The Big Love collection has been created as a "Destination Specific" range. Our templates can be over printed with your area, county or even shop name. The debut range of Christmas is shown here, but we will be launching spring and summer ranges soon. Card size is 5x7.
Born in 1942, Alex Williams trained at St Martin’s School of Art and The University of Wales. He became an art teacher, later Head of Art, at schools in Hertfordshire before moving to Hay-on-Wye to set up his design and print studio. Moving to the Welsh Border country in the late 1970’s was catalytic in his development as a painter of farm landscapes, animals, buildings and agriculture.
His work was widely exhibited in the UK and Alex then moved to Los Angeles for three years, exhibiting there and undertaking commissions for Tom Jones and Jackson Browne as well as for magazines and companies. His images have been widely used in Tableware and Fine Bone China, Limited Edition Prints and Greetings Cards.
His versatility also extends to numerous TV appearances as artist and art teacher, in Australia as well as in the UK. He has exhibited widely in both individual and group shows and his work is in many public and private collections;
The National Museum of Wales has purchased a number of his landscapes of the Welsh Borders and he has collaborated very successful with the National Trust on a range of products.
His recent show at The Fosse, “Only the Lonely” brought together his love of “Period Rock” (his term) and the lives of farming folk their live stock and rambling buildings.
He moved to the Isle of Wight in 2012 and is currently working as artist in residence at The Griffis Art Center new London Connecticut.
Sarah Blackwell experiments with mixed media in the process leading to her final pieces.
With a fine art background she is versatile in illustration, sculpture and performance art. Her acute attention to detail is prevalent in all work and can be seen in these animal designs of her card collection. For this project she has used a combination of acrylic paint, biro, pencil and white pen.
Gregor Arthur grew up in London and studied Typographic Design at the London College of Printing.
After 20 years of running a design for publishing business in London, he moved to the Isle of Wight with his young family 9 years ago.
Inspired by the various moods of the seascapes of the Isle of Wight, Gregor is interested in reducing scenes to their most minimal and graphic components. He aims to graphically and emotionally capture a spirit or essence of the scenes.
His first paintings were exhibited at the 2013 Open Studios
and he works as a Design and Print Manager at a respected family-run business.
Dryden has been painting for a long time now but has only recently decided to move into making his pastime a business. He loves the challenge of portraiture, attempting to capture the real essence of an individual on canvas, but his real passion is landscapes and in particular seascapes, Dryden’s roots are on the Island and many hours are spent walking the coastal paths in all weathers using a very impressionistic method to work the paint. He Captures not only the image but the moods of nature.
Having worked for several years as a successful animal photographer Alison added to her creative talents by using her considerable library of animal and bird photographs to create a collection of digitally enhanced greeting cards and fine art prints. With simple lines and bold colours she has produced a delightful eye catching range of images which still retain the character of each individual animal.
Suezi grew up in London and moved to the Island with her family when she was 11 years old.
She is a self taught artist who has worked hard at developing her skills and enjoyed sharing them through teaching privately, working at schools and holding exhibitions.
Her Art has many faces, serious fine Art in portraiture and landscape using soft pastels, oils and acrylics, and then to the fun side where her favourite places have been turned into Wonky
Doodles, using pen and ink. Her own unique flamboyant style, conveys a sense of vibrancy and fun using colour and texture.
Lucia Para is an Italian artist based on the Isle of WIght.
She studied art in Florence, where she learned how painting has for centuries been a real craft that required many skills in working with raw materials.
Always passionate about doing creative things, and growing a true love for fabrics, she developed her own unique style, a weaving of all these pathways.
Lucia loves nature, and constantly seeks beauty, in small and large scale.
At the present moment, she is probably somewhere stitching together new colorful ideas...
A local illustrator living in Ryde. Jack graduated from the University of the West of England Bristol and has a passion for visual storytelling. Working primarily in watercolour he digitally enhances his artwork to create the finished image. His experience’s of living on the Isle of Wight when he was a child and the amazing memories of being young and free on the island have inspired him to create the work that he is making now.
James Lord was born on the Isle of Wight and grew up in Yarmouth where much off his childhood was spent sailing on the River Yar and swimming off Sandhard Beach. After gaining an BA Hons degree at London College of Printing he worked as a graphic designer in London for over 10 years. James returned to live on the Island in 2002 and renovated a 17th Century farmhouse near Gatcombe where his studio is sited in a converted barn.
James Lord’s work is inspired by journeys by bicycle, boat and on foot. It captures glimpses, views and moments in time that reflect the seasons with changing light and colours. Prints have a screen printed style, bold block colours, line drawn details and batik like textures.
Gill Thomas was very artistic as a child, a pencil permanently in her hand. Growing up, she was side- tracked by a career in the corporate world but in 2005 joined an evening class to paint water colours “properly” and her love of art was re-kindled. Her main interest is botanical art, painting in all mediums, from detailed studies on vellum to big, bold contemporary wall art on canvas, and she is a member of the prestigious group of Ventnor Botanical Artists. Recently however, fur and feather have entered her life in the form of the quirky Just Animals series, pictures that are a delight for children and adults alike. Gill undertakes commissions and regularly exhibits her work.
Rhoda Kelleway was born in London and studied at the Camberwell School of Art. She was posted to the Isle of Wight during the Second World War and did not return. She lived in Ryde for most of her life, painting and swimming in the sea into her eighties.
Her work was inspired by the ever changing seascape of the Solent. She enjoyed observing and painting the everyday life of the Solent and families on the beaches of Ryde, Bembridge and Wootton.
The Singing Crafter is originally from South Wales but after arriving on the Isle
of Wight for a summer job - over 20 years ago.....stayed.
She has always had a love for nature and gardening. Her images are created using
a needle felting technique, which combines her passion for nature and gardening
to produce extraordinary scenes that literally jump off the page..
From what started as a winter hobby, she now supplies galleries here on the Isle
of Wight and has had exhibitions in Wales and the New Forest.
Faith Davies was Born and Raised on the Isle of Wight, her eclectic work combines her love of photography with illustration.
Marcia trained at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London for a Diploma in Art and Design and went on to study interior design and decor.
After 3 years in Switzerland she returned to the UK working variously as a P/A, Chef and Caseworker until 1988 when she joined the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey for 7 years.
Now well established after 18 years on the Isle of Wight, she sells her work including her best selling range of bewitching artwear at local venues. Her artwork at present includes collage, murals and book illustration.
Her large Triptych “Colourstorm” was acquired by Healing Arts in 2005 and is displayed at St. Mary’s Hospital, Newport. It is part of the Public Foundation Catalogue.
Born and educated in Suffolk, Sarah studied at the Ipswich School of Art, and then completed a three-year painting degree at the Kingston School of Art. She completed a postgraduate certificate in education and still teaches part time. Sarah has lived on the Isle of Wight with her husband since 1981 and has 3 grown up sons, and various animals.
Whether it is portraits, animals or landscapes, Sarah prefers to work from life - contact with the subject is very important to her.
A versatile painter, she gets her inspiration from the world around her, and inevitably from the passions and pursuits she shares with her family. Sarah has enjoyed painting the lush landscapes of Suffolk, the seascapes, flora and fauna of the Isle of Wight and the wildernesses of Australia.
In 2004 she had a portrait accepted for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Sarah enjoys working with live subjects most of all, and has a fascination for capturing the essence of the subject.
Whilst she loves the outdoors and the ever changing natural world, she will always come back to the close observation of character. She has now painted many of the Island’s residents, and will happily consider commissions.
Stu Byrnes is a Landscape Photographer based in Ryde, on the beautiful Isle of Wight.
Stu takes great pleasure in showcasing his style and philosophy on Photography.
Stu discovered his love for Landscape Photography whilst holidaying in the Lake District, as a child, he would spend hours out on the fells capturing all the different views and aspects of the Cumbrian Landscapes.
His eye for Beautiful Landscapes continues.
Mick has lived on the Island since he was eleven years old, he has always drawn and started painting in his late teens. He was never taught art at school but eventually became an engineering draughtsman and designer, now retired. Watercolours and alkyds are his favourite mediums and his subject matter is diverse, varying from local views to figurative studies and works of a surreal flavor.
Born in Singapore in the late 60's, Nicola first moved to the Island when she was 4.
She was bought up in Godshill, and was inspired to paint from an early age.
After nursing training at U.C.H London, she studied millinery at The London College of Fashion.
In 1994, Nicola began as an artist in Godshill largely selling Island views.
In 2001, she attended The College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington to understand more about meditation and psychic art. At this time, Nicola began painting to music and found it to have a Zen-like meditative effect.
Nicola, a self taught artist, is inspired by life, her love of nature, music, colour and
spiritual understanding. Her work encompasses a wide range of subject matter/styles,
reflecting a determination to evolve through a continuous process of change.