"When we moved up to Alnmouth, 3 years ago, one of the first items we bought was one of Joanne's beautiful prints. We now have 3 and they bring pleasure every day."
2018 - Jan Taylor Alnmouth
"We were regular visitors to The Arts Bank in Saltburn and that’s where we first came across your work. We bought a print of ‘All our Sons’ in 2011 and also particularly liked a print of Staithes there too but thought it would be lovely to have the original, so we got in contact to ask if that was still available for sale. Initially we were disappointed to hear that it had been sold, but you suggested you could paint another one and tailor the composition to what we would like, which was an even better option. We visited the studio several times as the work was in progress, being closely involved and discussing options was a real treat and we’re delighted with the completed commission.
We are great lovers of Northumberland and are very fortunate to have a second home in Bamburgh. One of our favourite spots is Low Newton by the Sea, and when we saw a painting in the studio at an Open Day, we couldn’t resist, it now hangs in our hall. Bamburgh itself is an artist’s paradise and has been captured from just about every angle, Joanne has several with great views of the village and castle. As we’d enjoyed our commission so much we thought it might be nice to have another picture looking up to the Castle from the south across the Dunes that could then incorporate our house. We discussed this with Joanne, she felt that could make a nice composition and she‘d depict the Dunes with poppies & lupins in full bloom. I took some photos of the view we had in mind, Joanne made some sketches and we took it from there. So our second commission is very personal to us and the resulting picture is a joy. It hangs above our bed as a daily reminder of a very special place, and one that we’ve missed greatly during lockdown. In fact we have 3 versions of it, a second full size print is also in Waterford (our Bamburgh House), and a smaller one in our snug!
We’ve been to several Open Days, visited the annual Art Festivals in Staithes and the Gallery over the years, always a pleasure, but it does get expensive as there’s usually something that we want to buy! I guess we should class ourselves as fans of Joanne’s work (if that’s the right expression for art?), her pictures and style present a bright cheerfulness of our Regional Coast that evoke the joy we all have when we visit the seaside."
2020 Edward & Liz Billcliff Bamburgh - Waterford Holiday Let
2021 Joanne Down - Cullercoats
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