Painting with Words 2019

Painting with Words 2019
16th March – 11th May

An open exhibition celebrating the influence and inspiration of literature and language on the visual arts.
We encourage Artists to explore this interesting and inspiring topic in a broad range of styles, materials and interpretations.


The Sea, the Sea, forever restarting

Four artists have picked up on this much quoted last stanza of a poem by Paul Valery ‘le Cimetiere  Marin
(the graveyard by the sea) to produce an exciting and varied exhibition based on all things Nautical.

Sara Piper Heap

Sara Piper Heap (who really does like to be beside the seaside) will be basing her copper creations on boats, lighthouses, beach huts, and very possibly the odd dolphin and/or albatross.

Judith Harrison

The inspiration for my work comes from the landscape and the animals and people, real and imaginary, which inhabit it.

The work is primarily narrative and uses the features of the collagraph technique to superimpose the myth into the landscape and the ancient onto the visible relic.

I am a primarily a printmaker but also work with mixed media and collages.

Maggie Furmanek

I am an Enameller and Metalsmith working with Vitreous Enamel, Copper and Silver. My inspiration comes from nature and organic material, I love the patterns and textures found in nature.

Bob Knowles

My work is mostly in stone, steel and wood and also bronze. I tend to work in themes such as animals specifically birds and hares and latterly dogs. Figurative work also is a regular theme as are more abstract ideas.

Painting with Words

Judith Samuel

I am an artist who loves painting in lovely North Wales.  I  paint birds, mostly in oils on hand stretched canvas – birds are an endless source of interest and fascination, and I am particularly inspired by the works of Eric Ennion, who said that the essential motive in painting birds was not to portray the species in general but to capture the essence of ‘that particular and individual bird alive before you while you sketch’.

Martin Salway

Having practiced in the architectural and interior design sector. I went on to teach three-dimensional, spatial design and visual communication with design strategy and innovation, to degree level in UK and Eastern European universities. 

Moving to Shropshire 5 years ago I recently retired and have more time to paint, taking inspiration from the Shropshire countryside and my travels.

Discovering oils and the Impasto technique with the palette knife in later life. The joy of applying paint to canvas is a wonderful feeling.

I am also developing Encaustic hot wax imagery fascinated by the atmosphere it can create. Its a completely different process to painting in any other medium.

My creativity after 61 years still grows! Its true that its never too late to learn!

Christine Matthews

The animals are trapped they cannot get away.  They are going to what the X1V Dalai Lama calls the ‘Killing Floors’  The figure in the print knows this. I know it knows as written across it are quotes from great philosophers and thinkers, from Leonardo de Vinci and Pythagoras to Thomas Edison and Robert Louis Stevenson. All abhorred the suffering that we inflict on all sentient beings. The figure in the print is about to get up and walk away even though it is aware of the suffering around it. However, what else can it do?

Elzbieta Jasionowska

Elzbieta’s work is inspired by coral reefs found in the sea. Combined together with industrial shapes, it forms a unique whole. This series investigates how nature can create beautiful shapes whilst cooperating with a man. Decorating even those things that are destroyed and look old, creating various amazing forms. Elzbieta is passionate about the environment and these works are a manifestation of the beauty and the protection of the natural world.

Allanah Piesse

Allanah’s paintings are primarily concerned with making an image which has a meaning for herself. Usually, this will reflect some aspect of a myth, symbolism, art history, or the concept of time which fascinates her, past, present and future and how they are all intertwined.
“My paintings are mostly figurative, and I enjoy making stories from still life and ambiguous human images juxtapositioned or combined.”

Christopher Goodwin

My practice as an Artist is driven and inspired by an observational and imaginative response to the natural environment, the folklore of the ancient wildwood, and the Romantic tradition in Northern European painting. 

My paintings are visceral and expressive, with a recurring anthropomorphic form composed of   antler, bone, branch, fur and feather , a contemporary Green Man archetype , composed of organic and  dark matter,  haunting the Autumn twilight,   held fast within the refuge of  winter, or emerging from the golden mist of a Midsummer dawn.

This presence is a compelling supernatural life force; and is glimpsed as a rooted sentinel or a feral, elemental revenant moving through the cycle of genesis and decay.

This imagery creates a tension within the compositions that is ominous or lyrical.

My paintings are grounded in direct observation, and I have always made artwork as a genuine response to what I am feeling, the environment and elements, not what I am thinking.

Bridget McLaren

Much of my work is unplanned and evolves spontaneously. Unconscious reference is repeatedly drawn from personal and global mythologies, but it is in the events of everyday life, sometimes strange, more often familiar, that ideas germinate. Through my working practice archetypal images and motifs emerge, recurrent themes and patterns, alluding to the interconnectedness of all things, expressions, perhaps, of a collective consciousness that lies at the level of the universal soul.

Lynn Lewis

Lynn lives in Oswestry and paints in mixed media. She is mainly influenced by colour texture and nature.

David Hilditch

“Initial underlying structures are derived from natural phenomena; layers of colour and brushwork are then superimposed instinctively until complex subliminal forms emerge.”

David is a British abstract artist, born in Wolverhampton, a city in central England. David completed his schooling and early education in Birmingham, a culturally rich city, after which he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Camberwell, London. He has had a full career in Art and Design and is now a keen student of Philosophy painting full-time from studios in London and Shropshire. David’s art is complex and evokes an almost divine sensation. His interest in Philosophy and particularly the writings of Spinoza, Kant and Hume inspires him to create these large dream-like canvases. His watercolours and large-scale oils reflect on perception, impermanence and identity in a way that is deep, engaging and open to endless interpretation.

Suzette Smart

“I’m a textile artist living and working in a rural hamlet in North Shropshire. The birds and animals outside my door as well as the familiar journeys along the towpath close by, are a great source of inspiration for stitching and storytelling.
I can’t be described as a light stitcher and I never manage to tell all in the first layer, preferring to build a story through thread, words, collage and a little mixed media. My pieces often include hidden histories and tales too. These are held within the inherited fabrics and repurposed embroideries (own and other) I choose to use for collage and as my foundation layer. I mainly use free machine embroidery but the finishing touches are often in hand.”

Madelaine Vale

Madeleine has been an artist for many years, and her watercolour paintings shadow her renowned father Sydney Vale. The inherent beauty of animals has always fascinated and 3 dimensions has been a welcome addition to her talents since picking up clay and discovering the potential of firing wonderful character sculpture in her studio kiln.
She is fast becoming pre-eminent in her field of sculpture, and collectors world-wide now appreciate her work.