Thursday, 30 July 2015

Isaura Xavier de Campos now on

I was born in Porto, Portugal, 1947. Always interested in Arts but followed a different career  for family reasons. Taught English during 35 years in a public school for children aged 10 to 15, but at the same time attended two art schools. This way I started painting in 1979 and had my first solo exhibition in 1986  in the town where I live. Since then I never stopped. Until today I count with more than 20 solo exhibitions and much more collective ones. This year I'm interested mainly in creating paintings having on their basis the great Freast of Senhora da Agonia in Viana do Castelo. This is intended to be for a next solo exhibition in that lovely coastal city of the North of Portugal, possibly for next August, the month when these feasts take place. Since my retirement back in 2009, I decided to pay a tribute to my country, painting  its landscapes, traditions and culture.  Before my retirement I used to paint foreign countries most cherished items, like the English Gardens of the Southwest which I visited in 1996, USA memories from my visit in 1991, the garden of Monet in Giverny too. Aside from this I paint whatever I like and whatever I'm asked for, like portraits or pets. Also abstracts.
All commissioned work is welcome. My newest paintings are for sale- the originals. About others I have made, only copies can be afforded, once I've sold many of them or offered some.
My favourite statement: Painting is to make peace with our soul.
Welcome to my artwork. Isaura Xavier de Campos

The story of 'Frank' By Artist Roy Meats .........

The start of something BIG?   By Roy Meats

Chapter One
……Frank is a scarecrow from Gloucester.  He was well looked after for years and was a happy scarecrow.   Each winter he was bought in from the cold and was re-stuffed, had new clothes and then put back out in the spring.  This went on for years then suddenly it stopped.  He was not bought in and the farm was being neglected, all because the farmer had become old and ill and unable to look after the farm and had no one to help him.
The farm became run-down; fields were unploughed and full of weeds.
‘There was no use for a scarecrow’
Eventually Frank was taken from the field and shoved up against an old disused barn where he stayed here for years.  One day a van arrived at the farm - Frank and all of the farmers’ belongings were put in the van they drove for hours eventually when the van did stop Frank and the farmer were somewhere on the coast!

The farm had been sold and the farmer had retired to the seaside, he had become just too old to look after the farm.  The farmer had always been a busy man and he could not get used to just doing nothing day in and day out.  He decided to become a deckchair seller and for novelty would use Frank to advertise his deckchairs.  Frank was happy again he now had a purpose.
 And this is where Frank’s story begins…………………… to follow
Roy Meats biography
I was born in Nottingham City Centre in 1958. The son of a long Distant Lorry Driver and a Lace Maker, cobbled street were still the norm.
I was always painting and drawing with my dad he loved pictures of Galleon ships. My work was always exhibited at school and I then became fascinated with nature in all its forms.
Having to leave Nottingham due to my father’s work, we settled in the small market town of Atherstone. A whole new world had opened up as nature and wildlife was on my doorstep.
All of my spare time was now spent walking the fields and hedgerows collecting and studying nature, all flora, trees, rocks etc.
I started to sell paintings whilst still at school. My first medium was pencils and water colours, extending into pen & ink, oil acrylic and then enamels.
When I left school I became an apprentice in painting and decorating, studying colour, designs and specialist finishes as part of this training. I developed a flair for sign-writing which eventually became my main source of income.
As painting was still part of my life, I organised my first exhibition in Atherstone Anglia Building Society. The pictures that were on display were mainly all animals.
Upon completing my apprenticeship, I set up my own sign-writing company this was in 1983. I was working mainly for all the different breweries up and down the country. I painted pictorial signs for pubs as there was a big demand for hand painted signs. I was also still selling my paintings and getting commissions for peoples pets etc.
In addition I started designing and producing painted fire screens, clocks and furniture. These were mainly sold at Country Fairs and Country Stores.
My second exhibition took place at Riversley Park Gallery, Nuneaton. This was a complete sell out of all my products and pictures.
With the demise of the brewing industry, the demand for signs and sign writing declined. I took a new direction into painting murals in children’s bedrooms, hotel themed rooms and children’s play areas throughout England and Europe.
My most recent murals have been painted in Father Hudson’s Care Homes in Coleshill. With further work commissioned.
Throughout this period, I have still carried on painting and still do commission work for people. More recently I have decided to take my painting one step further and branch out in limited edition prints. By going down this route I am making my pictures accessible to more people at an affordable price.


Anita Davies Textile Artwork at bGallery


A graduate of the highly regarded Design Crafts course at Hereford College of Art, Anita has been making decorative art and jewellery for over 15 years.
Her art work draws on the decorative fragmented surfaces of ancient jewellery, reliquaries, frescoes and tiled surfaces. Museums and Art Galleries fueled her obsession from an early age. As a child she enjoyed piecing things together in her mind and learnt to appreciate highly decorative, elaborate surfaces that had been time worn and broken.
This has shaped the way Anita designs. She prefers abstractions and incomplete images and textures and although her work has no direct narrative it does have a language of pattern, texture and colour. Anita likes to capture the idea of buried treasure in her work, fragments of artefacts that were part of something bigger, which now no longer exist.

Hildegarde Lampers-Bone at

Born in Holland and moved to South Africa at the age of 12. I have always been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. At the age of 24 I moved to England and have exhibited at the Mall Gallery in London and The Horsebridge in Whitstable Kent. I have worked for children's book publishers for 3 years and have attended Art College in Durban South Africa. I work in many mediums and love experimenting with new materials. I now live in Kent where I paint from my loft conversion which has inspirational views across the Swale to the Isle of Sheppey. I have also illustrated a number of children's books. 

Linda Wyllie's Impressive Art

 'I studied at Glasgow School of Art gaining a B.A ( Hons ). Worked freelance and taught classes whilst bringing up my three daughters’ have taught adult art classes for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire council and Aberdeen College work in Fine Art using oils, watercolours, pen and ink, pastels, pencil etc. and in any subject matter producing mostly private commissions and drawings and paintings are made to suit the clients preferences’ also work in areas of design, as well as interior design I create murals, trompe loeil and paint effects. I also do calligraphy, design wedding stationary, cards, scrolls and combine calligraphy with illustration to produce something unique and personal have also taught in each of these areas of Art and Design. Most commissions are more traditional in nature but recently I have been experimenting with more contemporary and semi abstract work, looking more at structure and pattern.
 I have held several solo exhibitions locally in the past and have had works exhibited in other places such as the Milton Art Gallery, Banchory Gallery, Alford Heritage centre , Briggs Bridgefield,  Aberdeen Artists Gallery and The Open Door Gallery. Most recently my work can be found in Castleton Farm Shop, and The Blue Door Gallery in Montrose. My commissions can be found in private collections all over Britain, Canada and Australia.'

Chris Sheldrake's Marvellous Artwork bGallery

I'm a self-taught Artist, I have spent several years developing my art work.I have consolidated and improved my style of painting over this period.
This has enabled me to say my art is easily recognised as Chris Sheldrake's pictures. This sounds very easy, it was not.
I chose five criteria to concentrate on, Skies, Structures, Water, Atmosphere, and Inspiration. I use palette knife and brush and a host of other tools to get the effect I want.
I like to write, plan and practice  my pictures as I paint them.
So I consider myself as a cityscape/townscape artist.and I use a little bit of imagination to convey to the viewer an illusion of reality. Have a look at my web site

Monte Wright's Artwork also at Galleria 360, Florence, Italy

Read more about Monte and see his artwork available for sale ....

David Gilchrist Exhibiting at bGallery

I am  a Glasgow artist  and love to paint seascapes , portraits etc. I work mainly in oil colour and here I am showing some seascape paintings I have for sale - more to be added later as time permits . If you would like to see more and past works please visit my website. Commissions taken to order for portraits and seascapes.

Ian Morgan's Stunning Watercolours at bGallery

I am happily retired and have discovered watercolours. i have produced a number of commissions for friends, family and, well, anyone, these include a number of pet portraits, family portraits and wedding venues.
the wedding paintings are especially successful as i paint the church or wedding venue, mount and frame the picture with a wide mount and without glass.  the friends and family sign their best wishes to the happy couple on the mount at the reception and i deliver the picture, with glass! to the happy couple. so much better than a guest book!!
i have also recently started using watercolour crystals which are fluid, vibrant, almost utterly unpredictable but produce the most colourful paintings imaginable in watercolour.
my watercolours are treasured by me and i promise the best personal attention i can give, as testified by Sandi who lives in the USA.
"OMG my mom almost cried she loved it so much!!! It is her all time favorite picture and I think now it is also her all time favorite painting. My dad was totally amazed by your abilities as a painter, he does watercolors as a hobby and was just amazed. I am already trying to figure out if there is something else I could have you paint for next Christmas. Thanks again your fan, sandi"
says it all!!

Doreen Meek's Artwork at b Gallery

Doreen has always drawn and painted. Colour and texture are her main passions and she is attracted to scenery and objects which lend themselves to being painted in bright colours.
Doreen is inspired by beautiful places she visits and often create a piece working from memory and feelings.
She has also been inspired to paint from reading novels such as the opening passage of the ‘shadow of the land’ evoking strong and vivid images in her hand which she feels compelled to paint!
Doreen's work is varied. She paints in oils, watercolour and mixed media. She enjoys experimenting with different styles and materials reflecting the world around her, the changing seasons, places of interest and emotions.