Author Archives: Sarah Sclater

Tom Hoar

Tom was born in 1978 into an artistic family with an architect grandfather and artist father.  He studied History of Art at university  and has combined his natural talent and knowledge to nurture his artistic flair.

His works have been exhibited with the Royal Society of British Portrait Painters, the RBA and the Royal Watercolour Society and this year with the New English Art Club at the Mall Galleries.  In the past Tom has loved the opportunity to spend time with both the Household Cavalry and Gifford’s Circus – drawing huge inspiration from the aspect of working heritage alongside horses.

This year Tom has visited India and had continued to paint ‘en plain air” around Dorset where he lives with his young family.

Rosie Tatchell

Rosie was born in 1986. It was a busy happy start in life and as the youngest of three girls Rosie showed from a young age a natural ability to get in and out of trouble and also loved art. Art has always been a huge part of Rosie’s life.
Rosie studied portraiture and still-life painting at Charles H.Cecil studios in Florence from 2008 to 2011. This school is one of only a handful worldwide teaching traditional methods of painting in oil.

Her work is unique in its traditional style with a vibrant modern take – it will draw you in and delight as you discover both humour and beauty within.

Caroline Barnes

Caroline specialises in creating an exquisite range of handmade porcelain products from buttons to framed collections.

Each piece is handmade from porcelain clay, glazed and then decorated using platinum and coloured decals created from Caroline’s illustrations and photographs. Inspired by vintage prints, botanical drawings and the beach finds from nearby Lyme Regis Caroline has created a highly contemporary ceramic collection.


Lucy Bentley

Lucy works from perhaps the most charming cottage garden in the south west!  Her work will delight and surprise you as she brings her narratives to life exploring emotion and using perspective to bring movement into her world. She also works painting fish on natural slate.

Peter Rush

Peter worked for many years as an illustrator – perhaps familiar to many of us for his numerous illustrations accompanying our childhood afternoons watching Jackanory.  Many years as an art teacher finds Peter retired in the north Dorset countryside where he has access to stunning landscape and wonderful coastlines where his works delight in his love of sea and sky.

Robin Leonard

Robin moved to Cornwall in 1981 where the lack of a studio led him to paint in the plain air tradition out of necessity.  Studying environmental science at university gave him a deeper understanding of the world he painted and and also led him to travel to France and Switzerland painting all the time.  In 2006 he returned to Cornwall where the variety of form, colour and mood, where land meets sea continues to inspire him.

Robin’s work is bright with  freedom – he believes in applying paint in a natural way to express the nature it represents. By adopting a variety of techniques and subjects he feels his artist sense has become more attuned, and he has thus avoided becoming branded as some artist may.  He embraces new subjects and learns through discovery taking risks and spending hours painting for paints sake to master his technique.

Meriel Ensom

Having been brought up in Dorset, Meriel started painting birds and fish on driftwood after moving to the Essex coast in 1987.  She is mainly self taught and draws upon her love of wildlife and the sea to create her hugely popular and beautiful pieces.  She now lives in Seaford in East Sussex.