We've intentionally sought out local artists, past and present, and galleries in and around Camber as we've searched for paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics for samphirecamber. If you come and stay, here are some of the very talented people's work we love and that you'll see around the house.
Though Alison isn't local, we just had to buy some of her work when we saw it in the Clay Den Gallery in Hastings.
She uses historical relationships between man and animals as a starting point and the narrative in her work can be amusing, comforting and at times disconcerting.
Born in London in 1889, Paul Nash was the son of a barrister and educated at St. Paul’s School. He briefly studied art at the Slade School but he was essentially a self-taught artist.
During the First World War Nash was a commissioned officer and slightly later, 1917-18, was appointed an Official War Artist.
In 1919 Nash visited Dymchurch near Camber for the first time and soon afterwards moved there to live. The same year he made his first wood engravings and he continued to work in this medium throughout the 1920s. The landscape of the Kent coast and nearby Romney Marsh continued to be subject matter for Nash’s pictures.
John is a designer and photographer. His photography majors on landscape and includes published collections from the Scottish West Highlands and the Austrian Alps, in addition to local Rye area material.
He offers a very particular view of landscape, spending much time getting close to the rural or mountain environs, especially walking or running through the secluded parts of the countryside surrounding Rye. Many of the photographs capture a composition at a special moment in time where weather or light effects, sometimes even night light, combine to articulate the image.
Stephen was born and bred in Rye, three miles from Camber and now lives and works in a Victorian cottage overlooking Winchelsea, the marshes and the English Channel.
This evocative landscape inspires a lot of his work as do frequent painting trips to Cornwall, Italy and France.
He works in oil on canvas as well as printing linocuts, some of which he handpaints with oil colour for an extra dimension
Though Hilary isn't local, we couldn't resist her work when we saw it in Hastings.
After working for a number of years in a small industrial ceramics workshop, her passion was to return to the hand building techniques.
This happened after visiting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. In particular she was drawn to the abstract forms created by Barbara Hepworth and the emotional response they seemed to evoke.
Annie trained at Canterbury College of Art. Her main craft has always been lino-printing, in which she employs four different techniques; her second craft is wax-resist painting on silk, using fabric dyes.
Annie draws her inspiration from the play of light on landscape and other natural forms. Her work is very much inspired by landscapes, nature and architecture that surrounds her up and down the Sussex/Kent coast.
A little further afield from Camber, Chris was born in Whitstable in the early 1960s and moved back there in 1998. He has drawn and painted on and off for as long as he can remember, but it has been his involvement in research and writing around coastal policy in England and Wales that has brought his back to it.
It struck him that he might draw and paint some of the areas he was writing about and create a visual document of his studies. Drawing and painting has been a welcome counterpoint to the cerebrality of his research.
Sandy lives and works in Kent. She focuses on landscapes - the play of light and shadow, and the in-the-moment experience of absorbing the world around her inform her work.
She's drawn by her memories of a childhood spent outside, the visual impact and pleasure of those times still resonates with her. She loves colour and texture and is always attempting to use these elements to create a harmonious balance.
She has artwork in both corporate and private collections in England, Europe and the United States.
Robert Greenhalf is one of the country's leading wildlife artists and lives in Sussex. His passion for sketching and observing birds and animals in their own environment gives great freedom and a refreshing immediacy to his finished studio oils, woodcuts and monoprints.
He has had work hung in the Summer Show at the Royal Academy on several occasions, and his work is in public and private collections throughout the world.
We came across Bruce's work when he was exhibiting at the Sportsman restaurant in Seasalter, Kent. Bruce owns and runs the Keam's Yard Studio and Gallery in Whitstable where he works and shows his own work and those of other talented artists.
His work in heavily focused on the land and seascapes around the Kent coast and represent the mood and atmosphere of this very special corner to the country.
After studying for a degree in his home city of Rome, Alvaro took a postgraduate degree in Historical Studies in Naples before moving to London to do a Fine Art degree at Central St. Martins. Preferring the light of a more northerly hemisphere and with more freedom to explore and develop his artistic ideas, he decided to stay and moved to the Sussex coast where he works out of a beach hut in Bexhill.
His subjects are as diverse as whales and dragonflies. Some of these paper pieces are the size of a postcard and can be made into collections of subjects or colour schemes.
Sally is an artist specialising in drawing and printmaking and has a studio on the south coast of England. After studying fine art at Chelsea School of Art, she went on to make a living working with photographers.
The discovery of monoprinting has brought her back to her first love. Her subject is the landscape with a particular focus on the sky and earth and how they meet. Her mark making records the certainty of this meeting point as well as the surprising and sometimes awkward man made interruptions.