About Horseshoe Art
Emma grew up in Somerset and studied art from an early age which progressed into completing a BA (hons) degree in Textile design & surface pattern. She spent time in Paris where she completed fabric designs for companies such as Designers Guild. She then relocated back to the UK and moved to Gloucestershire in the early 2000's, subsequently falling in love with the area.
Emma’s work is very much influenced by her textile and pattern making training and uses a variety of media to produce stylised and quirky paintings. The patchwork Cotswold landscape, grasses, wild flowers, rivers and streams are sketched on location and then reworked again and again to produce an interpretation. It is often that one simple idea or view that is sketched and painted several times in different ways and using different media to give the subject it’s life.
Emma works in a variety of media including oils, acrylic, watercolour, ink and pencil on paper and board and also loves the process of lino printing which gives her patternistic style a wonderful platform. The use of a sewing machine, too, is another way of adding texture to a watercolour painting and a new collection of works will appear soon.
Hayden is a colour perfectionist and plein air painter in oils, who has been painting since the age of 15. Although he paints all subjects his first love is the beautiful Gloucestershire landscape in every season. His style is an accurate depiction of atmosphere, light and depth within his chosen subject. Hayden travels the county and beyond, sketching and painting from life using oils in response to the architecture, coast and landscape.
Hayden has extensive experience with competitions and commissions, having twice been accepted into the Bath Society of Artists exhibition. It was in the first year that his Buttercups Over the Vale was accepted, whilst in the second year he was the winner of the public's favourite painting with Marlborough Gardens. This painting was commended for its atmosphere and was sold during the exhibition.
Hayden was also a runner up in the John Singer Sargent painting competition in Broadway, and has completed numerous commissions.
His work has been exhibited in various places around the UK including the Watershed in Bristol, Kingshill House in Gloucestershire, Nature in Art at Twigworth and Tortworth Court.
We live in the bend of the River Severn called the horseshoe, where blue skies overlook beautiful countryside. We love walking in the area, being inspired and sketching ideas which we can take back to the studio to work on. Our art studio is situated amongst the maize fields and river banks and is the life force of our art, but also our home. The views around us are always spectacular and whether it is a sunny or stormy day, we always have enough inspiration for a sketch or painting.
Occasionally Emma and Hayden find that they are inspired by the same object or view and so create a painting together. It is very much two different styles coming together where spontaneity is the driving force which means each piece is unique.