Left: Budleigh beach huts, by Janie Heyde
The coast and scenes in small Devon coastal towns like Budleigh and Clovelly inspire much of her work, which is often, as she says, “quirky, with a liberal use of colour.” Her late husband described her work as “sunny pictures to make you smile” and she thinks that is not a bad description. Right: Beside the Seaside, Janie Heyde's current favourite piece
Left: Anticipation by Gail Jensen
Gail Jensen started an art college course but did not complete it; painting for her is an enjoyable hobby. She sells her work through exhibitions with Exmouth Art Group, which has its 63rd Annual Exhibition on 30 July 2009 http://www.exmouthartgroup.org.uk/
Right: Tea for Two
Keith Beaney has lived in Devon for 13 years but came originally from Kent. He told me that he has “always made things” and aims to convey the energy of the natural landscape in his work. His Nexus was inspired by crop circles.
His mirrors are unique designs which will not be replicated. This one was made with Douglas fir flowers, sorrell seed, birch catkins, stinking iris berries, oak and beech leaf, oak acorns, and mud from South Farm.
Budleigh artist Bridgee Malone has lived in the town for 18 years and is a fan of the Heritage Crafts Association http://www.heritagecrafts.org.uk/ Her work Eden which was on display (pictured left) is clearly inspired by the Italian artist Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
Another influence on her as seen in her Spot the Dog has been the abstract expressionist painter Lee Krasner (1908-1984), wife of the artist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), who similarly played a part in the Abstract Expressionism movement.
Frances Margaret was the only sculptor exhibiting. Growing up on the family farm in Devon left her with a lifelong passion for horses. She has been sculpting commercially for the last ten years, creating original equine pieces in bronze or bronze resin.