Islesolation gallery

Lanes End Monet

Claude Monet

Claude Monet was a French painter (1840- 1926) he is known as a founding member of the Impressionist movement. The term Impressionism is derived from his painting “Impression Soleil Levant” (which was exhibited in the 1874 Salon de Paris exhibition. Monet documented French countryside en plein air (painting outside). This was made possible due to advances in artist materials, notably oil paint being available in tubes for the first time, which  allowed for portability. 

Monet’s work evolved as he became interested in the changing of light and seasons. He often re painted the same landscapes, each time capturing the differing light, weather and palette of the scenery. This re capturing of a landscape and its atmosphere is shown well in Monet’s series “Haystacks” which consisted of 25 paintings.

Lamina- Trudie Wilson


Noun, plural lam·i·nae [lamuh-nee], lam·i·nas.

a thin plate, scale, or layer.
a layer or coat lying over another, as the plates of minerals or bones.
Botany. the blade or expanded portion of a leaf.
Geology. a layer of sediment or sedimentary rock only a small fraction of an inch (less than a centimeter) in thickness.
This exhibition explores the act of drawing and is influenced by the confinement of lockdown, this is symbolised through edges and blurred contours which in turn create layered “landscapes”. The exploration into materiality was a key part of this process, here I have researched using both traditional and digital media. This is the beginning of a new area of my practice which I will continue to develop further. 
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In This Land

Phosphorescence- Digital Drawing in motion, Music by Hayden Calnin. 

Precious Moments

Precious Moments

This journey we are all on evokes a constantly changing set of emotions. It is a series of moments, new situations, challenges and experiences that test our strength. I’ve sketched my way through it, capturing these moments in a digital art form. These drawings also form exploratory work for a series of paintings I’m creating.  In my work I focus on capturing feeling and atmosphere using minimal strokes and bold contrasting colours. The overwhelmingly positive outcome from the physical and social upheaval lockdown and Covid has brought is the change of pace. Slowing down allowed me time to reflect, truly appreciate the beautiful coastline all around me and connect with my family. Whatever stage you are at in the process or however it has been for you, I hope you can find a connection or solace in one of the pieces.

Vicky Wilson is an artist and designer living on the Isle of Wight. Vicky creates beautiful compositions and artwork, writes and illustrates children’s stories and designs websites. See more of Vicky’s work Here. 

My Own Place
Protective Pods
Is it Safe Yet
We're All Hanging On
Floating Cocoon
Never Give Up
Hold me Tight
Start of the Journey
Mum and Dad

Antiquity​- Donna-Jones


The excitement of found ancient scroll, papyrus, sculpture, pot, & coin etc must be incredible as well as adding to our knowledge of ancient history. By ‘Writing’ my own original poems into island clay, ceramics, and hand-made paper, some stamped into sheets of lead, rolled and placed into jars, pots and handmade containers, I open the discussion of new ideas.

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Alien Life- J Ong

Alien Life – J Ong

Watercolour and Acrylic

I imagine that most of the alien life that is yet to be discovered by humans are not the sentient, bipedal extra-terrestrials of popular culture. Far more abundant in the innumerable worlds across our universe, as here on Earth, may be simpler life forms; flora, fungi, bacteria, archaea.

I wondered what this undiscovered life might look like, how it would grow and reproduce, how “alien” or similar they may be to life forms with which we are familiar, having grown from and adapted to different atmospheres, or even being composed of different elements.

To create this collection, I explored the process and physical act of growth by allowing my paint to move, and shapes to grow and form and multiply, in ways that felt organic. Using gravity and unusual instruments (something I touched on in a previous virtual workshop for Independent Arts) to not so much create an image, but imitate the growth processes of living organisms. I took inspiration from mitosis and meiosis, the spread and growth of bacteria and viruses, and familiar Earthly life forms. I explored systems such as roots and spores, and above all tried to imagine new possibilities and forms for Life, all with the universal desire to grow, multiply and pass on genetic material.

Nurture Through Nature

Nurture Through Nature

A little bit about me.
I have struggled with anxiety, depression and poor mental health since my early teens and spent 15 years of my life not being able to leave the house without a family member due to such severe anxiety. 
Infact it was only a few years ago that I managed to leave the house by myself for the first time.
Step by step i’m getting my independence back and going through lots of ups and downs along the way.
I share my experiences on my blog and social media to start more conversations about mental health, to encourage others to know that it’s ok to speak up if we are struggling and to document my journey to help myself and hopefully others.
I am passionate about fighting the stigmas and misconceptions around mental health.
You will often find me baking cupcakes, singing or exploring our beautiful Island taking pictures.
Kerry Weston – Cupcakes & Anxiety
1, Fields Of Gold. A beautiful sunflower field at The Garlic Farm on the Isle Of Wight. I love the contrast of the dark grey clouds against the golden sunflowers. It shows that beauty and light can be found, even amongst the darkness.
2, Sunset By The Pier. I often go out for a walk at sunset, there is something about the changing colours and patterns in the sky that bring a sense of calm. If I'm having a bad day then a beautiful sunset reminds me that there has been something beautiful in my day.
3, Crashing Waves. I could sit for hours listening to the waves crashing against the shore. Watching the sea foam spray and hearing the pebbles roll back and forth feels rather theraputic.
4, Riding The Waves. Some people see a gloomy dull sky. I see dramatic full clouds, full of chaos and anticipation. When my depression raises its ugly head I can imagine my thoughts manifesting as an angry black cloud releasing their frustrations as big full raindrops. I love capturing dramatic stormy skies.
5, The Proud Poppy. Even in a sea of thousands of vibrant red poppies each one has it's own individual quality and the ability to stand out in a crowd. We are all wonderfully unique and different even though we may look the same from the outside.
6, Open The Gate Open the gate and see where it takes you. I love to explore and find exciting new places to photograph and share with others. Although I've lived on the Island all of my life I continue to find new areas and beauty spots to explore.
7, Polperro This photo was taken on our honeymoon and holds many happy memories. We loved the relax pace of life and traditional feel of the area, as though we had stepped back in time and were a million miles away.
8, Freshwater Bay Thrift My favourite time to walk along the cliffs at Freshwater Bay is during the spring when the bright pink clusters of sea thrift are in bloom. I love the splash of bright colour they dot the cliffs with and to watch the bees and butterflies buzz happily around them.
9, Sunset at Totland Bay Every sunset is a chance to reset and start again.
10, Kynance Cove My first visit to Kynance Cove took my breath away. It reminded me of Neverland from Peter Pan and the whole area has a magical feel to it. I call it my happy place and hope to go back there very soon.

The Stillness of Time

The Stillness of Time

I use my regular walks on the Island as an inspiration for my paintings.  I enjoy how landscape and organic forms interact, twist and turn, creating pattern.  I paint mainly in oils on MDF and plywood, as I enjoy the control that this medium gives me.  I create my work from sketching in the landscape and then transferring to a painting in my small garden studio.  When the natural light starts to fade in the evening, I then design and create brooches, using mainly recycled materials and handmade felt.  Again, landscape and organic forms give me the inspiration for how the stitching develops. 

Lockdown has helped me to be more creative, as every day I focussed on my art.  I found the quietness of hardly any traffic and people strange, but lack of traffic, especially lack of aircraft noise, enabled me to listen to the increase in birdsong – absolutely beautiful.

-Davina Margaret Smith

Paintings created during lockdown by artist Davina Margaret Smith

The Isolation of Lockdown

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Lyre by Poppy Ackroyd – film and music copyright poppy Ackroyd 2020

The isolation of lockdown, 

in this exhibition I invite you to journey through photographs exploring the impact of lockdown on our being. I recommend using headphones when listening to the audio (play button to the left) to give a more immersive experience. This work is a collaboration created during lockdown by Fine Artist Trudie Wilson and Photographer Graham Reading

'The World turned'
'Empty Conversations"

Waiting to Press the Restart Button

Isolation on an Island – Waiting To Press The Restart Button 


Amongst the fear, dread and introspection I draw hope and inspiration from the glorious beauty of spring on our lovely Isle of Wight. See our beautiful countryside, our towns with closed shops and empty streets, lonely yet full of character. All waiting to be filled again with life and energy from locals and visitors. Finding inspiration from our Island’s fresh air, clear seas and rivers. There is renewed appreciation of absent family and friends and the confidence that we will come out of this evil pandemic and be with our loved ones again.

With thanks to our NHS, the carers and key workers for everything they do for us and thoughts and prayers for those who have lost loved ones.

– Pamela Parker


Photographs of lockdown taken by Pamela Parker