Music is a major influence on Ali's work, which is currently exploring visual representations of music and sound and colour, inspired by her sound-colour synaesthesia. When she listens to music, each note of the musical scale is perceived as a different colour.
Many of her paintings are based on geometric forms, from rigidly transcribed music to patterns derived from highs and lows of the melody. Other paintings are instinctive synaesthetic responses made by directly applying the colours to the canvas whilst listening to the music. She is also exploring combinations of these styles nd translating other sounds into colours.
Another area of interest is the skyline. In 2011 she won the Merseytravel's Art on the Network competition 'Design a New Skyline' for the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel. Her 'Liverpool Composition' and 'Wirral Composition' designs were made into murals and are public artworks on permanent display at the end of each tunnel.
Lily is an artist based in Lancashire who produces work in a variety of subject matter and loves to paint quirky or characterful images in a diversity of styles. She draws her inspiration from observations of her everyday environment and life.
Specialising in acrylics and by using bright and fresh colours, Lily loves to create images that have a cheerful and positive feel that make people smile and feel happy.
Although she paints different types of subject matter, including seaside scenes, she creates a lot of quirky and cheerful animal pictures featuring hares, badgers and her signature Highland Cows, which are often enhanced with glitter and small synthetic jewels to give foliage a sparkling effect
Jayne is a self taught artist who has been painting since she was a child, using a palette knife and working in oils. She gradually developed her own style and ditched the palette knife in favour of brushes, very fine brushes, and embarked on very detailed work.After graduating from the palette knife to brushes she continued to work in oils for many years in tandem with watercolours, painting landscape subjects associated with history and heritage, such as castles, historic buildings and typical English scenes. This was inspired by her interest in history which was the direction her career lead, obtaining a BA (Hons) and MA in the subject and then working as a freelance historian, lecturer and genealogist.A number of year ago she moved away from oils and adopted acrylics, although she still used watercolours occasionally and has once again begun experimenting with oils.Numerous visits to the Isle of Anglesey in recent years have inspired her to paint the wide open spaces of seascapes, although landscapes, particularly local scenes, have not been neglected.
Jayne is the owner of Inspirations Gallery.
Emma's inspiration for her paintings comes from her roots. She loved art at school, especially visiting art galleries on school trips. Her biggest inspiration, however, were her family. Her grandfather was very creative, her two uncles constantly produced imaginative, technically superb and original pieces and her father was a technical designer whose ability to create something amazed and inspired her. Being brought up in such an environment art was the direction her career followed, studying art at Preston College. Through college she was inspired mostly by surrealism and photorealism.
Now living in the country, she is regularly visited by beautiful wildlife, birds, rabbits, pheasants, foxes, badgers, and the occasional escaped sheep or cow!
Taking inspiration from what she knows, like love and experience, has resulted in her naturally acquiring the style of painting she does today using surreal, cool, warm, light and dark colours carefully in watercolour, and making the eyes as real a possible to capture the character and personality of the animal.