Angela Harding was born in 1960 in Stoke-on-Trent. She studied Fine Art at Leicester Polytechnic and specialised in printmaking during her MA at Nottingham Trent University. Having moved to Rutland in 1988, much of Angela's work is inspired by the farmland that her studio overlooks. The soft greens, greys, and blues of this landscape form the backdrop for her work, but the main theme is British wildlife.

'As well as the garden birds I also love Curlews, Redshanks and other seabirds that we see when my partner and I travel further afield to Norfolk, Suffolk and Cornwall.' Angela uses a sketchbook to record the birds she sees on her trips. Back in the studio, these drawings can be developed into more formal designs. 'I try to combine the atmosphere of the place and the shape of the bird or animal to make a successful image.'

'I have always loved birds; the gulls of St Ives, summer Blackbirds in my garden or the haunting sound of Curlews across the salt marshes of Norfolk are often the starting point for new work. It was Thomas Hardy who referred to birds as persistent intermits - moments of nature in all its many forms that can be experienced in a very personal way.'

Stuart Anderson, born in Kent 1967, is well known for his bronze sculptures of animals. He has worked in Suffolk as a sculptor since obtaining a BA (Hons) Degree in Sculpture from the Winchester School of Art and a Post Graduate in Bronze Casting/Sculpture at the RCA. In recent years Stuart has concentrated on the elegant and vital forms of greyhounds, horses and figures. He is able to expertly capture the distinct form, character, and personality of his subjects. 

He works in clay or wax and casts his sculptures into bronze himself, using the lost wax process, as he feels it is an integral part of the creative process.

'I work from life where possible, with the model, animal or human in front of me, preferring natural, unforced and sometimes quickly observed poses, which always say more about the model (character and physical nature). I try to convey the vitality of the living body, to explore and learn about the anatomy and to make strong sculptural forms.'

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