'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Thursday, 24 January 2019

ANB Exhibition in Toddington

In March I will have some work hanging at lovely Poplars Garden Centre near Toddington, along with fellow Artist Network Bedfordshire artists. There will be originals, prints and cards and a wide variety of art to enjoy! All this and a chance to buy your plants for Spring too.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Throughout September I'll be taking part in Herts Open Studios with fellow watercolourist and printer Teresa Newham. We will be doing painting and printmaking demos, showing off our art and plying visitors with tea and cake. Oh, and there will be prints, cards and other lovely stuff. We will be open between 10am and 5pm on Wednesday 12th, 19th and 26th and Saturday 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of September. You will find more information at the Herts Visual Arts Website and for information about all the other artists taking part across Hertfordshire, see the full Open Studios Catalogue here.

I'll have quite a bit of new work on show - both larger pieces and smaller framed mini-paintings:

Pegasus 10" x 10"
King of the Thistles 9cm x 9cm
Owl Mother 9cm x 13cm

Wensley Arts
4 Wensley Close
Harpenden AL5 1RZ
Saturdays 11am - 5pm: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th September
Wednesdays 11am - 5pm: 12th, 19th, 26th September

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Eagle Gallery Open Studios

The Eagle Gallery will be holding 'How We Do It' Open Studios from Monday 21st May - Thursday 14th June and I'll be exhibiting with 5 other artists at Cottage Farm Nurseries, 312 Cople Road, Cardington MK44 3SH as part of this event (see poster above for dates and the map below!). I'll be at the nurseries painting on Saturday June 2nd and Saturday June 9th so please feel free to come along and interrupt!

A highlight of the Eagle Gallery’s ‘How We Do It’ exhibition is a three-day event, over the Bank Holiday, of artists’ demonstrations. This drop-in event features demonstrations on portrait painting, printmaking, collage, painting with wool fibres, watercolour, ceramics, stitching and experimenting with acrylic, culminating on Monday afternoon with an illustrated talk by architect and artist Anthony Mackay on designing a city. I'll painting and sketching throughout Monday at the Gallery, hopefully outside!

The exhibition itself runs from May 21 to June 14 centres around explanatory statements from our artists and contains our normal range of art, ceramics, glass and jewellery as well as cards and unframed work in browsers.

For those who like to get out and about there are also 8 open studios to visit, providing the opportunity to talk to artists in their working environment and see a wider range of their work.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

MBS Fair in Flitwick

I will have a stall, as usual, at this lovely event with my prints, cards, small originals and painted hearts. There will be quite a lot of new work, including these lovely acrylic trees and new mini-paintings in Indian frames. Hope to see some familiar faces there!

MBS Fair
21st - 22nd April
The Rufus Centre
Steppingley Road Flitwick, Beds MK451A

Thursday, 22 February 2018

'Escapes' exhibition at the Eagle Gallery

7th - 14th April 2018
The Eagle Gallery

An exhibition of paintings and photography
by Patricia Ellis, Keith Wells and Sue Wookey.

‘Escapes’ is an exhibition of paintings and photography by Eagle Gallery artists Patricia Ellis, Keith Wells and Sue Wookey. Using a range of media to capture their experiences but also joined by a deep love of watercolour, the artists present an escape into real and imagined journeys and encounters. All three artists are members of The Eagle Galley co-operative, an artist run gallery with an informal, friendly approach where visitors can meet artists directly through group exhibitions and small shows.

Sue Wookey: Living on the ancient Icknield Way beneath Galley Hill in Bedfordshire, Sue finds ancient landscapes and the mythic past a constant source of inspiration. Combined with a lifelong interest in nature and Britain’s wildlife, Sue layers her paintings with many different levels of meaning for the viewer to discover. 

Patricia Ellis: Travel in other cultures is an important part of Pat’s life and provides the material for her art work. Photography and drawing captures the experiences at the time and gives the basis for painting in her studio. Pat experiments with ways of encompassing essential aspects of scenes into her paintings.

Keith Wells: After the close of Keith’s career as a designer, he returned to the pleasure and enjoyment of the drawing and painting skills that had already started him down that path. He is now focussed on looking and recording the landscapes and urban environments that form the backdrop to all our worlds.

Further Information:

Exhibition open 7th April – 14th April 2018

Opening times: Saturdays and Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm, Sunday 15th 11am – 4pm.

Meeting the artists: Saturday 7th April will be a ‘meet the artists’ Open Day with refreshments.

Patricia, Keith and Sue will be present at the Gallery all day on the weekend of 7th-8th April and on Saturday 14th April. From Monday - Friday at least one exhibiting artist will always be there to chat with you about all our work. If you wish to meet a particular artist, please ring the number below to find out when we’ll each be at the Gallery.

The Eagle Gallery 101 Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3QP www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk tel: 01234 346995

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Craft Fair at Poplars Garden Centre

I’ll be taking part in this Craft Fair in the new Learning Zone at Poplars Garden Centre, which is very close to the M1 Toddington exit. Really looking forward to being in a new venue! I’ll have the usual mix of originals, prints, cards and little painted hearts.

February 17th
Open 10am - 4pm

Poplars Nursery Garden Centre
Harlington Road
LU5 6HE 

Thursday, 2 November 2017

ANB Christmas Art Show

I will have several of my works at this annual exhibition showcasing artists from the Artists' Network Bedfordshire (hey - that's my owl on the poster!). Paintings, prints and crafts galore, along with tea and cake and plenty of parking. Time to get some arty Christmas presents!

Full details on the ANB Website here.

Open 6pm - 9.30pm Friday 24th November, 10am - 4.30pm Saturday 25th November at Parkside Hall, Ampthill, MK45 2HX


Saturday, 2 September 2017

One week until Open Studios starts!

Painted hare heart, on show at Open Studios
Only one week to go before my first Open Studios open day with fellow artist Teresa Newham. We are both looking forward to welcoming visitors and showing everyone what we have been up to throughout the year. We'll be demonstrating our techniques so if you'd like to learn more about watercolour and linocuts come along and we'll be happy to explain how we achieve the different works we create. Open Studios is also quite a social event, a chance to chat, share creativity and have a cuppa and a slice of cake. We'd love to meet you!

Open Studios involves over a hundred local artists and is a feast for art lovers. You can find out more and see a copy of this year's brochure here on the Herts Visual Arts Website.
Teresa and I will be open from 11am - 5pm on the 9-10, 13, 16, 20, 23 and 30th September at

4 Wensley Close

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Herts Open Studios 2017

It's that time of year again! Once more I'll be doing Herts Open Studios throughout September with fellow artist Teresa Newham. We'll be demonstrating painting and printing, and a surprising ability to avoid total artistic disaster while simultaneously chatting away to visitors. There will also be tea and cake. And not just for us...

I'll have all the new work I've created through the year, plus photography, cards, small affordable works and those lovely painted hearts that I do and which practically have to be prised out of my grip when someone tries to buy them. I have some really gorgeous ones this year!

Open Studios involves over a hundred local artists and is a feast for art lovers. You can find out more and see a copy of this year's brochure here on the Herts Visual Arts Website.
Teresa and I will be open from 11am - 5pm on the 9-10, 13, 16, 20, 23 and 30th September at

4 Wensley Close

We'd love to see you there! 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Animals - fantastical and fantastic!

I have work in two exhibitions at the moment, one celebrating the natural world and one celebrating the fantastical!

I have three of my animal paintings at the Our Wonderful Natural World exhibition at the Peter Ingram Gallery, Frogmore Mill, supporting a very worthy local cause - saving Butterfly World. When I arrived someone said 'Ah, the hare lady'. I was about to protest that I do paint other things, then remembered that all three paintings I had with me feature... hares.

Our Wonderful Natural Environment
29 June - 6 July
an art exhibition by artists supporting

11am - 4pm 
Frogmore Paper Mill
Fourdrinier Way, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9RY

I also have two paintings (no hares...) plus various prints and cards at Obsidian Art for a fun exhibition featuring fantastical and fantastic creatures. The exhibition celebrates Aylesbury's first Children's Literary Festival.

Fantastic Creatures
30 June - 3 September
Obsidian Art

Obsidian Art
Layby Farm
Old Risborough Rd
Stoke Mandeville
Aylesbury HP22 5XJ, UK