Marianne North (1830-1890) was a remarkable English Victorian botanical artist who defied convention by traversing the globe solo, recording the world’s flora with her paintbrush and writing her experiences in her journal. In 1879 she offered her painting collection to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and at her own expense built a gallery to house them. Our guest Jack Andrews, awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2002 for services to the arts, produced a documentary about North and shares this artistic legacy in his presentation The World in One Room, in which he endeavours to get to the heart of this remarkable, resourceful woman.
Patrick Lee takes a unique creative approach to making paintings in the studio and en plein air. He draws heavily on intuition and imagination to develop an image, often altering the drawing, color, and spatial relationships to create a mood and express a feeling about the subject. This often leads to strong elements of abstraction and suggestion in his work, rather than explicit detail. This gives the viewer an opportunity to connect with each piece in their own way, inviting them to let their own imaginations make personal associations and connections. https://patrickleefineart.com
Rick Fox is a painter who is fascinated by perception and the challenge and complexity of the translation of the “world” to a surface. He lives in southern Maine and has been seduced by color and at the moment his primary practice is plein air painting. Rick is currently represented by Gallery NAGA, Boston, and JP Art Gallery, London. In 2019 Rick was a Ballinglen Artist Foundation Painting Fellow. And in 2018 he was awarded two residencies: Playa Artist Residency (Summerlake, Oregon) and 2nd Annual International Plein Air Symposium, sponsored by the Mark Rothko Center (Semenova, Latvia). Rick has been teaching painting and drawing full-time at the University of New Hampshire since 2010. http://rickfoxpaintings.com
Chris Bennett ROI (Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters) was born in London in 1957 and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in the early ‘80s under Euan Euglow, Geoffrey Camp and Philip Sutton. He has exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries, London, of which he is a member. His paintings are exhibited and sold in prestigious galleries around the UK.
A notable commission is a portrait of Sir William Hawthorne, now in the collection of Churchill College, Cambridge, who, with Sir Frank Whittle, designed the first jet engine.
Chris Witkowski is equally skilled in pastel, oil and watercolor. Being a career illustrator with the ability to handle these different mediums permits a creative freedom to work within varied subject matter. Chris artistically explores the waterways of the Puget Sound region, painting a way of life and environment where water and land intertwine.
In the tradition of the early artists of the West, Jane Barton loves to capture the vanishing scene: old cars in Cuba, snow bound aspens in Colorado, colorful old Italian fishing boats, sunsets on the Catalina Mountains near her home in Arizona. Painting constantly “en plein air” was the key to finding the information she needed to move from her early career as an award winning illustrator and graphic designer to her beautiful studio work. She studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, has a B.A. from Boston University and an M.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University School of Visual Arts. https://www.janebartonstudio.com