Painting is David Fawcett's antidote to the daily commute to London.
"I try to paint every evening," he says. "After a day commuting and working in London, it's just what I need."
He is self-taught and works in acrylics.
"Over the years, I have developed a style that I'm happy with," says David, who has worked in London as a Notary Public since 1988.
Most of his paintings are based on his observations of people and reflect his day-to-day life - at home with the family, commuting to and from London, using the Tube and working in an office.
"I often try and look for a humorous element in my paintings - a situation which can be identified with or related to," says David. "To convey this idea, I have found that the title is often particularly important. If the title strikes a chord, it really enahnces the image."
Here's the perfect illustration of this.....
.........titled "Discussing Brexit".
Amongst the many David Fawcett fans is Ted Baker founder and CEO, Ray Kelvin, whose purchase of David's work led to an unusual collaboration.
"Ray Kelvin has bought my work and recently used three images for a holdall, wash bag and phone case design."
David regularly exhibits in London galleries and his work as been shown at the Royal Academy.
Regular visitors to the gallery will know that Emma Bird has exhibited with us many times before. We can always rely on Emma for a witty interpretation of the exhibition title and this time is no exception.
With their clear, simple lines her tenderly observed wire sculptures evoke nostalgic memories of summers past and perfectly capture scenes familiar to all of us.
As is common with many artists, Ashley was drawing before he could walk.
"Pen, pencil and brushwork have always been part of my working day - not always appropriately," he says. "Many long staff meetings in later life were eased by marginal drawings on Important Bits of Paper."
He attended Farnham School of Art for Foundation year, Exeter for Graphic Design and worked initially in marketing and advertising, before taking a career change to work in Learning Disabilities.
"I later qualified as a Psychiatric Nurse and worked in acute psychiatry and then specialised in Addictions and Substance Misuse therapy."
"During this time my art took a back seat but my interest in pen- and ink-work and illustration had a role in therapy with my patients."
Ashley is now a full time artist and also has his own range of greetings cards and prints.
"The paintings I do now are a new and surprising development as I always considered my self an illustrator," he says. "The theme of the coast, beach and figures in a sometimes semi-abstract setting seem to have a resonance with my earlier work in therapy and often strike an emotional chord in the viewer."
Whilst many of Ashley's paintings are traditionally peopled, he is also exploring "the idea of space, horizons and spirituality within these small canvases".
Robert Eadie just loves painting! As a full-time painter since 2010, he enjoys painting in a variety of styles and mediums, including painting and drawing from life (still life, landscape and model) and also abstract work.
He has a BA in Painting and Drawing from the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, where he was awarded the Bateson Mason Drawing prize but pursued a career in the antiques trade before returning to his art seven years ago.
The inspiration behind the paintings in this exhibition comes from the natural world: the meadows, fields and landscape of West Sussex and the South Downs.
"The paintings are quite abstract and are not intended to depict specific locations or to 'copy' or 'illustrate' nature," says Robert.
"Rather, from a multitude of visual memories, I create an impression of the colour, light and movement that I find in nature."
Robert likes to allow accident and spontaneity to be part of his paintings, allowing greater expressivity and creating a feeling of surprise and movement, just as in nature.
"I like to think of these works as visual equivalents to poems or musical compositions."
"Some show a build up of paint layers, which lends a textural element," he continues. "This emphasises the painting's presence as an object, rather than a window through which you look!"
Robert's paintings form part of our exhibition, "A British Summer", which continues until 2nd September.
Just as Henley Royal Regatta was drawing to a close and Wimbledon was preparing to open, we launched our Summer Exhibition with a party on Saturday and a heady mix of sunshine, prosecco, nibbles and, of course, Pimms!
Entitled "A British Summer", our exhibition features the work of eight artists: five painters, a print-maker, a wire sculptor and a photographer who between them cover subjects as iconically British as the seaside, Brexit, Brighton, wild flowers, funfairs, beach huts, Wimbledon and seagulls!
Artists Emma Bird, Robert Eadie, Jo Hodder, Ashley Jones, Sophie Mutter and Julain Sutherland-Beatson all called in to the launch party to see their work displayed.
Drinks were enjoyed and old friendships renewed...
Special thanks to talented florist Eva Hall, for her spectacular flowers!
"A British Summer" showcases the work of Emma Bird, Gill Copeland, Robert Eadie, David Fawcett, Jo Hodder, Ashley Jones, Sophie Mutter and Julian Sutherland-Beatson and runs until 2nd September.
Min initially studied Fashion and Textiles at Nottingham College of Art and then following post-graduate Theatre Design, she worked extensively in the theatre and film industry.
As a painter, she has exhibited on the Arundel Trail, at West Dean House, West Stoke House, the Moncrieff Bray Gallery and the Chichester Open. She has work in many private and corporate collections in both Britain and France.
Her work varies from the representational to the abstract with more of an emphasis on colour and texture than subject matter. Her paintings tend to be more about a situation or an object than of it.
"I'm always trying to surprise myself," says Bosham-based Min. "It's usually a good painting if I don't know where it's come from!"
"To Linger in a Garden Fair" ends on Saturday 6th May.
Nichola loves working with colour and pattern. The colourful, repeating shapes of fruit and flowers are ideal subject matter for her and are timelessly appealing.
"My work is about the things I enjoy: natural things that inspire me because of their beauty, colour and shapes," says Nichola.
"My aim is to express a mood or atmosphere whilst conveying the essence of what I am painting, hopefully in a new way."
"I use flowers (and especially roses), fruit, feathers and shells as subjects for my work. My collages are made from torn or cut pieces of my ink painting, sometimes combined with decorative papers and I value the unexpected results I achieve with collage."
She is influenced by an interest in textiles, costume, pottery and illuminated manuscripts and one of her favourite places to be inspired is the V & A Museum in London.
She has a BA (Hons) Illustration degree from Brighton University and lives in Newick.
"To Linger in a Garden Fair" continues until 6th May.
After experimenting in different forms of art, Jackie found the medium of mosaics in 2010. Prior to that she had spent several years developing her watercolour skills. She concentrated on flower painting and discovered she had an eye for almost botanical detail.
From watercolours, Jackie moved on to stained glass panel making and from there to mosaics. Most recently she has experimented with stained glass applique, where the precise cutting and shaping of the glass sheets follows the opus sectile style.
Jackie's works include mosaic mirrors, wall panels, table tops and wall plaques.
"Mosaic is durable, water- and weather-proof and hardwearing," she says. "It can be muted or vibrant, gentle or exciting, but there is always flow and colour and texture to enrich the soul."
Brighton-based Liz originally studied ceramics but after 17 months' working and travelling around South Africa with little or no access to clay, her sketchbook work became more important to her. With its beautiful and extreme flora and fauna, Liz says Africa reintroduced her to nature.
Back in the UK, she painted and exhibited and then in 2005 she discovered printmaking, embracing it full time in 2009.
In her recent work, Liz has been creating imaginary scenes filled with the patterns of nature inspired by both the Sussex countryside and the diversity of life she discovered in Africa.
"Within my work as a whole, I use nature as a metaphor for human emotions," she says.
"To Linger in a Garden Fair" continues until 6th May.
Sophie Elm is another artist who is exhibiting with us for the first time.
She graduated in Visual Communication and Illustration from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008 and has since undertaken a wide variety of commissions, from children's books to wedding stationery.
Now working under the alias of Jeff Josephine Designs, she has produced her own range of limited edition prints, hand-painted ceramics and stationery as well as hand-printed textiles.
Sophie's love of bold colours, hand lettering and pattern is prevalent throughout her work.
"I aim to create pieces that celebrate the mundane and embellish the every day," she says.
"To Linger in a Garden Fair" continues until 6th May.
Elda Abramson is exhibiting with us for the first time. Born in England and trained in America, Elda has more than 30 years' experience in painting, weaving and teaching.
She holds a BA in English and an MA in Art from East Carolina University. In the 70s she concentrated on large textural tapestry weavings, commissioned by public and private clients, including the Royal Northern College of Music and the Duchess of Westminster.
Elda's work is in the Arts Council collection. Over the past two decades she has developed her own ink painting approach and techniques, which she teaches on creative holidays abroad and in workshops in the UK.
The first three months of 2017 have been as busy as ever here at the Green Tree Gallery, so sadly this blog has been rather neglected!
First off was the annual redecoration and spruce up during our January closure before we kicked off 2017 with our popular Annual Art Sale.
In addition to our artists clearing out their studios, we mark down past seasons' stock, which means lots of opportunities for our customers to pick up some great bargains.
Once the decks were cleared of the many arty bargains, it was on to our first exhibition of the year, "To Linger in a Garden Fair", which opened on Saturday.
Glorious sunny weather ensured a jolly mood at our Launch Party on Saturday. Prosecco, canapes and sunshine were the perfect accompaniments for our customers, friends and families whilst they browsed the fantastic art by the featured artists.
Mosaic artist Jackie Bishop (right) and paint and collage artist Nichola Campbell (left) compared notes... ....
...and were joined by sculptor Mike Cheetham.
Other artists taking part in the exhibition are painter Elda Abramson, printmaker Sophie Elm of Jeff Josephine Designs, painter Min Maude and printmaker Liz Toole.
... to the blog~banter of The Green Tree Gallery! We are a blissful barnful of art and craft treasures located at Borde Hill Garden, Sussex. Bedecked in wooden beams, accidental home to creatures winged and whiskered, and run by a gaggle of gallery gals, the Green Tree is as warm and friendly as a steaming crumble - come along and taste!