Meet the artists
Heidi was born in Taplow in 1966 and was encouraged to draw and paint by her draughtsman father and keen amateur artist grandmother. Study at the Berkshire College of Art & Design and Middlesex University led to a career in the fashion industry as a freelance textile and graphic designer, working for a number of High Street brands.
For the last ten years Heidi has concentrated on her painting. Moving back to Maidenhead in 2016 to live by Boulter’s Lock, she continues to be inspired by the River Thames to paint local landscapes.
Sarah Luton has been a landscape artist for many years. Her work is a celebration of the English countryside, portraying the deep-felt love of nature which she has had since childhood. Sarah studied graphic design at Bath Academy of Art, including three months at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Luzern Switzerland. After graduating, she worked in advertising before working as a freelance artist and musician.
Sarah is continuously inspired by nature, and paints landscapes en plein air where sometimes this becomes more dominant than the landscape itself. Recently she has been making studies of the Thames. She finds working from life challenging, especially in difficult weather conditions but believes the experience of direct observation including taking in the sounds and smells adds to capturing the atmosphere in the painting. Sometimes she completes a study in one go and for more complicated scenes she returns at the same time of day and as well as completing the painting in the studio. She works mainly in water mixable oil but sometimes watercolour. Sarah is equally passionate about painting and drawing portraits from life.
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Martin Dutton was born in 1948 and studied Graphic Design at Manchester College of Art. On leaving he worked in advertising then became a lecturer in art and design in further education before becoming head of student services and marketing.
His work is in watercolour and is inspired by landscape and buildings. Martin has been influenced by Stanley Spencer, Eric Ravilious, Andrew Wyeth and John Piper.
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Josie Clouting graduated with a Fine Art degree from Norwich University of the Arts in 2012 and has been exhibiting since. Recent shows include the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Wales Contemporary and The Peoples’ Landscape.
Drawing and painting outdoors are an important part of her practice. This gives a sense of immediacy and freedom which then informs her paintings created in the studio.
Through colour and mark making Josie hopes to express the feeling of being overwhelmed and humbled by a space in nature.
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Juliette Palmer was a long term resident of Cookham. She was an elected member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) and an invited honorary member of the Bucks Art Society.
Juliette drew and painted from early childhood and began to exhibit as a teenager. She was an annual prize-winner at art school in Essex gaining NDD, and ATD at the Institute of Education, London University.
In the 1950s she worked as an art teacher as a display designer and for a commercial art studio. In the 1960s and 70s she worked as a freelance children’s book illustrator, then designed wrote and illustrated six of her own books for children. She often used local scenes as reference for these illustrations with nearby farms and landscapes appearing in a number of books.
In later years, she painted almost entirely in watercolour exhibiting at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Royal Society of British Artists, The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the New English Art Club at the Mall Galleries, London. She won a number of major prizes and regularly opened up her house to visitors in the summer alongside her husband, photographer Dennis Palmer. Juliette died in 2015 leaving behind a large body of work. Her daughter Biddy and husband Dennis have kindly lent some of her books and a preparatory work for this exhibition.
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Kirsty Brooks grew up in Maidenhead before studying architectural glass and painting at Wimbledon School or Art and Edinburgh College of Art. She moved back to her home town in 2006 and works around Britain creating site-specific artworks for public spaces. Working collaboratively with architects and landscape architects, she creates large-scale pieces which reinforce a sense of place. Her process starts with archive research, community interactions and collage and final artworks are made in glass, metal and concrete. Kirsty uses photography, digital layering and screen-printing processes to create narrative and textural work which references the history of a site or its aesthetic qualities.
Current projects include a series of public artworks for a new village on the site of a Cold War American airbase in Oxfordshire and a series of external textural panels for the Bargate development in Southampton. In 2018 she was commissioned to research and develop ideas for design features and artworks for ‘The Landing’ with Studio Egret West. This is now awaiting the next stage of development.
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Beryl Tilley grew up on a farm in rural Norfolk. She travelled widely and lived in South America with her family before settling in Maidenhead in the 1960s. She worked for many years as a teacher and head teacher, in Maidenhead, Waltham St Lawrence and Windsor whilst working as an artist. She was later able to concentrate full time on her weaving, painting and printing and was a member of Oxford Printmakers for many years. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday and still works and lives in Maidenhead.
Born in London Jo cannot remember life without drawing or without the excitement of living near the Thames. Being an inquisitive youngster led to a scientific training at Exeter University and a PhD at Imperial College, London, followed by a career as a Biologist in the water industry. However, all spare time was devoted to drawing and experimenting with colour. In 1990 with encouragement from Berkshire School of Art, Jo was accepted as a member of the Association of Illustrators. Commissions from advertising, magazines, and corporate and private clients followed.
Jo Hall finds inspiration in the natural world and in the changing face of the land and of cities, especially London. Sometimes these subjects spark a more imaginative or abstract approach. With a great interest in drawing, Jo is also available to tutor a variety of short courses and workshops.