I have begun new work designing and making silk-lined gift boxes. Each gift box is unique, inspired by the sea, light and landscapes. I trained at East Berkshire College, gaining the Diploma in Stitched Textiles in 1998. I exhibited in Oxfordshire Artweeks in 2004, 2005 and 2008.
A singer working with ad hoc trios and quartets etc. and with the following bands:
Kaminsky Connection: Formed with my trumpeter partner, Tony Davis. Playing music from the 30s and 40s. Other members of the band live in Cheshire and the Forest of Dean so we play in various parts of the country. Have played at Bude, Brecon, Birmingham, Pakefield Teignmouth festivals and a festival in Hungary.
Big Bear Stompers. An Oxfordshire based 9 piece band playing classic jazz but influenced by the Lu Watters and Turk Murphy US west coast 50s revivalists.
Karen Goonewardene is a fine artist working from her studio in the beautiful village of Blewbury, South Oxfordshire.
Karen specialises in ceramic sculpture, as well as exploring painting and drawing in many different media.
Painter Printmaker. trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing,Oxford University.Living and working in Oxford.Teaching drawing and painting at Sunningwell School, also running indepedent classes and workshops in drawing at the Ashmolean Museum, life drawing, and drawing dance. Regularly exhibits in Oxfordshire Artweeks.
Katy Beinart is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines themes of history, identity and place. Her practice is research based and site-specific, often evolving through a participatory process. She trained as an architect, and is interested in both the built and natural environment, and the places where they meet.
Katy is also an experienced educator and has worked with schools, galleries and youth clubs on projects ranging from model-making and film-making to sculpture and installation.
As a fine artist, I apply my skill to a number of different subjects, each one presents its own challenge. The subjects tend to come around in a cyclical way: as you can see from my website it encompasses still life, figure painting and portraiture, and landscape:
I am currently working in Watercolour; it's immediacy suits my subjects, the strong clear colours also have their own physical reactions, restrictions and unique qualities, which makes the process interesting: strong technique is very important.
I studied graphic design at the London College of Printing 1978-1981 where I gained a BA (hons). I still continue to work in the profession providing services for the design of company brochures, logos, advertising etc through my company Organ Graphic Design.
My paintings are figurative with subjects taken from the natural world, the landscape; the human form and portrait.