At 15 Graham apprecenticed as an engineer and spent 40 years in the manufacturing industry, for many years in senior management roles. In that time, he enjoyed designing and developing most of all, though it was never a major part of his working life. Graham began working as a wood turner about 15 years ago, leading him to take on a studio at Grenaby. With the influence of other artists, he began to develop this thoughts, combining turning with carving.
He loves the forms found in nature and they have a profound influence on his work. Admiring the simple but perfect forms, Graham tries to reflect that in his work. He now spends more time working in his studio and is looking forward to developing a series of new projects and ideas, finding excitement in this new phase of life.
Claire is a Manx-born jeweller and silversmith. Returning home to the Isle of Man in 2015 following time living in Scotland, Denmark and the USA, her jewellery designs are influenced by her travels, and especially by her Island home, its landscape, the sea, folklore and Celtic and Viking heritage.
Claire specialises in artisan fine jewellery and sculpture, from the simple everyday to dramatic one-of-a-kind statement pieces, with an emphasis on designs created in eco-friendly sustainable silver, bronze and ethically-sourced gemstones.
Prior to moving to the Isle of Man, Graham was based in Norfolk and has wide-ranging experience of working within the arts: he has been a curriculum manager for Arts, Crafts and Music; an art teacher; and has worked for a number of years as a visual artist.
As a painter, Graham has explored the intricacies of Urban scapes, with high-profile customers including the likes of Ernst & Young, Guardian Royal Properties, and Railtrack, and has had work exhibited in London and the National Railway Museum in York.
Graham is enjoying exploring the beautiful countryside of the Isle of Man, and through specialising in landscape painting, he hopes to capture an essence of the ever-changing, beautiful place in which he now lives.
Juliet is a painter, who holds a first class honours BA degree in fine art. Much like her co-artists at Grenaby, nature forms one of her great inspirations and she can often be found sketching or painting with vibrant colours, drawn to the natural patterns and forms of wildlife and natural objects. Hailed as ‘a most visionary painter’, Juliet explores childhood memories in a visual context, and has produced a children’s book: ‘Adventures at Sea’.
Another Grenaby team-member, Ruth works as a musician and teacher and can often be found happily humming in Claire’s workshop! A Manx Gaelic singer with two successful solo albums to her name, Ruth has performed at major festivals with her band, including Celtic Connections, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, and has appeared on the likes of BBC Radio 3, BBC 2 and BBC Alba with live performances, interviews, and even a little bit of presenting!