10 Parishes Festival

Saturday 7th September – Sunday 15th September

Private View Saturday 7th September 6.30 – 8.30pm

In The Orangery

David Leyland initially trained as a painter but his main love is photography. He tries to capture the character of the sitter and show the personality of his subjects by getting them at ease in front of the camera and often using personal props such as musical instruments. Although his passion is portraiture David has also had landscape photographs published worldwide as well. Recently David has developed a passionate interest in video, blending his love of music with imagery. He is also a fully licenced drone pilot allowing him to capture stunning aerial footage and stills, enhancing his video and photography work by adding a new perspective to his imagery. In the last year he has been involved in a documentary about the cross channel swimmer Beth French, where he has not only been filming using the drone and taking still images of the swims but also working as a sound recordist.

Simon Healy studied Fine art at Cumbria College of Art and Winchester school of Art. He has exhibited in London and open exhibitions since 1981, and his paintings and graphic works are in private collections worldwide in particular Japan, and the US. He has painted in a studio in Somerset since 2014. Simon takes you through a personal journey fusing idea, myth and symbol. His images can fragment and dissolve to reappear in his paintings where the meaning does not always follow a narrative structure. An influence on his work is religious iconography given as a child and the dreamlike and terrifying Tiger Balm Gardens in Singapore. Simon works with paper and various kinds of archive quality board using a variety of media in a search for surfaces that can be drawn, painted, scratched and sometimes cut but still retain the image. Some recent work has been cut and re-sewn together.

Steven Blackley The country landscape through the seasons with the odd excursion to Spain painted in watercolours by local architect Steven Blackley. Individual commissions considered or images available as limited edition prints or notelet cards.

In The Stables

Marion Garrett began to draw at Tonbridge Wells Art Center in 1966 with a retired tutor taking the Life Classes. He taught traditionally, how to center your image, how to measure, how to draw. She only spent 6 months at the College before starting her nursing training in London but it influenced her drawing for always. Art School in 1980 at Durban Technikon was a different experience. Reality was not considered an end in itself. One needed to push one’s emotions into abstraction. Hence Marion’s stylistic confusion – swinging from ridged realistic formats to frenzied abstracts in search of artistic catharsis. The title ‘The Figure as a Medium for the expression of Human Values’ gave scope for work to explore figurative description using her nursing knowledge of the human body. Life drawing remains her passion but with age the images are muted and lack the expressive quality of her earlier drawings. She has exhibited in the UK, Africa and France.