Prior to living in Kent, many artists have been based a great distance from South East England and yet after relocating, their creativity continues to flourish. Two such artists are the photographer Chelin Miller and the sculptor and artist Karen Gardner who are both now living near Tunbridge Wells, West Kent.
Chelin describes herself as a nomad having found herself at home variously in Argentina, Columbia, Beijing and now Kent. She says that her photography is particularly inspired by the landscape and coastlines of Kent.
The sculptor Karen Gardner moved to the village of Rusthall, a couple of miles west of Tunbridge Wells, from Virginia in the United States, a beachside location. She also cites Kent’s rugged coastlines as a source of inspiration for her work, and observes that the scale of the landscape is more proportionate (manageable) than that found in America. Karen will be contributing her talent to the forthcoming Rusthall Arts Festival.
Rusthall is a thriving hub of creativity and passion for the Arts boasting musicians, crocheters, and film enthusiasts with the Rusthall Film Club - recently formed in response to demand from residents.
The richness and variety of life in Kent challenges, nurtures and informs artistic and creative endeavours.
Many thanks to this week's guest blogger: Lisa Beaumont.