Charter Hall Second Exhibition
Meet the artists and photographers:
Dr Michael Ireland
I have always enjoyed art, from an early age, having had plenty of encouragement from my artistic mother.
My only training has been school-based (I took my Art O’level as a fill-in during A levels) and a painting night class in the noughties. I also had the privilege of painting wall murals in three rooms at my children’s primary school (abstract floral, jungle and underwater themes).
I plan to make more time for painting this year, perhaps trying out oil paints, which will be a first!
Douglas Lander ARPS
Douglas Lander is a Canadian photographer and musician, now living permanently in Devon. He specialises in stock and fine art photography, selling regularly through the Alamy stock agency. Doug is a keen walker and enjoys photographing Dartmoor in all seasons from his base in Okehampton. He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and an active member of Okehampton Camera Club.
I have worked in the creative art field, both as paid work & spare time activities for many years, & painting in oils for around 5 years.
I find this medium suits my painting style, giving me opportunity to move paint around the canvas in an an emotive & painterly style.
I am inspired primarily by Devon's beautiful landscape, and try to capture the glorious skyscapes that can take your breath away, this has been a particular passion recently.
I attend three groups regularly and have exhibited with them all, Life Study workshops in Crediton, the Chagford Art Group & Belstone Art & Craft Group. All of whom offer great support & enthusiasm.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Derek Stratton LRPS
A life-long ‘dabbler’ in art, it wasn’t until I reached 60 that I found the opportunity to focus this interest more positively when I enrolled to do the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Cornwall College, Saltash. This led me into City and Guilds life drawing certificates, and these 6 or 7 years were some of the most fulfilling of my life.
My art is very strongly based on observational drawing, looking at the everyday things around me and trying to capture them in more unconventional ways. In recent years I have made use of digital drawing on my iPad, following the example set by David Hockney.
Now rather slowed up by having undertaken the disruptive move to Okehampton to be near our family, I look forward to being creative again in the new garden room being built at our new home.
I have exhibited at the Plymouth Society of Artists Open Exhibition in the Plymouth City Art Gallery, with two fellow students at the Wharf, Tavistock, and at 4 well received solo exhibitions at Stuart House, Liskeard.