The Winchester environmentalist welcomes the public to his art studio in Stanmore for Hampshire Open Studios

A Stanmore ECOLOGIST welcomes the public and a fellow artist to her home art studio.

Self-taught Winchester artist Charlotte Rose is collaborating with a versatile mixed media artist in her home for this year’s Hampshire Open Studios.

The public art event invites artists, venues and galleries to open their doors from August 20-29.

Eastleigh’s Donna McGhie will join Charlotte at her home studio in Fox Lane to inspire people to get creative, watch what they do and buy paintings.

Visitors will be able to see Charlotte painting and decorating a wand with Donna.

by Charlotte Rose

Charlotte, 49, first attended Hampshire Open Studios last year.

She said: “I love talking to people about art, what inspires me and sharing the joy of the beautiful natural world and the therapeutic nature of painting. Last year I hosted a jeweler friend of mine at the studio, and this year mixed media artist Donna McGhie will be joining me. I find that having a variety of works on view works well to appeal to a variety of people.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and of course selling our work soon.”

The ecologist expresses the fragility of the natural environment in his landscape paintings to raise environmental awareness.

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She said, “I’ve always had a passion for art and the natural world. I find painting extremely therapeutic – I can just switch off and go with the flow. And I strongly believe that everyone can benefit from it – it’s not necessarily the end result, but the journey – a bit cliché, I know, but it’s true. I find it particularly gratifying to see the fascination of children watching me paint – it’s something that needs to be nurtured.

Hampshire Chronicle: One of Donna's wandsOne of Donna’s wands

Donna, 60, uses her projects to raise money for medical causes such as the Royal Papworth Hospital.

The versatile mixed-media designer said, “I used to use art as a means of communication as a very shy kid, and I continued to use it in my previous career as a social worker and counsellor. I find it a great way to unwind and unless it’s an order I tend to go with the flow rather than having a plan when creating.

“I am an experienced Powertex tutor and use recycled materials in my sculptures. Everyone is welcome to be creative and have a go.”

Charlotte added, “I am thrilled to team up with such a creative mind and open the doors for everyone to get involved in our art. Nature and the environment occupy an important place in our work and create a powerful emotional connection.

The Stanmore studio at 22 Fox Lane was built as part of an extension to Charlotte’s house last year. The studio will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Saturday August 20 to Monday August 22 and from Friday August 26 to Sunday August 28. There will be an early closing time at 4 p.m. on Bank Holiday Monday. For more information, visit

And for all the artists and venues participating in Hampshire Open Studios, go to

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