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Dorset Art Weeks 2018 at Fine Foundation Wild Seas centre at Kimmeridge

Dorset Wildlife Trust will be hosting a stunning and colourful display of wildlife art as part of the popular Dorset Art Weeks festival. 

Dorset is such an inspiring and creative county, and we are lucky enough to be able to display broad range of media, including painting, sculpture and pottery from some of the most talented artists in the country including; Carol Trayner, Julie Herring, photography by Stephen Banks and Linda Courtney and Tom Hatcher.

Stephen Banks


Stephen Banks, also known on social media as DorsetScouser, produces stunning images of the Milky Way above Dorset landmarks by utilising extremely long exposures and an intimate knowledge of Dorset’s dark skies.


Carol Traynor

Fine art

Carol Traynor is a local artist who works mainly in collagraph, acrylic and watercolour.  She has always loved the natural world, and spends as much time as possible by and in the sea and countryside of Dorset and Cornwall, and their flora, fauna and geology are a source of many of her pictures.  Carol has been visiting Kimmeridge Bay for over 30 years now, and was delighted to become a volunteer marine warden here at the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre last year.  She has exhibited in galleries around Dorset, and is a member of the Twenty4Art group, who hold regular charity art exhibitions. 


Julie Herring

Fine art

Julie Herring started studying art in her mid-twenties, originally in Natural History Illustration, then Fine Art painting and later achieving a Masters of Art in Museum Studies. After many years working with Public Art and in Gallery education, she has been a Freelance Artist/tutor for the last four years. Julie is now working directly with nature and loves being able to work outdoors to enjoy the natural environment and share this in her teaching.  


Linda Courtney

Fine art

Linda Courtney is a multimedia artist who takes her inspiration from nature.

Originally from Devon, Linda spent most of her childhood in Dorset. Her love of drawing, painting and crafting was very much nurtured at an early age in junior school. However, Linda decided to keep artistic interests as a hobby and concentrate on maths and science at senior school.

After a move to Sussex and a career in Accountancy and IT, Linda took early retirement and moved back to Dorset in 2001. With more spare time available, her interest in arts and crafts were rekindled after joining a local art group.

She started painting with acrylics and soon started to incorporate texture in her works. Her love of different surfaces and accidental patterns led to an exploration and experimentation in both print and felting media.

Linda is influenced by wildlife and the coastal walks she takes with both her husband and dog, often recreating a subject in different media to capture the distinctive and diverse aspects of a scene.


Tom Hatcher