Programme 2018/2019


16 May 2018 

Vic Bearcroft – Howling Wolf

in Pastel 

Vic is a professional wildlife and pet portrait artist specialising in pastel on velour paper.  Passionate about wildlife, particularly wolves, enables him to work with a large number of animal welfare organisations worldwide.

Vic prefers to paint close up intimate portraits of animals, capturing the likeness and the soul in its eyes.  We welcome Vic back to our Society.  Please visit his website:

20 June 2018  

Kara Strachan – Seascape

in Acrylics

Kara’s distinctive style is inspired from her many years of floristry and great appreciation of historical gardens and seascapes.  Kara’s studio is in ‘The Art Loft’, Curborough Antiques and Craft Centre, Lichfield.  A popular and talented artist. Please visit 

18 July 2018  

Richard Crabtree – Landscape

in Watercolour

Richard paints wildlife, landscape and portraits in oil, watercolour and    pastel.  He holds regular weekly classes in painting and drawing as well as workshops in watercolour, oil or pastel at Avoncroft Arts Centre, Bromsgrove.  Richard is an elected member of the Birmingham  Watercolour Society and professional member of the Society for all Artists.

Please visit

15 August 2018 

Mike Painter – Sculptor – Projection

of his Career         

Mike’s career began specialising in the traditional craft of wood carving for Linford Bridgman, an architectural company.  He achieved the position of Master Carver and Head of Department.  He studied at San Servolo, Venice.  He is also a member of the

Royal Society of British Sculptors. He has worked on Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Palace of Westminster and many National Trust buildings.  His work also includes organising a team of carvers to work on the fire damage at Windsor Castle.  I am sure this will be a very enjoyable evening.  Please visit

19 September 2018 

Ruth Gray – Street Scene in Acrylics

Originating from the Nottingham/Derbyshire border with a passion for the Peak District, Ruth is mainly a mixed media artist.  The subjects that really inspire her have a sense of history; townscapes, landscapes, rolling skies and hidden corners.  She loves the mood of weather and  how it affects the seasons.  While her paintings are usually representational they are often stylised or abstracted to a degree, taking great liberty with the colours she chooses, capturing mood and atmosphere.  Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in over 100 exhibitions. Please visit

17 October 2018 

Carol Hill  -  Landscape in Oils  

Carol learned to paint in the Far East in the 1960s and it was there that her passion for painting began.  From there she went to Hong Kong University to study oil painting.  Carol studied Chinese painting and gradually started to paint in watercolour, consequently appreciating both oil and watercolour.  A qualified teacher, she is a member of the Society of Women Artists and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.  Exhibitions include the Mall Galleries London and the Bankside Gallery London. She is an art tutor on cruise lines and President of Matlock Society of Artists.  This will be Carol’s fourth visit to our Society and we look forward to her demonstration.  Please visit

21 November 2018

Stephen Coates – Presentation and


Stephen was born in Sheffield.  He was advised at school to forget about art!  In later years he finally disregarded his teacher’s advice and in April 2011 he became a professional artist and teacher and now runs art classes and art groups in his home city.  His presentation will be to examine the properties of watercolour and why artists find it a challenging medium to work with.  His subject for the first half of the evening will be ‘How to paint a sky effectively’.  He will then give a demonstration of skies in watercolour.  This will be Stephen’s second visit and his previous demonstration was very popular.  Please visit  

December 2018

No meeting,

16 January 2019 

Pat Ryan  – Landscape in mixed media  

Pat is a self-taught artist/art tutor living and working in the Midlands area.  He paints and teaches in all media including watercolour, acrylics, oils, pastels, coloured crayon, ink, graphite, charcoal and general mixed media.  His range of subject matters includes portraits and landscapes.  Pat is a member of the Sutton Coldfield Society of Artists, he has had solo exhibitions and has exhibited with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

20 February 2019   

Eric Watson  – Wildlife in Pastels

and Pencils   

Eric has an incredible store of information which has been gathered through experience and research to enable him to understand the true reality of his subjects and their habitats, all of which contribute to give his paintings their own individual story.  Using a range of media i.e. pastels, watercolour, pencils and graphite he creates a depth of light, dark tone and texture. 

Eric is currently focusing on his Art and Education programme via ’Nature in Art’. Please visit

20 March 2019 

Graham Wilson  -  Abstract Marina

Seascape – Watercolour     

Graham is primarily a watercolour artist but over the last few years has developed an interest in acrylics which suits his loose style and gives him scope to produce larger canvases.  He takes inspiration from the world around him both for his more traditional paintings and for his ever popular cartoons.  In the past few years he has had commissions for greeting card designs, book illustrations and artwork for advertising.  His easy and encouraging manner shows how to produce a painting, giving tips to get those extra effects,inspiring us all to have a go.  Please visit




17 April 2019

Annual General Meeting