Janet Barton Photography
For me the challenge of the camera is to seek hidden meanings, observe altered states, record the passage of time, discover abstract beauty and witness decay, dereliction and deterioration.
In my photographs I hope to reveal something about my subject matter that illuminates; to say something about our interaction with the world and to discover what we don’t see disguised in the familiar.
My recent work continues the dialogue between a direct, expressive abstraction and more controlled elements of line and plane.
Through an exploration of materials and ideas I embrace the process of painting to form a dynamic tension between physical actions and psychological themes, which interact as I work.
Although I often have a conscious starting point I strive to escape from preconceived ideas to allow the work to evolve through additions and subtractions; layering, selecting and refining until a concept and composition emerges which leads me to a resolution of the piece.
Sometimes this will be purely abstract or there may be landscape, political or emotional references.
The hope and intention is to try to recognise and form something with meaning from the intangible notions and fleeting discoveries which emerge.
After graduating from Sheffield in 1986 with a degree in Sculpture, Kate studied and worked in theatre design before making the shift to painting. From 1999 she has been a full time painter.
As well as exhibiting her work in a number of smaller galleries throughout the country Kate’s work has shown in a number of larger respected venues including:
The Royal Institute of Watercolour Artists
The Royal Watercolour Society
The Affordable Arts Fair
The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
The Society of Women Artists
Prizes , Awards & Memberships:
2013- Awarded associate membership to the The Society of Women Artists
2012-Awarded membership to the The Lakes Artists Society
2012-Awarded membership to the Birmingham Watercolour Society
2012- ‘The Peter Tyson Award’ -The Lakes Artists Society
2010- ‘The Rheged Prize’ -The Lakes Artists Society
2008-‘The Winsor and Newton Choice Award’- The Society of Women Artists
2005- Portrait Award- Granada TV. North-East Finalist-for programme “A Brush with Fame”
Kate also runs courses, tutors and demonstrates throughout the country, for Art Societies, private clients , holiday companies and cruise liners.
Kate’s 2014 Courses
Kate Bentley is a professional, award-winning artist and also a popular tutor with broad experience of teaching.
She regularly demonstrates and/or teaches in adult education for art societies and on private courses.
She has worked for painting holiday specialists Authentic Adventures, Solo Holidays and P&O Cruises
Known to be generous with her knowledge and pleased to be able to pass on her skills, Kate looks forward to enhancing your whole learning experience by offering demonstrations during the trail and by offering courses throughout the year which are both relaxing and informative
Take a look at her website for a up to date timetable
Debbie has been practicing stained glass for a number of years now and has managed to carve out a full time career for herself. This is her sixth year exhibiting on the Art Trail and she is excited to show you her new projects in her home and studio, fondly known as ‘Debbie’s Shed’.
She has always been interested in the decorative elements of glass and has had a lot of fun in the past year experimenting with shot-blasting and painting to further enhance her projects. Shot blasting adds depth and texture and the vitreous paints provide detail and shade and harness the light in a different way.
You can expect to see these new dimensions appearing in her expanding range of stained glass bird and animal sculptures and her individual panels.
Always different, always unique and always experimenting with new ideas.
You would be most welcome to come along to one of Debbie’s ‘Open Studio’ days, (last Friday of each month!) to browse through her portfolio, see what she is working on and have a chat about the process. Or, you can keep up to date with Debbie’s latest projects on her whimsical blog, debbiesshed.com.
She loves interesting commissions!