'Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair.' Kahlil Gibran
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Born to a botanist and zoologist in rural Somerset, Erica has been a professional jeweller and artist for nearly 30 years. When not working in precious metals, she paints and draws in water colours and graphite.
The wilderness, natural environment, landscape, flora and fauna are intrinsic to her life and work. Forever exploring, treking and wandering, she creates from a place of immediacy and mindful observation rather than preconceived ideas.
Finalist in the 2014 David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year, Erica's watercolours and drawings explore the authenticity of a subject, revealing the often unseen story, and key elements of its nature.
Ian Marlow ARBS
Working primarily with stainless steel and glass, Ian Marlow's wonderfully dynamic sculptures captivate and entrance as he moulds the essence of his rural Somerset upbringing into industrial materials
His subjects have always been drawn from nature and his latest works delve deeply into expressing the juxtaposition of our place in the world - torn between our man-created modern life styles and the natural world to which we belong.
Jim Starr has had a life long interest in Natural History and has travelled extensively as an expedition artist to four continents.
Using a mix of disciplines, Jim's creations combine photography, screen-printing and free-hand drawings to create a boldness that enhances the natural subjects of his pieces. The huge diversity of life that he records from around the world is mixed as the figurative and abstract - stained and distressed canvasses are screen-printed or painted with bold images, a flicker of text or the drawn line.
Natural adventurer, Suzanne Easton conveys her instinctive need to be in the wild with stunning works of photography. From sweeping landscapes to close-ups of playful puffins her connection with nature is captivating.
April Young is an established British sculptor with private collections held world-wide. Her dynamic and expressive sculptures, in a variety of materials from clay to foundry bronze, are an homage to the natural world around us.
Movement and the natural world, in particular sensitive, yet unsentimental animal studies are a strong feature in the work. Her concepts are often enriched by her love of literature, folklore and mythology.
Her exquisite drawings are created with charcoal and also reflect her passion for dynamic movement and spirit.
Initially a full-time illustrator, Mark Harrison has travelled and explored the world, capturing its natural beauty in acrylics, metallic paints and pastels.
Now working exclusively in oils as a professional fine artist, his atmospheric landscapes capture what it is to be immersed in nature. Often painting 'en plein air', Mark explores colour and tone to portray a surreal and dream-like atmosphere to his work.
Mark is a published artist with a current book entitled 'Dreamland'. He regularly writes masterclasses for Artist and Illustrators Magazine, and exhibits work in selected galleries and exhibitions in the U.S.A and U.K.