Four Seasons Art Exhibition

8th April – 10th June 2018

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 first exhibited at Exbury in April 2005 and have proven to be a bit hit.

The artists participating are the following:

Richard Tratt  SWLA  SBA

Richard Tratt. Common Blue and OrchidsRichard 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”.




Jake McGivern

Jake McGivernOriginally from Glasgow, now living in Burley, Jake has been turning for over 20 years. He has worked with several well known turners. He enjoys working with both native and exotic woods. He likes to incorporate spirit stains and acrylic paint effects in some of his work. As well as exhibiting with 4SA, Jake is a member of the Woodlanders art group based in Burley, and will be taking part in Hampshire open studios this summer.

Ann Squire,  A.S.E.A

Ann Squire. My Black BeautyAnn's favourite subjects are wildlife and horses, with forays into coastal scenes. Her preferred mediums are Pastel, Oil, & Acrylic.  In 2014 a painting selected and hung in the prestigious David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year was highly commended. In 2017, a painting of a Snow Leopard was awarded best oil painting by Ringwood Art Society.  She was the Amateur Wildlife Artist of the year 2006 and 2009 awarded by Wildscape magazine. In addition to 4SA,  Ann exhibits with the Society of Equestrian Art, The National Exhibition of Wildlife Art Liverpool and has had work selected and hung by The Pastel Society and The Society Women Artists London. email:  ebsite: 

 Marianna Kneller

Marianna Kneller ClareAfter studying Illustration and Design at Southampton College of Art, Marianna was Resident Artist at Exbury Gardens from 1980–2004. The R.H.S. awarded her their Gold Medal, the Grenfell Medals for Botanical Art, The Lindley Medal (Science) and she designed their Chelsea Flower Show Plate for 1994. David & Charles published her ‘Book of Rhododendrons’ 1995. Her new book ‘The Majical World of John Clare’ can be purchased and her original paintings viewed at this exhibition. Marianna is currently working on her new project ‘The Wild Flowers of John Clare.’

Hilary Tratt

Hilary Tratt Three EgretsHilary grew up in Devon, attended Dartington College of Arts and The Welsh College of Music and Drama. Moving to the New Forest in 1988, provided an endless source of visual inspiration. “Exploring the wilder parts of Britain has always been a passion and I very much enjoy the chance encounters with the animals and plants that live there. I try to capture the excitement of those meetings in my paintings. I’m particularly interested in birds and the intricate patterns of plant foliage.” Hilary works mainly in pen and ink and watercolour, and has exhibited at various galleries, including : Blackheath Art Society, New Forest Painters Exhibition, New Forest Centre, St.Barbe’s Museum and The Red House Museum.

Kate Bennett

Kate BennettHaving trained and then worked as a Textile Designer in London and New York over 20 years, I now spend my time painting and teaching. My work is loosely based on plant life concentrating on colour and balance. I enjoy pattern and the opportunities it gives me. I teach classes in my studio in Hampshire, at Marlborough Summer School and other day courses as a visiting tutor. I also take part in Hampshire Open Studios.I am proud to have been invited as guest artist by The Four Seasons for this exhibition.

Robin Moorcroft

Robin Moorcroft Muguet bRobin 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, which are then inked up to produce the final prints.  She also enjoys exploring more complex plant structures and compositions through the medium of lino cutting.

Joan Scott

Joan Scott Fishing BoatsJoan’s work is inspired by recollections of the local countryside and coast. To her, drawing is an important creative skill - sometimes the results are used as a basis for painting.  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. Joan has had a painting selected for the Southampton City Art Gallery Four Seasons Open Exhibition 2018.

Keith Pattison

Kieth Pattison La ConfluenceKeith is self-taught and has been painting and printmaking for over 30 years. Having spent many years in commerce, as a director of several medium size companies he retired early to paint full time. He is striving to move away from the purely representational and his recent works are very much a personal response to the landscape.  Most of his paintings are site specific although the ‘whereabouts’ are not immediately obvious; always keen to establish a ‘dialogue’ with the viewer, he hopes they raise as many questions as provide answers.  A warm welcome awaits all visitors to his studio in Hampshire where his most recent work and prints of earlier work are always available.

Cathy Beggs

Cathy Beggs Light in the ShadeCathy has lived in the New Forest most of her life and now lives near Lymington.  She has always loved drawing, wildlife and nature being her favourite subjects.  She enjoys using all mediums, pen and ink studies being the most enjoyable. She is a member of local art groups and enjoys exhibiting, and was delighted to win the best Acrylic painting for the second year at Ringwood Art Society.  Her paintings have been hung in St Barbe Museum Open Exhibition, Lymington; New Forest Open Exhibition, Lyndhurst; Red House Museum, Christchurch; Salisbury District Hospital and Hampshire Open Studios.

Cathy has illustrated two children’s books, written by fellow artist Barbara Rousseau, based on the theme of recycling, set in the locality of Exbury Gardens and the Beaulieu River. 

Barbara Rousseau

Barbara Rousseau LotusBarbara has had her paintings hung in many local exhibitions and her paintings have also been selected for exhibitions in London at both the Westminster and The Mall Galleries for the Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Society of Women Artists and the Pastel Society.  She was the SAA Artist of the Year in 2006 having won first place from over 4,000 entries. Barbara has a passion for the tactility and vibrancy of pastels.  Her subjects are gathered from extensive travels around the world.  She will paint anything that touches her heart.  She has written 2 little books for children. They are based on a theme of recycling plastic. The first 2 of the series, about the adventures of a plastic bag are set  in  Exbury Gardens and on the Beaulieu River.  She  teaches  private  lessons  on  a  one  to one basis to suit you.

‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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