A little about the artists

Artists 2017-05-25T10:57:34+00:00

Soraya French

International Artist and Author, Soraya works in watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media with a variety of subject matters such as musicians, cafe scenes and African market scenes amongst others. Many of her subjects are travel based including people in everyday life situations. Light and colour are the two important elements in her paintings together with semi abstract passages with a sense of ambiguity where she allows the viewers to make up their own allegory. Soraya has received a number of prestigious art awards for her paintings in recent years and many of her paintings can be found in private and public collections both at home and abroad.

She is a regular contributor to The Artist Magazine. The success of her two art Books published by Harper Collins have brought her international recognition with a wide following. She is a demonstrator for the US based art company “GOLDEN Artist Colours” and the “Caran D’Ache” Company of Switzerland. she also demonstrates her painting techniques to art groups and societies around the UK. Soraya also tutors courses worldwide including, South Africa and Europe.
She is an elected member of the Society of Women Artists and The Society of Floral Painters, and is currently the President of the Andover Art Society.

Soraya’s Studio is at the prestigious “Project Workshops” in Quarley Hampshire, where she works with her husband Tim, who is Director of their Art Gallery and Workshops.

Fiona Forbes

Fiona was born in Cheshire in 1955. She spent her early childhood in Cyprus and Aden before moving to Edinburgh where she spent the remainder of her school years. After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, she began painting, exhibiting and doing commissions whilst moving around with her husband and two children. She has lived in Germany, Norway, Wales and France and has now settled in Wiltshire in the South of England. She is a member of Artlook, the Wallop Artists, the Army Arts Society and the Guild of Aviation Artists, and exhibits regularly with all of them.

Richard Robjent

Richard Robjent, artist and publisher, is a leading wildlife artist. He follows closely the bird painting tradition represented by Archibold Thorburn and Philip Rickman, the latter from whom he received much advice and encouragement. He attended Winchester College of Art after leaving school and was a regular soldier for 20 years. In 1978 he formed Fine Sporting Interests Ltd with the intention of publishing fine limited edition books with his own illustrations and prints after his work.

Kate Measham

Kate Measham has been teaching and organising courses in Hampshire for over 10 years. She runs extensive courses at a studio in the beautiful Wherwell Priory, just outside Stockbridge. Kate worked in the interior design department of the Savoy Group until she moved to Hampshire. As soon as she could she did a degree in ‘Visual Art through Drawing’ at Winchester School of Art (part of Southampton University). Since then she has painted, drawn, wood turned and taught. She has exhibited at the Josie Eastwood Gallery, The Angelus Gallery, Fisherton Mill, and various other exhibition spaces. Kate lives in ancient woodland and is married to a fisherman – both aspects of her life are reflected in her paintings.
For more information about classes see Kate’s website at: www.artdrawpaint.com

Kaye Parmenter

Kaye Parmenter is a resident artist for British Polo Day. She is currently exhibiting her work within the Member’s Area at The Queens Club, London, and has painted works for the Household Cavalry Foundation.

Primarily a watercolour artist, Kaye’s works are vivid, expressive and cover a large range of subject matter. “My inspiration comes more from capturing the essence of the moment, rather than the subject itself.” She has recently received an Honorary Mention and was awarded a prize at Art Has No Borders.

Commissions that she has received have encouraged her to ride a quad bike across muddy fields, attend a clay pigeon shoot and attend polo matches all in the name of research and inspiration. She continues to explore with her art to bring maximum impact to the viewer whether it be via the expression of power and action or by capturing the personality of a subject.

Jane Morgan

Jane Morgan is a London based sculptor turned painter who followed up a BA in Sculpture (at London’s City&Guilds Art School) with an MA in Painting.  While at college she won the overall prize for sculpture for her year, the Fishmonger’s Beckwith Scholarship and the Tussauds Project Fund Award.

Her paintings have an impermanent quality.  She is drawn to themes of transformation from both the natural and imagined world, building up thin washes of paint to reinforce the magic, flux and fragility of her subject matter.

JJMorgan’s Ephemeroptera Series is currently on show at The Greyhound on the Test. It was specially developed for the Greyhound on the Test and came out of a fascination with mayflies and their artificial cousins, the fishing fly.

Her work was recently shortlisted for the Art Gemini Prize and the East London Painting Prize.  She is showing with the Serena Morton Gallery in Notting Hill and the 286 Gallery in Earl’s Court early in 2016.