Cotswold Art Club

Cheltenham Est.1931 Gloucestershire

Artists Profiles

Martin Bowden

Martin Bowden

President

I trained as an economist at university and after a short period in the commercial world taught at a local public school for thirty-five years teaching among other subjects History of Art to sixth formers. As I approached retirement I began to paint concentrating on watercolours. Artists who have inspired me are J M W Turner, Edward Seago, Aubrey Phillips and John Palmer.

I look for a loose spontaneous feel in my work and I often use pen and pastel in my watercolour paintings.

I have been a member of the CAC for some fifteen years.


Valerie Currie

Treasurer

I have always been keen on drawing and painting, and started off with oils. In my fifties, while staying with a friend I read a book on painting loosely with watercolor and it looked so exciting that I decided to change. I liked doing it because you never quite knew what was going to happen, and sometimes, quite accidentally, it turned into a “masterpiece”. I haven’t returned to oils yet, but am considering a change of direction soon.

Debby Hooper

Debby Hooper

Exhibitions Organiser

I started painting in 2004 in Watercolour, when I joined an Art Group at my local village Hall, having not painted or drawn anything since my schooldays (many years ago!).

I quickly realised that pastels were my preferred medium and I was taught the basics in landscape painting, by the tutor.  I soon found that animals were my forte and have since painted hundreds of dogs, cats, wildlife etc. I love all animals, especially dogs, so I never tire of painting them.

I paint on (pastel) sandpaper and also velour and use soft pastels as a base and pastel pencils to add detail, as I’ve found that gives a more realistic look.  I have had no formal training and have developed my own style over the last few years.

I exhibit at the Cheltenham Art in the Park Exhibition every year and I am a member of the committee.  I also exhibit with The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI) in Gloucester. I have  been a member of the Cotswold Art Club since 2007 and took on the role of Exhibitions Organiser soon after.

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