Showcases: Paintings

Coral Spencer

Coral Spencer

Mixed Media/Painting

I’m captivated by the intricate patterns we find on stones, pebbles and plant life such as moss, which reflects the intrinsic artistic creation of nature, an indication of what has been.  I paint what inspires me, sea/landscapes as well as figurative, the fragility of life, the tiny sparrow, the beauty that is all around us.

Anne Whetter fda BA

Anne Whetter fda BA

Hi my name is Anne Whetter but you might know me by the name of Boo.

I am a local artist painting and living in Redruth, although my roots stem from Truro.

I studied at Falmouth School of Art and Design part time for two years, way back in the early 80’s gaining a SW Diploma in Foundation Art.

A few years later and much water under the bridge! A change in direction. I went to Truro College and studied Ceramics and Design, again for two years part time.

I then took quite some time away from study and travelled to India, Bali and Morocco and lived in France, Spain and Holland.

On my return to England and now in my early forties I decided to take the ‘Bull by the Horns’ and applied to take a Fine Art Degree.

I spent two years at Cornwall College exploring different mediums and ways of expressing what I saw. From this time I discovered acrylics and loved the way they worked for me; vibrant, transparent, the richness of colour perfect for my figurative paintings.

My final year was spent at Plymouth University’s Exeter campus. By now I was totally fascinated by colour, people and the viewer.

Jilly Ballantyne BA hons

Jilly Ballantyne BA hons

Is a contemporary painter.  Born in Scotland in 1967, she graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 1989.  She moved to the Cote d’Azur in 1994 where she taught and painted in Matisse’s Studio at his former villa in Vence.  She left the South of France after 18 years and in now permanently resident in Cornwall, UK.  Her studio is in Truro.

Peter Trotman

Peter Trotman

In the late 1800’s my great grandfather  left the family farm on the Llyn Peninsula, Wales and went to sea in the last days of sail. He eventually settled in Falmouth, Cornwall, served on the ‘Q’ ship ‘Mary B Mitchell’, found work at the docks and married a local girl. Over 100 years later, the last family member to work at the docks retired. I have never yet worked there myself, but grew up and continue to live with the sea and ships as a constant presence in the background. The remote serenity of commercial shipping and coastal dwellings strike a chord in me that I keep having to revisit.

I usually paint in oils applied with palette knives. I will use canvas or wood to paint on, sometimes recycling used canvases. I tend to work from a sketched idea, memory or photograph to form the basis of the composition then build up the image reacting with the medium. Previous layers can often find themselves scraped back into and reused. I’m interested in mixing abstract compositional and figurative elements. The small scale of most of my pictures is both practical and brings intimacy to the structures and spaces within.