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Anne Sugden

Watendlath, Lake District
Oil Painting

Anne Sugden was born in Yorkshire but has lived in Bury for the past 35 years. Art has been a keen interest all her life starting from a very early age learning to draw with white chalk on her blackboard and easel.

Anne Sugden attended at Bretton Hall Teacher training College studying Art and Music as her main subjects. During her career as a teacher, she considers herself fortunate in having been able to introduce pupils to art in many different forms, and to encourage them to develop their own skills and appreciation.

Her own paintings are displayed in Japan, New Zealand, Italy, Majorca and the USA as well as in Britain.

She enjoys working in a variety of mediums, however her main love is painting in oils using brushes and palette knives, and likes the challenge of experimenting with new styles and techniques in this medium, Anne uses her own water colour sketches done on location, or her own photographs for inspiration. A number of her paintings are of scenes in the Lake District, as was her great-grandfather before her.

As a keen traveller, Anne continues to learn a great deal from studying work by artists down the ages, having visited some of the prestigious art galleries in the world, including Vienna, Berlin, Los Angeles, Boston, Hiroshima, Chicago, Paris and London.

She also enjoys the stimulation and interaction with the fine artists who are members of Bury Art Society.

Judith Church

My name is Judith Church and I am now retired. I have always worked in retail and the job I enjoyed the most was when I was manager of the Board and Easel art shop in Bolton. I have been interested in drawing and painting from an early age and passed GCE 'O' level Art at school.

After a few years of bringing up a family etc., I decided to develop my skills by doing various evening courses, at the Arts and Crafts centre in Broad Street, Bury, which included GCE 'A' level art. It was this involvement at the Arts and Crafts centre which led to my becoming a member of Bury Art Society.

I enjoy painting portraits of people and animals for which I tend to always use pastel, but I also work with acrylic paint, inks, charcoal and watercolour and I really love to experiment with textures and mixed media.

Philip Jones


I've always had the ability to draw and paint and at school art was always my most favoured subject.

My employment was initially that of engineering draughtsman and later a senior projects engineer designing and managing the installation of bottling plant.

Following my retirement I decided to restart my early interest in painting and drawing and enrolled at various art classes.

My chosen mediums are water colour and acrylic and i like to paint a wide range of subjects from 'steam trains' to 'cityscapes' and from 'galloping horses' to 'landscapes'.