DISTRACT an exhibition of contemporary and abstract art

by Chantal Ashwell and Sandra Lissenden

Monday 26th September to Saturday 1st  October  ~ 10am - 5pm daily


 Sandra Lissenden.

Sandra has spent many years in London and the Home Counties . But her current surroundings evoke great inspiration with its multifarious coastline and countryside.  Also with  her frequent travels to France and Spain this has created a great portfolio.

Her interests lay in light and atmosphere, in places and objects .  Movement and light are ethereal but can evoke the deeper memory of the initial visual impact.   To explore, expand and develop what is within the subject, colour and texture to excite and move the viewer. 

 Sandra has exhibited at The South West Academy, locally, nationally and internationally.




 Chantal Ashwell

Chantal’s work is motivated by a fascination in to the forces and effects of natural elements and of their intrinsic qualities.  She has been painting for around 11 years and is committed to only producing pieces that truly reflect her observations and perceptions of a subject; to paint with a brave honesty in order to maintain her artistic integrity.  Working in an alternative, abstract style is the only way she is able to express herself freely and with conviction.

The portfolio of techniques continues to expand as she discovers reactions to a developing canvas, both physically and notionally.  Distinctive textural finishes achieved often in unconventional ways combined with some reworking and imaginative “fiddling” with characteristic qualities result in a visual outcome which is both intriguing and provocative.  Seeing beyond the physical representation of a subject is key to her finding an angle of interpretation to explore and progress.

With a conscious decision to avoid formal training, Chantal’s artistic journey continues to move towards a deeper appreciation that the imagination has no boundaries and that depth of emotion revealed through art may be a natural outcome.  Each painting is therefore a creative marker in time and in presence; it is an embodiment of thought and feeling.


Monday 3rd October to Saturday 8th October  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily


Before the invention of photography, the chief function of the artist was to record the world around them in the form of portraits, landscape and still-life.  There have always been exceptions, such as Heironymous Bosch, but even in the Italian Renaissance the gods and goddesses portrayed were usually portraits of the artists' patrons.
 Photography changed all that.  The painter is no longer expected to portray the outside world - although some do, and do it very well,  This leaves us free to paint our dreams, poetry, myths and legends and our subconscious and that is what I enjoy most.
 The materials I use include oils, gouache and collage plus ceramic sculpture which I have been exploring for the past few years.

Carl Cashman

Monday 10 October to Saturday 15 October  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily


Carl is a UK based artist who has exhibited internationally. His work expresses a love geometry and is informed by a well spent youth dancing in disused warehouses and playing pixelated computer games.

Jane Faires Paintings

Monday 17 October to Saturday 22 October  ~ 10am - 4.45pm daily


I am inspired by nature, animals, dreams and mythology.  I work from observation and from imagination.

I am interested in exploring the different qualities of acrylic and oil paints, and like to experiment so my work is not repetitious, and my style is constantly evolving.

For more information see Jane Faires website

email     paintings@janefaires.com
mob       07969734890

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