Last, but definitely not least in our line-up of new artists, is Richard Swann.
Richard originally trained and qualified at Leeds. He is now based in Hastings, East Sussex where he takes inspiration from daily life and "whatever happens to cross (my) path".
This usually takes the form of "the daily parade of bohemian eccentricity, the sometimes wild weather, the abundance of fishing boats, and the odd black cat".
Richard has a background in illustration and has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and many times at the Mall Galleries in London.
When not working in his Hastings studio, he can often be found working 'en plein air' around the south coast of England and beyond.
He says he is most at home drawing with a pencil whilst relaxing in a pub or café. In recent years, he has taken the spontaneity of mark-making from quick sketches into paintings using oil as his preferred medium.
Richard is one of several artists whose work is featured in our current exhibition, "And Then Came Spring", which ends on Monday 27th May.
Diana's love of fabric and thread started in early childhood. Whilst she initially worked in oils and ceramics, she more recently came back to using fabric, thread and mixed media to create her pictures.
As an experienced traveller, Diana is inspired by the natural beauty in the landscapes and surfaces that she sees and which lend themselves well to the media that she works in.
During her travels to Australia and New Zealand, Diana was struck by the effect of colour and light on the landscapes and sea.
"This led me to experiment with layering lurex and chiffon to reflect the vibrancy of the colours of the scenery," she says.
Diana's work was originally historically based, covering art from Crete and ancient Greece, but many different influences can now be seen: the natural environment and the architecture of Venice as well as artists such as Mackintosh, Monet and Klimt.
The materials and techniques used in Diana's work are varied. The former include chiffon, silk, metallic thread, sea shell fragments, paper, metal, ceramics and handmade textiles such as silk paper and the latter range from stitching and free machine embroidery to melting, creating burned edges and distressing fabric.
"A key feature in my work is the layering of different fabrics which achieves two kinds of effect: creating depth of colour and vision as well as removing sections of material to reveal the colours below," says Diana.
"The work is then embellished with metal, beads, silk paper and free machine embroidery."
Diana's work is featured in our exhibition "And Then Came Spring", which runs until Monday 27th May.
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