Visual Artist – Ian Pearsall

An inclination to Art..
I gravitated to art in school and I loved reading History. Until my school art teacher told my folks that everything we see around us that we use in our everyday lives had to be conceived, designed, manufactured and marketed; art looked like a career offering no more than just painting pretty pictures, and of concern.
A careers interview at Trinity House in Hanley pointed me to Newcastle-Under-Lyme college and to ‘A’ level art, and onto a B/Tec Design course to follow. I loved it at NULC!! . The lecturers were passionate to the core, and that ignited me; my portfolio shaped up to bounce through the doors of Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham. I studied Furniture & Product Design on a Degree sandwich course intended to place us directly into industry. I loved the projects which were challenging but the loose structuring of the course tested my discipline! I was placed into the drawing office of an engineering firm which manufactured robotic measuring instruments which was dull as ditchwater. I wanted to draw, I wanted to experiment creatively…
I basically got my degree producing a fine art degree show where there should have been rigid technical drawings. I love to generate ideas, I love a loose visceral style… I want to produce excitement in my artworks. There are no hidden agendas in my work and there are no great lengths of writing to read to get it!
People look at my work and say ‘that’s me in that picture, in the place I grew up’ or ‘I remember when it was like that’ – I draw on my original photographs of this unchanged city and there is still plenty of it, reference it’s context from old maps and relish in descriptions of life from people who were in the thick of the industries, family stories.
I don’t produce work to meet a market demographic that sells, I paint and draw what I’m interested in and people come to it – when people get sick of history, and tired of Stoke-On-Trent I’ll just be painting away and I’ll end up with pile of work up to the ceiling. It excites and delights that Stokies always have their heart in Stoke – my work is on walls in offices in Dubai, homes in Australia, up in the Western Isles and Honolulu!!
Stokies always take a piece of home away with them… I’ve walked and re-walked every inch of this city and there is new inspiration every time I do so – It’s all out there like a deep well of inspiration – I’ll always walk this city, that’s where my Art is…
As I’ve noted, Stoke-On-Trent is my creative epicenter – it has a thousand year history of creativity – There’s a cultural revival rooted to the past and It’s fantastic to see all that is going on – the City of Culture sent it fever pitch and even though we didn’t get the title the feeling is till reverberating around the city.

Susan Smith

Scottish artist Susan Smith – painter, printer, art tutor and founder of Greenpark Weavers, an off-loom weaving project based at her studio in Falkirk – was born and brought up on a Aberdeenshire farm where an extremely outdoor childhood fostered her deep love of the natural world.

Susan is an MFA graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University, and a Hospitalfield alumnus.  Hospitalfield House is an arts centre and historic house in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland regarded as “one of the finest country houses in Scotland”. It is believed to be “Scotland’s first school of fine art” and the first art college in Britain.

She is inspired by the natural world and is a keen observer of animal and bird behaviour and strong supporter of conservation.  She often sketches and paints outdoors before developing her work more fully in oils once back in the studio.  For the past few years she has spent a week each year painting on the Isle of May along with Kittie Jones, Lara Scouller, Leo du Feu, Liz Myhill and Nye Hughes.

Susan is an active member of Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop (FDPW) who exhibit regularly and predominantly in Fife, Edinburgh and the Central Belt of Scotland.  In printmaking Susan specialises in original linocut prints.

She has original oils, watercolours and linocuts in the Gallery as well as a selection of prints and cards.  All take their inspiration from nature, primarily wild birds and animals.

Francesca Watson

I’m Francesca, a self-taught artist and printmaker living and working in Edinburgh. For me creating a piece of art is like going on a journey into the unknown. It starts with a vague idea which only really takes shape as you begin to work on it. But even then, is never fully understood until the artwork is finished and the destination reached.
I am inspired in some part by beautiful creatures in nature – human or otherwise – and in some part by fleeting images in my imagination. My work is sometimes realistic and sometimes more stylised. But often it contains a sense of movement and expression which is a continuation of the very real excitement I feel every time I’m carving lino or wielding a paintbrush or drawing with a piece of charcoal.
I started my artistic journey (as an adult) in 2012 when I decided to have a go at lino printing in my spare time. After honing my linocut skills over several years I recently discovered a passion for drawing from life and painting figures, which I never knew I had. I currently feel an inescapable urge to push my artistic boundaries even further and experiment with different drawing and painting mediums and to try new printmaking techniques. Here’s to new adventures!

David Dalzell

David Dalzell – The Wandering Artist

David is a visual artist, with a varied background in art, science, and graphic design. Nature and landscape greatly inspire him, although his subject matter is eclectic, a resonance with this artist’s wandering spirit. There is contradiction in David’s work, which can in one moment be controlled, honed and detailed with the application of a series of fine lines, and then in another free and spontaneous with swift movement of a camera, or sweeping stroke of acrylic paint.

In this phase of his artistic career, David loves to work in a more focused way to capture detail with his pen and ink work, loving the true development of drawing skill and execution. “This is where I really see a development of my craft today”, David says. And indeed the new nature-inspired work is heavily influenced by David’s graphic design eye.

A member of the Society of Scottish artists, and based in Edinburgh for 20 years, David has recently started travelling internationally, working as an artist and graphic designer to gain new experiences and widen his influences. This is impacting greatly on his creative projects and influencing his style and subject material.

Volunteering his expertise has enabled him to explore widely different projects, from preparing Buddhist temple statues to up-cycling discarded materials, and so whilst helping others, David has had the chance to develop his art.

“New materials offer themselves all the time” David says, “but there is something already tangibly perfect about wood and paper, and being an environmental biologist, I really prefer natural products”.  The exploration of wood as his canvas for pen and ink work has helped David capture the wonderful detailed natural scenes in a whole new medium, and to use the new skills developed over the last year.

David has an overriding passion that greatly influences not only his artwork, but also his life: the love of learning and new experiences. David will be resident in Australia and New Zealand from October 2017 to April 2018 to develop a new body of work, inspired by his Antipodean adventures and the natural and rural landscapes. David also intends to build networks for future workshops; helping other people develop their own artistic skills and styles.

David has exhibited and sold work in both the UK and internationally, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, New York, Lyon, New Zealand and Australia.

Follow David’s wandering path at the following online locations:

Web portfolio: www.daviddalzell.co.uk
The Wandering Artist’s blog: www.david-dalzell.blogspot.co.uk
Society of Scottish Artists: www.s-s-a.org/member/?u=daviddalzell

David is open to taking commissions. Please email the artist at info@daviddalzell.co.uk