A sense of place
THIS week, two sisters return to Gloucestershire to unveil their new art exhibition.
Susanna Davies and Esther Simpson grew up here, and they have used this upbringing as the basis for their latest work.
A Special Place To Be, named after a poem the sisters' mother wrote for Susanna's wedding, draws upon the sisters' experiences growing up in Gloucestershire, and is their first collaborative exhibition.
Inspired by childhood memories of walks up May Hill and through the Forest of Dean, the work principally focuses on the natural world, both landscapes and wildlife.
Graduating with a degree in fine arts, Susanna went on to teach, while Esther got her degree in fashion design.
Susanna said she wanted to "capture moments from the past", and replicate the feelings she felt as a child.
Primarily working on oil paintings, she said the choice of colour was important in trying to convey the emotions in the work.
Esther worked mostly on drawings of wildlife, aiming to accentuate the patterns found within their appearances.
Susanna said the collaboration was tough, and the painting had to be fit around her teaching job, meaning only holiday times and weekends were available to work on the pieces. However, she said working together was beneficial, as the sisters were able to critique each other's work.
Prices range from £25 for prints, up to £500 for original oil paintings.
With oil paintings, drawings, brooches, jewellery and poetry, the exhibition opens on Wednesday at the Gardens Gallery in Montpellier, with 10 per cent of takings going to The Woodland Trust.