site specific installations for clients including Sir James Dyson, Pfizer, Vodafone, BT and Land Securities as well as for clients in the UK and abroad. Diana has worked in a variety of mediums including fibre optic cable, neon and translucent acrylic and has always had a strong interest in geometry. More recently she has been working on mixed media collages and this small painting is one of a series of work exploring geometric form.

Emmely Elgersma

Surrounded by buckets of PVA glue and stacks of newspapers, Emmely Elgersma uses her studio like a surreal kitchen, concocting wonky sculptures and wobbly objects that look good enough to eat (but probably dont taste very good). Creating clay from kitchen products and papier-mâché out of household chemicals, Elgersmas work is rooted in her formal training as a ceramicist, just with a couple of jokes thrown in. The result is an exploration of what vessels mean to us as human beings, like those old Roman pots they keep digging out of holes in Wiltshire but bright pink or baby blue, and full of the heady power of everyday emotions, like the memory of winning the World Cup in 1966 or drinking afternoon tea with your nan. She is absolutely serious and utterly unserious at the same time. Currently, shes waiting to see if shes made it into the Guinness World Record books for making the biggest ever papier-mâché sculpture back in February 2019. It was very, very big. Too big, if anything. Shes recently completed her FA Level 1 coaching qualification so will happily tell you why 4-4-2 is more effective with a diamond and inverted wingers. The result is a joyous collision of colour, history, football and ceramics.

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.

Catherine Elnécavé Totty

A word means something to everyone, it’s impossible to resist interpretation. Cat is inspired by years working alongside designers to blend text and texture.

Catherine Evans

Catherine is a keen watercolour artist and urban sketcher. She has exhibited at the ICA, The Illustrator’s Gallery, Renaissance Gallery, and more recently with London Urban Sketchers. She has taught art for many years, in schools and in different community settings.

Michele Fazakerley

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

Tracy Ferriss

Tracy is a Homeopath and has a keen interest in pencil work and collage. She is a co-designer of the Homeopathic Tarot Deck and runs life drawing workshops in Hampton.


Sue Forster

Sue is a Richmond-based artist who paints landscapes in acrylics. She grew up on the South Coast near Brighton. After leaving school she went to university to study geography and then moved to London and trained as a chartered surveyor. After a 20-year break from painting due to the distractions of work and raising a family, she returned began again thanks to the tuition and encouragement of Mandy Belmokhtar in her studio in East Sheen.

Vanessa Gardiner

Born in Oxford, Vanessa studied first at Oxford Polytechnic 1978-79, and then at Central School of Art and Design in London 1979-82. Since graduating her work has been consistently shown in solo exhibitions in London and regularly throughout the UK. Her paintings are held globally in public and corporate collections.

"I have always been drawn to the natural geometry of coastal regions and the dramatically beautiful landscape of north Cornwall has long been a recurrent source for my paintings. The geometric angles, lines and shapes formed where land meets sea has an ever absorbing fascination for me.

I start by using a small sketchbook and drawing directly from the subject. Some of these may be close, observational drawings made over a period of time or quicker notes purely to glean some specific information which I will use back in the studio. It is only then that I can in some sense feel justified in abstracting and reordering the landscapes into the carefully selected compositions I use later in my paintings, knowing they will be true to the place.

During the painting process, I often redraw the image, scouring and sanding back the paint until the surface becomes significantly changed and enlivened, taking on a beautiful patina and leaving traces and histories of paint, which in turn reveal qualities of their own."


Jill Goodchild

Jill is an oil painter who enjoys abstract, landscape and portrait painting. During lockdown she enjoyed many local walks and was particularly struck by the evening light and its amazing effects on the water.


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.

David Harsent

Poet, Librettist, Dramatist, Novelist. 


Imogen Hartridge

Imogen mostly works with palette knives and bold mark making. Her colour palette is quite lively to reflect the changing seasons and light. She is inspired by her love of nature and the beautiful countryside Surrey and the surrounding areas has to offer. Imogen grew up in the countryside and is a keen environmentalist.

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. 


Melanie Honebone Melanie Honebone is a Wales-based fine artist. She describes herself as a renegade art experimentalist working through deconstruction and reconstruction. Often found objects are worked and reworked across multiple disciplines such as collage, clay, photography, and illustration. Recent themes have evolved her practice to include three dimensional mixed media art forms based on dolls, mannequins, and the human form.
Graham House
Long standing painter whose work is commissioned and purchased primarily within the u.k. No longer exhibits, but has collectors/patrons internationally 
Fran Howard

Fran was born in Sussex in 1935 but lived much of the time in South Africa from 1946 to 1973. He now lives in London. He worked in finance in mining and industry in South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom until 1987 and consulted until retiring in 2001. Since 1990 he has been involved in community health development in Eastern and Southern Africa and he visits these regions regularly.

Fran Howard took up painting in watercolour in 1991 and spends an increasing amount of his time painting in the field. For a time he was tutored by the late Charles Longbotham RWS. He finds his subjects in England, Provence, Kenya and South Africa, and other places he visits on holiday. He particularly enjoys landscapes, coastal scenes and seascapes. He has exhibited at charity “Art for Africa” exhibitions in London in the late 1990’s, at St Judes Gallery in Somerset in 2002/3, in London, including the Chelsea Art Society's annual exhibitions and at private exhibitions. He is a member of the Chelsea Art Society.


Maggie Hughes Maggie Hughes began her career as a graphic designer in the 1960s. She subsequently trained in Ceramic Art, during which time she ran workshops and organised exhibitions for all age groups. Her commitment to Therapeutic Art led her to work for MIND at the Vineyard Project in Richmond, shortly after it opened in 1977. She set up a Pottery there, taught Art groups and was assistant to the manager, Penny Wade. In 1989 she co-founded We Can Draw organising workshops, exhibitions, sketching picnics and gallery visits. Later, it became known as Art and Soul and is now a registered charity. She left the Vineyard Project in 1999 to care for her husband who had suffered a Stroke. She turned her attention to working with his Stroke Group and Neurodisability. She has maintained an interest in life drawing, having been taught by Kitaj at Art School and later by the inspirational Meriel Gold. She now continues to care for her husband and paints when time allows!
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 GCCE 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.
Jean Mackey Lebleu

Jean Mackey Lebleu earned a Master of Arts in Communication Design/Illustration from Kingston School of Art. Her artwork has been sold at Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House in London and was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Kings Cross ‘Christmas under the Canopy’ Market and the 2017 and 2016 House of Illustration London Christmas Fairs. She was selected for participation in the 2017 London Art Show at The Coningsby Gallery in Fitzrovia and the 2016 International Illustration Research Symposium art exhibition at the Edinburgh College of Art. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Association of Illustrators’ World Illustration Awards in the category of ‘Self-Initiated Work’ for her series ‘Vinyl to Cloud’. Jean has read her book 'Zed Goes Up the Mountain’ and has taught drawing workshops to 1,400+ children so far as part of her ongoing visits to primary schools during World Book Week. 

Through the sale of her artwork Jean has raised more than £3,000 for worthy causes. She looks forward to helping Environment Trust.

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. 
Diana Nicholls
Diana is a self-taught artist with a great passion for abstract art and equally enjoys painting on big canvases or just drawing on white or black paper. Her preferred media are acrylics, black ink and metallic pen but she is happy to experiment and try something new. Diana believes that everything happens for a reason, her art represents her world, emotions, dreams and thoughts. Diana lives in St Margarets.
Peggy OSheel
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.
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 Diana Poliak has a BA (Hons.) Fine Arts degree from Greenwich University, and works as a Mixed Media Artist in her studio/workshop in Wrotham Heath, Kent. Since volunteering as a teenager to help out in the Natural History Department of Maidstone Museum many decades ago, the natural world has always been the main source for her inspiration when painting, printmaking and working with clay. Her pictures have been exhibited in The Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions in 2013, 2016 and 2018, and her poems and short stories, which are also often on the theme of environmental matters, have been aired on the BBC Radio Kent Upload programmes this year.
John Potter
John is a visual artist based in Isleworth, whose practices encompasses painting, drawing and multi-media to creates responses to the changing internal and external environments around him. Currently he is working on a new series ‘A Day Inner Life which reflects his heightened awareness of time passing each day. It is inspired by classical Indian raga – melodic frameworks which underpin pieces of music written for twelve different phases of the day. The word raga literally means colouring, tinting or dyeing with each composition inspiring specific feelings in the audience. His series sets out to do the same.
Website: | Instagram: @johnpotterartist
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.

Anne Robson

Anne has come back to painting recently after a break when work and moving house interfered. She now lives in Bristol near the harbour and can easily indulge her love of waterscapes in all weathers. Anne favours water-based mediums, usually acrylic, and has recently graduated from a fascination with light on water to more abstract compositions: its an endless journey.

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.


Cecilia Rouncefield

Cecilia is a printmaker and painter.

She has exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition on two occasions; in 2012 and 2017. She had two paintings shown in the ‘Bristol Art Prize’ Exhibition in 2013, and one of these featured concurrently, on the cover of the ‘Bristol’ magazine. Cecilia was pleased to be part of the ‘This Is Sacred Art’ exhibition held at Aberglasney Gardens in Wales in 2016. She is interested in nature, wildlife and ecology.

In 2018 one of her new series of linocut prints ‘Yellow Jersey’ was exhibited at the Royal Academy 2018 Summer Exhibition. The entire edition of 20 prints sold out before that exhibition opened to the general public.

She is currently working on extending that series of prints.


Elinor Rowlands

Elinor Rowlands’ synaesthesia is what drives her to create emotionally compelling sound art, poetic soundscapes and highly expressive paintings. Her art projects are dreamlike and meditative layered spaces created in fast paced action and gestures, mainly by her hands. She attends to her practice as if conducting an orchestra weaving words, mapping and feeling her way across surfaces to connect to the internal journey more directly. Elinor finds her inspiration in both the natural world and the urban environment. Her observations of people, nature, poetry, music and photography all contribute to her artwork which is an expression of emotions through these encounters. If you like Elinors art and wish to buy more get in contact with her directly because she works from commission and in the live experience. Instagram/fb @elinorrowlandsart @magicalwomenart


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.

Bridget Sebastian
Bridget Sebastian is a colorist who works in vibrant colors to create a varied range of work from pure abstract to figurative work. The artist a scholarship student at the renowned Byam Shaw school of Art. The artist has exhibited at galleries throughout London. Online at
Website: /Bridget Sebastian
Liz Sephton
Liz graduated from Chelsea School of Art years ago and after a career in graphic design she now teaches Art. She takes inspiration from the local environment for her watercolours and has sold various artworks, mainly in local exhibitions.
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.

Kate Simkins

Kate is an artist, illustrator and printmaker. She likes to work in different media and styles to keep things interesting and to reflect the infinite variety around us. She is currently studying printmaking at the Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College and illustration at the Landmark Arts Centre but also works from her shed/studio at the end of her garden. Her recent projects explore more abstract, expressive printmaking but she also continues to design and illustrate greetings cards, which she sells locally.

Jim Sitch

Jim was born in 1956 in Kensington and from an early age his sister Tracey and himself were taught to paint by their mother who had studied landscaping, still life and human/animal form painting at St Martins. Jim pursued the abstract route from an day one progressing onto mainly surrealism and expressionist drawing and painting throughout the 1970’2 and ‘80’s. At the end of a 35-year successful career working in railway, aircraft and electrical engineering followed by management training, he became a full-time artist on his retirement in 2010. Having studied 20th century modern art and being heavily influenced by such artists as Kurt Schwitters, Wassily Kandinsky, Arshile Gorky, Louise Nevelson, Joseph Cornell and Jackson Pollock, Jim focused solely on the abstract in art producing large ‘colour channelling’ acrylic paintings on large wooden discs, miniature and large assemblage pieces from waste ephemera, clocks, collage and electrical sculptures. Since 2011 Jim has exhibited at least twice a year including: The Henley Summer Festival 2012, The Bowman Gallery Richmond 2013, Riverside Studios Hammersmith 2013, Chelsea Art College 2014, ‘Bad Behaviour’ show Brixton East Gallery 2014, Museo De Ramon Lalin, Galicia in Northern Spain 2014, Purbeck Art weeks in 2016 and 2017, open studio events in Dorset 2016 and 2017, Eclectic Abode gallery Dorset 2016/7, La ‘artishe Gallery and studio, Dorset 2016, Landmark Arts Twickenham 2018, the Richmond May fair 2019, the Acava Studios Olympia, West Kensington 2019 and several art pieces for musical theatre performances. The exhibitions planned for April 2020 at the Landmark Arts Twickenham and the Acava Studios Olympia in June 2020 were sadly cancelled.

Jim is currently a member of the Riverside Artist Group (RAG) and the Twickenham Art Circle.


Sue Slaughter

Sue is a textile designer, oil painter and printmaker, who loves to experiment with new media, techniques and processes. She is motivated by an obsession with colour and inspired by landscape as a subject and basis for her abstract work.
Website: instagram. sueslaughterart

Gill Smith

Gill is a local artist based in Hampton Hill. She takes inspiration from the bold graphics of the Art Deco period, mid-century design & the visual illusions of Op Art. Her artwork takes a variety of forms – printmaking (both traditional and digital), layered cut paper collages and artist books.

Jan Stevens  NAPA

Jan has paintings in private collections in London and Europe

Member of National Acrylics Painters Association (NAPA) and David Wiseman’s West London Artists

Selected for Exhibitions at Royal Watercolour Society Open at Bankside Gallery, NAPA Summer Show at Mariners Gallery St Ives and John Rank Gallery Chichester, Water Street Gallery Todmorden, Orleans Gallery, The Bowman Gallery Richmond.

Jan’s Conversation   

‘My early life experiences are incorporated in my abstract art. I am inspired by a love of golf, amazing views, river and coastal water environments, a quality-loving creative mother and a mathematical engineering fun father. Cornish raised, state-degree-educated, global business wise and South West London living all fuse to celebrate my creativity. As I continue enjoying my life, I find painting to be very freeing, momentary and healthy.

I use water based paints and prefer acrylic paint for its range of consistency.  I love the challenge of pouring paint creating movement. Then brush on solid shapes to create resting calmness giving a depth and floating sensation. My favourite colours are blues and greens, inspired by shades in water and landscapes which enhance our wellbeing.

I hope you enjoy my art’.


Caz Sutton

Caz was taught to draw and paint at two years old by her talented mother Pauline (who studied sculpture at St Martins, London and spent two summers learning about pottery with Pablo Picasso in Vallauris, France in 1948 and 1949. She later became an international knitwear designer...her own mother danced with the famous Ballets Russes and had many dancer, musician, writers and artist friends) Caz has had a very interesting life, she was a fashion model, a manageress of a fashion boutique, she made models for architects and engineers all over the world (including a model of a palace for Saddam Hussein 😲) she was manageress of a bakery then was supply head cook for various schools. After a stroke, her gp advised art to help with hand/eye co-ordination, so Caz has focused on painting and gardening ever since. Caz has recently had several exhibitions in aid of charitable causes including at the Whitworth Hall, Manchester. Caz usually donates her artworks to good causes, or gives to friends. She has work in private art collections in Beijing, St Petersburg, Paris, Juan-les-Pins, London, Texas and Hollywood. Occasionally her son will put a painting on Ebay to help fund more art materials. Look out for Caz Paintings on Ebay...
Website: Under construction!!!

Felicity Swan

Felicity Swan draws and paints, working intuitively into swathes of colour and resisting the pressure of painting to become a picture until there is clarity. She seeks to create primordial narratives from the abstract, as characters evolve and morph. Originally from New Zealand, Felicity studied sculpture at Central St Martins (UAL), and lives in Teddington. Exhibiting both in the UK and New Zealand, she participates annually in both Richmond Art House and KAOS. Website: Instagram: felicityswanartist

Website: Website: Instagram: felicityswanartist

Anne Swankie

Anne was born in London and has lived there most of her life. She currently lives and works in Richmond but travels widely to seek inspiration.

Her works have sold to collectors around the world. These range from private individuals to commercial collections and historic buildings and private clubs. She has won several awards and has featured in The Artist magazine.

She says “I have always been fascinated by people in everyday situations going about their daily lives. I like to observe people unselfconsciously interacting with each other, perhaps having a drink or a meal or just walking along the street. My obsession with umbrellas shows no sign of abating. There is something about the shape which works well in a composition and I enjoy the way that watery reflections pick up light on the pavement. Whenever it rains, I dash out with my camera – I get quite anxious if there is a long dry spell!”

Anne is represented by John Iddon Fine Art and her work can be seen at various fairs. Just get in touch for information about current exhibitions.


John Swanson

John has lived in Twickenham and Richmond for over 30 years. He learned his craft through a combination of tuition (eg The Royal Drawing School), copying works in Londons great museums and attending life drawing groups. He creates drawings of local scenes, usually working outside, while under lockdown has begun illustrating favourite books. His work has been exhibited at Orleans House Gallery, and he has undertaken commissions. His Instagram account is @JohnSwanson2012

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 started her artistic career as a textile designer, selling designs in the UK, USA and Europe (to Liberty, Mary Quant, in the Somerset House, Strand shop etc etc). . During lockdown she explored her much loved garden, made a wildlife pond and found solace there as well as non stop gardening.. and sketching. Former Chair of Teddington Artists she has sold widely and believes passionately in art in the curriculum.

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.

Robert E. Wells NEAC RBA

Robert E. Wells is a Yorkshire-born painter, who studied in London and now lives in East Sussex.

He moved to London in 1988 to study for a master’s degree entitled The Illustration and Rendering of Architectural Spaces at the University of London. Prior to that he had studied at Batley Art College and worked for several years as an Architectural Illustrator, which you can see in many of his paintings. More recently he has turned to painting full time. Robert is now a member of the Royal Federation of British Artists (RBA)

Finding inspiration in the towns and cities that he visits, Robert E. Wells seeks out unusual views of familiar landmarks and scenes, encouraging the viewer to see places from a different perspective. He often paints directly from the subject, in all seasons and weather. Many people know him for his cityscape and landscape paintings, particularly around London and the North Yorkshire Moors. In recent years, his work has seen a shift from architecture to include more figurative elements, with complex multi-layered narratives.

Robert regularly exhibits at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He becomes a member of the New English Art Club in June 2017, which meant a huge amount to him on a personal level as he sees it as a fine tradition and heritage of which he is proud to say he is a part of.

Recently awarded the Davison Award for Oil Painting in 2014 and 2017, the Frinton Award in 2016 and the Howard De Walden Painting Prize in 2012.


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

David was inspired by the sheer variety of art produced by artists over time & take his inspiration from them to contribute. 
His style if he has one is quite varied & the challenge is to try & be different which is almost impossible. 

Janet Wolchover

Janet started producing etchings in 1992 after training as a text0ile designer,printer and teacher. Etching is a traditional method of printmaking where a metal plate is covered with a wax coating and drawn into with a needle and then etched in acid. The plate is then printed by pushing ink into the etched lines and using heavy pressure to press paper onto the plate. Her work incorporates elements of Eastern art as well as well as cultural and historical symbols. Janets etchings have been selected for the National Print Exhibition at the Mall Galleries and she has exhibited with Richmond Printmakers and Richmond Art Society for many years.