Cambridge Drawing Society members work in a diverse range of media and subject matter.

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Two Oranges (David John Leathers)

David John Leathers

Most of my paintings are in oils, a medium unsurpassed for luminosity and intensity of colour. My subject matter is varied, from the coastal scene in Suffolk or Cornwall to portraits and the figure.  Currently I am working on still-life subjects in a modern realism...
Initially academically trained in the traditions of Western Art, after a trip to China in 1986, I began doing East Asian painting in the literati style (painting by scholar-artists), then after retiring from my profession as a painting restorer I began to develop my printmaking...
Evening in the Fens (Barbara Harlow)

Barbara Harlow

Barbara lives in Soham and has been painting for most of her life.  She was the owner of an art gallery in Ely for 14 years and has now retired to concentrate on her painting. The early tuition she received from two well known local...
Minted Fen Upware (Victoria Parker-Jervis)

Victoria Parker-Jervis

Victoria Parker-Jervis (born 1963) has lived and worked most of her life as an artist and painter of East Anglia.  A student at the Chelsea School of Art 1981-5.  She works mostly in oil on canvas and also uses watercolour, pencil and silver point amongst...
Lezignan Folly (Sean MacGarry)

Sean MacGarry

I grew up in South London, and during my last year at school in Blackheath, attended Saturday morning sessions at Camberwell Art School, doing silk screen printing and lino-cut prints. Having contemplated pursuing a career in graphic design I decided to study architecture at Regent...
Towards the Church on Great North Fen (Iona Howard)

Iona Howard

My prints use figuration and abstraction to portray the landscape of places I know well. The sources can come from working en plein air or expressing landscape filtered through memory. The physicality of my approach to the printing process combined with a contemplative exploration of...
Peeling Apples (Barbara Rogers)

Barbara Rogers

I paint in oils.  I enjoy painting people who are doing things, mainly set in front of a landscape.
Burnham Overy Staithe (Cathy Parker)

Cathy Parker

My paintings spring from my lifelong enjoyment of the natural world. My main subject is the landscape, especially trees. I work in various media, including oils, acrylics, watercolours, ink and mixed media. I have two ways of working: outdoors in front of the subject, in...
Across Ferry Lagoon to Over Church (Veronica Sutherland)

Veronica Sutherland

I am an amateur artist who has enjoyed painting and drawing for many years.  In 2010 I gained a Distance Learning Diploma in botanical painting and have continued with this, mainly in coloured pencils.  I also like to try less detailed work, experimenting with different...
The View from Assisi (Chris Hewitt)

Chris Hewitt

I trained as a graphic designer/typographer going on to form my own consultancy as well as teaching graphics full and part time. My career in visual communication fuelled my love of drawing/painting. As design became more computer based and my own work became less ‘hand...

Louise Faure-Walker

I was born in North Yorkshire. Worked in London and then lived in the North Hertfordshire countryside. I am an established painter and inspired by the world around me use drawings as a record for my studio paintings. I work in oils to create works of...
Chris and Jake (Freya Hoayun)

Freya Hoayun

I am a portrait painter based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. I have always been interested in capturing the likeness of someone be it person or animal. I am mostly self taught but I studied fine art at school where I developed my love of portraiture...
Originally from Singapore, Susan has lived in the UK for nearly 30 years. In 2012, she became the first local artist-in-residence at Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham. She is currently working on two series of work: Daily Exercise and Skygazing. Daily Exercise is her response...
On the Cam (Liz Beardwell)

Elizabeth Beardwell

I obtained a degree in Art and Art History from Cambridge School of Art & Design at APU. I found that I developed a particular interest in Printmaking, the process involved somehow separating the artist from the final image. Interest in the medieval images in...
Staithes Fishing Boat (Clare Trowell)

Clare Trowell

I enjoy producing linoprints. My work is influenced by nature, everyday life and the world I see around me. I love to draw and observational drawing informs my printing practice. I have been printmaking for about six years now and I really enjoy the process...

Vera Rosenberry

Vera Rosenberry has lived in Grantchester for over 20 years.  She has been painting landscapes recently, inspired by the hedgerows, river, and fields nearby.  While these landscapes are imaginary, the imagery is based on memory of what she has seen on her frequent walks through...
Journey of the Magi _A cold coming we had of it_ (Sarah Warnes)

Sarah Warnes

Studied Fine Art and Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, art tutor for community adult education and private classes.  Ambassador for Derwent Fine Art Pencils. I am currently producing a body of work which reflects my interest in rural Britain’s lost and found drove roads, holloways and paths. ...

John Glover

John Glover is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Jordanhill College of Further Education, and the Open University. Between 1970 and 1980, John worked as a freelance book illustrator in London for such publishers as Evans Bros, Hamlyns, Oxford University Press and Macmillans....
Blue Whale Yellow SeaI (EJTaylor)

ELizabeth Jane Taylor

I’m local to Cambridge and have lived in the city all my life, for most my working life I have been a part-time artist, squeezing in my artistic activities in any spare time I could find between full time work and family commitments, so did...
Bird of Australia (Colin Barker)

Colin Barker

My art training was at the Hornsey College of Art where I achieved my National Diploma in Design degree (BA). After art school I went into publishing, doing magazine and technical book design. I worked for various publishers and then at the Central Office of...
Deep into my soul (Giulia Quaresima)

Giulia Quaresima

Giulia Quaresima is an Italian artist who lives and works in Cambridge, UK. Her artistic activity focuses on figurative subjects, particularly portraits and nudes. The women’s universe is the main theme of her painting season: the relentless passage of time, the laceration of abandonment, the...
Looking Back (Geoff Goddard)

Geoff Goddard

Geoff Goddard is a British portrait artist based in Cambridgeshire. After retiring from visual arts teaching, he has focused even more on his paintings where realism is fundamental. The Pre-Raphaelites era and many contemporary figurative artists have influenced Goddard’s work. His art employs a range...
Destination (Caroline Forward)

Caroline Forward

Caroline lives and works in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Her main inspiration comes from her surroundings whether that is people, landscape, city or general life around her here both at home and abroad.  She is increasingly using oils and cold wax medium to push her work...

Tim Milner

I have always enjoyed drawing, and I mainly produce highly imaginative works, but I also like drawing buildings and wildlife. I work mainly in graphite pencil, but also some coloured pencil and watercolour. I have exhibited since 2014 and been a member of the CDS...
Path to the Old Lighthouse (Nina Sage)

Nina Sage

I am a Hilton based printmaker who enjoys portraying the natural world, creating colourful, multi-layered prints in small variable editions. I specialise in linocut, woodcut, wood engraving and monoprint, sometimes combining these methods to get the images I want. Artist’s Statement Printmaking gives me a...
Saffron Walden Pop (Sonia Villiers)

Sonia Villiers

Sonia Villiers was born in Bristol and moved to London to study Fashion Design, running her own boutique in Bloomsbury for 10 years. She has been living near Cambridge for 25 years. Her work can be recognised by her use of vibrant colour, bendy buildings...
Dad's Shed (Mel Collins)

Melanie Collins

Melanie Collins (b1954) is a Member and Chairman of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists (SEAW) and a Committee Member of the Cambridge Drawing Society (CDS). She studied History of Art and Architecture at A Level, took a B.Sc in Geography (and Economics) at Bristol...
Walking in the Rain (John Tordoff)

John Tordoff

 John is entirely self-taught, having worked for most of  his adult life as a professional actor.  Any formal training during these years was acquired on various courses at London’s City Lit and Morley College. This included a great deal of life drawing, oil painting, watercolour...

Melanie Max

Melanie’s semi-abstract landscapes are inspired by the British coast and wetlands. She works from her studio aboard her narrowboat with views across the washes in Cambridgeshire. Originally from Cornwall, her life’s path gradually took her to the flatlands of the Fens and closer to her...
A Moment In Time (Debbie Baxter)

Debbie Baxter

I have painted all my life and looking back I was always interested in drawing and painting trees. Growing up in the middle of nature surrounded by woodland on all sides I realize how much I was engaged with the landscape around me. My mother...
Autumn (Pat Stoten)

Patricia Stoten

I work both in watercolour and acrylic with bold colours and shapes.  I like to explore exciting colour combinations, and particularly enjoy making collage from paper and films that I have made in advance.
Tangerines (Ho-young Reynolds)

Ho-Young Reynolds

Ho-Young is a self-taught artist. Born and educated in South Korea, she holds BA in French Literature. After graduate school in New York, she spent two years at a NY publishing house. Back in Korea, she wrote and published a book and translated two others,...

Katy Bailey

Katy Bailey’s work is a diary in paint. She follows her passions about nature and sustainability to try to find new ways of communicating these with the viewer. The underlying theme and subject matter revolve around nature, specifically woodlands. Nature has all the answers we...
Sea Spray I (Frances Campbell)

Frances Campbell

My paintings celebrate nature in all her glory. I aim to capture the freshness of a sea breeze or the softness of a woodland floor whilst exploring the balance between realism and abstraction. I start with lots of quick sketches trying to record the essence...
One misty, moisty morning (Lynn Norton)

Lynn Norton

I am local artist based in a village in Cambridgeshire. I have used many different mediums over the years and up until recently have been inspired by those that are water-based as I have always loved the unpredictability of the results. With regard to my acrylic ink...
Golden Child (Rachel Haynes)

Rachel Haynes

I am originally from New Zealand and now live near Cambridge in the village of Bassingbourn. From an early age, I was greatly encouraged in my love of drawing and painting, especially my passion for portraiture. I work is mainly in pastel, which I love for...
Fragments (Lizanne van Essen)

Lizanne van Essen

My work includes a variety of media including collage, paint, textiles, printmaking and book art.  The images are sometimes representational sometimes abstracted, and emphasise line, form and colour. The sculptural books evolved from a delight in pure form, with the play of light creating shadows...
Kings College Peeping from the Landscape (Alice Thomson)

Alice Thomson

I have a degree in illustration and work in my home studio specialising in mixed media landscapes, and cityscapes and still life. These are continuations from onsite sketches. Experimenting with different techniques and materials with no strict rules, I enjoy looking for new and surprising...
Bridge Light and Shadow (Katie Maynard)

Katie Maynard

Katie Maynard often uses urban or natural locations as a starting point and can use historical research to inspire her imagery. Her work can be observational often evoking a sense of place and human connection.  She is drawn to motifs that express fleeting moments, movement,...
And Quiet Flows the Cam (Colin Hayes)

Colin Hayes

After a life-long career in publishing, the second half of it with Cambridge University Press, I started to draw and paint seriously in my ‘third age’ about 20 years ago.  I was taught privately for several years by James Horton, formerly President of the RBA;...
The Shadows We Make (Gillian Coe)

Gillian Coe

I come from a rural background, and have always been an outdoors person. My love of the countryside and wildlife, is reflected ins my art. I took up painting 15 years ago and am self-taught. For the last 8 years I have been mainly painting...
Bedazzled (Vivienne Machell)

Vivienne Machell

My formal art education from 1967-70 was a pre-diploma course at Portsmouth College of Art and then a 3 year course in Fashion and Textiles at Nottingham College of Art. I have continually practiced my art throughout my life, mainly life drawing and portraits and...
The Blue Umbrella, Snowy Cambridge (Chris Lockwood)

Christine (Chris) Lockwood

I trained at Chester College of Art and Nottingham Trent (BA Hons.) specializing in Printed Textile Design in the department of Fashion and Textiles. A retail business in the city centre of Nottingham followed and for many years I designed and hand printed fashion and...
Foxes(Ann Biggs)

Ann Biggs

Ann trained in the 1970’s at the Cambridge School of Art and has worked as a professional illustrator ever since.  Ann found work with educational publishers specialising in Natural History for schools, also taking on commissioned work with private customers. Nowadays Ann looks to private...
The Sheltered Cove, Sardinia (Binnie Macellari)

Binnie Macellari

My work is focused on the changing seasons in land and seascapes, with a strong emphasis on light and colour harmony to express mood and place. In this I am influenced by my life in Argentina, where I was born and lived before coming to...

Jackie Duckworth

My first career was in genetics, but in 2006 I switched my allegiance to art, beginning with a life drawing class, progressing to the Access to Art course at CRC, and then studying Illustration at ARU. I became a full time printmaker, illustrator and textile...

Rob Ellis

I am a figurative painter and I paint rather precisely using transparent watercolours – “pure watercolour”.  I like to mix my paints on a palette and to decide exactly where and how to put them on the paper to achieve my aims.  I first learned...
Working in oil, either on canvas or board, Skye’s self-taught style seems both recognisable and unique. Her images reflect new light onto sometimes familiar scenes in a way that highlights inviting perspective. The viewer is tempted into the painting to begin their own search for...
Hare In the Dandelions (Helen Clarke)

Helen Clarke

My aim is to create paintings which lift the spirit and enhance peoples’ lives, and I feel that the wonderful flowing colours of watercolour is the ideal medium  to achieve this. My  favourite subjects are flowers, landscape and still life, freely capturing the essence of...

Joan Jeans

I studied at Sheffield College of Art in the Sixties, Diploma in art and Design Fine Art, Painting with Printmaking. Italian Government Scholarship. University of London Institute of Education, Art Teacher’s Certificate, 1970 I have taught art at many levels all my life and enjoyed...

Jennifer Wilson

Soon after leaving school I was accepted into Chelsea Art School and awarded a scholarship for drawing. I specialised in fabric design and had some wonderful tutors during my three years there. My forte and special interest has been in detailed drawings of natural objects,...
I graduated in Fine Art (painting) from Norwich Art School and went on to train as an art teacher at Goldsmiths College, London.  After some years teaching in secondary schools and a break of several years to bring up my family, I returned to drawing...
Laid up (Dan Walmsley)

Dan Walmsley

After a life time of flying aircraft both in the RAF and civilian (fast jet and medium range people carriers) and painting for a hobby, I was able on retirement to turn my attention to painting daily. I paint almost exclusively in acrylics and mostly...

Francesca Gagni-Allen

I was born in Italy and I emigrated to the UK in 1998.  I have a Diploma in Fashion Design (1989-1994) and in 2006 I obtained a HNC in Fine Art Practice.  I currently teach drawing and life drawing at Bedford Arts and Crafts centre...
SeaStrike (Irene Wilkes)

Irene Wilkes

Irene Carmen Wilkes was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1952.  Her parents were Eastern European, post-war immigrants.  Irene’s mother loved folk art and crafts, especially embroidery. She introduced Irene to the colours, organic shapes and repetitive patterns of her native Poland. At the age of 10...
Girl in a Winter Coat (Christine Lafon)

Christine Lafon

I’m a self-taught artist who is passionate about painting portraits, which for me is a way of honoring the individual as intrinsically valuable, bearing something of the image of God. Whilst my style of portraiture is figurative, I try to add distinctive abstract touches.  Working...

Janet F Mayes

My work is very much based in simple mark making, drawing quickly and gesturally I find drawing to be visceral. It flows from within, combining motion with mood and emotion with being. And this is the same process I use with my paintings. I take...
‘Whirlpool’.   Watercolour on Gesso.     Sarah G Freedman

Sarah Freedman

I have been painting for over 25 years. During evening classes I experimented with a variety of media and had tutorials in pastels and life drawing. About 15 years ago I joined a botanical watercolour group and painted with them for over 6 years enjoying...
It's Good to be Me (Astrig Akseralian)

Astrig Akseralian

Astrig works in acrylics, pastels, and other mixed media, including collage, using her innate sense of colour to create harmonious images. Having wanted to work with clay from an early, taking pottery classes at Saturday school age 9 at Camden Arts Centre, she continued her...

Lee Browne

My interest in art probably started while at university when I did my degree in Art history. I later started sketching in water colour while sailing with my husband in the Indian Ocean. Then about 20 years ago an artist friend called Beverley Gibbs arrived...

Sue Walker

I am inspired by the landscapes of East Anglia and Mediterranean visits. My choice of subject matter is often decided by my emotional  response to the mood and colours of the scene. It is usually the colours that attract my attention and excite me when...
Red House (Barbara Hope)

Barbara Hope

Drawing is something I have always loved. I am a self taught artist with an A level in Art and City & Guild Design for Print. An elected member of Cambridge Drawing Society since 2013. A member of Ely Art Society, Ely Art Lovers Workshop...
Hidden Buttercups and Aconites at Wandlebury (Emily Fowke)

Emily Fowke

I’m a landscape painter working in oil, in quite a detailed but impressionistic way. The process of work for me is to be in an area and aim to absorb its atmosphere, and also information about it visually, and in terms of the way of life/ecology,even...

Pamela Barrell

After spending my childhood drawing ‘fashions’ I did not do anything involved with art until founding my own gallery where I sold artworks by East Anglian artists, eventually adding an additional outlet in the Islington Design Centre, London. Twenty-two years later, with the family having...
I have always had an interest in art although I am almost entirely self-taught. After retiring from a career in medical research, I have been able to devote more time to painting and drawing. I paint mainly in watercolours but occasionally I will work in...
I am inspired by local gardens and old buildings, and also enjoy sketching chickens and geese going about their business. Many of my works are in pen and watercolour. I use a dip pen to pick out the textures of trees and the contrasting shapes...

Paul Rodhouse

As a youngster, I was fascinated by both art and natural history.  I received an honours certificate from the Royal Drawing Society at the age of 12, passed O-level art at 15 but then followed my scientific interests and a career in biological oceanography.  More...
Dry Dock Ships (Surinder Beerh)

Surinder Beerh

Surinder trained as a Chartered Accountant in the City of London and worked most of his life for two Lloyd’s Broking houses- insurance/ reinsurance – first as a finance director and then as a CEO. He travelled extensively round the world on business and his...

Richard Baker

I have been painting all my life, attended art colleges in the ’60s and arrived in Cambridge as an undergraduate in the ‘70s. I spend my time painting in my studio in Cambridge when not out and about working on location. I have always enjoyed...
Wild Swimming Pretty in Pink (Sue Lawley)

Sue Lawley

About 15 years ago I began painting again after a long break. I joined local classes, moved from acrylics to oils and began learning. I was accepted into the Cambridge drawing society 10 years ago and have exhibited with them and in other local exhibitions....

Katrina Wilkie

I am primarily, though not exclusively, a landscape painter. A subject observed in my environment is always the starting point for a painting, but then the demands of the painting take over. I focus on the composition and colour relationships but don’t include all topographical...
Shimmering Sea (Christine Wilson)

Christine Wilson

I am an experimental artist working primarily in pen, ink and watercolour.  Being passionate in my aim to capture line, colour, essence and vitality of any chosen subject matter, I aim to evoke emotion through a sense of time and place. With a background in...
Wicken Fen (Anna Pye)

Anna Pye

Anna grew up on a farm in south Cambridgeshire surrounded by animals, wildlife and the countryside, which continues to inspire her work. She enjoys lino cutting, screen printing and mono printing. She exhibits widely in galleries and with the Cambridge Drawing Society, Royston Arts Society...
Evening Arrival, Ibo Island, Mozambique (Katherine Firth)

Katherine Firth

Based in Cambridge, I have a History of Art degree, and a Diploma in Portrait Painting from Heatherley’s School of Fine Art.  I am a member of The Lots Road Group of Portrait Painters which exhibits annually in London and have been commissioned by several...
Shipmates (Karen Stamper)

Karen Stamper

My Grandma was a traveller and a collector. I would spend many hours of my childhood looking through her tins of trinkets, postcards with exotic stamps, tapestries and dolls from foreign lands; I was always more fascinated by the yellowing newspaper wrapping a doll, than...
Bottle Nose Dolphins (Janice Anderson)

Janice Anderson

My art, both in painting and in sculpture, is almost always centred upon the natural world. Following a medical career as a histopathologist, I obtained a first-class degree in Art and Art History from Cambridge School of Art & Design at APU, now Anglia Ruskin...
Trafalgar-Square (Craig Allan Lee)

Craig Allan Lee

I’m a self-taught artist that loves to paint both in the studio and outdoors, using oil paint to capture feeling and a sense of place. I find much of my inspiration from life’s everyday moments that pass us by. In particular I enjoy painting family...
Towards Sussex Street (Yang Yuxin)

Yang Yuxin

Rodi (Diane Firth)

Diane Firth

I love the challenge of representing another person. Everyone is individual and trying to capture a unique character and appearance is inspiring and always fascinating. I largely work in charcoal or oil paint because of their flexibility for portraits although I also use pencil and watercolour. The...

Teresa Grady

My work is inspired by the relationship between humans and wild and ancient places.  My family are from the West of Ireland, so from my youngest years I have spent much time exploring the Atlantic coast and the boglands of the area.  They are never far from...
Having initially trained and worked as a scientist, Alexander Blustin turned his attention to creative projects in 2010. As a printmaker, he has exhibited widely in group exhibitions, including the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale 2016 and 2018, the Eastern Open at King’s Lynn Arts Centre...

Sherry Rea

Sherry’s artwork focuses on texture and its resonance with the subject. Using printmaking techniques such as collagraph, monoprint, and drypoint, she often explores her keen interest in biodiversity to create images incorporating the tactile aspects of a wide range of plants and animals. Sherry enjoys...
Wanda (Yvonne Jerrold)

Yvonne Jerrold

I have drawn and painted all my life, except for a long break when I was an architect and didn’t have time. When I returned to artwork, I painted mainly in oils until, about eight years ago, when I started stone-carving.  Now I work mostly...
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