Spring 2024 Mixed Exhibition

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Steph Aldwinckle

Steph Aldwinckle is an abstract landscape artist living in West Kirby, Wirral. Her home studio overlooks the beautiful coastline of the Wirral Peninsula and on towards the dramatic rolling Welsh Hills. This daily inspirational view is the driving force behind all of her abstract landscape paintings. Her paintings are known for their bright, bold, and colourful compositions that capture the vibrancy and energy of the coastal scenery that surrounds her. She is constantly inspired by the changing colours of the sky, the sea and the landscapes which she tries to incorporate into her fresh, contemporary paintings.

Lucy Almey Bird

Lucy Almey Bird was born in 1973 and grew up mostly in rural Somerset. She is completely self taught having not taken the conventional route through education.

Art took a back seat while she raised her three daughters, who now they are older provide much of her inspiration along with her pets, the countryside and family life in general.

Drusilla Cole

After taking early retirement as Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts, London, Drusilla moved to Bishops Castle in Shropshire where she has extended her practice of printmaking by focusing on reduction Linocut printing.

Drusilla’s colourful Linocuts of swimming based scenes have become very popular and are exhibited locally and with selected galleries in the UK.

If the framed version of the print has sold, please enquire about available unframed editions

Denise Heywood

The first time Denise exhibited at Gorstella Gallery in November 2019 her wall sold out and she has been very popular with customers since. Her aim in painting is to convey the beauty and mystery which lies at the heart of nature. Her subjects are found in her garden and the fields and lanes near her Shropshire home. She paints layering many washes of watercolour, refining details with small sable brushes to portray the jewel like quality of her subjects.

John MacKenzie

John MacKenzie was born in Oban, Argyll in 1933. He attended Oban High School and after some time spent as a draftsman in a local architect’s office, he joined the Royal Air Force. Following further studies John then worked as a civilian radiographer travelling the world for Marconi before settling in Chester to work in radiography for the RAF.

Becoming bored with the routine of his employment John wanted to have more time to pursue the great passions of his life, painting and golf and decided to become a postman, the hours allowing him the time to indulge these.

John was a very prolific artist, painting practically every day, extensively in the Chester and North Wales area, but two or three times a year he would travel to Oban to visit his family. John visited Iona, a great source of inspiration whenever possible whilst in the area.

Sian McGill

Based in Swansea, Sian first exhibited in a mixed show at Gorstella Gallery in November 2021 and sold 9 out of her 10 paintings on show. Much of Sian’s inspiration comes from the places where she loves to spend time outdoors enjoying the coastline and mountains of Wales.


Christopher Rainham

Christopher Rainham’s work has always been inspired by the natural world and more specifically his experience of the natural world. He is inspired by the way flora and fauna is woven into language, the explanations of things, stories and beliefs. Christopher loves the material qualities of paint, what it does, how it feels, smells, how in painting and drawing materials change and adapt, try and become something else in becoming a painting.

Matthew Snowden

Matthew’s inspiration is drawn from the rugged coastline of Britain, Ireland and Wales. His obsession with the raw beauty of these landscapes is fuelled by their ancient history and ever changing light. Matthew has a bold and intuitive style of painting.

Karel Lek

Karel Lek was born in Antwerp in 1929 but moved with his parents to North Wales as refugees when he was a boy. Karel studied at Liverpool College of Art and was a Member of the Royal Cambrian Academy since 1954.

He exhibited mainly in North Wales, where he lived, but he also showed his work his work in London, Amsterdam and Chicago.

His work can be found in numerous public and private collections.

Karel regarded the streets as his studio and always kept a sketchbook with him. The main subject matter of his drawings was people going about their business and, unobserved, he looked to capture the immediacy of the fleeting impressions they created.  Jazz musicians were another favourite subject and “Lovers” were a recurring theme.