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Potter was born in London in 1866 and grew up living the conventionally sheltered life of a Victorian girl in a well-to-do household. She was educated at home by a governess with her brother Bertram. Her constant companions were the pet animals she kept which she enjoyed studying and sketching. On summer holidays she delighted in exploring the countryside and learning about plants and animals from her own observations. Beatrix Potter’s career as a children’s illustrator and storyteller began when The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published by Frederick Warne and Co. in 1902. The public loved it as soon as it appeared and Beatrix went on to produce on average two books a year until 1910.
The money she earned from her ‘little books', as she called them, gave her financial independence and she began to purchase property in her beloved Lake District. Writing and painting began to take second place to farming, sheep-breeding and buying stretches of the beautiful Lakeland countryside to ensure their conservation. When she died in 1943 she left over 4,000 acres of land and fifteen farms to the nation.
Paul is one of the leading Landscape Painters working today. He is widely known for his highly individual watercolours, acrylics and etchings inspired by East Anglia’s landscape and coast, Sussex Downland, the Kent Weald and Cornwall’s rugged coast and moorland. His painting explores only a few locations in detail through all times of the year to convey a deep sense of place. He constantly experiments with techniques and materials - finding new ways to reflect the changing light and seasons in his work.
Paul studied illustration and printmaking for four years between 1972 and 1976 at Eastbourne College of Art and Design, and has been fortunate to make his living solely from his painting since graduating. He started to show his work at the Ralph Lewis Gallery in Brighton’s Lanes, and immediately started to sell everything that he could paint. Since 1976 Paul has had some 60 solo Exhibitions and numerous group shows, usually attended by large numbers of collectors, quite often selling out within hours of the opening.
Work has been bought by collectors and buyers worldwide - America, Japan, Australia and Europe - as well as by a large and loyal following closer to home.
Sasha was born in Bath but raised on the south coast in Dorset. One of seven children she was encouraged to paint from an early age and had her first exhibition at the age of fourteen with an older sister in the sitting room at home. She won an Art Scholarship to Marlborough College, which was followed by a Diploma and a Fine Art Degree. She now lives on the south coast of Cornwall with man, dog and chickens.
You can see the artist's work now at the Quay Gallery or take a quick look at the 'More Artists' section which can be accessed by the following link.
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