Secrets Of Nature -Flowers and Grasses – Claire Harrison Sussex and Surrey Art Tutor

Secrets Of Nature -Flowers and Grasses – Claire Harrison Sussex and Surrey Art Tutor

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Claire Harrison

Artist: Claire Harrison

Secrets Of Nature -Flowers and Grasses - Claire Harrison

Secrets Of Nature

One of a series of paintings on the theme ‘Secrets of Nature’ exploring the idea that the human race is very much a part of nature.

Undergrowth was inspired by my fascination of the minute ecosystem of dramas hidden between the tiny blades of grass beneath our feet. I wanted to create an enclosed feeling of tangled grass and weeds, to make the viewer feel as though they are a tiny insect walking amongst it. I believe if we considered ourselves a part of nature and the ecosystem, we would take better care of it, because homo sapien is a species like any other and is also very vulnerable to climate change.

Within this painting are some corncockles, which have had their sepals replaced with human hands. It is a highly-textured painting because there is more to nature than what we see on the surface, which we tend to take for granted, therefore there are hidden layers to the picture. If you would like to know more about this painting, you can read it in the blog on my website.

Image Size: 50cm x 50cm / 19.5″ x 19.5″
Art Medium: Mixed Media on Board
Painting Price: Original – £1,975 Limited Edition Print – £90
Should you require a different size of artwork, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Claire Harrison

Artist in Oils and Art Tutor

Exploring the hidden world of nature: flowers, plants and insects.

Phone: 07973 410 111

Please mention the Sussex Artists website

Email: art@claire-harrison.co.uk

Website: www.claire-harrison.co.uk

Gallery Of Art

About The Artist

I am an artist based in West Sussex, specialising in oil painting of flowers and insects, sharing my passion for nature and the environment with my followers and clients.

I was aged just three when I painted my very first watercolour. My mum went into the garden and said “choose a flower and let’s paint it”. I chose a purple flower, which for those who know me, I’m generally dressed in purple and turquoise, and my paintings are often of a similar palette!

Before the computer revolution, which now appears to consume most of our lives, I spent my childhood painting and illustrating my own stories in the garden. I loved flowers and plants and most of all growing things. I think it was because I followed my father around the garden with my miniature wheelbarrow. I helped out to the best of my ability and - although I doubt whether I actually did much helping - I was inspired by the bugs, grew mustard and cress from seed on the shed windowsill, and grew Asters in a terracotta pot!

I now have my own garden of course, where I grow lots of flowers - mostly those that are based on Daisy formations. These include Rudbeckias, Heleniums, Ox-Eye Daisies and of course a lot of wildflowers, Cornflowers, Corncockles, Geraniums and Teasel. Teasel is one of my favourites because of the wildlife it attracts, especially in Autumn, where I like to see the Goldfinches feeding, pulling the Teasels over as the seeds pour out.

Looking back in retrospect, I can see where all the influences in my artwork come from - my fascination with pattern, insects and flowers. They were all part of my childhood and what I loved to do.

West Sussex Artist Claire Harrison in her art studio 1
West Sussex Artist Claire Harrison working in her art studio
The majority of my inspiration comes from the local Sussex landscape and my garden. Over the years it has become obvious that the seasons are moving. Spring comes earlier and earlier and Winters are extremely mild. I believe this is an indication of global warming and so many of the scientists and media provide us with information regarding this issue, on a global scale, but what is happening on our doorstep? What invertebrates and wildflowers are threatened and how does that impact on us?

As I write this, we are currently experiencing a heatwave and my crops this year are thriving because of the exceptionally low population of slugs and snails – a gardeners dream perhaps, but also an indication of pressure on the water supply, due to lack of rain. The scarcity of these unpopular molluscs also has an impact on the birds and mammals, such as hedgehogs and thrushes that feed upon them.

I started my “Art Seasonally” blog on my website, to start documenting and comparing the changes in the local climate in Sussex. I draw what I observe each week from life and these are not only for the project, but are also used as research and inspiration for my oil paintings. To read my “Art Seasonally” blog please visit my website.

West Sussex Artist Claire Harrison working in her art studio

I began my career in 2001 after graduating with a Fine Art degree, by hiring a local, large gallery space without any completed art works. I had 6 months before my opening, so I needed to create some work! A loan from the bank and a course on self-employment later, I launched my career and created 40 works to exhibit. These were photographic and digitally manipulated works, as I didn’t have a studio. From the success of this exhibition, which was featured in the local press and following an interview on the local radio station, the Director of The Farnham Maltings Arts Centre at my private view, offered me a studio space - and so my art career was born!

Since then, I have exhibited in the UK and abroad, in both solo and selected group shows and I have often been featured in both public and private collections. I sell to clients in several countries including the UK, China and Canada.

I am passionate about art, nature and the environment! I also enjoy sharing my enthusiasm and experience with the local community and I run courses at Guildford Institute and teach on a one-to-one basis.

I have been teaching art techniques, how to develop creativity and how to overcome creative block to children, amateurs and fellow artists for over 15 years. I have found that the artist and their creativity is still shrouded in mystery and thought of as a product of genetic fortune. However, like any other professional, I believe that being an artist is about hard work and practice, just like any other successful business owner or athlete, therefore, I started my “It’s All About Art” blog to try and demystify the creative process, to explain why I do what I do and how I do what I do, with the objective of de-mystifying the role of the artist and motivating all those art students out there.

So many students arrive at classes saying “I will never be an artist” or that they can’t be one, because they don’t have any talent. I believe that everyone can be taught the skill of drawing and painting, but some will ultimately have a natural flair for it. For those who want to become artists, all they need is the persistent drive and motivation to do hours of practice and work to create artworks, in whatever form that may take. “It’s All About Art” blog can be read on my website.

Dandelion and Fly - Claire Harrison West Sussex Artist

Concept: The Ideas Behind My Work

I am inspired by the landscape around me and much of my work is based upon the plants in my garden that I have nurtured from seed. I have never grown out of the wonder of plants appearing in bare earth. I encourage insects by tending a wild area of garden which grows many indigenous plants that have self-seeded from the local landscape.

My work consists of large brightly coloured oil paintings, highlighting the miniscule on a large scale. I am passionate about colour and emphasise those that I see, which are created by the changing light during the day. I want vivid colours to glow from the canvas, because I want to show that the tiny wildflower or bright beetle in a grass verge, is like a jewel amongst the undergrowth. I explore the miniature, miniscule and microscopic, of both the floral and insect world, and I will often attempt to crawl under the smallest wildflower and photograph from below as if I am an insect looking up. I am fascinated with camouflage, and I often hide insects within my work by using tone to conceal these little creatures. Just as you need to search to find minibeasts in a field, I want the audience to pause to find all the hidden dimensions in my work. This is because the bright colours are merely the surface; I want to combine both impact and detail.

I include a lot of texture in my work; I like the underlying surface to disrupt the outward appearance of the painting. It is a metaphor for the real landscape; we see calming rolling hills or ordered equally spaced trees. There is so much that we do not see, for example, the fragile intertwined relationships between all creatures in the ecosystem.

My fascination for patterns is shown in my intricate ink drawings and watercolours, where I often depict the many spirals found within the centre of daisy-like flowers. Having studied plants under a microscope for many years, I attempt to show that they are not all that we perceive; instead I draw the intricate detail from both the microscope and the naked eye. I want to show that nature, however small, is magnificent and important. Nature is not just a vista, or a landscape, it is the interdependent relationships between all creatures, flora and fauna. Nature is a perfectly ordered mechanism that we dismiss as an overgrown landscape full of creepy crawlies, where in fact it is a complex, beautiful ecosystem of each organism reliant upon another.

Portrait of Sleeping Puppy – Snooze

Portrait of Sleeping Puppy – Snooze

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Jennifer Morris

Artist: Jennifer Morris

Portrait of Sleeping Puppy - Snooze - Jennifer Morris - Pet Portraiture Artist - Sussex Art Gallery

Portrait of Sleeping Puppy – Snooze

Art Medium: Pastel on Velour Paper

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Jennifer Morris

Portraiture Artist - Pets and People

Phone: 07539 624 690
Please mention the Sussex Artists website
Email: jennifermorrisart@hotmail.com
Website: www.portraitsbyjennifermorris.com

Gallery Of Art

About The Artist

Jennifer is a 25 year-old self-taught portrait artist based in West Sussex. She recently completed a BSc Psychology with Neuroscience, however her life-long love of art has taken over and she is now successfully working full-time as an artist, working primarily with a mix of pastels and colour pencil.

Her usual subjects are dogs and horses, however she has also been commissioned to draw other pets, more exotic animals, people and the occasional building: she is always open to a challenge!

Jennifer has grown up around animals and has previously worked with both animals and people in emotional capacities. Thus in her art, she is particularly keen to observe and reproduce the emotion and life presented by both animals and humans and is often complimented on the expression and liveliness in the eyes of her subjects.

She does enjoy producing her own original works for sale and sometimes runs stalls at art and craft fairs, however generally, her commission-based work takes up all of her time: work which she finds incredibly rewarding. Her commissions usually come from the UK but the occasional international request does crop up and she is always happy to oblige.

She has three dogs and a horse, all of whom act as unending inspiration and a husband who is eternally patient with her long working hours and dedication to her work.

Painting Style

Jennifer's style has developed since some of the paintings on this site were published. To see her current style, please see the first 3 paintings on this site and her Facebook page.

Tuition

Jennifer now offers private tuition and is open to developing group lessons.

Portrait Commissions

Affordable yet realistic traditional portraits of your favourite pets - be it anything from horse to hound - or your loved ones in a variety of traditional tools to suit your needs. However you want it, when you want it!

The artwork can be produced in the medium of your choosing. I usually work with coloured chalk pastels as they produce a soft, warm effect which is perfect when representing your loved ones. Standard portrait sizes are 12 x 9" or 16 x 12" however, I can use any size paper and any medium from chalk pastels, to charcoal, to graphite pencil, to coloured pencil, to oil pastel!

All you need to do is provide me with a few photographs of the person or animal you wish to be drawn (alternatively, if you don't have any photos and are in the Sussex area I can visit you and photograph the subject myself at an extra cost). Let me know what medium you'd like me to use and when you'd like it to be done by. Due to a high volume of work, commissions usually take about 6 weeks to be produced, however, if you need it earlier we can work something out and leave the rest to me!

I can add in, alter or remove details at your request. Artistic license is a great thing!

It's best to email me to discuss exactly what you would like and we can go from there.

Portraits Price Guide

6 x 9" - £100
7 x 10" - £120
9 x 12" - £150
12 x 16" - £225
14 x 19.5" - £300
19.5 x 27.5" - £400
Note: Prices listed are based on a bust (head and shoulders) portrait of one subject. Further subjects, full-body portraits, backgrounds etc. can be arranged for a bespoke price.

Payment plans are available - discuss with me and we can see what works with your budget.

Please contact the artist (details above).

Portrait of Dog – Meg

Portrait of Dog – Meg

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Jennifer Morris

Artist: Jennifer Morris

Portrait of Dog (Terrier) - Meg - Jennifer Morris - Pet Portraiture Artist - Sussex Art Gallery

Portrait of Dog – Meg

Art Medium: Pastels on Standard Pastel Paper

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Jennifer Morris

Portraiture Artist - Pets and People

Phone: 07539 624 690
Please mention the Sussex Artists website
Email: jennifermorrisart@hotmail.com
Website: www.portraitsbyjennifermorris.com

Gallery Of Art

About The Artist

Jennifer is a 25 year-old self-taught portrait artist based in West Sussex. She recently completed a BSc Psychology with Neuroscience, however her life-long love of art has taken over and she is now successfully working full-time as an artist, working primarily with a mix of pastels and colour pencil.

Her usual subjects are dogs and horses, however she has also been commissioned to draw other pets, more exotic animals, people and the occasional building: she is always open to a challenge!

Jennifer has grown up around animals and has previously worked with both animals and people in emotional capacities. Thus in her art, she is particularly keen to observe and reproduce the emotion and life presented by both animals and humans and is often complimented on the expression and liveliness in the eyes of her subjects.

She does enjoy producing her own original works for sale and sometimes runs stalls at art and craft fairs, however generally, her commission-based work takes up all of her time: work which she finds incredibly rewarding. Her commissions usually come from the UK but the occasional international request does crop up and she is always happy to oblige.

She has three dogs and a horse, all of whom act as unending inspiration and a husband who is eternally patient with her long working hours and dedication to her work.

Painting Style

Jennifer's style has developed since some of the paintings on this site were published. To see her current style, please see the first 3 paintings on this site and her Facebook page.

Tuition

Jennifer now offers private tuition and is open to developing group lessons.

Portrait Commissions

Affordable yet realistic traditional portraits of your favourite pets - be it anything from horse to hound - or your loved ones in a variety of traditional tools to suit your needs. However you want it, when you want it!

The artwork can be produced in the medium of your choosing. I usually work with coloured chalk pastels as they produce a soft, warm effect which is perfect when representing your loved ones. Standard portrait sizes are 12 x 9" or 16 x 12" however, I can use any size paper and any medium from chalk pastels, to charcoal, to graphite pencil, to coloured pencil, to oil pastel!

All you need to do is provide me with a few photographs of the person or animal you wish to be drawn (alternatively, if you don't have any photos and are in the Sussex area I can visit you and photograph the subject myself at an extra cost). Let me know what medium you'd like me to use and when you'd like it to be done by. Due to a high volume of work, commissions usually take about 6 weeks to be produced, however, if you need it earlier we can work something out and leave the rest to me!

I can add in, alter or remove details at your request. Artistic license is a great thing!

It's best to email me to discuss exactly what you would like and we can go from there.

Portraits Price Guide

6 x 9" - £100
7 x 10" - £120
9 x 12" - £150
12 x 16" - £225
14 x 19.5" - £300
19.5 x 27.5" - £400
Note: Prices listed are based on a bust (head and shoulders) portrait of one subject. Further subjects, full-body portraits, backgrounds etc. can be arranged for a bespoke price.

Payment plans are available - discuss with me and we can see what works with your budget.

Please contact the artist (details above).

Portrait of Horse – Woodlander Firefly

Portrait of Horse – Woodlander Firefly

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Jennifer Morris

Artist: Jennifer Morris

Portrait Of Horse - Woodlander Firefly - Jennifer Morris - Equestrian and Pet Portraiture Artist - Sussex Art Gallery

Portrait of Horse – Woodlander Firefly

Art Medium: Pastels on Standard Pastel Paper

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Jennifer Morris

Portraiture Artist - Pets and People

Phone: 07539 624 690
Please mention the Sussex Artists website
Email: jennifermorrisart@hotmail.com
Website: www.portraitsbyjennifermorris.com

Gallery Of Art

About The Artist

Jennifer is a 25 year-old self-taught portrait artist based in West Sussex. She recently completed a BSc Psychology with Neuroscience, however her life-long love of art has taken over and she is now successfully working full-time as an artist, working primarily with a mix of pastels and colour pencil.

Her usual subjects are dogs and horses, however she has also been commissioned to draw other pets, more exotic animals, people and the occasional building: she is always open to a challenge!

Jennifer has grown up around animals and has previously worked with both animals and people in emotional capacities. Thus in her art, she is particularly keen to observe and reproduce the emotion and life presented by both animals and humans and is often complimented on the expression and liveliness in the eyes of her subjects.

She does enjoy producing her own original works for sale and sometimes runs stalls at art and craft fairs, however generally, her commission-based work takes up all of her time: work which she finds incredibly rewarding. Her commissions usually come from the UK but the occasional international request does crop up and she is always happy to oblige.

She has three dogs and a horse, all of whom act as unending inspiration and a husband who is eternally patient with her long working hours and dedication to her work.

Painting Style

Jennifer's style has developed since some of the paintings on this site were published. To see her current style, please see the first 3 paintings on this site and her Facebook page.

Tuition

Jennifer now offers private tuition and is open to developing group lessons.

Portrait Commissions

Affordable yet realistic traditional portraits of your favourite pets - be it anything from horse to hound - or your loved ones in a variety of traditional tools to suit your needs. However you want it, when you want it!

The artwork can be produced in the medium of your choosing. I usually work with coloured chalk pastels as they produce a soft, warm effect which is perfect when representing your loved ones. Standard portrait sizes are 12 x 9" or 16 x 12" however, I can use any size paper and any medium from chalk pastels, to charcoal, to graphite pencil, to coloured pencil, to oil pastel!

All you need to do is provide me with a few photographs of the person or animal you wish to be drawn (alternatively, if you don't have any photos and are in the Sussex area I can visit you and photograph the subject myself at an extra cost). Let me know what medium you'd like me to use and when you'd like it to be done by. Due to a high volume of work, commissions usually take about 6 weeks to be produced, however, if you need it earlier we can work something out and leave the rest to me!

I can add in, alter or remove details at your request. Artistic license is a great thing!

It's best to email me to discuss exactly what you would like and we can go from there.

Portraits Price Guide

6 x 9" - £100
7 x 10" - £120
9 x 12" - £150
12 x 16" - £225
14 x 19.5" - £300
19.5 x 27.5" - £400
Note: Prices listed are based on a bust (head and shoulders) portrait of one subject. Further subjects, full-body portraits, backgrounds etc. can be arranged for a bespoke price.

Payment plans are available - discuss with me and we can see what works with your budget.

Please contact the artist (details above).

Portrait of Horse – Red

Portrait of Horse – Red

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Jennifer Morris

Artist: Jennifer Morris

Portrait Of Horse- Red - Jennifer Morris - Equestrian and Pet Portraiture Artist - Sussex Art Gallery

Portrait of Horse – Red

Art Medium: Pastels on Standard Pastel Paper

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Jennifer Morris

Portraiture Artist - Pets and People

Phone: 07539 624 690
Please mention the Sussex Artists website
Email: jennifermorrisart@hotmail.com
Website: www.portraitsbyjennifermorris.com

Gallery Of Art

About The Artist

Jennifer is a 25 year-old self-taught portrait artist based in West Sussex. She recently completed a BSc Psychology with Neuroscience, however her life-long love of art has taken over and she is now successfully working full-time as an artist, working primarily with a mix of pastels and colour pencil.

Her usual subjects are dogs and horses, however she has also been commissioned to draw other pets, more exotic animals, people and the occasional building: she is always open to a challenge!

Jennifer has grown up around animals and has previously worked with both animals and people in emotional capacities. Thus in her art, she is particularly keen to observe and reproduce the emotion and life presented by both animals and humans and is often complimented on the expression and liveliness in the eyes of her subjects.

She does enjoy producing her own original works for sale and sometimes runs stalls at art and craft fairs, however generally, her commission-based work takes up all of her time: work which she finds incredibly rewarding. Her commissions usually come from the UK but the occasional international request does crop up and she is always happy to oblige.

She has three dogs and a horse, all of whom act as unending inspiration and a husband who is eternally patient with her long working hours and dedication to her work.

Painting Style

Jennifer's style has developed since some of the paintings on this site were published. To see her current style, please see the first 3 paintings on this site and her Facebook page.

Tuition

Jennifer now offers private tuition and is open to developing group lessons.

Portrait Commissions

Affordable yet realistic traditional portraits of your favourite pets - be it anything from horse to hound - or your loved ones in a variety of traditional tools to suit your needs. However you want it, when you want it!

The artwork can be produced in the medium of your choosing. I usually work with coloured chalk pastels as they produce a soft, warm effect which is perfect when representing your loved ones. Standard portrait sizes are 12 x 9" or 16 x 12" however, I can use any size paper and any medium from chalk pastels, to charcoal, to graphite pencil, to coloured pencil, to oil pastel!

All you need to do is provide me with a few photographs of the person or animal you wish to be drawn (alternatively, if you don't have any photos and are in the Sussex area I can visit you and photograph the subject myself at an extra cost). Let me know what medium you'd like me to use and when you'd like it to be done by. Due to a high volume of work, commissions usually take about 6 weeks to be produced, however, if you need it earlier we can work something out and leave the rest to me!

I can add in, alter or remove details at your request. Artistic license is a great thing!

It's best to email me to discuss exactly what you would like and we can go from there.

Portraits Price Guide

6 x 9" - £100
7 x 10" - £120
9 x 12" - £150
12 x 16" - £225
14 x 19.5" - £300
19.5 x 27.5" - £400
Note: Prices listed are based on a bust (head and shoulders) portrait of one subject. Further subjects, full-body portraits, backgrounds etc. can be arranged for a bespoke price.

Payment plans are available - discuss with me and we can see what works with your budget.

Please contact the artist (details above).