Artists


The essence of Create Longridge is to capture Longridge in one day through the eyes of the incredibly talented artists taking part. Each artist will bring their own style and vision, whether that is a painting of the beautiful countryside, the historic architecture or the wonderful people of the town. There are no rules on size or style, the form of the work is for each artist to determine. Below you will find biographical details of some of the artists taking part. This may be helpful in planning your day and watching different artists at work. Please enjoy our artists!

 
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Fiona Ritchie

I began painting in 2012, turning to the colours and textures of the Ribble and Hodder valleys for my inspiration. I am continuing to develop my technique, style and plein air painting. I am based in Clitheroe and offer scanned prints and cards of my pastel landscapes for sale.

 
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Ricky Young

Working abstractly yet in proportion to the viewpoint; my aim is to produce emotional paintings that will be filled with light, energy and a noticeable sense of place. Mood and colour play significant roles for the composition with vibrant and harmonious gestures and singing the rhythmic song of life.

Painting with conviction and allowing my creative decisions to lead; I eliminate the small intricacies of the detailed view to release itself from any order. There is a unifying connection present by suggestion of a familiar surrounding or landmark to recognise, but that is where the subjective elements begin and cease to be. This is my expressive rendering of the nature that surrounds me.

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Steven Bruce

I started painting as a hobby in 1994 after being given a paint set as a birthday gift and am completely self taught. I paint exclusively in oils and paint a wide range of subjects usually townscapes and people past and present. I have a website www.stevenbruceart.co.uk

 

Colin Binns

My current work is inspired by the vibrant mix of forms, colour and movement that I find in towns and cities, where I am aim to capture the immediacy of a moment in time and place. 

Mixed media drawings are built up from my sketches, reassembled to make multiple viewpoints, and mirroring the way we take in more than one view at a time in urban spaces.

Prior to working as an artist, I enjoyed careers as an award winning architect in multi disciplinary design practice, and as a lecturer in art and design, leaving practice and lecturing in 2001 to focus on personal art practice.

 
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Nicola Pearson

am a new largely self taught artist/photographer who commenced painting approx 1 year ago. I have a small portfolio so far but I enjoy painting stilllife and landscapes with all mediums but mostly watercolour and pastels.

 
 

Emma Lord

Born and raised in Longridge, I studied Fine Art at UCLan, exhibited in London after my graduation and returned to Longridge to become an Art teacher and painter. My current work of abstract landscapes are based on the views around Longridge and are created using alcohol inks.

 
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Keith Parkinson

Painter of eclectica. Based at Ribble Valley Art Studios, Clitheroe. Painting, drawing and school and community arts.

 
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Barbara Milne

I am a retired GP who has been painting and drawing in all media and making fabric art for many years (long before retirement). I love colour, abstraction and painting Lancashire's mills and buildings (as well as the beautiful scenery of France and Scotland) I like to introduce a little social comment in my pictures.

 

Luke Tomlinson

As a painter I work in a wide variety of media including Oil Paints, Acrylics, Watercolours and Ink and produce produce personal fine art pieces as well as illustrating bespoke commissions for sale. 

My fine art is typically based around themes of Film Noir and Comic books, taking inspiration from Fine Artists and Illustrators including Fabian Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack and Dave McKean. 

My illustration work is currently focused on animal and pet portrait watercolour paintings, which are made to order through my Facebook page, Luke Tomlinson Artwork.

 

Rebecca Freear

A versatile artist who uses many different drawing and painting mediums and tackles various subjects. The effects of light and tonal contrast are the main inspiration for work which is made from direct observation and original photographs. A 25 year career in adult education continues with leisure classes and individual tuition, visit www.rebeccafreear.com for examples of work, commissions and classes.

 

Maria Burton

Penrith based artist, Maria Burton, specialises in oils and was voted ' 'People's Choice ' in the 2016 Cumbria Artist Showcase last November. Her works created on location and in studio form part of many private collections.

www.mariaburtonart.com

 

Carole Pugh

I am a local artist, having worked in textile design, book illustration and greeting card design until my recent retirement when I joined Blackburn artists society. I love to paint in all mediums and also a wide range of subjects. Featured is my award winning portrait at the Patchings art festival 2015.

 

Monica Draper

I am an amateur painter and paint purely for pleasure ( although my entry last year sold ), I have been painting in Watercolour for approx 5 years.

 

Lauraine Wall

I started painting about ten years ago and am a member of the Whalley Art Group run by Jean Holt. I love colour and a lot of my work is in mixed media. I work in anything from pastels to oils. I try all sorts of stuff including 'alcohol' (not the boozy stuff) and Cillit Bang or bleach!

 
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Dermod Ruddock

Dermod Ruddock's paintings are inspired by light and colour, dramatic landscapes and fabulous natural environments.

Lighting is vital... a dramatic Scottish storm… vibrant siesta time on a Greek island… deep shadows as evening falls over the fells. Colour is key: expressionist… impressionist… colourist… and influenced by Cezanne, Kandinsky and Peploe, Dermod's work leaps off the canvas. 

Every painting captures a moment in time – each is colourful, exuberant and bursting with life – each is special…

Web: www.dermodruddockartist12.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dermodruddockartist/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dermodruddockartist/

 

Rodney Walmsley

I am retired, married, and have been painting as an amateur artist for the past 7 years, I enjoy painting landscapes and seascapes in watercolour, acrylic also pastel.

 

Olivia Keith

I have always drawn in order to connect with a place; both through the observations I make and the conversations that inevitably arise with passers by. The experience of trying to record ‘the present moment’ is accentuated by moving subject matter; people at work, changing weather and light etc.

 

Katie Craven

Katie Craven is an award-winning designer whom creates beautiful, intricate pen, ink & watercolour illustrations inspired by her love of adventure, animals & the natural world.

Katie designed her own homeware collection for ASDA stores that comprised of over 30 items, which was released Spring/Summer 2016. 

She currently resides and works in the Ribble Valley countryside, where she takes long walks in the fells & forests which greatly inspire her beautiful illustrative representations of the world.

 

Anthony Platt

I am 39 years old and have lived in the Ribble Valley all my life and I am strongly influenced by the surrounding countryside. I have worked in all different kinds of media over the years however my latest work is mainly pen and ink. I work in the civil service and now paint and draw as a hobby alongside running and salsa dancing.

 

Joan Aitchison

I'm a local watercolour artist, living in Goosnargh. I paint in a variety of styles from abstract to more representational.  I've just finished a successful three week solo exhibition of over 100 paintings in my old school town of Lytham.

 

 

Polly Carr

Although always interested in art, I only attended classes after I retired some 12 years now. I enjoy working in any medium and I will attempt any subject. I am now the Chairperson for The Lodge Artists Society, Chorley.

 

Pauline Wynn

I have been painting since 2011, I love painting quirky animals in ink pen and wash! Watercolour, acrylics pastels and just recently brusho is my passion for experiments!

 
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Katy Charlotte

Ribchester student Katy is studying Art and Design at Blackburn College. Her main interests are paper-cutting and photography, and she often gets inspiration from London where she was born. Katy is passionate about architecture and looks forward to capturing one of Longridge's most iconic buildings in a paper-cut.

 

Laura Brown

On the side of Longridge Fell there sits a shed...

This is where artist Laura Brown creates her intricate collages layered on ink. These unique paper-cut creations champion the best in British wildlife and bring the spirit of the fells into your home. 

Please visit www.shedonthefell.com to see more of Laura's original artworks, prints and cards.