Bryan Andrews

I am an ex Chairman of Courtyard Arts and have enjoyed being part of Courtyard’s work in facilitating art in our community. Alongside a career in advertising and marketing I attended classes at the Camden Institute and at Digswell Arts Trust, Welwyn Garden City and am a regular attender at Courtyard classes.

My art heroes are Van Gogh. Matisse, Picasso and Dali and the Venetians Titian, Veronese, Bellini.  My own art has been inspired by colourful Swedish artist Christina Pattison – and visits to Languedoc, France, where I have led annual painting holidays since 2004.

I find much inspiration in Languedoc, Salvador Dali’s Spain and Venice – and by studying the history of art. Colour is fundamental to me.

I have recently published my novel CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE which features a fictional Salvador Dali. I lead Creativity Workshops to help people liberate their own creativity and welcome enquiries for this. 

Ruth Rankin

I have no formal training in art, but have always loved drawing and painting. For me, technique is subsidiary to the experience of the heart – my art is all about passion, light and feeling.

Although I have experimented with all sorts of media, including oils, acrylic, watercolour, coloured pencil, collage, etc., my favourite media are pastel and pastel pencil which I love for the vast colour range, interesting textures and blending capacity.

My preferred subjects are flowers and nature, using my own photographs as a reference. I also value time spent exploring colour, form and texture in my art journals.