Archive for June, 2012

June 28, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Patricia Palmer

Patricia Palmer is one the fantastic Artists currently showing work at i2Art as part of our Summer Exhibition, why not pop in and have a look for yourself?

Patricia’s art training in the 70’s in Leeds (Teacher Training College, Headingley), was graphic based: the following years of teaching developed her abilities in a variety of art and craft skills. After 22 years in the classroom she decided to return to study. Patricia started the first full time course in 2000 at Cambridge Regional College and continued there for the next 5 years: Foundation, HND, Diploma and finally BA Hons, graduating from A.P.U. Cambridge in 2005 achieving a high class degree in Fine Art, specializing in painting.

At first, Patricia explores ideas through drawing, painting and collage, on paper (postcard size) using all mediums. She works from memory in order to sift away the unessential revealing only the typical, although, referring to photographs if she needs to check a specific detail/ colour/ shape/ position in space etc. Patricia tries out different formats, scale and size on paper to see which is appropriate for her theme before going on to canvas. Colours are softened or intensified, perspective flattened and features simplified.

‘My work, though abstract in appearance is for me representational and my paintings are how I see the world and how the world makes me feel.’

To see more of Patricia’s’s work, available to buy, visit –

If you like the i2Art Gallery blog why not visit our Facebook page i2Art Gallery or follow us on Twitter – @i2artgallery

June 20, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Sarah Booth

Sarah graduated from West Surrey College of art and design in 1990 with a BA hons in fine art painting. She has spent time travelling and working as a teacher, artist in residence in schools in west London, as well as having a family and painting and exhibiting.

In 1996 she spent some time at the Cypriot Art college in Pafos, under the expert tutelage of Stass Paraskos, he was impressed by a bold use of colour and a quirky quality! It was here that Sarah started painting pomegranates that still feature in her work today.

Sarah’s work has been described as Gypsy folk, with a pinch of kitsch. The main themes at the moment are flowers, birds, pomegranates and insects.

‘I paint both from life and memory and my images unexpectedly continue over the sides of the canvases and can be enjoyed from multiple viewpoints. I use mixed media including canvas patches, gold leaf and may print on the sides of the canvases.’

Since 2008 Sarah has regularly exhibited at the New Ashgate Gallery Surrey, she has also exhibited at the Landmark Art fair in Teddington Lock, Artshed and Letchworth Art centre and more recently the Tudor Gallery Sawbridgeworth. She is currently doing an MA in art therapy at the University of Hertfordshire and is excited to be exhibiting at the i2Art Gallery in Saffron Walden

Sarah lives in Hertfordshire and works from her garden studio

To see more of Sarah’s work, available to buy, visit –

If you like the i2Art Gallery blog why not visit our Facebook page i2Art Gallery or follow us on Twitter – @i2artgallery

June 14, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Sarah Warnes

Sarah Warnes is currently part of our Summer Exhibiton, why not pop in and see her work alongside a selection of other beautiful artworks both from Artists new to i2Art and some familiar faces?

Sarah studied Fine Art and Illustration, and gained B.A.(Hons) Degree in Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University in 2003. She has exhibited in and around Cambridge, and is a regular gallery artist at the Porthminster Gallery in St. Ives Cornwall.

She teaches watercolour painting and drawing in Cambridgeshire and London, directs art education projects and has illustrated several published books and on-line courses. Sarah also trained at the Royal Academy of Music studying singing and harp, and music continues to directly influence and inform her work.

“I live in a smallSouth Cambridgeshirevillage, surrounded by fields, a nature reserve and bordered by the hills of Essex and Hertfordshire and use the landscape as my point of inspiration. I regularly walk the village ‘boundary’, and record variations in the seasonal colours, effects of light, and the historical patterns and lines, -which I use in my work to create a ‘sense of place’. My work is water-based, sometimes purely watercolour, but at other times I use gouache, graphite, ink and gold leaf metal – whatever I need to express whatever I am saying about the piece in progress.”

To see more of Sarah’s work, available to buy, visit –

If you like the i2Art Gallery blog why not visit our Facebook page i2Art Gallery or follow us on Twitter – @i2artgallery

June 7, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Emma Petts

Artist Emma Petts grew up in Kent but moved to Braintree 5 years ago to live with her boyfriend, now her husband. She has a 10 year old daughter, 2 step kids and a cat with no ears! Emma studied Art GSCE at school and then started Art A level but left 6th form after a year of study – work was calling her and she found a job working for a fashion company as an Admin Assistant. She now works for Reiss as their shipping manager and has been with them for 12 years.

‘My dream one day is to own my own cafe ( I love to cook as well as paint) and spend my time cooking and painting…… one day!’

Emma began painting again about 4 years ago, after seeing a picture of some Graham & Green wallpaper in Marie Clare magazine and thinking a larger version would look nice on her lounge wall. She ordered a swatch, bought a canvas, some brushes and acrylic and set to work! Her style since then has changed a lot. A trip to Brighton a few years ago and a view of Yvonne Coomber’s beautiful work lead her in a different direction and resulted in her collection of circle paintings.

Emma spend’s her evenings painting in her lounge with sheets on the floor to protect the carpet (there is a dark green stain on there from a spillage a couple of years ago, hence the sheets now!) but would love one day to turn one of her bedrooms into a studio so that she doen’t have to keep putting her paints and brushes away each time.

‘I like bright colourful pictures and although the circle paintings are abstract to me they are fields of flowers and I love them! Recently I’ve started to build up a lot of texture as I think it really adds to the painting, along with the glitter! I’m not fussy with what I use, acrylics, tester pots from B & Q, kids poster paint, kids glitter paint, shiny sequins, nothing is really off limits! This is my first exhibition, I hope you like my work!’

To see more of Emma’s work, available to buy, visit –

If you like the i2Art Gallery blog why not visit our Facebook page i2Art Gallery or follow us on Twitter – @i2artgallery

June 3, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Jackie Figg – Jubilee Special!

Happy Jubilee!

i2Art is celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee with the work of Artist Jackie Figg

A visit to Colchester Castle museum in 1995 sparked Jackie’s initial passion for mosaics. The beautifully preserved Roman mosaic floors inspired Jackie to master the techniques and create her own mosaic artworks. Working from her studio in the Essex countryside, Jackie fulfills her love of colour, pattern, detail & form from the initial designs through to the finished mosaics.

Each mosaic is constructed from a variety of materials, including matt porcelain, vitreous glass, mirror & glazed ceramic tiles all hand cut with meticulous care and precision. This beautiful ancient artform stands the test of time, being naturally hardwaring, non-fading, waterproof and able to withstand extreme temperatures, thus making mosaic art ideal for both inside and out.

Jackies particular passion is to create mosaic art of the human form. Embracing the disciplines of proportion, perspective, form, colour and tone, which provide the greatest challenge but also give the greatest satisfaction

To see more of the Summer Exhibition Artist’s work, available to buy, visit –

If you like the i2Art Gallery blog why not visit our Facebook page i2Art Gallery or follow us on Twitter – @i2artgallery

June 1, 2012

Summer Exhibition – Yasmin Marsh

Yasmin was born in Oxford in 1966. She began sketching and painting in both watercolours and oils in around 1979. Her subjects at this time were mainly still life based on branches of trees and dried flowers and portraits of literary figures, Samuel Beckett and Thomas Hardy. She studied English Literature and Fine Art, graduating in 1991 from the University College of Ripon and York St. John. In 1996 she qualified as an Art Therapist from the University of Hertfordshire and worked in mental health until the birth of her first child in 1999.

Her current paintings are oils on both canvas and board. They are mainly sunsets, landscapes and seascapes inspired by visits to Iceland, Morocco, Denmark and the Norfolk Coast. She is interested in trying to capture the feelings evoked by the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Yasmin has enjoyed participating in Cambridge Open Studios in both 2009 and 2010. She has exhibited at the b Gallery in Toddington, Bedfordshire and Darryl Nantais Gallery in Linton, Cambridgeshire.

To see more of Yasmin’s work, available to buy, visit –

If you like the i2Art Gallery blog why not visit our Facebook page i2Art Gallery or follow us on Twitter – @i2artgallery