Jo Beal is a Wiltshire based artist who works from her loft studio and is inspired by the countryside, people, places and life here in the UK or on travels abroad. In 2015 she purposefully reconnected with her own creative interests, primarily through drawing. Jo loves to draw from observation and to reflect on and capture daily life through her Drawing Diaries.
Jo runs workshops in a range of settings, and online, supporting others to draw through building confidence, teaching new skills and techniques and encouraging a personal exploration and enjoyment of drawing. In contrast she makes carefully observed botanical studies, seeking to capture and emphasise colour, texture and shape. Jo drew from nature 'almost' every day of the year in her 2018 Drawing Diary.
Jo trained at Chelsea School of Art achieving a BA (Hons) Public Art/Art for Architecture. She has worked on an array of arts projects, from starting out as a volunteer on a community sculpture project in Cumbria to working as an Artist and Project Manager with renowned outdoor arts.
Artist and Illustrator
Sophie E Tallis is a local artist & illustrator who works from her home studio near Wotton. She has been a professional artist for over twenty years, since her BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree in the 1990’s, specialising in figurative art and portraiture.
As an illustrator she has worked for HarperCollins, Random House & Penguin among other publishers and has had her hand drawn pen & ink illustrations sold around the world.
Sophie has twice been shortlisted as ‘Best Artist’ in the national British Fantasy Awards in 2018 & 2019 and was chosen as an Artist-in-Residence for Oxford University, producing all the illustration artwork for an innovative new card game, Mycelium.
Sophie describes her artwork as detailed, emotive and whimsical and is inspired by her profound love of nature.
Warren Sealey is a classically trained artist. He began his training in Toronto Canada at the Academy of realist art before moving to Florence Italy where he studied at Angel Academy, Charles Cecil studios and with American painter Rebecca Harp.
Since returning to his home city of Bristol in 2007 Warren has been busy painting for various exhibitions and galleries as well as painting portrait commissions.
Warren works in watercolour, oil and pastel. He teaches group and private classes and has given painting demonstrations to art groups all over the South West.
Rita has many years of experience teaching drawing and painting to adults and is a practising artist. During 2019 she had a successful solo exhibition at Ruskin Mill in Nailsworth and participated in the Severn Vale and Tyndale Art Trails.
Originally trained in printed textile design and fine print at Manchester Polytechnic and she is currently specialising in watercolour painting, mixed media and drawing. Particular interested in colour pattern and texture, as found in landscape, plants and natural forms.
Rita is a qualified tutor with many years’ experience teaching art to adults including oil painting, printmaking, batik, fabric printing, surface pattern design, drawing, watercolour painting and mixed media.