John and Fiona Owen are hosting their annual exhibition at the moment in Chalford, England. It is a visual journey of their year recording their walks and travels and is being housed in their Old Chapel home and studio. If you are an art lover and gardener you may like to visit their studio and beautiful garden complete with gothic tower, pond house and box hedged potager. (I am trying not to be jealous as I write this!) Sadly Chalford is quite a distance from here so I shall have to admire the work from their new website. The work featured here is by Fiona.
“Fiona paints in oil on panel and gilds her work with 24ct. English gold leaf in the tradition of the Mediaeval manuscripts. Inspiration for her extraordinarily intricate, lyrical paintings is drawn from her native landscape - the flora and fauna and the changing seasons, and her Celtic inheritance.”
Fiona’s husband John is also a painter whos work is infused with light and atmosphere. ”The great challenge is to create a sense of light, space and volume from paint, transforming an ordinary, everyday image into an extraordinary moment of vision. John paints in both oils and watercolours, making detailed sketches from life, wherever his travels take him, then working up his paintings in the studio.”
The exhibition is on until the 21st June 10-5pm daily.
My name is Valerie Greeley. I am an artist, surface pattern/textile designer and illustrator. I have a special interest in the book arts including illustration, bookbinding, printmaking and artist books. I also have an interest in quilting, nature and bumblebees.