Potential is the possibility we all have within us to perform to our maximum capability.
It would be amazing if you could click your fingers and release your full potential in seconds, but the reality is that if you want to unlock the door to your personal excellence, this takes consideration, effort and decisive steps towards self-development
Developing the right mind-set and motivation to take action is the key to success.
PURE has been supporting the creative community in unlocking their full potential since 2009.
We have a proven track record in being
Transparent & Honest
Do you want to make a conscious effort to develop yourself and unleash your true potential?
If you do, we are your people! We will support you in making the right choices to develop yourself and side step self sabotage. We will provide you with opportunities to get involved and take action.
The PURE Team
Lesley Samms MSc – Founder and Managing Director - Pure Arts Group & Pure Arts Foundation
Lesley has a core background in business, having spent the early part of her career working in Banking in the City of London. A career in marketing and sales followed this, working mainly in the Leisure marketplace for Coca-Cola and Schweppes.
For the past 20 years she has worked primarily in the Contemporary Fine Art marketplace, as a Fine Art Photographer, Gallery owner and more recently as an art consultant, professional development mentor, coach and NLP practitioner, writer and curator
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Edith Pargh Barton – Creative Consultant
Edith is a painter as well as a sculptor in textiles. Her American heritage provides the backdrop which underpins her art practice. Edith has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and the US.
Louisa Crispin - Creative Consultant
Louisa creates intricate drawings that are regularly shown in London and the South East through membership of the Free Painters and Sculptors, United Society of Artists and the Society for Graphic Fine Art and by selection for Society Open Exhibitions. She is an artist network member of the Royal West of England Academy.
Hildegard Pax - Design & Coordination
Hildegard is chair of the artist collective ArtSpring Gallery in Tonbridge and her unique artworks in glass have been exhibited in the UK, Germany and the USA. Her work is regularly shown at the Affordable Art Fairs in London and has been selected to be part of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition as well as other notable open submission exhibitions.
Vincent Matthews SGFA - Technical & PURE Clubhouse co-host (Tenterden)
Vincent is a Society Of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA) council member and also currently serves as their curator. The SGFA is the only national society dedicated to drawing and hold regular exhibitions at both the Menier and Bankside Gallery’s in London. Vincent’s background since leaving art college in 1981 is bespoke interior design and architecture, working successfully for Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler Ltd for many years in their design studio, as senior designer and Associate Director on projects around the world. Since completing a Contemporary Fine Art course in 2007 he has divided his time between running his own design practice and focusing on his passion for fine art. His artwork is largely drawing based and he utilizes plein-air sketching to provide much of the reference material for his large ink drawings, etchings, intaglio engravings and painting. Vincent is co-host of the Smallhythe Studios Pure Arts Club and is also part of the contemporary Tenterden Artists group. He has exhibited widely throughout the UK.
Shelley Rose – Technical & Coordination
Shelley began his artistic career as a printmaker for the distinguished artist Michael Rothenstein RA in the early 70’s, and went on to teach at Goldsmith and Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. His work encompasses the media of silkscreen printing and fine art photography and he seeks to blur the boundaries between both, exploring new techniques and use of raw materials.
His work has been shown in several Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and is held in public and private collections, as well as in the British Museum Print & Drawing Collection in London. He has won the John Purcell Paper Award for Outstanding Printmaking in 2005 and the Aberystwyth Purchase Prize in 2009.
Simone Riley - PURE Clubhouse host (Lewes)
Originally qualified in Graphic Design, Simone has since been involved in a variety of artistic disciplines, including decorative painting and gilding in the field of restoration, and running a freelance calligraphy business. More recently she has developed her own style and technique as a Digital Photomontage artist, and has exhibited at the RA Summer Exhibition and Bankside Gallery in London, as well as a variety of galleries and venues across East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent.
Rowena McWIlliams - PURE Clubhouse host (Tenterden)
Inspired by the landscape, Artist and curator Rowena McWilliams also owns Smallhythe studio, where she holds regular exhibitions and art workshops aimed at encouraging and supporting artists based in the South East of England. Smallhythe Studio is also a PURE Clubhouse venue.
Cheryl Bell – PURE Clubhouse host (Hastings)
Cheryl is an artist and printmaker and founder of artists’ groups Naked Eye, West Hill Artists and South Coast Printmakers. British born, she studied at The Art Students League in New York, and also the Studio and Forum of Stage Design, and subsequently became a costume designer for off-Broadway theatre, dance and opera. She has a core background in business, having worked in finance and marketing in New York City, and also in the voluntary sector as executive director of several charities, including a large museum. She studied in East Sussex with master printmaker Nigel Oxley and creates intricate, wildlife-based prints and drawings based on observations in nature, and has exhibited widely throughout the region.
Julia Desch - PURE Clubhouse co-host (Hastings)
Julia is a textile artist and maker based in East Sussex. She creates tactile artworks utilising wool from her own flock of Wensleydale Longwool sheep.
Wensleydale Black Longwool sheep are very rare and Julias flock, which now predominantly reside in Surrey under the expert care of Shepherd Luke Gates, have the widest known range of naturally bred colours, investing her artwork and artisan products with unique and exceptional quality. www.woolcraftwithwensleydale.com
Mary Beaney – PR & Marketing
Mary's working background has always been in the administrative sector. It wasn’t until 1987 that Mary came involved in the world of fine art. Since 1987 Mary has achieved a lot, including a Fine Art Diploma as a mature student and Best Student Award. She has curated many exhibitions in Sussex, was a committee member, Chairman and President of the Eastbourne Group. founder and promoter of Art on the River, held Open House for 21 years, as well as being a workshop tutor for the mature student for 17 years as part of "Art in the Community". Together with her friend Michele Findlay Mary also founded Chalk Gallery in Lewes, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015 with an exhibition at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne. www.artontheriver.co.uk
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