At Loxley we feel saddened at the sudden loss, but honoured to have had the support, advice and friendship of Pollyanna Pickering, the internationally renowned "Painter of the Living World". Pollyanna travelled extensively for her wildlife painting and conservation work, visiting every continent in the world to study her subjects in their natural habitat. Her works have found their way into thousands of homes through her TV appearances, conservation talks and artwork licensing, the latter often being in support of causes close to her heart. She used her artistic ability towards ending the endangerment and suffering of animals and to engage with audiences across the globe about these topics. The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation, founded in 2001, continues her legacy, raising funds and awareness for wildlife conservation projects the world over.
Artist and retailer Wendy Gibson-Brown leads a busy life serving the creative community in and around her home town of Thirsk. She is a constant inspiration to her community with a wealth of experience to pass on being an experienced artist herself. She sold her first painting in 1976 and has donated a number of works of art to the Injured Jockey fund for their annual auctions. She has worked with Loxley materials for a number of years. ‘’I’ve been using Loxley Gold canvas for over ten years, they are sized and then triple primed, no one else does that, the corners of the canvas are beautifully finished and they are always stretched drum tight. The best canvas I’ve ever used and believe me I’ve used a lot of canvas! I can’t praise them enough!’’
The Loxley Charity Art Auction was organised to raise funds and awareness for the local charity Bluebellwood Children’s Hospice whilst promoting artists and their original paintings as part of our POP programme. The charity has an essential part to play in the region's care for children with life shortening illnesses, and support for their parents and siblings too. We’re pleased to include many artists from well-established names such as Horace Panter, to up and coming artists representing a wide variety of genres. The Nov '18 event, opened by local artist Joe Scarborough whose iconic paintings capture the essence of Sheffield life. Joe prefers Loxley Gold canvas for his paintings “Loxley’s canvases are always drum tight”. His detailed, colourful style needs the correct texture and quality priming to capture each brush stroke as he intends it and we take great satisfaction in our canvases becoming much loved collector’s pieces under his hand.