In Between Iris and Bee Oil  Painting – Claire Harrison Sussex Art Gallery

In Between Iris and Bee Oil Painting – Claire Harrison Sussex Art Gallery

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Claire Harrison

Artist: Claire Harrison

In Between Iris and Bee Oil Painting - Claire Harrison Sussex Art Gallery

In Between #3

When we walk in the landscape we see what is in the distance, we rarely observe what is below our feet. In this painting I wanted to show the beautiful expanse of landscape, in this piece, inspired by the Devil’s Punchbowl in Hindhead. In contrast, Irises are right by your feet, with the honey bee flitting around collecting pollen. There is a tiny microscopic world all around that we do not see but which is vital to the environment.

This painting is part of the ‘Exploring the Miniscule’ series, a body of work which has been inspired by spending hours studying the tiny flowers and insects through photography and intricate drawings in my sketchbook.

Image Size: 60cm x 90cm / 23.5″ x 35.5″
Art Medium: Oil on Board
Painting Price: Original – £2,950 Limited Edition Print – £90

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.

Sunflowers Oil Painting – West Sussex Artist and Surrey and Sussex Art Tutor Claire Harrison

Sunflowers Oil Painting – West Sussex Artist and Surrey and Sussex Art Tutor Claire Harrison

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Claire Harrison

Artist: Claire Harrison

Sunflowers Oil Painting - West Sussex Artist Claire Harrison

Sunflowers

This painting is all about the twisting forms the petals create as Sunflowers die.

The painting shows three Sunflowers in the different stages of life, from a bud just opening, to the fully open to the bloom that is fully over and its petals hang forward.
The colours are inspired by an article I read about the insects that see plants in UV light, turning the sepals turquoise and the petals pinky magenta.

The ‘Fading Blooms’ series is not about the sadness of a dying flower but the hope that it gives, because dying flowers form seeds and seeds create new plants and new life.

Image Size: 120cm x 70cm / 47″ x 27.5″
Art Medium: Oil on Board
Painting Price: Original – £3750.00 Limited Edition Print – £90.00

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.

Longing – Claudine Péronne – Sussex Artists – Drawings in Pastel and Watercolour Pencil – Shoreham Gallery

Longing – Claudine Péronne – Sussex Artists – Drawings in Pastel and Watercolour Pencil – Shoreham Gallery

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Claudine Péronne

Artist: Claudine Péronne

Longing - Claudine Péronne - Sussex Artists - Drawings in Pastel and Watercolour Pencil - Shoreham Gallery

Longing

Art Medium: Pastel and Watercolour Pencil Drawing
Image Size: 30cm x 42cm
Original Artwork £130
A4 Prints and Greeting Cards available
Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Claudine Péronne

Drawings in Pastel and Watercolour Pencil and Art on Shells

Please mention the Sussex Artists website

Phone: 01903 232648

Mobile: 07904690030

Email: claudineperonne@talktalk.net

Website: claudinesart.co.uk

Gallery Of Art

About The Artist

I am a French artist based in Worthing, West Sussex.

I draw the inner life – the invisible world of dreams, feelings and inner experiences. Some of my images come to me in dreams and others appear in waking life. My artwork is about inner listening and perceiving and giving form to fleeting images, which seem to belong to the life of a mysterious, invisible reality which I cannot express with ordinary language. My art images tell the story of my inner journey and for me, form a bridge between the inner world and the outer world.

I use watercolour pencils, soft pastels and ink to give form to the ‘unseen‘ and occasionally clay. Since Summer 2012, I have been using new media for my art and images: Sea shells and small pebbles, which I collect from Worthing beach and the banks of the River Adur in Shoreham-by-Sea.

If you have any questions about the images displayed in the galleries or would like more information about the artwork for sale or about my work in general, please contact me.

Art Group / Exhibitions

My painted shells and some of my small framed pictures are displayed at the Shoreham Gallery and at Inspired by the Sea shop (near Worthing Pier) all year round. I regularly take part in local exhibitions and arts events. You can find details of current and future arts events on my Website.

I am a member of the West Sussex Art Society and the Shoreham Gallery.

Herstmonceux Castle, Near Hailsham, East Sussex – Watercolour – East Sussex Artist Dave Styles – Sussex Artists Gallery

Herstmonceux Castle, Near Hailsham, East Sussex – Watercolour – East Sussex Artist Dave Styles – Sussex Artists Gallery

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Dave Styles

Herstmonceux Castle, Near Hailsham, East Sussex - Watercolour - East Sussex Artist Dave Styles - Sussex Artists Gallery

Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex

Image Size: 14″ x 10″
Mounted in a 20″ x 16″ frame
Art Medium: Watercolour
Framed Painting For Sale: £130 including p&p

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Dave Styles

Watercolour and Acrylic Artist

Phone: 01323 482 661

Please mention the Sussex Artists website

Email: DaveStyles1@aol.com

Website: davestylesart.weebly.com

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About The Artist

I am a self-taught artist, painting for over10 years. I enjoy working in both watercolour, and more recently, acrylics. I tend, being primarily a watercolour artist, to use similar techniques when painting in acrylics and enjoy the boldness of their colours and the vibrancy they produce. I have no formal artistic training, but merely took up the brush when diagnosed with an illness which incapacitated me for a time. I enjoy painting local scenes in watercolour, but most of my acrylics come from the brush itself.

Art Groups

Not currently a member of a Sussex Art Society

The Shell Garden, Ink and Mixed Media Collage – East Sussex Artist Nichola Campbell – Collages – Sussex Artists Gallery

The Shell Garden, Ink and Mixed Media Collage – East Sussex Artist Nichola Campbell – Collages – Sussex Artists Gallery

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Nichola Campbell

Artist: Nichola Campbell

The Shell Garden, Ink and Mixed Media Collage - East Sussex Artist Nichola Campbell - Collages - Sussex Artists Gallery

The Shell Garden

Image Size: 57cm x 58cm
Art Medium: Ink and Mixed Media Collage
Painting Price: Please contact the Artist

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Nichola Campbell

Artist based near Lewes in East Sussex

Ink Landscapes and Seascapes, Framescapes and Ink and Mixed Media Collage

Please mention the Sussex Artists website

Email: nichola.campbell.art@gmail.com

Website: nicholacampbell.art

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About The Artist

I am an Ink Painter based near Lewes, East Sussex. Most recently, I have specialised in Landscapes and Seascapes, inspired by the downland, forests and coastline of Sussex, but I am also a Collage Artist, producing Ink and Mixed Media Collages of nature’s treasures (flowers, fruit and shells).

Working from my studio, I create Ink Paintings and Collages that convey my appreciation for the natural world. Inspired by the outstanding environment of Sussex and everyday natural 'treasures', my work depicts the local downland, forests and coastline and the shapes and patterns in flowers, fruit and shells. With lightfast inks, my paintings evolve using expressive, gestural brushstrokes and marks at my studio table, or working off the floor. I absolutely love using inks for their rich, sparkling colours - whether that’s with a brush, a blob or with a splatter and I continue to grow with every discovery.

Originally from Brighton, I studied at Eastbourne College of Art and Brighton Polytechnic/University (BA Illustration) in the late 1980’s and after a complete artistic break, I returned to painting in 2013 when I came back to live in Sussex.

My work can be divided into collections, each of which is quite unique and distinctive. My most recent series of work being my Framescapes in which the painting spills out onto and over the sides of the wood frame, making these as much 3-D artworks as as they are 2-D paintings. My wood panels series is a collection of atmospheric paintings of imagined places, but inspired by living in Sussex. My decorative collages are a series of mixed media artworks, in which I use my ink paintings and decorative papers as the means of telling a story.

Art Group / Exhibitions

I have been a member of the Chalk Gallery, artist-run cooperative in Lewes since 2016 and was its Chairperson 2019-2020. As well as being part of the Chalk community, I regularly participate in shows and exhibitions in and around Sussex and occasionally run Workshops on Collage.