Ray Balkwill, SWAc - Multi media Artist/ Painter
Ray is a well-known West Country artist who paints landscapes, particularly sea and river, in watercolour, pastels, mixed media and oils. He studied at Exeter College of Art and has shown in numerous group exhibitions including the South West Academy, Royal West of England Academy and the R.I.
Ray is a strong advocate of painting en plein air and his main objective is to capture the mood and ‘spirit’ of a place. Living as he does on the coast, it is little wonder that the wide-open spaces of sea, estuary and sky have been the main spring of his art. He is a regular contributor to art magazines and has also made two art instruction films with APV Films. He is author of seven art books and his latest book ‘Travelling Light’ was published in Autumn 2014. In 2006 he was elected an Academician in the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts and he is also a member of the St Ives Society of Artists.
[b]Hannah Tofts - Designer/ Artist/ Illustrator
Hannah is passionate about inspiring ways of looking with both adults and children. She's an enthusiastic motivator, teaching with the senses, experiences and lots of colour. Working on location, with what ever she finds whereever she travels. Hannah has worked as a freelance Creative in various mediums since she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1987. After writing 15 children’s art books and teaching BA/ MA Graphic Design she moved to Amsterdam for 14 years as a collage and paint illustrator. She now lives and draws on the side of a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland where she teaches art (to non professionals) while writing the 2nd book in her inspiring series of Ways of Looking.
Karen Beauchamp – Designer / Artist/ Printmaker
Colour has always been Karen’s absolute obsession; she collects pigments from all over the world. She is inspired by the atmosphere, spatial relationships and the ever-changing colours of the landscape, she faces the daily challenge to translate these with paint and linocuts.
She trained as an architect but diversified into design, to run her own wallpaper print and design company for many years, she was the Creative Director of Cole & Son Wallpapers for 10 years before she moved to argyll. She has created collection for many companies including a bejewelled wallpaper collection for Swarovski.
Bill Baillie - Photographer
Art has always been Bill’s true passion and photography provides the perfect medium to capture both the miracles and the most ordinary everyday occurrences, making each one a most beautiful and unforgettable moment. The outstanding natural beauty of Argyll - its rugged coastal landscape, the passion of the seasons and the history that seeps through the land - is the ever changing backdrop for Bill’s work.