Contemporary Art

Paul Talbot-Greaves

Paul Talbot-Greaves is a professional landscape painter working in watercolour, Oil and acrylics. Many of his subjects are sought amongst the moors and hills of his native West Yorkshire and beyond. Among his many accolades he has been made a companion of the International Guild of Artists, an Associate of the British Watercolour Society, a Professional Associate and advisory panellist of the SAA, president of the Halifax Art Society, as well as an advisory panellist for Artists and Illustrators magazine.

Paul is a highly regarded contributor to The Artist magazine and has had four books published to date; ’Watercolour for starters (D&C), ‘30 Minute Landscapes’ (Walter Foster, USA), ’30 Minute Landscapes in Watercolour’ (Harper Collins) and ‘Landscapes in Watercolour’ (Crowood Press). He has also contributed to numerous other titles including ‘Watercolour layer-by-layer’ (Walter Foster, USA), ‘101 Top techniques’ (D&C), ‘Complete Watercolour’ (Quarto Press), ‘The encyclopedia of watercolour techniques’ (Search Press).

Paul Talbot-Greaves has won numerous awards including best in show at Holmfirth Artweek, The Artist award and the Canson award at Patchings festival. He regularly exhibits with the Royal Institute of painters in Watercolour, London and he has been teaching and lecturing on the subject of watercolour and acrylic painting for the last twenty five years. His demonstrations and workshops are always extremely popular.

Paul Talbot-Greaves painting


Rebecca Cottrell

Harrogate born Rebecca Cottrell is a professional ceramicist and educator. Having trained at the University of Essex (Southend Campus) Rebecca has enjoyed a career in education, teaching adults at Reading College and working in schools, using pottery therapeutically for children with learning difficulties.

Due to her husband’s work (Stephen Cottrell is the 98th Archbishop of York) Rebecca has lived in many places around the country and so her studio is usually set up in a garage! Nowadays she lives at Bishopthorpe Palace in York where she has a beautiful studio overlooking the River Ouse. Visits by arrangement are always welcome.

Having been brought up in Harrogate, just around the corner from Watermark Gallery, Rebecca is delighted to be returning to her roots. Although this course is about hand building, most of the pots Rebecca makes are on the wheel. Her work is exhibited in galleries in Yorkshire and Essex. She is also available for commissions.

Rebecca Cottrell in her studio


Hannah Louise Lamb

Hannah Louise Lamb is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and The Royal College of Art. Hannah Lamb has completed commissions for The Bodleian Library, The Scottish Government and Scottish Opera as well as taking part in international residencies and workshops.

Working from her studio in North Berwick, Scotland, jewellery designer Hannah specialises in creating bespoke jewellery pieces that reflect life’s personal stories.

Inspired by the rugged beauty of nature and the idea that jewellery can encapsulate the cherished moments of our lives, Hannah’s pieces reflect coastlines, skylines and landscapes of special significance to each of us.

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Hannah has created numerous custom pieces from white gold wedding rings that speak of long distance love from different shores to silver cufflinks that represent a particular city or place.

From intricate hand-piercing to painstaking cut-outs, Hannah consistently captures unique pieces of jewellery with the highest level of craftsmanship and experience. We are delighted that Hannah has tailored her range for Watermark Gallery to feature the North Yorkshire coast in her range of coastline jewellery which can be seen on this website as well as in our Harrogate gallery.

Read more about Hannah Louise Lamb here.

Hannah Louise Lamb, jewellery designer in her studio

Contemporary Art

Irena Kurowska

After obtaining a degree in Fine Art from Hull College I studied art psychotherapy at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. For many years I worked in the NHS and privately as a therapist. I am now retired and enjoy having more time to paint.

I am drawn to the quiet moments in life and nature is my ideal subject. I love the beauty of flowers and the innate abstraction of nature’s patterns. I am delighted by both their tranquillity and playfulness. Sometimes my paintings focus on the sense of stillness and reflection in nature with a subtle soft aesthetic of muted colours. And sometimes I am attracted to the ornamental, colourful, blowsy exuberance which calls for more saturated and intense colour. Flowers with their colour, fragility, joyfulness and harmony embody so many different facets that I want to explore and express in my work.

I work from memory aided by sketches and photographs. My work is spontaneous and intuitive and process-led. Often a desire to explore the physicality of texture leads to repetitively obliterating and uncovering surface mark-making and i very much enjoy experimenting and following the way the paint leads me.

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Irena Kurowska in her garden

Contemporary Art

Janine Jacques

Textile Artist Janine Jacques has a love of nature and beautiful landscapes which began at a young age. Having grown up on a Lincolnshire farm, her bedroom had an amazing view over the rolling fields, which is where her love for landscapes began. She kept many animals including a small flock of four sheep, which she sometimes includes in her artwork. Now her main medium of choice is wool.

In 2009 Janine and her friend created a website all about tea and cake and became obsessed with all things related. One day browsing a local craft shop Janine saw a felt tea cosy and decided to learn how to make one. She made her first felt tea cosy in 2015 and has been hooked on wet felting since. This led into creating felt landscape paintings and to follow her passion in art as an artist.

Janine’s work combines her training in painting with the ancient art of felt-making to celebrate and bring together the different skills of wet felting, needle felting and sewing. She uses wool to ‘paint’ with, needle felting to refine the detail and embellishes with hand embroidery.

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Janine’s statement pieces are created using many different materials. Her artwork is inspired by photographs of the landscapes she has visited throughout her life and recorded for future inspiration. Each piece is unique, evoking memories of a past time and place.

Janine graduated from university in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, gained a PGCE in Secondary Art Education and worked for many years in web design before returning to the studio to follow her passion and inspire others through a programme of felt making workshops.

She now lives and works in Yorkshire – within easy reach of the beautiful countryside.


Janine Jacques Textile Artist


Justin Duance

Justin Duance is a contemporary jeweller based in Newlyn, Cornwall. He specialises in precious jewellery that is sand cast using beach sand from locations throughout the world.

Justin originally gained a degree in jewellery and silversmithing at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art in 2000. Shortly afterwards he moved back home to Cornwall to build up his jewellery workshop which is now based in a restored pumphouse.

A keen surfer, Justin’s silver and gold jewellery is deeply influenced by the surrounding countryside and the ocean; each piece subtly changing with wear in the same way that the sea shapes a coastline. His business aims to be as environmentally friendly as possible, with 95% of metals used being either recycled or Fairtrade.

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Watermark Gallery is delighted to stock a bespoke collection of sand cast rings by Justin Duance, all of which are unique and made specially to order. Sandcasting involves molten metal (gold or silver) being poured into a mould filled with sand, which gives the resulting piece an unusual and organic texture. Although the sand used in the collection shown is from Sennen and Carbis Bay in St Ives, Cornwall, Justin has a collection of sand from throughout the UK, including many locations on the North Yorkshire coast. Customers are also welcome to send in their own sand which can be used in the casting process.

Read more about the sand collection here.

Justin Duance in his studio

Contemporary Art

Andrew Morris

Andrew trained at Harrogate College of Art and went on to study illustration at Brighton University in 1986.

After graduating Andrew worked as a commercial artist for over 15 years. He worked in most fields of illustration including advertising, design and publishing. He began teaching art and design to 16-18 year olds in  2003. Alongside his commercial and teaching career Andrew has continued to develop his personal work and is now painting full time. Using the experience gained over 25 years as an artist and educator Andrew’s work is firmly rooted in the traditional techniques of observational drawing and painting.

Read more about Andrew here.

Andrew Morris, Painter and Illustrator in his studio


Katherine Bree

Katherine Bree is an established London based jewellery designer.

Having a BSc(Hons) in textile design, Katherine  had worked for several years as a commercial  knitwear designer before changing direction to make jewellery. She is largely self taught.

Katherine designs a new collection each year. Every piece is unique due to the organic nature of the materials she uses. Designed with semi-precious stones, sterling silver, & gold vermeil, her pieces are characterised by strong shape, sophisticated colour & attention to detail.

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She describes her jewellery as, eclectic, tactile, colourful, & asymmetric. Each of her collections has a strong narrative and every piece is handmade by Katherine in her north London Studio.

“Each collection starts as a story. This might emerge from a walk in my local woods, or from a film I have seen, or an exhibition. One season I was inspired by the beautiful colourful plumage on birds in stark contrast to their urban environment in the Freightliners city farm in London. The next collection was sparked by a visit to the earth galleries in the Natural History museum, London, and an amazing find of electroplated crystals reminding me of comets and meteoroids.

 The current collection is inspired by a favourite childhood book ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett. From these stories I produce a series of mood boards, with an emphasis on colour. The pieces in each collection then emerge, inspired by the story and the gemstones that I have collected”

Katherine Bree Jewellery


Penny Withers

Penny Withers is a Sheffield based ceramic artist with a studio at Yorkshire Artspace. She has a degree in Fine Art from West Surrey College of Art and a post-graduate certificate in education. She curated the Sheffield Ceramics exhibition ‘Shaping the Earth’ at the Millennium Galleries and has been instrumental in setting up the no smoke, community wood kiln at Manor Lodge. She is also a mentor and technical advisor on the YA Graduate Start-Up scheme.

To find out more, Click here to read an interview with Penny Withers.

“When one has put in the time to study and practice with a material; pushed it to its limits and been pushed back by it; the interaction is equal, intention becomes intuition. There is no need to use verbal interpretation. The pot is how it is, refreshingly simple.”

Penny Withers

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