Essence of Nature, 3/3/2017-15/3/2017

A collection of contemporary locally inspired art and bespoke furniture

Dorset based artists Esme James and Lucy Tidbury will be displaying their original paintings and prints inspired by the English countryside, alongside local furniture designer Jason Cameron with a selection of his contemporary hardwood furniture.

Esme, Lucy and Jason, although all working in different mediums and different styles are all influenced by their love of nature, the outdoors and in particular Dorset.

Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm, with a preview on 3 March 6pm-9pm. Free admission.

Esme James

Esme was born in Dorset and studied Textiles, Fashion Design and Marketing at Arts University Bournemouth and Art and Design at Bournemouth and Poole College. Esme’s first collection of paintings using her signature blue palette of acrylic on canvas launched in 2012, depicting bold interpretations of geological shape and form inspired by moonlit scenes of the Jurassic Coast and the Isle of Purbeck.

In 2016 Esme moved into her first studio located in the idyllic setting of Creech nestled at the foot of the Purbeck Hills, Dorset. The studio has given Esme not only the space to paint but to exhibit her own work to the public, as well the beautiful work of fellow local artists and makers.

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Lucy Tidbury

Lucy Tidbury studied Fine Art at Chichester University and took the leap to become a full time Artist in 2014. Living on a farm in the heart of Purbeck Lucy is surrounded by inspiration for her Country themed paintings.

Over the last two years Lucy has become particularly known for her ‘Moo Selfie’ series combining her passion for the English country and her love of cows to create original oil paintings that will make you smile. This series of work has expanded over the last year to include iconic scenes across the Country.

Lucy is also an accomplished Pet Portrait artist and has created paintings of dogs, cats and horses as well as more unusual pets including alpacas, pigs and even a tropical fish!

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Jason Cameron

Furniture designer Jason Cameron studied at the University of Central England, obtaining a B.A. (Hons) in Design.

After leaving university, several years were spent building up a background of knowledge before setting up the bespoke furniture making business Cameron & Talbot. The workshop is idyllically situated in an 18th Century barn, set against an inspirational backdrop of the Purbeck hills and Heritage coastline.

A blend of established and innovative manufacturing skills are used with both traditional hand tools and modern machinery, ensuring each design is built to the highest standard while retaining an individual, hand crafted character.

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