Diane Bailey uses her past experiences to inspire her work. Her former study of zoology, close observation of wildlife, and years spent scubadiving and working for conservation groups results in authenticity and personality in the creatures that she depicts. When viewed from a distance the work is striking, but at close quarters, textures and attention to detail become apparent. There will be a mix of creatures on show, particularly those indigenous to Devon, displayed in the form of prints, cards and paintings.
Diane said, “My paintings, described as exhilarating, hypnotic and often humourous, are bold and intuitive but also full of thought, reflecting my respect and love for the natural world. I’m looking forward to sharing with visitors the thought processes behind my work as well as my enthusiasm for art and wildlife.”
A BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year winner, Diane has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and galleries in the South West and had her work selected or shortlisted by the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, the South West Academy, the Society of Wildlife Artists, London, and the Royal West of England Academy.
Debbie Hastings is a textile artist who is a trained Goldwork embroider along with teaching ribbon embroidery and stumpwork. Her love of the countryside, in particular Devon and Scotland, inspires many of her landscape embroideries. She is also a contributor to textile workshops and exhibitions at many National Trust properties in the South West and the Midlands including The Old Post Office, Tintagel and Arlington Court, Finch Foundry, Charlecote and Upton House where most properties have a rag rug, made by Deborah, on permanent exhibition.
As well as teaching, Debbie supplies rag rug kits to many National Trust properties across the UK. She has demonstrated crafts at the historic fishing village of Clovelly on the North Devon coast for the last 13 years and is now part of the design team for Peak Dale craft products. Locally Debbie teaches rag rugging and embroidery at Roundswell Community Centre, in Barnstaple once a month on a Saturday and weekly dressmaking classes at Petroc.
The exhibition at Arlington will be open to the public from 27 June to 16 July, with either or both of the artists being available to talk about their work and influences. The exhibition is free with normal house admission and runs from 11am-3pm.