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UNITING for the first time to show how diverse their styles and talents are is a group of five local artists.
Working in a variety of media their art ranges from traditional landscape paintings, through to floral pieces, colourful abstract images and figure work.
It all features in the spring exhibition at the East Devon Art Academy in Sidmouth, running until March 24.
The artists taking part include Catherine Osbond. Until moving to Devon 14 years ago she concentrated on figurative painting. Since then she has been inspired by the Devon scenery and now also paints land, town and seascapes, using oil, acrylic and watercolour.
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Ever since moving to the county four years ago Chris Hooper has shared Catherine's passion for Devon seascapes.
Chris said: "I enjoy capturing local scenes in a traditional or impressionistic style. I am always on the hunt for a foreboding, dramatic sky and I love to observe and capture the way low or obscured light behaves on water or how it catches small areas on a landscape."
In awe of Devon as much as Cornwall is George Hutchinson, whose tranquil and electric blues epitomise the scenery of the South West.
His favourite medium is acrylic because of its vibrancy of colour and this is reflected in the bold colours in his work. The intention is to elicit an overall feeling of happiness, capturing the true emotional response of a day by the Devon and Cornish coast.
Neil Hampson is inspired by Devon's wildlife. He has lived in Sidmouth for two years after 13 years in Greece.
After initially painting floral works, he now also enjoys bird portraits, and this winter he started painting outdoors to produce landscape paintings of Sidmouth.
The last of the five artists is Zee Jones. Following a life-long career in social care, Zee is now enjoying life as an artist.
Her work has been described as confident and strong with a compelling use of colour and structure.
She said: "I work mainly in acrylic, and sometimes use mixed media. I want people to find my work interesting, but above all, I want it to touch a place inside them that makes them feel good, hopefully creating an inner smile or sigh."
As well as original artwork, there are also limited-edition prints for sale.
The exhibition, in Old Fore Street, is open every day until Sunday, February 24, and will then be open on weekends only until March 24, from 11am to 5pm. Entry is free.