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 - A Celebration of Pure Inspiration

2nd - 8th November 2023

About the Exhibition

Welcome to ‘Quintessence’, a group exhibition by five unique and gifted local artists.  This diverse collection has been curated to capture the absolute essence of each artist’s style, along with a broad spectrum of mediums and subjects.


As you immerse yourself in our exhibition, allow the essence of each creation to resonate with your soul. Let the vibrant strokes and subtle details transport you to the heart of a field, the serenity of a beach, or the intimacy of a collection of everyday objects.


Quintessence aims to excite the imagination with various paint mediums employed by the artists. Acrylics dance with bold strokes, while watercolors flow in delicate washes. Oil paints and mixed media unveil a rich tapestry of textures, and contemporary frescoes add a rare opportunity for the art lover to explore a new twist on an ancient art form.

About the Artists

Jane Powell

Having grown up in rural Worcestershire, Jane has always found joy in expansive landscapes. However, living in the landlocked Midlands does give her a hankering after the coast. Like many, Jane has always felt an affinity with the sea and can watch it for hours; visiting as often as possible with sketchbook in hand to try and capture the true essence of a particular place at that moment in time. Jane loves painting outdoors and feels truly alive when finding new ways to express the light, beauty and emotion in the landscape under the changing skies. 

Oils and acrylics are Jane’s preferred mediums; she enjoys exploring abstract and impressionistic techniques, harmonising colours, exploring shapes, texture and experimenting with different mark-making implements. 

Jane has exhibited her work in a number of galleries in the UK and sells her work to collectors in the UK and internationally. Jane teaches workshops in oil and cold wax and acrylics and is open for commissions.

Hayley Reynolds

Summer Zephyr 1- Hayley Reynolds.jpg

Hayley Reynolds was born in Bedfordshire (1975); after extensive travel she settled in the county of Worcestershire and began selling her work ten years ago. She has exhibited widely in the UK and has been the Resident Artist for the famous Confetti Fields in Wick for the past six years (ongoing). This beautiful field of delphiniums were featured in Vogue, as well as on various TV shows on both the BBC and ITV. The owner, Charles Hudson began this incredible business to bring an alternative, eco-friendly confetti option to the wedding market 25 years ago.

Hayley’s work is truly an example of a multidisciplinary artist, she works in acrylic, watercolour and more unusually, Italian plaster (contemporary fresco) and metal based products. Her work moves from floral to landscape, seascape to abstract with her favourite being the more impressionist/abstract style with an emphasis on texture. This diverse approach to creativity allows her to work on a broad spectrum of commissions. 

Hayley has sold work to many collectors in the UK and internationally. She exhibits locally in several locations and also holds small acrylic and watercolour workshops at her home studio.

Annie Brenchley

Annie’s early years were spent in the beautiful countryside of Snowdonia and the coastline of Anglesey.   She now lives in Broom, Warwickshire where she walks with their labradoodle, Dash, along the river Arrow.   Many of her paintings reflect her appreciation of the outdoors, with her landscapes often focusing on trees and water. Like many during covid, she participated in several on-line challenges including the daily painting ‘Strada Easel’ challenge.  During the chilly winter months, the best way to paint was to set up still life scenes.  This has sparked a new interest and injected some bright colours into her work.

Annie started painting in 1991 when she moved to Alvechurch and joined a small art group, which was taught by the talented artist Terence Clarke.  She is currently studying with Vicki Norman focusing of composition and colour.   Annie organises painting workshops for local artists via the Vale of Evesham Art Society and curates the annual exhibition with Broadway Arts Festival.

Oranges and Blossom - Annie Brenchley.JPG

Siân Thomas

Siân is an award-winning, self-taught artist based on the Worcestershire/Gloucester border. Though always possessing a creative spirit, Siân commenced her watercolour journey relatively recently, during the lockdowns of 2020.

Initially drawn to portraying architectural structures, particularly vernacular domestic buildings, using ink and watercolour techniques, Siân has since developed a deep fascination for the beauty to be found in weathered and overlooked everyday objects.

As well as exhibiting locally, Siân has also participated in gallery exhibitions throughout the UK, including Norfolk, Bath and London.

Sarah Jemmett

Sarah is predominantly a landscape artist who works in oils and prefers to paint outside or from direct observation. The continual challenge of finding ways to translate nature’s fragility into a convincing representation of space and light is very exciting.  Light and conditions are always changing during an outdoor painting; it is so completely absorbing, and Sarah loves to stand back and see the result. Sarah hopes that those who share in the experience of her work take as much pleasure from it as she did in creating it.

Pathway near Bredon Hill - Sarah Jemmett.JPG
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