Continuing my series of portraits of Chertsey Artists in their studios, here is Simon Gannicliffe who is a painter and enjoys life drawing:
Chertsey Artists are a very talented bunch of artists who run a variety of workshops and art sessions from their studios in Chertsey. However their premises are under threat of redevelopment and they contacted me to help underline what they do for the community and the arts, to see if the development could be avoided or a new home could be found. As well as creating portraits of some of the artist in their studios, I attended some of their portrait sessions to capture the artists at work, which you can see below.
However this did mean I had put myself in the firing line and was cajoled in to sitting for one of the portrait sessions. Sitting still was my main concern but somehow I managed it. You can see the resulting portraits at the end of this post.
Chertsey Artists is a society of artists who provide a range of workshops, courses and art sessions in Surrey. Their current site contains several artists studios, a gallery and a print room where many art related activities are held, but the site is under threat from a planning application that would force them to leave their studios. I was asked to create some portraits of the artists in their studio to aid awareness of their plight.
This is John Bergwyn Green, who is primarily a figurative artist and illustrator.