Tyland Barn Art Gallery
Cas Holmes - Textile Landscape
Cas Holmes trained in fine arts followed by studies in Japan with the Winston Churchill and Japan Foundation Fellowships. Her work is in major collections including Arts Council England, Museum of Art and Design New York and the Embroiderer's Guild, UK. Working on collaborations is an important part of her practice and she was commissioned to create a piece on 'Gardens and War' for the Garden Museum. A writer for Batsford her most recent publications are 'Stitch Stories' (2015.) and Textile Landscape (2018)
Salvaged materials are torn, painted and re-assembled to create mixed media pieces drawing their inspiration from the landscape and the everyday.
"Cas Holmes' fascination for the landscape is reflected in her work, both in its subject matter, which explores the intersections of the spaces life inhabits: the green spaces in urban areas, the verges of highways, the trees in a city park; and in its techniques of joining cloth and paper." - Ricë Freeman-Zachery
Romney Marsh Gallery
Rachel Beckett Is a UK artist based in Kent. Her work is now slowly beginning to receive wider public attention and acclaim. She donated works to the “Splosh” open air art experience at the Leas Pavilion, Folkestone in 2017 specifically adapting her usual precise style to create two advertising hoarding sized works. In 2018 her talents received wider recognition when she was shortlisted as a Finalist in the Prestigious International ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ Competition, when this work was exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London, alongside renowned wildlife artists such as David Shepherd and Alan Hunt, the public reacted enthusiastically and hers was one of the first pieces that sold, within only hours of the pre-exhibition sales viewing commencing.
She combines her love of the arts with a lifelong passion for wildlife, scenery and the Animal Kingdom; creating pieces featuring all things feathered, furry or scaled. Her works cover a range of genres and styles from detailed, realistic fine art through to imaginative and colourful abstract imagery. She also doesn’t shy away from employing a variety of different mediums within the creation of a single artwork in an effort to capture the essence of the animal. She stated that: “the natural world is so glorious in its diversity, that it seems foolish to restrict myself to one style or medium, in the expectation that it would be able to adequately capture the whole reality”.
Her speciality is giving each animal true expression and personality and when working on Pet portraits her ability to convey character has rendered delighted clients speechless and often happily tearful when they first glimpse their much loved family pets captured on canvas.
Rachel works from a home studio in Ashford where her main focus currently is commissioned works generally Pet portraits or wildlife paintings produced from photography that clients have taken whilst on exotic holidays.