The Art Pool is a collective of five Warwickshire artists, all of whom are members of LSA and two of whom have studios at East Lodge! they will be exhibiting at East Lodge during Warwickshire Open Studios Summer Event 2020.
Sonia was born in Stratford and studied Fine Art at Warwickshire College. Her abstract art has a contemplative quality. Through the interplay of different media i.e. photography, her aim is to express the spirituality of the world around her and challenge the observer with each piece using somewhat unorthodox techniques.
“I feel that I have begun a new journey of enlightenment and experimentation. Where it will eventually lead to is anyone’s guess, but along the way I hope to create expressive new art from my own perspective”.
Lynne has loved art all her life, growing up in an artistic family obviously inspired and helped her. After working in advertising as an Art Director for 12 years she is now able to live the dream and make art her career. She has called her business ‘This Is My Art And Soul’ because part of her soul goes into every piece she produces and equally the process of painting feeds her soul.
Lynne works mainly in acrylic and pastel but also mixed media, watercolour, pencil and photography. She has a diverse range of subjects from land and seascapes to abstracts, animals and murals. She is inspired by nature; big skies, wide open spaces and the lure of the horizon. The drama of contrasts, shapes and bold colours fill her paintings. And finding the abstract in the every day fascinates her, perhaps a slice through a tomato or a close up of a rock, she sees inspiration all over the place.
Lynne is passionate about the benefits of art for children. She teaches art classes in several Leamington Primary Schools, runs an art club and does private tutoring.
Born into a creative family, it was an easy decision to forgo the academic route in favour of the artistic path. Four years at Art College led to a BA Hons in Multi-Disciplinary Design, but then real life kept Jane busy until about ten years ago when a French neighbour enlisted her in an evening class and she discovered the joys of watercolour. Artistically, she had found her happy place. Jane loves the challenge of managing these slippery pigments, and the happy accidents that can occur, turning a picture into a painting.
Helen’s interest in making art began at School. She always looked forward to art lessons and felt that she had a good understanding of perspective and colour combinations.
Many years later whilst living in Pennsylvania she visited a Cezanne Exhibition in Philadelphia and fell in love with the bold colours, the mix of warm and cool colour combinations and was truly moved by the extraordinary affect that seeing these magnificent paintings had on her.
Fast forward to when she began to take her young son to nursery once a week whilst living in southern Spain, she joined an art group where she learned how to paint in watercolours. Several years later she moved to Leamington Spa and continued her artistic journey joining art groups at Warwickshire College, she did a painting class and a ceramics class, but realised after a year or so of ceramics that her heart belonged to painting. She studied under Neil Moore and James Fotheringhame.
Several more classes have taken her to Newlyn Art School where she was taught by Anthony Garret and Jack Davis and also up to Derbyshire’s Peak District learning under Lewis Noble. She also admires the work of Kurt Jackson and Joan Eardley. Her interest lies in free, expressive painting verging a little into the abstract.
Helen has a studio in East Lodge where she enjoys conversing with the other resident artists, other LSA members who call in and members of the public. Her studio also gives her the opportunity to sell her work to the public.
Caroline has called many places home, in the UK, America and Australia.
Each and every location leaves it’s own influence on her work. Wherever she lays her hat, she continues with her Art and Crafts journey by constantly learning from others. Be it through courses, workshops or even crafty friendships.
When living in Norfolk she organised, hosted and taught many craft courses on a wide and varied range of topics. She dabbled in creating craft projects for a Norfolk magazine and also organised and taught craft therapy sessions for the local NHS authority.
She has recently been working on more abstract pieces…