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Each June David stages an exhibition in conjunction with Surrey Artists Open Studios at his home, studio and six acres of lawns and wooded grounds in Haslemere.  It is called ‘Art & Soul’.  He brings together 20 or more artists and curates an exciting exhibition of sculpture and paintings – over 100 pieces of art to suit all tastes are on show and for sale.  The show has become very popular, with over 700 visitors from all over the South of England.  Entry is free.

‘Art & Soul’ Exhibition

Featured Artists for 2020

Alison Orchard

Alison paints directly from the landscape, both at home and along the Cornish coastline. These initial experiences inspire the large gestural paintings created in her Hampshire studio. Alison’s curiosity with layered surfaces and marks has led her to explore various media - painting with oil or acrylics and more recently encaustic wax. Her paintings have vitality, with a play of light built from layers of textures and atmospheric glazed colour.

'Secret Cove' by Alison Orchard

'Secret Cove' by Alison Orchard

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Carol Orwin

Carol’s work has vibrancy, excitement and a sense of fun. She works on all scales up double life sized. She trained at St Martin’s School of Art under Sir Anthony Caro and Phillip King. Carol now has a studio at her home in Guildford Surrey. As she says: “I am passionately interested in the muscular form, movement, and power of the animals that I model. I aim to catch their vitality, nature and personality without compromising the anatomical integrity of the sculpture.”

'Mad March' by Carol Orwin

'Mad March' by Carol Orwin

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Dawn Conn

International sculptor, Dawn Conn merges memory, wonder and joy. Each sculpture has its own narrative and emotional connection that touches the free spirit in us, most often through memories of childhood. She is drawn to the times when we lived and played in our own imagination: dressing up, making huts and castles or sometimes just quietly inventing our own worlds. Dawn's work is essentially figurative and rooted in human connections. She aims to evoke the moment - the energy, the glee, our curiosity, the tenderness in our hearts.

'Girl with Bird' by Dawn Conn

'Girl with Bird' by Dawn Conn

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Fiona Pearce

Born in Guildford, Fiona studied Art at the College of Art and Design in Farnham. She works mainly in acrylic, applying thick layers with credit cards, fingers and occasionally a brush, in her studio in Hampshire. Her work is inspired by the beautiful local countryside where she walks daily with her dog; but her love of colours and use of space on the canvas is what excites her most about painting. Fiona sees the world in a geometric format, breaking down images into shapes before translating that on to canvas.

'Bluebells' by Fiona Pearce

'Bluebells' by Fiona Pearce

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Greg Pearson

Greg is based in Effingham in Surrey. Brought up in an influential design and art family setting, he has grown a passion for abstract shapes and natural forms. He now creates unique garden and outdoor features working almost exclusively in metal – mostly steel. He says, ‘I seek inspiration from all types of gardens and settings, and favour the idea of using single lengths of material to create sculptures with unique, thought-provoking shapes and forms, not purposely based on any existing flower or plant. All of my sculptures are completely handmade, cold hand bent and shaped by eye; no former is used. This means all pieces are unique and have a natural, organic feel.’

'Twister' by Greg Pearson

'Twister' by Greg Pearson

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Hilary Dancer

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Jonathan Hateley

Having created props for the musical The Phantom of the Opera and the English National Opera, Jonathan sculpted for TV and film. In 2003 he began creating his own work, thus turning his passion into a new career. All aspects of the natural world inspire Jonathan. Working in clay, he enjoys the challenge of creating from both the real and imagined. Through his close observation and manipulation of materials, Jonathan creates detail and texture or surface bas-relief on his sculptures, which are hand finished and painted to accentuate the relief. Working from his studio in Kent, Jonathan’s work has been exhibited widely, both in the UK and Internationally.

'Faith' by Jonathan Hateley

'Faith' by Jonathan Hateley

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Juliet Scott

Juliet is a Hampshire-based artist whose unique style uses elegant lines and curves to capture elements from everyday life. She studied for several years under internationally renowned sculptor Les Johnson. She works mainly in clay, producing original pieces on commission or in limited editions. These are moulded and cast either in bronze, aluminium, copper, iron or other resins, or cast in foundry bronze. Juliet says, ‘I work mainly in clay and strive to capture the character and personality of the animals I sculpt. I also enjoy sculpting the female form in clay or in wax. I am inspired by the elegance of the Art Deco period. I aim to produce a sculpture whose graceful lines and form will be pleasing to the eye.’

'Storm' by Juliet Scott

'Storm' by Juliet Scott

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Kate Viner

Kate is a professional sculptor who works with a diverse range of materials and techniques; steel, bronze, plastics, clay, welding, carving, modelling and casting. Kate is interested in shared human concerns which she approaches both abstractly and figuratively stating that both treatments mirror and feed each other. Commissioned to create a number of large scale public works, Kate has won awards and exhibited widely. She has recently completed a design commission in collaboration with prominent London fashion brand Lisou. She says, ‘Contemplative figurative art, more than ever, resonates today in our complex, noisy, world.’

'Balance' by Kate Viner

'Balance' by Kate Viner

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Laura Jane Wylder

'Primarily inspired by a passion for dancing, and ballet in particular, in my figurative sculpture I’m driven to capture the liberating and almost meditative experience of being completely absorbed in the moment. Finding and celebrating inner peace became important to me when I stopped dancing; I hope the simple organic curves and peaceful nature of my sculptures will offer the viewer a sense of perspective, and serve as a reminder to appreciate and revel in the wonderful world around them.' Laura Jane's collection of elegant contemporary bronze and stone sculptures ranges from small tabletop to impressive life size pieces for the garden.

'Together' by Laura Jane Wylder

'Together' by Laura Jane Wylder

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Lou Sainty

Lou runs ‘The Creative Studio’ which showcases her portfolio of sculptures and specialist bespoke, conservation framing. She is passionate about nature, taking inspiration from the stunning natural world around us. Her work is often full of intricate detail and precise forms, replicating the myriad textures, shapes and contours of local flora and fauna. She says, ‘I’m blessed living in the New Forest with all the stunning landscapes, beautiful animals and diverse plant-life - it’s a true sanctuary and is where my inner-sunshine comes from. I try to create sculptures that people can relate to or that have a story behind them – it’s important for me that there’s some kind of connection between myself and the viewer.’

'Seahorse' by Lou Sainty

'Seahorse' by Lou Sainty

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Lynn Warren

Abstract, rather than representational, Lynn’s work is often inspired by natural forms, whether plant, mineral or human. Much of it assumes varying degrees of human gesture and emotion, while other forms have grown more organically. She also enjoys the challenge of injecting life and strength into simple, mathematical forms, such as the mobius. All her sculptures tend to be about mood and movement, with strong, dramatic shapes. These can sometimes be resonant of earlier 20th century traditions but with a lighter, more modern twist and uplifting energy.

'From Within' by Lynn Warren

'From Within' by Lynn Warren

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Marie Boyle

Originally from Dublin, Marie now lives and works in Buckinghamshire. She sculpts in clay and casts in bronze and resin. A figurative artist, she loves athletic form, dance, yoga, balance, embrace etc. Her influences are wide, including the Renaissance greats, Rodin, the indomitable Richard McDonald and the incomparable Lorenzo Quinn. Marie’s work can be seen at T5 Gallery, Heathrow and she has work in private collections in many parts of the world thanks to the airport connection. Marie says, ‘I came into sculpture quite late in life and felt an instant sense of purpose, meaning and gratitude. Although essentially self taught and approaching the autumn of my life, I know this is what I am supposed to do. How lucky am I? I’m forever indebted to you, Universe, for my daily shot of joy!’

'Handstand' by Marie Boyle

'Handstand' by Marie Boyle

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Miles Flint

By the time he was ten years old, Miles had lived in five countries. After school he travelled in the Himalayas before learning Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. This led on to studying in China. His subsequent business career took him to every continent except Antarctica. A camera often went along too, but it was only in 2011 that he decided to make photography his main line of work. As he says, ‘It has been more challenging but also more rewarding than I ever imagined!’ Miles’ work is held in the permanent collection of the Falmouth Art Gallery in Cornwall and in a number of private collections.

'Portscatho' by Miles Flint

'Portscatho' by Miles Flint

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Nicola Godden

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Paul Harvey

Paul has sold work all over the world as well as to the Royal family and has exhibited at Chelsea flower show on many occasions. His studio is set in the middle of the Hampshire countryside in Burghclere on the edge of a half acre pond/lake which, over the past ten years he with his wife have encouraged as many of the birds he sculpts to visit. His other great interest is Art Deco, and it is this that he combines in varying degrees in the work, finding the clean lines of Art deco lending themselves perfectly to the aerodynamics of birds.

'Terns' by Paul Harvey

'Terns' by Paul Harvey

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Rob Ritchie

From a very young age, Rob had an interest in art and was always painting and drawing. He became a professional artist in 1993 and relocated from London to Herefordshire in 2003. Rob is completely self-taught, preferring to work in oils, using the techniques of the Old Masters and specialising in still life. He has developed a very successful career, with galleries eager to represent his work and receiving awards from London galleries, the Royal Miniature Society, the Hilliard Society of Miniaturists and the Florida Miniature Art Society, with his work being purchased by the Hilliard Society for their permanent collection.

'Yellow plums in bowl' by Rob Ritchie

'Yellow plums in bowl' by Rob Ritchie

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Ronan Walsh

Born in Tyrone, N.Ireland, Ronan now lives in London. He works predominantly in pencil and acrylic as an exploration of people. The subject matter of each piece determines the materials and the forms of the work. Usually stripped of external reference, he aims to let the subject be the central focus, capturing a circumstance, reaction, or identity whilst revealing an alternative impression of that person. He aims to provoke intrigue. As he puts it, ‘I think of my works as a study of human expression - a visual portrayal of how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us. I aim to reveal that split second when something alters the status quo.’

'Swish' by Ronan Walsh

'Swish' by Ronan Walsh

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Simon Hempsell

Born in Yorkshire, Simon studied graphics and photography at Sheffield Polytechnic, moving to the south coast in the 90’s, working for many years as a designer and photographer. His sculptures are curvaceous, charmingly simple, almost two dimensional, which probably reflects his training and belief in the ‘less is more’ approach. Most pieces are crafted from sheet steel and stainless steel. He is particularly fond of the rich warm hues that you get with the more natural rusted finish with pieces being left to oxidise naturally, a process that highlights the intrinsic beauty of the material as the finish evolves with time.

'Braganca' by Simon Hempsell

'Braganca' by Simon Hempsell

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Simon Probyn

Simon Probyn is a sculptor who works using heavy industrial steel. Based in rural Herefordshire, he creates abstract and figurative works of art from both found and new material. He takes man-made architectural steel designs and lets them subtly dictate a new purpose. Simon came late to sculpting having spent 30 years in unrelated employment. Over the last six years he has been able to focus his full attention on sculpture and he has been successful in creating highly original artworks, some of which have featured in award winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens.

'Pebbles' by Simon Probyn

'Pebbles' by Simon Probyn

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Sonya Vine

Haslemere-based artist, Sonya Vine, paints mainly in oils. Her clever use of light and shadow captures the mood of time and place, bringing her subjects to life. She is inspired by sunny days, long shadows and snapshots of everyday living. She produces nostalgic paintings of childhood, silhouettes on beaches and people meandering through the local landscape.

'West Wittering Waders' by Sonya VIne

'West Wittering Waders' by Sonya VIne

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Veronica Dance

Award-winning artist, Veronica Dance, creates unique stone sculptures. Born and spending half her life in Surrey, she currently lives in the wild and beautiful Cambrian mountains in mid-Wales. A proponent of learning by doing, Veronica is self-taught, and believes this will be a lifelong process. Veronica particularly enjoys working with alabaster because of its translucence, colours, patterns, and possible finishes. Believing beauty and touch to be essential in our modern lives, she attempts to create pieces that are tactile as well as being visually beautiful. The work focuses more on form than detail to relay the essence of the subject.

'Mountain Hare' by Veronica Dance

'Mountain Hare' by Veronica Dance

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'Bluebells' by Fiona Pearce