The Old School, Church St, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 5JZ
After early training at the Beckenham College Of Art, Brian spent nearly 50 years in the printing industry as an etcher and photolitho planner. After joining the Adventurers Art Club 20 years ago he undertook further study at Brighton University. Brian has works in private and corporate collections both in England and abroad. He has lived in Burgess Hill since 1983 with his wife Helen, also an artist. Both Brian and Helen regularly exhibit at the Adventurers Annual Exhibition in Lindfield, Sussex.
Helen always enjoyed art as a hobby and, encouraged by Maureen Welfare (now the club President) joined the club in 1988. Since then she has studied the techniques and composition from demonstrators and other club members. Helen has also been on painting trips to The Earnley Concourse and painting holidays abroad. Painting mainly in watercolour Helen has tried other media, inspired by the demonstrators at the club evenings.
As long as I can remember I have had a great interest in art and architecture and I enjoyed studying both while at school. In the mid 1990s I started studying again, part time, initially taking Art History courses and then in the following years a number of painting classes in Burgess Hill with tutors David Hopkins, Hagop Kasparian, Clare Buckle and Carole Haithwaite. My paintings are inspired by the keen interest I have in the rural landscape, cities, industrial scenes, townscapes, marine and seaside subjects. I work mainly in acrylics, watercolour and gouache often combining all three. I have been a member of the Adventurers Art club since 2007 and have exhibited with them in Cuckfield and Lindfield, I’ve also shown at Marle Place and at the Shipley Festival. My paintings are now in private collections in the U.K. and Europe.
Bill Hill has been passionate about painting and drawing since school days. He studied “life and figure drawing” at the Royal College of Art in Kensington while studying civil & structural engineering at University. He has subsequently progressively attended adult education art classes and workshops involving using pencil, pen & ink, watercolour, acrylics, and oil paints, although he now specialises in soft pastel paintings. Since 2007 he has exhibited at several local Art Exhibitions and Displays, including for 3 solo exhibitions in the foyer of Clair Hall, Haywards Heath in 2010, 2012, and 2013. Since 2010 he has acted as an occasional guest Soft Pastels Demonstrator and Workshop Organiser at three Art Clubs and for Members of the Warninglid Residents Association.
Chris Batt took up painting in September 1998 when joining an adult education beginner’s class at Marle Place in Burgess Hill. Never having studied art at school, it was an opportunity to try something creative and she has never looked back. Watercolour is her preferred medium but she has begun venturing into the exciting world of mixed media which she finds extremely exhilarating after the formality of traditional watercolour. Painting and sketching has enabled Chris to meet people who also have an interest in art and the fun of going out sketching with a view to producing a painting when returning home, including the memories of a great day out, is a great way to spend those winter days. Chris belongs to several art groups, including The Adventurers.
Val has been secretary of the club since 2003. She enjoys being secretary of this very friendly club, which she joined in 1998. Val has always been interested in all aspects of art, and enjoy experimenting with different styles and materials to create her pictures.
Holly joined the club in 2012 and is an animal illustrator and portrait artist. She gets her inspiration from visiting animal sanctuaries, zoos and farms and is a keen photographer. Holly has recently started illustrating for childrens books. She is a self-taught artist and has learnt from other artists at the art clubs demonstrations.
A Brighton-born self-taught artist, Maureen paints in oils. Her subjects cover landscapes, animals and portraits and her commissions hang in private collections in South Africa, France, Germany, New York, Tokyo, Australia and Channel Islands, Switzerland, Norway and throughout this country. She has successfully exhibited in Germany and France, with several Mid-Sussex Galleries and participated in many Susses exhibitions, The Wildlife Artists Society in London and Brighton and with The Adventurers Art Club, of which she is now President. She organises Charity art exhibitions to raise money for local causes, such as Headway, The Parkinsons Disease Society and for joint exhibitions with artists from Bondues, Near Lille – the twinned town with Haywards Heath.
After leaving school, Carole studied design at the London College of Printing and worked as a designer in advertising and marketing agencies. She took up watercolor painting shortly after moving to Sussex in 1992 and studied drawing in colour with the OCA. She prefers to work direct from life, attends a life drawing group and likes to sketch out of doors, working in watercolour and mixed media. She teaches drawing and painting both privately and for West Sussex Adult & Community Learning Service. You can see more of her work at www.carolehaithwaite.com
Mike was born in Brighton and has lived in Sussex throughout his life. His past career as a civil engineer, involving architectural and marine projects, continues to have a strong influence on his choice of paintings - mostly captured in watercolour. He has always been passionate about drawing, and since retiring some twenty years ago, has focused his efforts on outdoor sketching as the main source of inspiration and reference material. He has been an active member of The Adventurers Art Club for many years, organising the outdoor sessions for more than a decade, and also being the club's Exhibitions Manager for five years. He is also a member of the Weald of Sussex and Windmills Art Clubs - and has successfully exhibited and sold work throughout Sussex and the home Counties, as well as in France and Holland. Apart from tennis and badminton Mike's other hobbies also include picture framing and philately.
Following a long career in London as a professional colourist of antique prints and maps, Dorothy has been painting for pleasure for the past 20 years. She specialises in watercolour landscapes, but also enjoys working in pastels and pastel pencils (with animals as the main subject) and painting seascapes in oils. For several years she was a scenery painter for the Haywards Heath Operatic Society and is currently the Membership Secretary for the Adventurers Art Club. She exhibits and sells her work in the South East.
Marie Claire Elvinia is a nurse by profession with a passion in art. She draws, sketches and paint as a hobby. She paints abstracts, botanical and sea/landscapes and uses acrylic, watercolour,oil pastels and mixed media. She has been a member of the Adventurers Art Club since 2011 and participated at the club art exhibitions and sold her paintings. She is also a member of the Onwards Art Club and The Brighton and Sussex University Hospital staff art club. She designed one of the Christmas cards for 2016 and donated it for charity for the Friends of Brighton and Hove Hospitals which works with the local NHS to enhance patient experience by raising money for equipment and services that make a difference.
Although I have received no formal training I have always enjoyed painting and drawing but it wasn’t until I retired 5 years ago that I really had time to rediscover my love of the creative process. To get me back into the swing I attended some watercolour workshops and later I starting going to Creative Art classes that covered working with different mediums and ways of working. In 2013 I joined the Epsom and Ewell Art Group where I was inspired by the work of the other members in the group and by the amazing artists who came to the club to give demonstrations.
I moved from Epsom to Haywards Heath in 2015 and was able to realise my dream of having my own studio in the garden. I mostly work in watercolour but I also enjoy experimenting with other mediums and enjoy painting and drawing a variety of subjects.
I have exhibited at Denbies Vineyard in Dorking and Bourne Hall in Ewell.