Gallery of Artists on Display at ARTea Room
Mark Duffin was born in 1960 and grew up in Tilehurst near Reading in Berkshire .
At that time all around was countryside and it was a quick walk to the River Thames where he spent most of his time as a child with his two brothers in this most English of landscapes. He always loved to draw as a child and after leaving school was accepted into Berkshire college of Art & Design where he spent four years studying graphic design and illustration .
Upon graduating he then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator working for design consultancies, advertising agencies and publishing companies in the UK and overseas. At that early period he worked with traditional media, mainly airbrush & acrylic due to the tight deadlines but in 1996, with the onset of computers he changed to the digital media for his commercial work while still painting for private work in oils.
Val studied for an HND in Graphic Design in the early 1980s, before computers took over. She loves to paint and little tubes of colours and real (small) brushes work so much better than a mouse and keyboard.
Val has been working as a freelance artist for about 10 years and has painted lots of local scenes and a range of prints about local places. Val’s work has also been used on mugs, jigsaws, wrapping paper, cards and tableware. Val likes painting lots of details, often grouping together small related images and often include quirky items.
Val likes to work on a variety of projects and have created several pieces about the First World War, one of which was exhibited at the Mall galleries in London as part of a SWA open exhibition. Val enjoies creating 3D pieces in old typecases on a variety of themes including seaside, Gardening, needlework, 78 Derngate and her latest one is called Peace.
David Wells is an International Awards winning artist who paints mainly in watercolour. His paintings have been published in both The Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines. He paints most subjects but particularly likes to paint people, animals and buildings. His paintings are held in commercial and private collections worldwide.