Teachers & Art Part 1
Kate Stenhouse – Teacher & Artist

​Kate Stenhouse from Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge trained as an English Teacher then worked as a porcelain restorer for the Royal Family and Sotheby’s amongst others. She always had a love of art, so decided to become a full time artist and relocate to Snods Edge. She quickly gained a reputation as an artist and also a teacher. Her work is in many private collections both here and abroad and she takes inspiration from the landscape and flora around her home. Her work is very energetic, vibrant and colourful, and she encourages her students to develop these attributes in their own work.

She works in both acrylic and watercolour and has a gallery at Snods Edge which is open on Sunday afternoons and examples of her work can be seen on her website.
Photos by Chris Bruce

George Skelton – Painter

George Skelton is no ordinary painter; he was an Art Teacher for 38 years and a Professional Artist for over 12years. He was a founder member of Castleside Art Group over 50yrs ago (with Ken Armstrong) and Snods Art Group (with Ann Shaw). George also had a gallery / shop at Stanhope for many years (with Philip Oliver and Alex Clark).

Originally from The Grove, before moving to Moorside then Castleside he now lives not far away in Northumberland. At 16year he started Art College at Sunderland specialising in Wood Engraving, although he says he has not done any since, as he hadn’t the space or the equipment to do it. He then moved onto to Liverpool University for a Teaching qualification before returning to the Northeast and starting his career as an Art Teacher.

George has painted in Oils and Acrylics but its watercolour that he is well known for, a medium he says he only tried as it was the easiest and safest to use when his young children were running around the house. His love of The River Derwent and the Moors between Consett and Stanhope have been a source of inspiration for many years but since his move he now paints Northumberland scenes too. However, on our visit to his house, it was great to see his Living Room dominated by 2 paintings of the Derwent Reservoir and 1 of Consett Iron Company, he’s never lost his love of his hometown.
Photos by George Ledger

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