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Westbury Art Club


Here are a few examples of our members' artistic efforts. We hope you will enjoy having the opportunity of a 'private viewing' in the comfort of your own home.

If what we do inspires you to develop your own talents then come along and join us. 


The London Eye

One of my favourite pictures by Renée Thornton - a dramatic view of this iconic landmark, captured in watercolour.

We are sorry to report that Renée passed away recently,
aged 89.

Renée was a gifted artist and has been involved in the Art Club since its formation. She was still enjoying our weekly meetings until late in 2019.

It was a pleasure and privilege for us to have known Renée. A very independent lady who didn't suffer fools gladly, she certainly kept us, her fellow members, on our toes! 
In her younger days she was one of a very few female hot air balloonists and would frequently surprise us with accounts of various amazing adventures she had undertaken. 
Her enthusiasm for art and painting meant that, in addition to her involvement in our club, she enjoyed at various times membership of other local art groups and was a patron of the Royal West of England Academy.
She will always remain in our memories.


Quayside activity

Renée enjoyed the impact of night scenes. The mixture of bright colours and deep contrasts make this painting of the quayside of a Greek fishing village really come to life. You can almost hear the hubbub of the waterside cafés.


The Nightglow

One of the most popular parts of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta is the Nightglow when a collection of balloons tether and light up the night’s sky in time to a soundtrack of music.
Clearly memorable to Renée as she has captured the colours and the mood of the occasion.


Maligne Lake

Now, off to Canada with a view of this picturesque lake near Jasper. Famed for the colour of its water, the surrounding peaks, the three glaciers visible from the lake and Spirit Island, a frequently photographed islet, this is a must-visit location on any trip to the Rockies. Painted in watercolour by Derek Howell.


Half Dome, Yosemite

Over the border into the United States and here we are at Yosemite National Park with a view of Half Dome, the well-known granite formation, named for its distinct shape. This view is enjoyed from the overlook at Glacier Point from which you can admire the village, almost 1000 metres below, three waterfalls and this magnificent panorama. Again, by Derek in watercolour.


Water, water everywhere

Terry Price tries various media for his paintings - here's a work in pastels. Don't know where he got the inspiration for this work - it's probably the Somerset Levels floods in 2014.


Late Spring flowers

Now a complete change in Terry's technique for a subtle collection of spring flowers in watercolour.


Westbury-on-Trym church

Richard Bowden has chosen a local scene here - Westbury's Holy Trinity church in watercolour.


Down to the sea

Richard draws out most of his paintings using ink - usually applied with a matchstick. This produces an interesting effect once the watercolour is applied. Here's a picture to help us look forward to some warm weather - can't come too soon!


Whitesands beach

Here are a couple of watercolours by Linda Castree. Both in one of her favourite holiday locations - Pembrokeshire. First up is a view along Whitesands beach near St David's.


Lakeside view

Now, a postcard-sized view inspired by a waterfowl lake near Newport.


Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda

How about a visit to the Italian Lakes? Malcesine is about the most picturesque Lake Garda resort: a pretty little medieval town centre clusters around the harbour and Scaligero castle.  Painted in watercolour by Keith Edwards.


Cathedral Cove, New Zealand

A quick trip to the other side of the globe to the Coromandel peninsular in New Zealand. The famous Cathedral Cove is one of the “must visit” sites in the North Island and it receives around 150,000 visitors per year so it's a lucky break to see it without people. Again in watercolour by Keith Edwards


Christmas Roses

June Crowe has used watercolour to carefully reproduce these lovely hellebores picked from her garden.


Gold Hill in Shaftsbury

Another work in watercolour from June - a view of Gold Hill in Shaftsbury. Can't help thinking I've see this view before - and not just in the Hovis advert (1973 for those that can remember!).