A mixed exhibition featuring three Somerset artists:
"I was brought up in a creative 'Bohemian' household. My father was an artist, who established a highly successful business, sculpting and manufacturing model soldiers. I learned about handling paint, colour mixing and attention to detail at an early age. My mother was an artists' model and many creative friends of my parents would visit. Often left to my own devices in our ramshackle and rundown house by the Thames, I learned to entertain myself and that has stayed with me. Not a conventional upbringing by any stretch of the imagination!
Since then, I have always been involved in creative work: painting, ceramics and as an artists' model myself.
Having painted on canvas for many years, I discovered working on weathered wood around six years ago. I see the ready made landscape presented in the wood and paint what I feel is appropriate. A habitat for wild and beautiful animals. Whilst many of the creatures I paint are British, I am increasingly inspired by the Arctic and by Norse legends.
The wood is all found, discarded or donated. Some pieces hundreds of years old. Whilst the animals could possibly be painted again, each piece of wood is unique with its own history. This means every piece is a complete one off!"
Tanya has exhibited work at various galleries and events, including Wylye Valley Art Trail; Fisherton Mill, Salisbury; Dorset Art Weeks; Shaftesbury Art Centre; First View Gallery, Stourhead: The Art Agency Gallery, Esher.
Nicholas Durnan has over 35 years experience working on the conservation and repair of stonework on cathedrals, churches and historic buildings. After a masonry apprenticeship at Canterbury Cathedral and a diploma in carving at the City and Guilds of London Art School he trained as a sculpture conservator at Wells Cathedral. For most of his career he has worked as a sculpture conservator and conservation consultant. He has been involved in both these roles for the major repair and conservation programmes of the West Fronts of Wells, Exeter, Salisbury and Peterborough Cathedrals. Nick has taught stone conservation at several institutions in the UK and abroad.
Nick advocates the importance of preserving not only our tangible heritage (the actual fabric of historic buildings and sculpture) but also our intangible heritage (the craft skills of masonry and stone carving). He sees the survival of both as equally important in the field of cultural preservation.
Holly trained as a designer jeweller at Loughborough College of Art and Design, graduating In 1978. She lives and works on the beautiful Somerset Levels in the hamlet of Thorney where she produces an eclectic mix of hand made jewellery, mostly in gold and silver and often incorporating semi precious stones.