Wild Flower Meadow – Nature Art Gallery

Wild Flower Meadow – Nature Art Gallery

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Carole Rupniak
(Cowfold, West Sussex)

Artist: Carole Rupniak
(Cowfold, West Sussex)

Wild Flower Meadow - Nature Art Gallery
Original Oil Painting on Canvas from The Botanical Art Series (includes Woodland Flora and Fauna)
Frame: 22″ X 22″ pale lilac-grey bespoke solid wood floating frame
Painting Price: £550

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Carole Rupniak

Cowfold, West Sussex

Paintings in Oils, Acrylics & Other Mediums

Phone: 07805 588 730

Please mention the Sussex Artists website

Email: art@carolerupniak.com

Web: www.carolerupniak.com

About The Artist

Carole lives in rural West Sussex, near Horsham, painting full time and privileged to be surrounded by beautiful countryside. She grew up in the foothills of the South Downs National Park in Lewes, East Sussex so being outdoors in all weathers is ingrained and inspirational for her work.

In between commissions, Carole paints landscapes, seascapes, and botanicals in either a contemporary or a realistic style. She also paints semi-abstract landscape impressions inspired by caves, woodlands and forests.

Carole exhibits her work independently, in galleries and within groups and holds an open studio via the Horsham Artists Art Trail every year.

Art Groups / Art Societies

I am a member of Horsham Artists and a member of The Association of Sussex Artists 

Brighton Pavilion – Reflection – Acrylic Painting – West Sussex Landscape Artist Glen Smith

Brighton Pavilion – Reflection – Acrylic Painting – West Sussex Landscape Artist Glen Smith

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Glen Smith

Artist: Glen Smith

Bognor Rocks - Aldwick Beach - West Sussex Artist Glen Smith

Brighton Pavillion

Famous, West Sussex Landmark

Image Size: 25cm x 35cm
Art Medium: Acrylic on Watercolour Paper
Original Painting: Sold

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Glen Smith

Landscape Artist
Acrylics

Phone: 07763 235200

Please mention the Sussex Artists website

Email: enquiries@glenrsmith.co.uk

Website: sussexlandscapeart.co.uk

Gallery Of Art

About The Artist

A self taught artist, Glen has painted and drawn from an early age. He has gained inspiration from the natural landscape; wide open spaces, coast, moorlands and the Downs. Glen enjoys sketching and painting places which he visited as a child and more recently with his own family.

Working mainly in acrylics, Glen seeks to capture atmosphere, mood and light in his paintings. His style is meticulously detailed and this is achieved through a combination of accurate drawing skills, followed by overpainting using pallet knife work and base colours to influence the layers above.

'Please feel free to contact me should you like any further information, buy a piece or wish to commission a painting of your favourite place.'

Art Groups

Chichester Art Society and The Royal Society of Marine Artists.

Exhibitions

Halpern Gallery Summer Exhibition 2019 Chatham, Kent, ME4 4BP UK • 2 – 27 August 2019

The Stables Theatre & Gallery – Ups And Downs Exhibition 2018 The Bourne, Hastings East Sussex • 26 Mar – 26 May 2018

Twitter Art Exhibit 2018
Strathnairn Arts Gallery, Canberra, Australia • 7 – 29 April 2018

Chichester Art Society Annual Exhibition 2017
The Oxmarket, Chichester • 20 June – 2 July 2017

Twitter Art Exhibit 2017
ArtsHouse Stratford upon Avon, UK • 1 – 19 April 2017

Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition 2016
The Mall Galleries, London SW1 28 Sept – 8 Oct 2016

Chichester Art Society Annual Exhibition 2016
The Oxmarket, Chichester • 14 – 26 June
Visitors favourite exhibition piece – voted first and second place

Twitter Art Exhibit 2016
Trygve Lie Gallery, New York • 31 Mar – 21 April 2016

Great Saucelands, Ardingly, Sussex – Glen Smith Landscape Artist – Sussex Art Gallery

Great Saucelands, Ardingly, Sussex – Glen Smith Landscape Artist – Sussex Art Gallery

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Glen Smith

Great Saucelands, Ardingly, Sussex - Glen Smith - Sussex Art Gallery

Great Saucelands – Ardingly, West Sussex

A commissioned painting. Formerly a farmhouse dating back to 1580 and located
within the grounds of Ardingly College, West Sussex.

Image Size: 60cm x 40cm
Art Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Original Painting: Sold

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Glen Smith

Landscape Artist
Acrylics

Phone: 07763 235200

Please mention the Sussex Artists website

Email: enquiries@glenrsmith.co.uk

Website: sussexlandscapeart.co.uk

Gallery Of Art

About The Artist

A self taught artist, Glen has painted and drawn from an early age. He has gained inspiration from the natural landscape; wide open spaces, coast, moorlands and the Downs. Glen enjoys sketching and painting places which he visited as a child and more recently with his own family.

Working mainly in acrylics, Glen seeks to capture atmosphere, mood and light in his paintings. His style is meticulously detailed and this is achieved through a combination of accurate drawing skills, followed by overpainting using pallet knife work and base colours to influence the layers above.

'Please feel free to contact me should you like any further information, buy a piece or wish to commission a painting of your favourite place.'

Art Groups

Chichester Art Society and The Royal Society of Marine Artists.

Exhibitions

Halpern Gallery Summer Exhibition 2019 Chatham, Kent, ME4 4BP UK • 2 – 27 August 2019

The Stables Theatre & Gallery – Ups And Downs Exhibition 2018 The Bourne, Hastings East Sussex • 26 Mar – 26 May 2018

Twitter Art Exhibit 2018
Strathnairn Arts Gallery, Canberra, Australia • 7 – 29 April 2018

Chichester Art Society Annual Exhibition 2017
The Oxmarket, Chichester • 20 June – 2 July 2017

Twitter Art Exhibit 2017
ArtsHouse Stratford upon Avon, UK • 1 – 19 April 2017

Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition 2016
The Mall Galleries, London SW1 28 Sept – 8 Oct 2016

Chichester Art Society Annual Exhibition 2016
The Oxmarket, Chichester • 14 – 26 June
Visitors favourite exhibition piece – voted first and second place

Twitter Art Exhibit 2016
Trygve Lie Gallery, New York • 31 Mar – 21 April 2016

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.