The Four Seasons Artists group will once again be in residence at the Five Arrows Gallery during the spring season for visitors to enjoy their work. The group, headed by local artist Marianna Kneller, first exhibited at Exbury in April 2005 and have proven to be a bit hit.
The artists participating are the following:
Is the founder member of the Society of Botanical Artists. Marianna was resident artist at Exbury Gardens from 1980-2004 and is known for her paintings of the Species Rhododendrons from the Rothschild Collection of Rhododendrons published by David & Charles. The R.H.S. awarded her their gold medal, The Grenfell Medals for Botanical Art and the Lindley Medal. Last year her exquisitely fully illustrated book "The Majical World of John Clare- A Personal selection from his writings and poetry was published. John Clare was born in Northamptonshire 1793 and is considered to be England's finest Natural History Poet.
Ann Squire, A.S.E.A
Ann is a Wildlife and Equestrian artist living in Hampshire, she paints mainly in Oil and Pastel and loves to paint the effects of light on her subjects, from the shine on the coat of a black cat to the reflected light on a white horse. She has exhibited in London, at the prestigious Pastel Society, The Society of Women Artists, The David Shepherd Wildlife Art Society and the Society of Equestrian Art.
Richard Tratt SWLA SBA
Richard has an international following as a landscape painter and has shown work in London exhibitions including the Royal Academy. He paints mainly in Oils on canvas and often incorporates a wildlife element into his compositions. He is a member of the prestigious “Society of Botanical Artists” and the “Society of Wildlife Artists”
Hilary works mainly in pen and ink and watercolour and is particularly interested in portraying small creatures, especially birds and the intricate patterns of plants.
Joan’s love of colour and texture is evident in her mixed media paintings - she paints what she feels rather than what she sees, letting the painting lead the way so its creation becomes a journey of discovery until the final image emerges.
Living for the last 30 years in the New Forest, my passion for painting the landscape has never diminished and has if possible increased year on year. I tend to work out on site to capture the immediacy of the moment with pastels and watercolour and then using those sketches either finish them back in the studio or use them as reference for larger Paintings. Working outside helps me I hope, capture “that” moment of light, colour and time.
Jake was born and raised in Glasgow. He has been woodturning for over 16 years,and has worked with several well known British turners. Living in the New Forest, he is inspired by native woods, but equally enjoys working with exotic timber. His interesting use of spirit stains is becoming his trade mark. As well as exhibiting with 4SA,he is a member of The Woodlanders art group based in Burley.
Keith paints mainly in acrylics and oils, and his work is very much a personal response to the landscape; certainly not literal but much more expressive through the use of abstraction and heightened colour.
Eileen McGeown studied Fine Art in the North of England in the late 70s early 80s. She teaches art to mature students in Chandlers Ford. Eileen works mainly in watercolour, mixed media and acrylics and has a keen interest in colour, light and pattern. Her works are bright and airy and mainly still life at present but has been known to paint the natural world and the occasional portrait.
Since retiring from teaching, Mary has exhibited annually in London with the Society of Botanical Artists and the Royal Horticultural Society. Her work was bought by the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in the USA and The Shirley Sherwood collection of Contemporary Botanical Artists in the UK. She is a member of the SBA and the SFP and teaches workshops in botanical painting.
Robin is a fine art printmaker specialising in original, hand inked, limited edition prints. She draws her main inspiration from the world of plants and often uses natural materials to print from directly or to create collagraph blocks, from which the final prints are then taken. She also enjoys exploring more complex plant structures and compositions through the medium of lino cutting, from which the final prints are then taken.