CHANGING seas and what they leave behind on our local beaches and shoreline are explored in a new exhibition by Fiona Bates and Jan Shears. The creative pair are celebrating 10 years of North Devon's Biosphere Reserve.
Jan, who works from her Braunton studio, is particularly looking forward to showcasing her new work in the display at St Anne's Arts Centre.
"I am happiest when painting, mixing colours and choosing which part of our beautiful coastline to inspire me each day.
"I have a small studio in my garden with glimpses of the sea; it's the ideal lifestyle really. Since moving to North Devon seven years ago, I have been captivated by the changing seascapes and huge skies. The rushing clouds and tides give me all the inspiration I need."
Over the years Jan has experimented with various art forms, including textiles, drawing, painting and pottery.
"These skills are incorporated in my latest pictures. I have started to work in a more abstract way and my work feels less constrained as a result. This is the first time this collection has been shown so I'm looking forward to hearing visitor's comments."
Fiona, meanwhile, has been working with clay for more than 25 years and is recognised for her unique and unusual designs. She works from her ceramics studio in Ilfracombe where her work is influenced by the sea and the chance objects that it offers up.
Each of her unique pieces is hand-built using pure white earthenware or porcelain clays.
Pieces are finished in a range of dry glazes, slips and sumptuous gloss glazes.
They include fireplace surrounds, a variety of species of fish, boats, tiny children's shoes, wedding shoes, tins of sardines, horses, plus rams, dogs and cats heads. Her work has been featured in magazines and various exhibitions including the V&A in London.
The mixed media art exhibition by Fiona Bates and Jan Sears is at St Anne's Arts Centre, Barnstaple until Saturday, August 24. Opening hours: 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday. Free admission.