Featured Artist

 IAA are pleased to present a series featuring works by local artists, with some from local art groups.  The Ipswich Art Society.  ●  Suffolk Open Studios  ●  Woodbridge Art Club
With a new artist shown every three weeks or so.

Ian Stanley
Ian Stanley has had a lifelong interest is art but painted only rarely until the early 1990’s. He is an amateur artist who works mainly in watercolour or pen & watercolour but sometimes in ink or oils. He exhibits at several local art clubs & groups as a member. He has also exhibited at a number of galleries in East Anglia & at many church & charity exhibitions. Email: ianwstanley@hotmail.co.uk

Winter Flypast Woodbridge, pen & ink by Ian Stanley

Winter Flypast, Woodbridge by Ian Stanley.   Ink & Watercolour.


Previous Featured Artists:

Jane Cochrane
I have painted all of my adult life I have only had the opportunity to become a full-time artist in 2016.
This painting is an Eco Art piece painted as my response to our treatment of the planet.
My art conveys a strong message that highlights the beauty of our biosphere counterpoised with the thoughtlessness of the human condition. I also produce work in the Negative Painting style.

Website is: www.janesartworks.co.uk   Email: janesartworks@gmail.com

Seal of Reprove by Jane Cochrane

Seal of Reproval by Jane Cochrane

My response to the devastating toll on wildlife from discarded waste and thoughtless actions of others. How come frisbee manufacturers haven’t made an animal safe version?


Bryan King
I am a watercolour artist and a member of the the Woodbridge Art Club, and live in Kesgrave. Most of my work is based on the our brilliant Suffolk scenes and coast and other local landmarks, but I also enjoy painting while on holiday, a favourite location is Venice – and hope we can return before too long!
My preferred media is watercolour but I also like using pen and wash and some mixed media. I am largely self taught but have benefitted from attending courses run by some well known professional artists. Apart from exhibiting at the Woodbridge Art Club I have also shown and sold my work in many local exhibitions and have undertaken commissions on a variety of subjects.

My website address is:  www.bryanking.co.uk  and my Facebook link is @bryankingart

Evening Light Aldeburgh by bryan King. IAA Featured Artist

Evening Light – Aldeburgh by Bryan King.   Pen and Wash 38 x 31 cm.


Andrew Hester
Andrew lives in Woodbridge and is a member of the Woodbridge Art Club.
He has exhibited pictures at West Mersea Colchester and Aldebrugh in the past,
and last year at Artspace, Longshed and WAC in Woodbridge.
Contact Andrew: antressor@keme.co.uk

Snape Bridge - oil on canvas by Andrew Hester of WoodbridgeSnape bridge by Andrew Hester.  Oilon canvas.  36″x24′ inches.


Deborah Alexander

Deborah Alexander studied Fine Art at Suffolk College and also completed a MA in Fine Art at Norwich. Featured painting: ‘ Jacob’.    Contact: email:  deborahjalexander@icloud.com

I was born in Perth Australia and have been living in Woodbridge for many years.
Having always been interested in art and painting I took the opportunity to study fine art at Suffolk and Norwich and I have exhibited work both in the U.K. and abroad. In 2015 I was fortunate to be selected to be part of the Italia Docet Laboratorium Exhibition in the 56th Venice Biennale. 
My work is mainly abstract oil on large canvas and some of it can be viewed at the coach and horses in Melton. Occasionally I do some figurative work if required.

Jacob - painting by Debra Alexandra

Jacob by Deborah Alexander.  Oil on canvas 100 x 100cm.


The video is of Deborah discussing her work at the Venice Biennale.

Another of Deborah’s paintings in situ, showing the scale of the work.
‘Arthur’ 172 x122 cm. oil on canvas. Shown with kind permission of the ownwer.

Painting, 'Arthur' by Deborah Alexander


Hayley Rowlands
I am a potter and member of Woodbridge Art and Pottery club. As well as attending the club I also run some classes from my garden studio and have a website. www.breakingthemouldpottery.com

I have attended various pottery classes myself for over 30 years and have been fortunate to have lived in 6 different counties. My Husband Adam and I settled in our beloved Suffolk some 17 years ago. We first met when he was working at RSPB Minsmere around 32 years ago. Both Adam and I have a love of the natural world and lived at Minsmere for 14 years until moving to Aldringham.
I have a background in therapeutic services and discovered my passion for ceramics and its benefit on wellbeing and creativity. I have recently looked to expand my passion and have started to exhibit my own work along with sharing the joy of ceramic making with others.

Here are Betty (in blue) and Sylvia (in orange)
These lovely female swimmers in their 1960s swimming hats are inspired by the winter sea swimmers found braving the cold waters around Thorpness and Sizewell.  There eyes portray the feeling as one enters the water! 

Swimmers "Betty & "Sylvia" ceramic pieces by potter Hayley Rowlands from Suffolk.

Betty (left) and Sylvia (right).  Ceramic.


Allan Williams
Allan is a versatile and accomplished artist, working in oils, acrylics and mixed media. Recently featured was a work inspired by the Suffolk coast “Orford Wreck” (scroll down to view). Here is a second piece from Allan entitled “Study For Miss Havisham’s Tool Shed No.1”.

"Study For Miss Havisham's Tool Shed No.1", Oil on linen, 41 x 33 cms

“Study For Miss Havisham’s Tool Shed No.1”, Oil on linen, 41 x 33 cms


Jane Cochrane
Whilst I have painted all of my adult life I have only had the opportunity to become a full-time artist in 2016. I have two main styles of painting, my main mode is Negative Painting but I also produce Eco Art as my response to our treatment of the planet. My website is: www.janesartworks.co.uk.

This painting (Acrylic on Clayboard (28 x 35cm) is called Other Worlds. It is in the negative style which gives my paintings a lot of depth. I love the way light creeps through hedgerow tangles and allow you to peep through into an entirely different vista!

Email: janesartworks@gmail.com

Other Worlds a painting by Jane Cochrane

Other Worlds by Jane Cochrane.   Acrylic on Clayboard. 28 x 35 cm.



Robert Garnham
Suffolk artist Robert was featured a few weeks back with ‘Angel in a Butterfly’s Wing. Here is another painting, Meadow Hare on Poets Run.

painting Meadow hare on poets run by Robert Garnham

Meadow Hare on Poets Run by Robert Garnham.


Brian Perry.
This painting from Brian features an image from the Suffolk coastline.

painting, Two Bouys by Brian Perry

Two Bouys by Brian Perry, 2011.   Oil on Board.


Allan Williams.
Allan is a versatile and accomplished artist, working in oils, acrylics and mixed media. He has exhibited widely in the UK and Canada, and currently in the Ferini Gallery in Pakefield.
web: www.pakefieldartgallery.com
His subjects include images of the Suffolk coast, such as the form and colours of the waves, and the effects of the eroding coastline. Another speciality is painting portraits in the style of famous artists, such as Robin Williams in the style of Van Gogh.
Allan is a Programme Leader for Ipswich based charity, Inside Out (www.insideoutcommunity.com) and believes passionately in the healing power of the creative arts.

Orford Wreck by Allan Williams.  Oil on linen 30 x 40cms.


Robert Garnham
I’ve always lived in Suffolk. After leaving school to study graphic design in Ipswich, distractions of early career building forced me to shelve the practice of fine art but I never lost the appreciation for it. I was very privileged to be part of a varied group of graphic design and illustration students at the Ipswich High Street Art School, some I still see many years later. Being with that creative group revealed how enjoyable the creative process can be.
As my career progressed, the introduction of the Apple Computer into the printing industry held my attention, I grew with it. From early basic versions of software to the sophisticated Creative Cloud Industry Standard product we have now, I explored its limits with fascination only to finally tire of it. I’ve found that particular creative process to be a skill, but not a craft. It no longer holds the reward for me.
So now as I approach the end of my career, those shelved quiet voices of appreciation that gently whispered, are still too loud and intrusive to ignore. Thankfully they never abandoned me.
Thank goodness for those tenacious whispers.

email;  robert.garnham@ntlworld.com     www.instagram/garneygarney/

Angel in a Butterfly’s Wing. The explored theme here is positivity in an apparent disparate opposing condition. The butterfly is the outcome of a caterpillars apparent state, an angel gives hope in death. Complementary colours are use to suggest the opposition.
This piece won ’The Gallery Choice’ in a recent exhibition at 142 Gallery, Felixstowe.

painting by Robert Garnham, angel in a butterflies wing

Angel in a Butterfly’s Wing by Robert Garnham.   Oil on canvas 60 x 60cm.


Brian Perry
Brian is a local amateur artist and we welcome this latest contribution ‘Distant Cranes’ to the series. Scroll down to see Brians earlier submissions ‘Broken’ and ‘Langaurd Point’ plus a short biography.

Distant cranes a painting by Brian Perry, shown in IAA series featured artists.

Distant Cranes by Brian Perry.  2009. Oil on board.


Evelyn Polk
I’m an artist living and working in Bury St Edmunds. I graduated from the Cambridge school of Art with a first class honours degree. My work is centred around the found object, but this also overlaps with notions of excavation and the land. Acting like a mediator, selecting and presenting items for the consideration of the viewer. The process of how I work is dictated by the objects/materials I find and this is where I find inspiration which informs the journey of creating. email: polkevelyn@yahoo.co.uk

Green Collage – Mixed media Collage with Mono Print and found materials. 60 x 60 cm.


Ruth McCabe
The brooding wildness of Pennine moors, and dense, dark structures of industrial West Yorkshire were the setting of Ruth’s childhood. Now living in Suffolk, undramatic agricultural landscapes and this easterly, edgy and vulnerable coastline, add to her mind’s store of energies.

A first degree in Botany and Zoology taught her to look carefully, and began a life-long deepening appreciation of the immense complexity of form and function in living things.
30 years then elapsed where mark-making ‘went underground’ to become an activity within the mind during her training and work in psychotherapy.

On moving to Suffolk, mark-making re-emerged, with Julie Noad (oil painter) as mentor. Since 2011 she has largely made her own journey in an instinctive way.  

You can read more, and find more images at:  www.ruth-mccabe-artist.co.uk

In addition Ruth has compiled a selection of pieces with accompanying text that illustrate the journey that has lead to her current work. CLICK HERE to view (opens a PDF)

Untitled.  Collage on board 70 x 70cm.  Ruth McCabe

Detail from Untitled – Ruth McCabe.

Marian Lishman
I have been working as a professional artist since 2006 and generally focus on abstract work, moving towards abstract expressionism at times. I focus on colour and sometimes also on texture and am influenced a lot by the sea, having lived in Dubai for a number of years and now in Suffolk.

Weather the Storm and Waiting it Out were created during the 3rd lockdown and are representative of the turbulence that we have all gone through and how we are waiting for the skies to clear and normality to resume.

I am a friend of Ipswich Art Society, Vice Chair of Suffolk Open Studios and a member of
Felixstowe Art Group and exhibit widely in Suffolk throughout the year.
More details on my website at:  www.AzureArt.com

Weather The Storm by Marian Lishman.
A textured acrylic mixed media painting with gold leaf. Box canvas, 50 x 50 cm

Waiting It Out by Marian Lishman.  Acylic on canvas, 30 x 20 inches.

Ken Cuthbert
This is another piece from Ken, recently we featured Royal Military Canal, Warehorn. Scroll down to view that painting and to read a brief biography of Ken.
China Clay Tips at St Austell. 
This was painted from an ink drawing done on a visit to Polruan, Cornwall in 1958. The motif was long maturing but deeply embedded in his mind Ken says. He found the the first view of these ‘Mountains of the Moon’ miles across the moorland to the west unforgettable. Only many years later did he feel able to do justice to the subject.

China Clay Tips at St Austell, 2003, Oil on Canvas, 22” x 29”

Brian Perry
Broken A second work from Brian Perry – Broken.
“Painted in response to climate change and in particular to flooding in the UK. I was inspired by the label on the HP sauce bottle and the work of Charles Nightingale.”

Broken by Brian Perry.  Oil on Board.  51cm x 40cm.


Ken Cuthbert
Born Ipswich 1929, Educated Northgate Grammar School. On leaving worked as local government inspector. Always interested in art, but received no formal training. Met artists Cor Visser, and Bob Campbell in early 50’s, who encouraged him. First one-man show at Haste gallery in 1959.  Member of Ipswich Art Club, and New Ipswich Group in 1960’s. Started teaching evening classes at Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Kesgrave . Decided to leave his post in Weights and Measures in 1972. Offered jobs at various centres and painted full time. In 2000 he became President of the Ipswich Art Society for some ten years. He is still teaching and exhibiting.

Royal Military Canal, Warehorn.  Painted in 2009 from a conté crayon drawing. Produced at the first visit in 1956 and from which many oil versions have been created. The experience of that day is embedded deeply in the artist’s memory; this version encapsulates that first experience.

Royal Military Canal, Warehorn, by Ken Cuthbert.  2009, Oil on Board 16″ x 24″


Brian Perry
As an amateur artist I have painted for most of my life.  I have attended various evening classes but the biggest influence on my work is Ken Cuthbert whose painting holidays and classes I have attended.  I have exhibited in local galleries and regularly with the Ipswich Art Society.
Languard Point, Hot Day in February – “This painting is a larger studio version of an oil sketch painted on site at Languard Point on an exceptionally hot day in February 2020”.

Languard Point, Hot Day in February by Brian Perry.   Oil on board. 51cm x 36cm.


Charles Nightingale
Another painting from Charles, who was also our first Featured Artist, scroll down for a biography. “This picture, In the Grove at Felixstowe, is a watercolour which unlike most of my oils has no message. The Grove is a wood just north of the urban part of Felixstowe”.

In the Grove at Felixstowe by Charles Nightingale.  Watercolour H 32cm. x W 23cm.


Maureen Jordan FSBA
This is the second piece of work from Maureen Jordan, scroll down to see the first piece shown, ‘POPPY DAZZLER” along with a short biography.
Maureen is now a full time artist painting mainly flowers with pastels, sometimes mixing  them with acrylics and metallic paints. The work here, Nasturtiums in a Bottle, is a partner piece to Poppy Dazzler, they where shown together at a Botanical Artists exhibition.

Nasturtiums in a Bottle by Maureen Jordan.  Hard and soft pastel.  35 x 38 cm.


Poppy Dazzler & Nasturtiums in a Bottle by Maureen Jordan


Tessa Mussett
I owe my knowledge of anything connected to Artists, History of Art and the Theatre to my mother’s abundant enthusiasm. Later I went a step further, studying Fine Art at Cheltenham and Canterbury. I use charcoal and in particular chalk/pastel Conte ‘A’ Paris sticks for drawing – a wonderful traditional medium – and in so many colours! My choice of subject matter is easy: Suffolk buildings and landscape. 

Field Study 3

Field Study 3 by Tessa Mussett.   Chalk Pastel on 90gsm. fine grain paper.


Liz Carter
Liz lives in Suffolk and is a member of the Penisular Art Group (PAG) based at Chelmondiston.

My work predominantly reflects nature through land and seascapes. Inspiration comes when I unexpectedly see something that to me has a ‘wow’ factor and I know that it will be a mosaic design.

While walking in all weathers I note and reflect on the vibrancy of the wide open skies, the effect of trees and formations on the landscape, the ever-changing crops in the fields and the intense beauty and colours of water, both flowing and frozen. I love to explore the visual world through the essence that is mosaic.  

Cornfield by Liz Carter.  Mosaic 30 x 30 cm.


Revd. Susan D. Foster
Revd. Susan D. Foster studied Visual Art at Winchester School of Art.  Following 25 years working with British Forces travelling the world, Susan trained for the Priesthood at the College of the Resurrection alongside the Monks in Mirfield.  It was during her theological studies with The Cambridge Theological Federation that Susan began a fascination with religious icons writing several papers on ‘Pray and Writing Icons’.

The image of the Madonna and Christ is often called ’The Virgin of Tenderness’ or the ‘Virgin of Vladimir’. The Christ Child nestles tenderly close to His mother, He gazes at her and is so closely linked to her that He embraces her fully.

Madonna and Christ by Revd. Susan D. Foster.


Louise Craigie
After graduating from Manchester with a first class honours degree I always knew I would return to Suffolk, to pursue a career in teaching. That is my current role, an art teacher and Director of the Arts & innovation faculty. However, my passion to teach art lies within my desire to still create my own own and continue in my own creative practice.
In the last five years I have been able to have solo shows, create my own website, be selected for an prestigious exhibition to represent Suffolk Artists and started to sell internationally.

Somebody’s Somewhere by Louise Craigie.       60 x 60cm. Oil on Canvas.


Charles Nightingale
Charles was the first of our Featured Artists, scroll down to see previous works and biography. Charles ia a member, and regular exhibitor, of Ipswich Art Society, and The Society of East Anglian Water-colourists.
Of this piece, Isaac Newton, Charles says;
I find it hard, when looking at famous pictures from XVI Century, to get past those idiotic wigs and gowns. I decided to paint Newton in the clothes that might be worn by a contemporary academic…and got a surprise when I did. He could be about to say “Well we have looked carefully at your application, but…”

Isaac Newton by Charles Nightingale. H.50cm. x W. 42cm.


Brenda M. Green FSBA
This is our third piece by Brenda M. Green. Brenda is a Fellow Member of the Society of Botanical Artists. Scroll down the page for a detailed biography along with her first Featured Artist entry Cyclamen Coum. This piece is titled Cherry Plums.
Brenda works on HP (hot press) 300gms (140 lb) Fabriano or Rising Stonehenge paper, using mainly Faber Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils.

Cherry Plums by Brenda M. Green.   Unframed 39cm x 44cm. Coloured pencil. 


Charles Nightingale
Charles Nightingale was the first of our featured artists, and this submission for the series is entitled
Last Of The Few. Charles says of the piece –
“Inspired by a visit to a much vaunted exhibition of contemporary art some years ago. The gallery was thronging with ordinary members of the public whose expressions varied between boredom, disbelief and rather half-hearted reverence. Amongst the crowd of Londoners on lunchbreak a few people from the world of art could be heard using words like, stunning, controversial, subversive and innovative, but even this group looked faintly uneasy.”

Last Of The Few by Charles Nightingale.    H.16″ X W.21″


Brenda M. Green  FSBA
This is our second work by Brenda M. Green, scroll down for a biography and to see the first submitted image titled, Cyclamen Coum.
Brenda works on HP (hot press) 300gms (140 lb) Fabriano or Rising Stonehenge paper, using mainly Faber Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils.

Fruit in a dish on lace cloth by Brenda M. Green  Unframed 29 x 39 cm. Coloured pencil


Ania Hobson
Ania Hobson lives in Suffolk. She has exhibited at The Royal Society Of Portrait Painters Annual exhibition 2016 and 2018, Royal Society of British Artists and with the Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries in London, 2015. Ania exhibited lats year in Venice with the GAA Foundation which is one of the collateral events of the Venice Biennale 2019 at the European Cultural Centre.

Ania has a degree in fine art, has studied at the Princes Drawing School in London, as well as Portraiture at the Florence Academy of Art, Italy. Her work continues to be exhibited internationally as well as being bought into collections.

The portrait of Professor Chris Green was commissioned by Trianon Music Group to mark its Diamond Jubilee last year.

Professor Chris Green by Ania Hobson.   Oil on Canvas 43 x 60 cm.


Charles Nightingale
Charles was the first artist in our series, scroll down for a short biography. He contributes another work here titled Boys Running. Charles says of this piece:

“This picture was done from a sketch which used hundreds of scribbled attempts at capturing the spirit of the moving images of my kids running around on the beach at Biarritz. There ain’t no photo!”

Boys Running by Charles Nightingale.   H. 30cm x W. 40cm.
website; www.charleynightingale.com


Maureen Jordan FSBA
Maureen was born and grew up in East Yorkshire, studied at Kindston-upon-Hull College of Arts and Crafts and after graduating worked as a freelance Interior and Graphic Designer for many years.  Now a full time artist and a Member of the Society of Botanical Artists, her flower pictures have been reproduced by publishers on cards and prints and are sold worldwide.
Her work is shown in various mixed and shared exhibitions in London, including the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, a mixed show in Nantucket, USA and a solo show at Jensen Fine Arts, New York.

Maureen has her studio in Ipswich, where she runs Day Workshops.
Visit: www.maureenjordan.com   Contact: maureen.jordan@btinternet.com

“Now as a full time artist I am constantly experimenting with soft pastels – my favourite medium – sometimes mixing vibrant pastel with watercolour, acrylics and metallics creating stunning effects of bold colour and texture.”

POPPY DAZZLER by Maureen Jordan.    Pastel. 17cm W. x 19cm  H.


Charles Nightingale
‘Breakpoint’ is our second painting from Charles Nightingale, and the fifth in our featured artists series. Scroll down to view the first painting and a short biography.
Charles also has a website:  www.charleynightingale.com

“This picture appeared in 2007 just before the great financial crash of 2008. It was inspired by the long disintegration of our manufacturing industry, and its replacement by trading in ‘financial products’ or subprime loans as they were called later.”  CN.

Breakpoint by Charles Nightingale.   Oil on canvas  H28″ x W21″


Ferial Rogers
Ferial’s work work is eclectic, especially miniatures (although this is not) and calligraphy.
She is a past member of Suffolk Art Society and a current member of The International Guild of Miniature Artisans – the latter also for miniature crafts.
Ferial adds, “My current obsession is with the needle/fibre crafts, which I love.”

This picture is of St Georges, Venice; which I named eponymously. The medium is acrylic on paper.

St Georges, Venice by Ferial Rogers.   Acrylic on paper


Brenda M. Green FSBA
Brenda works on HP (hot press) 300gms (140 lb) Fabriano or Rising Stonehenge paper, using mainly Faber Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils.

Brenda is a Fellow Member of the Society of Botanic Artists and has been so for several years, exhibiting at their annual Exhibitions at Methodist Central Hall Westminster and lately at The Mall Gallery.
 She learned her coloured pencil techniques solely with Ann Swan, who opened a new window to Brenda’s life when Brenda enrolled in her class at Dedham Hall, as Brenda was also a potter and was a primary school teacher for twenty-four years before she met Ann.
Brenda also exhibits at various venues locally, mainly art societies, agricultural shows and fund- raising events.

Cyclamen Coum by Brenda M. Green FSBA    Dim: 49cm x 42 cm
.  Medium: Coloured pencil


Ken Cuthbert

The Back Garden in Snow. by Ken Cuthbert.  Oil on board, 60×48

“This was painted over another painting which had to be sacrificed to save time,
but the surface was thus more interesting to paint on”.


Charles Nightingale
Charles Nightingale, born 1938, Showed early artistic promise winning local children’s art contests in SE London – main subjects at the time: trolleybuses and dinosaurs. Deserted Art for science aged 12, career in engineering mathematics at BT. Served in RAF 1957-1961. Started painting again in his late fifties, member, and regular exhibitor, of Ipswich Art Society, and The Society of East Anglian Water-colourists.

Origin of picture:
Passed woman pushing badly disabled teenager in wheelchair up long hill outside Cambridge; stopped, wondering if he should assist, failed on account of fear of being seen as predatory male approaching on deserted road, thought of the lady and the life she must have been leading for many years, and utterly regretted his weakness. Painted picture over next days.

The Long Long Road – Charles Nightingale.  Oil on canvas board, H36cm x W75cm

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