After fifteen years in the British Army, Ady sustained a severe injury whilst on active service. Suffering from depression an ALDI painting kit turned his life around. That humble box of cheap pigments, brushes and paper, kick-started his creative journey.
From his first exposure to studio pottery Andrew was inspired by the work of Bernard Leach and his circle of friends. Andrew likes clean lines and simple forms, and his pots are designed for domestic spaces that share both aesthetic and functional elements, exploring traditional values and contemporary aesthetics.
Nature and landscape have always been inspirational for Heather. Her smaller spontaneous watercolours painted en-plein air contrast greatly with her larger more abstract paintings.
Born in Saltburn, the proximity of the coast and the sea has always informed Ian's creative work. His formative influences of the sea and the coastal people and landscape has persisted for over a half a century and he sees no reason to look elsewhere
James has worked as an artist in Guisborough since 1991. James uses paint in response to this region’s visual splendour, creating paintings that celebrate our landscape. There is a certain northern light that is very subtle, he aims to express this feeling, by conjuring with paint, to convey a sense
Jill Ray has been a practising artist and designer for over 30 years. She builds up her images digitally with fragments of shapes overlapping and overlaying often working on 70 or 80 layers to create the impact she strives for.
Inspired by her riding in Kent, Jo produced very detailed pencil drawings and exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – until she had so many galleries showing her work that she could give up teaching and become a full-time artist, producing pencil drawings, etchings and watercolours.
Julia is a contemporary abstract oil painter based in Harrogate. Passionate about colour, with an ever-evolving palette, rich textures and dynamic mark making, her work conveys emotional connection through an intuitive practice.
Taking inspiration from in and around Whitby and the coastline where she lives, Kate draws on her sculptural background which has led her to develop an impasto style.
Lesley is inspired by wild, remote places and bountiful blossoming in her garden. Her florals and landscapes are notable for their colour, atmosphere and expressive marks. Often the paintings are as much about her feelings as they are about the subject
Peter Hicks has achieved national and international status with his atmospheric and expressive paintings. The Esk Valley and the surrounding moorland have had a deep and lasting influence on his life and work.
Discovering the therapeutic benefits of photographing local woodland has been a profound and life-changing experience for Simon. The North York Moors are home to some beautiful pockets of wild woodland, each of them offering a sense of mystery, wonder, and stories waiting to be told.