Celia Smith studied at Wimbledon School of Art where she gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture. Growing up as a farmer's daughter gave Celia a passion for the natural environment.

Celia draws with wire, as others draw with pencil. For her, creating sculptures out of wire is like drawing in three dimensions. Birds are her main inspiration; capturing their movement and character is her primary concern. She finds that wire has a spontaneity that can give her sculptures a feeling of life and energy. A lot of time is spent drawing and studying the birds and often, small wire studies and life-size pieces are made directly in front of the subject.

Earlier this year Celia travelled to Skokholm Island in Pembrokeshire, an annual drawing trip to study the seabirds that breed there. The work she has produced from this trip will be on show at Bircham Gallery this autumn. 

Her sculptures are also eco friendly - the materials that Celia uses are mainly sourced from scrap yards, each visit brings new colours and textures which helps to inspire the next creation.

For the last two years Celia has been doing a part-time MA in Multi Disciplinary Printmaking at UWE. This has allowed her to try out new ways of drawing birds that can then be made into prints. She has also been experimenting with embossing her wire drawings into copper foil via and etching press and then enamelling to bring colour and detail. A selection of these new works will also be on show at the Bircham Gallery.

Robert Greenhalf was born in 1950 at Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. He studied at Eastbourne and Maidstone Colleges of Art, graduating in 1971 with a Diploma in Art and Design in Graphics.

Robert works in woodcut, oils and watercolour. His subjects are mainly birds and other wildlife. He places great emphasis upon observing and sketching in the field and his watercolours are frequently made directly from life. The oils and woodcuts are created in the studio, using field sketches and watercolours as reference.

Robert was elected a Member of the Society of Wildlife Artists 1981 and a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1982. Robert's work has been shown in many mixed exhibitions and one man shows throughout the U.K., Eire, France, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, the U.S.A. and Canada. He has also had work hung in the Summer Show at the Royal Academy on several occasions. His work is in Public and Private collections throughout the World.

"The paintings in this exhibition are the product of many hours of observing and sketching the birds of the shore and coastal wetlands, mainly in my native Sussex, but also here in North Norfolk, in the Baie de Somme in Northern France and on Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire."

"In the studio, the pencil and watercolour sketches gleaned in the field, supplemented by memory, form the basis of the oil paintings. Sometimes a composition will seem to lend itself particularly well to the medium of woodcut, so I have included a few of them in the exhibition."


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