Dr Beattie undertook her arts education at Reigate Art School, BA Open University, MA Goldsmiths College of London University and her doctorate (PhD) at the University of the Arts, London (old Central St Martins).

Influences upon her include domestically sourced objects, creation of work through the passage of physical material making and conceptual irony and Surrealism. Having taught for 30 years Ronn finished her lecturing career as Director of a Fine Art Foundation Course in Bahrain.

On returning to the UK in 2010, she moved to Cornwall.

Beattie carries out portrait commissions in various materials, including 'negatives' in cast lead crystal glass.

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, the artist may have been an American (Mallett’s Index, Whybrow) who studied art under Julius OLSSON in St Ives; St Ives Times (28 Mar 1913) says: "[AB]…who has been painting at St Ives about eighteen months after spending some years in the United States." In 1913 he exhibited An October Morn After Rain. In 1914 he exhibited and sold Old Pier St Ives at NAG.

Two views of St Ives by Beaumont were used in The Studio (1915). He returned to USA after WWI and is recorded as living at Stapleton, New York in the 1920s (J Wood).

Born in Huddersfield and educated at the Camden House School, Brighton. Although winning the school drawing prize, he initially worked in a fancy goods warehouse in Brighton while continuing with his drawing.  A chance meeting with E Goodwyn Lewis persuaded him to change careers, and he studied at the RA Schools from 1882-88 (winning a silver medal in Life Study), and the Academie Julian, Paris.   He then spent time in France, Italy and Spain studying the Old Masters.

He married and settled in Wimborne, Dorset.

He was signed into the St Ives Arts Club as a guest of Alfred HARTLEY in February 1912, and settled in the town for a period during WWI (1916). He leased 9 Richmond Terrace in that year, and took a studio at Porthmeor.  In 1918 he was elected on to the Lanham's Hanging Committee. In his later years he lived in Kensington, London.


An artist associated with the china clay country around St Austell.

Henry Beazley is based in mid Cornwall. His metal sculptures revolve around weight and balance, and are designed to be placed either indoors or outside.

Beazley's background is one of 3D design, animation and fine art. His work interacts with the wind, birds or human touch, providing a sanctuary for nature. He says: 'My purpose is to find balance, harmony and grace within the piece, to give the metal a life and rhythm of its own.'

A painting entitled Turning at Porthmeor (oil on canvas) 15.5x19.5 cm and signed by this artist, has been noticed.

Born in London, Bedding spent two years as a student at the Norman GARSTIN from 1969, and feels that this has been the most important grounding influence for subsequent work.  He gained further experience with Jean Tessier at Villenaux Pottery in France, and returned to join the Leach permanent staff for a further eight years (in which he was able to develop his own style), further developing his skills, guided by Bernard LEACH, Janet LEACH and William (Bill) MARSHALL. 

He has always felt the need to decorate his pots, and sees good brushwork and form as fundamental to his work as a craftsman. In 1979 he travelled to Japan and spent a year working at Ichino's family pottery in one of the six ancient pottery villages.  He returned to set up his own pottery, and whilst continuing to make traditional domestic stoneware, he became interested in low temperature work, using Raku techniques. 

Born in Boston Spa, Yorkshire, the artist's early years were spent at school in Hanover and Rome.  He studied at the Royal institute of Fine Arts in Rome (1919-23), where he was awarded the title of Professor of Architectural Design in 1924. After travelling in Italy and Egypt, he returned to England in 1925 and taught for a year at the Courtauld Institute. During the following six years he exhibited drawings and watercolours in London, became an elected member of Society of Graphic Artists and the British Watercolour Society, studied Chinese calligraphy and Oriental art at the Courtauld Institute, and studied for his architectural degree with his godfather, Sir Herbert Baker ARA FRIBA.

In 1936 he travelled in China, the Gobi Desert, Mongolia, and left Shanghai in August 1937 at the start of the Sino/Japanese war. Moving to Cornwall in 1948, Oliver taught (Truro School of Art), lectured and exhibited his work throughout Cornwall; he lived in Truro. Later he was  made a life member of the STISA. Many of his works in a variety of mediums were inspired by his travels to China and Europe, as well as Cornwall, and sold at his own gallery and studio in the 1960's and 70's. 

Claire Bee is a Penzance-based artist.

Born in Wolverhampton, Bee was the son of George Henry Bee and Mary Elizabeth nee Briscoe.

Bee was invalided out from WWI after three years.

For four years he studied art in Europe and the Near East, and exhibited his work in Manchester. He took up commercial art, living in London and Norfolk. His work was illustrated in Commercial Art and Posters and Publicity.  In the 1930s the artist focused on poster work for the GWR and LNER railways.

There is no special connection of this illustrator to the art communities of Cornwall; his reference here is due to artwork produced post-war for the railway poster series of the West Region, and therefore to Cornwall.  His posters bore a capital B monogram, though his carriage panel artwork carried his normal signature. (http://www.travellingartgallery.com/landscape/print/search/results.html)

Jane has been exhibiting extensively around Cornwall since 1970, when she began showing with the Cornwall Crafts Association in Helston. She was a member of Taking Space from 1998 to 2004.

In December, 1996, she finished lecturing at Falmouth College of Art in order to devote more time to her own creative development. Since that time her paintings have been exhibited regularly in festival shows, restaurants, hotels and markets. In 2003 she was the resident artist at the Mount Haven Hotel & Restaurant in Marazion where she had exhibited solo previously. She has also shown her work at the Affordable Art Fair in London (2001).  Three paintings were selected to be hung at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) at Truro. 

Her latest work explores a variety of techniques which strive to infuse her paintings with an element of the mystical.

Possibly born in Barnstaple, Devon and married in 1904 at Newton Abbot.

Beer was born in Whitstable, Kent and trained as a teacher in Chichester, where his special interest was pottery.

Moving to Cornwall in 1986 he took special responsibility for art in the school where he taught and also offered in-service art courses for teachers in the county. He co-ordinated the education working party for the St Ives Tate Action Group prior to the opening of this major gallery.

With a speciality in painting landscapes in oils using a palette knife, he has exhibited widely in mixed exhibitions throughout the UK.

Stephen Beer has spent the majority of his life in the town of his birth, Saltash, where he presently lives with his wife, artist Jo Beer. Stephen began making experimental films as a teenager, influenced by Derek Jarman, Elliott Bristow and Kenneth Anger. Later he studied Graphic Design & Photography at Falmouth School of Art, then Photomedia at Plymouth College of Art. He has worked in Art and Media education. In 2013 he and Jo were part of the group, led by John Forster, which created 'The Saltash Ferryman', a public sculpture funded by the Heritage Lottery, to conserve the history of the ferry that crossed the Tamar at Saltash for over 900 years.

Stephen currently works in the area of painting and collage.

Jo Beer is a Truro based artist who has been making pots for 35 years. She studied in Devon and Cornwall under Roger Cockram and Bill Marshall. Alongside her art practice, she assists artists with learning difficulties. Jo's stoneware vessels are strongly influenced by Neolithic pottery. Her individual pieces are made either by throwing or coiling. She uses oxides, river sand and quartz, with very little glaze, in order to achieve the required textural quality to her work.

Jo Beer's work has been shown at the Lander Gallery, Truro, the Burton Gallery in Bideford and the Camelford Gallery.

She became a member of 'Taking Space', a group of women artists, in 2017.

Beesley came to Cornwall in 1987 to study art at Falmouth College of Arts. After graduation he chose to remain, and works mainly in illustration, designing images for cards and book covers.

In 1998 he won the prestigious 'Best Watercolourist' Prize in the Artists in Cornwall competition.

Sophi Beharrell was born in Welwyn Garden City. Long-standing family connections with Cornwall and the memory of wonderful family holidays in the county prompted her move to Cornwall in the 1990s, to work as a ship's chandler. Subsequently she began painting professionally from the Waterman's Gallery on Custom House Quay in Falmouth, once owned by the Newlyn School artist, Henry Scott TUKE. Her landscapes and seascapes have been exhibited widely both in Cornwall and further afield.

Rosemary (aka Romi) was born in Wiltshire, but came to Cornwall in 1959 and has remained ever since. A multi-talented and thoroughly creative person, she is as much a musician (violinist) as a visual artist, the latter having been taken up after marriage to her husband Michael, who has since died. As a painter, she is largely self-taught, and greatly responsive to people and objects such as musical instruments and flowers, which pop into her images.

She has been a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists (NSA) since the late 1960s, though resigning in disgust a couple of times. With the NSA she has exhibited often in mixed shows. Her work has also been shown at the Rainyday Gallery, Penzance.

Romi is both a speedy and a spontaneous artist, as described by Frank RUHRMUND in his review of her latest exhibition of colourful and exuberant drawings and paintings. She is quick to tell you that she would like to paint your portrait - and it will only take 5 minutes. Her instincts and opinions are positive and naturally 'sunny' in approach. Her friends are many in the artistic community and include Jeremy LE GRICE, Lyn LE GRICE, Rose HILTON, the late Jane AKEROYD, Daphne McCLURE and many others.

South African-born Bekker uses only discarded and unwanted materials, found or donated to him, which he gives a new life.  He likes turning these 'waste objects' into something new, and also makes furniture and other functional art pieces.

He has exhibited extensively in Cornwall since his Open Studios exhibition of 2009, and often shows work in hotels and restaurants as well as exhibitions in galleries and festivals.  In 2011 he has shown in various venues in Port Isaac and also at the Art House Gallery in Southampton, Hampshire.

Bell was born in Leeds and studied at the Leeds Art College (1947-52). In 1955, at the suggestion of Terry FROST, he and his wife arrived in St Ives (on a motorbike). From a rented cottage next door to Karl WESCHKE, they moved to another cottage later bought by Roger HILTON after they had left.  While in St Ives, Bell shared a studio with Brian WALL and became a member of the Penwith Society in 1956.

The Italian government provided two government scholarship periods in 1959 whereby Bell was able to spend 3-4 months each time near Tivoli, after which he returned to Britain.  Bell left St Ives in 1960. A series of teaching posts followed at Leeds, Bradford, Winchester, Hornsey and in the USA at Florida State, Tallahassee. His reputation as both an abstract artist and a brilliant colourist soared internationally.

A solo exhibition of Bell's work was held at the Tate St Ives in 2004, and the year before at the Millennium Gallery, St Ives. He returned to Cornwall during the late 1990s, and lived and worked near Penzance. His extensive biography and bibliography of exhibitions, and the publications about these, is best found on the Internet search engines.

Trevor Bell died in November 2017 after a short illness.

Born in the City of London, he studied at the Slade and spent one year in Paris (1883) under Gerome at the Ecole de Beaux Arts, where he exhibited two paintings in the Salon. His addresses for sending-in were London, and later Christchurch, Hampshire, and it is likely that he and his wife remained only briefly in St Ives.

He attended the General Meeting (Aug 1890) of the group of new members of the St Ives Arts Club (STIAC) and became an early member of the NEAC to exhibit 'on merit' in London. Tovey comments that his name does not appear in STIAC records at any time after the inaugural meeting.   His illustrated books include Picturesque Brittany and Nuremburg, authored by his wife Nancy.   

In 1919 Nancy presented 55 paintings by her husband to Christchurch Borough Council, but for reasons unknown (in 2005) only two paintings appear to have survived.

Born in Australia, he studied at the Melbourne Gallery School (under McCubbin) and also in Paris with Laurens. Bell worked in St Ives for a year in 1909, and then for several years in Chelsea, London. Strongly influenced by post-Impressionism, he became a war artist in WWI. Back in Australia in the 1920s, he taught as a leader of the Modern Movement, and became an influential critic.

Bell came from Canada to work at the Leach Pottery in 1930-31, and established the Malvern Pottery thereafter.

 "Very early on a woman named Muriel Bell from Canada worked at St Ives about the time I first joined the pottery. She went on to set up a pottery. Then just after Muriel Bell came Charlotte EPTON who latter married Edward Bordon, the war artist. Neither of these women were there very long." (Ceramics Monthly Jan 1997, A Conversation with David Leach by Gary Hatcher)


A pupil of the FORBES SCHOOL 1906-10 and again in 1916.  She attended the school before she was married, as Miss Sampson, and then returned to study later as Mrs Percy Bell.  Her nickname was 'Damit', for which we can only guess the reason why!

A visitor to St Ives noted by Whybrow in the 1921-1939 list. This could presumably be the famed lady traveller.

Since 1996, Bell has lived and worked in Cornwall. In 2007 she was selected for the survey show, Art Cornwall Now, at the Tate St Ives, during which she was described as a 'poet-artist' with the ability 'to notice things in the interstices of the day-to-day.

Vanessa Bell was the daughter of Leslie Stephen, a prominent Victorian man of letters, and older sister to Virginia (who married Leonard Woolf).  During their childhood summers, the Stephen family would decamp from London to St Ives and stay in Talland House, a place of many happy memories for both Vanessa and Virginia (To The Lighthouse was inspired by these holidays). 

At the age of 17, Vanessa began drawing lessons and entered the Royal Academy Schools (1901).  In 1907, after an affair with Roger Fry, she married Clive Bell (the art critic) who helped Roger Fry set up the first Post-Impressionist show in London (1910). She and Bell had two children, Julian and Quentin (Julian died in the Spanish Civil War), and she later had a daughter, Angelica, with the artist Duncan Grant (with whom she settled at Charleston in Sussex for the remainder of her life).

The Stephen sisters were at the centre of the Bloomsbury Group, and all these individuals remained lifelong friends and artistic/intellectual collaborators. Both Bell and Grant were  deeply influenced by the post-Impressionists; they set up the Omega Workshops together for which Vanessa designed fabric prints, and painted furniture and trompes L'oile, and she also designed and illustrated dust-jackets for many of her sister's books. Her work was first noticed by The New Age in Nov 1912 (Vol. 12, No. 3, p 67), although much of her earlier work was lost in a bombing raid during the second world war.

Bell's decorative work at Charleston House and elsewhere is well documented, and the Hypatia Collection of women's writings contains a large selection of books and ephemera of the arts, crafts and writings of the Bloomsbury group. [Exeter University Special Collections, and Penzance, Cornwall]