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Catherine Beale

Catherine has felt compelled to create personal portraits since school and began her professional artistic practice in Singapore in the 1990s. Fascinated with the challenge brought by our innate ability to detect the most subtle nuances in faces, she captures likeness in oils and watercolours, setting her subjects in dramatic one-directional light. Her exhibited portraits reference self-contained female subjects with a strong presence and this is helped by her choice of innovative surfaces such as ridged watercolour board and gessoed wooden panels. In 2013 Catherine’s oil portrait “The Butterfly House” won The Artist Editor’s Award at The Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition.

Catherine’s other passion is history and on arrival in Singapore, Catherine witnessed the demolition of swathes of intricate heritage buildings. Determined to document these before they disappeared, she developed a range of architectural studies which sold at exhibition and were printed for galleries, airports and hotels. Commissions followed, including a series of watercolours of the British High Commissioner’s Official Residence to mark it’s centenary, a painting of the former US Embassy building, The British Club and Reuters House, to name a few. Since her return to Bath, UK in 2006, she continues to capture portraits and the Regency City in her bright, tropical colour palette.

Catherine’s watercolour painting style has developed into a loose technique she calls “gravity painting”. Through this filter, her subjects have abstracted and merged in a controlled cascade of pigments. Incorporating minerals such as Hematite and Amethyst her paints merge and react to create her colour chemistry. She is a registered SAA tutor and enjoys teaching techniques across England and Wales to Art Societies, on weekend retreats and corporate away days.

Catherine Beale

Catherine has felt compelled to create personal portraits since school and began her professional artistic practice in Singapore in the 1990s. Fascinated with the challenge brought by our innate ability to detect the most subtle nuances in faces, she captures likeness in oils and watercolours, setting her subjects in dramatic one-directional light. Her exhibited portraits reference self-contained female subjects with a strong presence and this is helped by her choice of innovative surfaces such as ridged watercolour board and gessoed wooden panels. In 2013 Catherine’s oil portrait “The Butterfly House” won The Artist Editor’s Award at The Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition.

Catherine’s other passion is history and on arrival in Singapore, Catherine witnessed the demolition of swathes of intricate heritage buildings. Determined to document these before they disappeared, she developed a range of architectural studies which sold at exhibition and were printed for galleries, airports and hotels. Commissions followed, including a series of watercolours of the British High Commissioner’s Official Residence to mark it’s centenary, a painting of the former US Embassy building, The British Club and Reuters House, to name a few. Since her return to Bath, UK in 2006, she continues to capture portraits and the Regency City in her bright, tropical colour palette.

Catherine’s watercolour painting style has developed into a loose technique she calls “gravity painting”. Through this filter, her subjects have abstracted and merged in a controlled cascade of pigments. Incorporating minerals such as Hematite and Amethyst her paints merge and react to create her colour chemistry. She is a registered SAA tutor and enjoys teaching techniques across England and Wales to Art Societies, on weekend retreats and corporate away days.


Oil Painters

Hashim Akib

Working as an illustrator in the UK for over 15 years, Hashim gained valuable experience in developing a backbone of drawing, conceptual ideas and various painting techniques. His illustration client list varied from New Yorker magazine, newspapers such as The Times, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Time magazine, ad campaigns for Smirnoff, Esso and a stamp for The Royal Mail. Throughout his career Hashim has won many awards; including in 2009 the SAA (Society of All Artists) Artist of the Year, having won the Professional title in 2005 and 2007.

He worked with the art manufacturer Daler Rowney in their relaunch of the System 3 Acrylic range producing paintings for the ad campaign and demonstrating the versatility of the paint at various events and on live television. His first book entitled ‘Vibrant Acrylics’ was published by Search Press in 2012 which has now been translated into French, German, Italian and Dutch and includes a companion DVD of the same name. He has been featured in various art publications including The Artist, Pratique des Arts, Art of England and is a regularly contributor to the Artists and Illustrators magazine. More recently Hashim has been featured in a publication entitled ‘Painting in Acrylics; The Indispensable Guide’, Who’s, Who in Art and co authored ‘ Artists Painting Techniques’ published by Dorling Kindersley in 2016. A new book on ‘Painting Urban and Cityscapes’ will be available in 2017 published by Crowood Press.

Hashim Akib

Working as an illustrator in the UK for over 15 years, Hashim gained valuable experience in developing a backbone of drawing, conceptual ideas and various painting techniques. His illustration client list varied from New Yorker magazine, newspapers such as The Times, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Time magazine, ad campaigns for Smirnoff, Esso and a stamp for The Royal Mail. Throughout his career Hashim has won many awards; including in 2009 the SAA (Society of All Artists) Artist of the Year, having won the Professional title in 2005 and 2007.

He worked with the art manufacturer Daler Rowney in their relaunch of the System 3 Acrylic range producing paintings for the ad campaign and demonstrating the versatility of the paint at various events and on live television. His first book entitled ‘Vibrant Acrylics’ was published by Search Press in 2012 which has now been translated into French, German, Italian and Dutch and includes a companion DVD of the same name. He has been featured in various art publications including The Artist, Pratique des Arts, Art of England and is a regularly contributor to the Artists and Illustrators magazine. More recently Hashim has been featured in a publication entitled ‘Painting in Acrylics; The Indispensable Guide’, Who’s, Who in Art and co authored ‘ Artists Painting Techniques’ published by Dorling Kindersley in 2016. A new book on ‘Painting Urban and Cityscapes’ will be available in 2017 published by Crowood Press.


Mixed Media Artists

Caroline Pedler

Caroline is an Illustrator, artist and educator. She has exhibited and curated numerous shows around the UK and more recently been part of an illustration exhibition in Bologna, Italy.

She has illustrated over 50 children's picture books and worked with a variety of International clients over the past 20 years. Being a predominantly coedition iIllustrator, her books are in 27 different languages and sell all over the world. Her clients include Little Tiger Press, Sterling USA, Barnes & Noble, Hallmark, Sony, Tescos, Walmart, Scholastic, Parragon, Marks and Spencers, Readers Digest and Matalan.

Caroline Pedler

Caroline is an Illustrator, artist and educator. She has exhibited and curated numerous shows around the UK and more recently been part of an illustration exhibition in Bologna, Italy.

She has illustrated over 50 children's picture books and worked with a variety of International clients over the past 20 years. Being a predominantly coedition iIllustrator, her books are in 27 different languages and sell all over the world. Her clients include Little Tiger Press, Sterling USA, Barnes & Noble, Hallmark, Sony, Tescos, Walmart, Scholastic, Parragon, Marks and Spencers, Readers Digest and Matalan.


Jeremy Ford
Jeremy Ford

Various Artists & Makers

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