The Artists

Alan Carlyon Smith

Alan works from studio 111, in Wimbledon Art Studios, London. He is interested in the relationship of 2D images and 3D form.

Figurative images give way to abstractions and then take on a solid format. Narratives suggest that there is a dialogue between things we understand and things we would like to believe.

Alison Groom

Alison is concerned with texture and light. She uses acrylic mediums with granular additives applied with various tools to express the textures she observes in the environment.

Oil colour is then applied to define and illuminate her paintings. Alison is fascinated by changes in the colour of light at different times of the day and enjoys early morning and late afternoon light as well as the colours of sunset and the gloaming.

Alison is especially inspired by water and her favourite places include the coast of Suffolk, Essex, Devon and Cornwall, The Isle of Skye, The Lake District and The Thames. More exotic favourites include the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Angela Smith

Angela spent her childhood exploring imaginative worlds of make-believe and books and believes that her childhood reading has influenced her painting and her need to tell stories. Books, like the wardrobe in “The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe”, were a doorway into other worlds.

She studied English Literature and Politics at university in Manchester and moved to London to work in Investment Banking. It was in a local cafe in Kings Cross, listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, that she recalls suddenly knowing she wanted to be an artist. Angela went on to study painting at Wimbledon School of Art and since graduating has exhibited in solo and group shows in London and South East England. Her work has sold to collectors in the UK, Europe and the U.S.

“Painting and drawing are central to my practice and allow me to explore the space between fact and fiction. I’m interested in the possibilities of narrative and invoking atmosphere and emotion. My paintings are rarely portraits but more hybrid figures layered with emotion, experience and imaginings. The figures exist in another world but they are touched with human spirit and nature. I see making paintings as a form of story telling and making sense of something deep inside, whilst hopefully creating something that others find pleasure and meaning from.”

Angela works and lives in South West London.

Damian Woodford

Damian’s painting utilizes primary and secondary colours with the arrangement of abstract shapes. He likes to pull apart the components of visual form and reduce them to bare gestures: lines, arcs, circles, and polygons become his building blocks.

Using decorating brushes and palette knives, he applies oil or acrylic paint to build up layers of colour, creating different planes across the canvas. Linear patterning contrasts with cell-like containers and the seemingly deep layers of coloured shapes produce a visible push-pull tension.

Emma Forrester

Emma Forrester is a London based artist who exhibits regularly with several UK galleries throughout the year and at International Art Fairs including New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Her recent works, including many still lives, bear an expressive use of line to portray everyday objects such as vases and teacups. An appreciation of pattern and form has been fundamental in creating these works. Looking at the influence of textiles on the work of Matisse has provided great inspiration.

She says of her work, “I am drawn to beautiful forms whether they are man- made or natural. My aim is to show my appreciation of the simple beauty of such objects by their sensitive portrayal in my paintings. In my work I’ll often draw and paint the forms many times, scratching and scraping through to previous layers to create a broadly descriptive but beautiful image. My aim is not to ‘copy’ the object in paint, but rather to describe and celebrate what I see with mark making skills that have developed into my personal style as an artist.”

In some of her most recent pieces she tenderly draws and paints pattern over objects, which then spills over into the background thus flattening out the picture plane. This transforms what could be a simply representational still life into a thoughtful and delicate abstract piece of work, exuding balance and harmony.

Graham Hunter

Graham is a highly successful artist and gallery owner. Having initially trained at Wimbledon School of Art he continues his art practice whilst also running the Graham Hunter Gallery in Baker Street, London.

Recently he has focussed on landscape. He likes to create vibrant, painterly scenes with an emphasis on trees. He says “Trees are our friends and guardians, they speak of long life, fruitfulness, love and death. Who does not have a favourite tree?”.

Jill Sutcliffe

Jill is a Ceramic Sculptor based in South London. Her sculptures capture the essence of positive energy and movement.

Strongly influenced by her love for architecture and nature, she pairs the two to provide us with exquisite three dimensional forms that will enhance any environment.

Her unique hand built natural forms are frost resistant, allowing them to live inside or out and can be freestanding or wall mounted.

Mike Stokoe

First published in Punch magazine in 1997, now appearing in Private Eye, The Spectator and commercial advertising for Anglo American Oil Company.

Mike gains inspiration from his fascination of aliens, obsession in old horror films and his ultimate aim is to design a completely useless robot to change the way we live our lives!

He has a cartoon hanging in the National Football Museum, and was the set cartoonist for the animated feature film ‘Strike’.

Sara Vertigan

Sara gained a degree in fashion textiles from Winchester School of Art and worked successfully during the 1990’s as a designer for many prominent brands. Fashion eventually evolved into interior design and Sara started her company Inspired Interiors in 1999.

Fine art was always her calling though and in 2018 she joined Wimbledon Art Studios and began to paint regularly. Sara works in oils and specialises in landscapes, inspired by places she’s visited.

Colour and strong light sources are ever present in her work and Sara is interested in the effect of man-made structures in defining the geometry of landscapes.

Sarah Ollerenshaw

There is something very evocative of childhood about a bluebell wood – I think one never forgets the first walk, seeing and smelling a bluebell wood for the first time…my paintings are meant to take you back to experience that delight and wonder one felt on first experiencing the woods in all their glory!

One of my earliest childhood memories is singing, ‘In and out of the dusty bluebells’ whilst holding hands with my grandmother and sister and dancing and weaving through a weeping willow in her garden. Whenever I see bluebells I think of that song; I remember a wonderful grandmother who championed me and I think of that happy memory which though now only fleeting, will always be etched firmly in my mind.

My paintings hopefully resonate and inspire for a moment a spiritual transportation away from the busyness of life to another place where one feels at peace and connected. They recall those with whom we have ‘journeyed’ be they from the past or present and remind us of all that is important in order that we may feel alive, rooted and inspired by creation.