If you want to learn photography skills, camera tips and tricks while getting some exercise and drinking in the beauty of Moraira, then PHOTO WALKS MORAIRA is for you!

A unique and educational Sunday morning experience.


LEARN how to see the world like an artist and witness the beauty in everything!
IMPROVE your art, design and photography efforts

Presentation includes:
Slideshow, lecture and course notes

Instructor: Karla Darocas, Hons. B.A. Fine Arts, Film, Photography *qualified instructor since 1990


"Wonderfully interesting lecture with slide show describing how beauty elements have evolved and become appreciated through the centuries followed by the personalised attention in helping me discover my own artistic talents. I left wanting more!"
Sue Martin, Pedreguer


"Karla is very informative with a lovely sense of humour which makes it a pleasure to learn from someone who obviously has great knowledge and a great passion for what she does."
* Laura Donoghue, Javea 


"Yesterday, I learned from Karla to see the things different... I loved it...
I love the way she sees things and I learned all about it..."
* Heidi Weiss,  Benissa   


TAKE more interesting and beautiful pictures just by learning more about the capabilities of your smartphone camera and a bit of basic design skills.

Workshop will cover:
*Smartphone camera settings, exposures and basic photography like compositions and angels.

What you need:
*Walking shoes

How will work:
*Instruction will take place at Darocas Studio followed by a practical photo shoot at the Benitachell market where you can capture a slice of Spain! Then we can all go for cafe and answer questions :) xx

Instructor: Karla Darocas, Hons. B.A. Fine Arts, Film, Photography *qualified instructor since 1990

Karla is a truly talented photographer. She combines her background in fine arts with the camera's technology and through the lens wonderful creations are born enabling the viewer to see and appreciate the hidden beauty that is around us. 
A flower, an insect and a building come to life as a digital portrait reflecting her passion for photography. *Margaret Den Hartog, Javea, Alicante
After just a couple of hours on this course I had learnt so much that I am planning trips just to take my camera out. There was lots of personal attention from Karla and loads of ideas of simple things to try that were really effective.Karla Darocas's teaching style is easy to understand but inspiring. Lots of personal attention in a small group. * Christine Wood of Javea 
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it very helpful and interesting. I found myself absorbing lines, shapes and textures all the way home!!Also this workshop gave me a greater confidence to play around with the camera. I learned a lot in a short time.Karla is very informative with a lovely sense of humour which makes it a pleasure to learn from someone who obviously has great knowledge and a great passion for what she does. * Laura Donoghue, Javea 


Very special lecture on the history of Toledo via its architecture, sculptures 
and of course paintings.  


"From the Visigothic and Roman roots of Toledo with its unique cultural legacy of Christian, Arab and Jewish communities living alongside each other to the horseshoe arched mosques and haunting canvases of El Greco, Karla crammed all of this and much more into her enthralling and spellbinding lecture.

Toledo now holds a far greater appeal than ever before, I simply must return to truly explore and appreciate this magnificent medieval city. Wow!

Karla's teaching style is full of  Passion and Knowledge and I "always" recommend her to other.

* Sue Martin, Pedreguer


"Where to start? As always Karla shares so much knowledge.

I learnt the range of people's coming into Spain and eventually Toledo including the Romans, Visigoths, Jews and Muslims. This seat of learning also showed how many different cultures could live together in harmony and learn from each other.

I learnt how to understand the different styles of architecture, the more simple style of Rome to Mudejar from the Muslims. This was using materials readily available, clay to make bricks, stones from the fields. The skill to carve and embellish plaster.

I could go on for so much longer, but I can't wait for her next lecture, Toledo part 2.

If you want to learn about Spain and it's history Karla's teaching through art is wonderful. The feature I love about her teaching is her knowledge and passion. I  Highly recommended her lectures."

* Lizzie Clayton. Benitachell



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For those of you who attended my Frida Kahlo presentation, I talked about this film.


I was invited to an art exhibition opening in Jalon on Saturday by a group of independent artists trying to DIY their way into the gallery world.

The inspiration for a group show came from a resident artist Anna Jansen who wanted to showcase an International cross section of artists from Jalon.
Karla Darocas with Katherine Waters
Myself and some of my gang arrived at the show and was surprised to find it being held in a non-commercial venue. Anna had convinced the agent at Karma Properties to give her the venue for the exhibition. Of course, she and friends had to clean it, which was not an easy task, but the walls were white and ready for art.

The show was a mix of both 2 and 3 dimensional art, paintings, collage and sculptures. The artists involved were...Anna Jansen Jans, Josbel Mengual, Jaume Nogera Mengual, Don Henderson,  Virginia Blanckaert, Ines Garces,  Lois Jansen,  Mari Ivars,  Yolanda Melieray Fullana, and  Katherine M Waters.

I was impressed by the variety of expressions being presented.

It was Katherine Waters who invited me and it was her artwork that impressed me the most. Yes, it is true, art is subjective, but I am picky! I have been around art my whole life and teaching for many, many, years and I am a hard client to please with a work of art!

She had a series of work, both sculptural and painted based on the biblical icon of Eve and her trials and tribulations with the bad apple that got her and Adam expelled from the Garden of Eden.

In the painting that held my attention, the narrative is clear... Eve is burdened with a giant apple in a cart. Her apron has a tree of life on it that look are symbolic of women's reproductive parts. The style reminds of the work of Spanish artist Remedios Varo, who was a para-surrealist, symbolist and one of the first feminist artists.

The exhibition is open 10:00 - 14:00 every day throughout October.
A percentage of the sales will go to help this year's Fiesteras in Jalon.
Carrer Sant Joaquim, 42, 03727 Xaló, Alicante, Spain
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"I found the lecture excellent, very informative, and a very moving experience
Karla's teaching style is enthusiasm, passion, knowledgeable.
I would Absolutely recommend Karla"

* Beverley spence Lliber Spain


"Incredible experience...Karla always gives such knowledgeable and perfect insight on the lives and works of these wonderful Artists. The time always flies by!!!!

Great location and always take away a great admiration for each Artist and a true feel of their personal lives/struggles etc.

Karla's knowledge and enthusiasm is how I would describe her teaching style. I absolutely recommend her to others."

* Diana Santiago, Javea


"The lecture on Frida Kahlo was very interesting, informative and well presented. Karla makes the information accessible to all.

Whilst I had read about Frida Kahlo and seen an exhibition of her work at the Tate Gallery in London, I now have a much greater understanding of her work and the symbolism within it.

In addition, I now have a fuller appreciation of how her life had such an impact on her work.

We will certainly attend and look forward to other lectures in the future when we are in Spain and are only sorry to have missed so many in the past.

Karla's teaching style is very easy and she has an accessible manner of delivery. I would recommend her to other in Full!"

* Gladys Pilar Cummings Javea Spain and St Albans UK


Once again Karla had me totally captivated with her moving and inspirational account of the traumatic life and works of Frida Kahlo.

An artist who, whilst I had a some knowledge of prior to this lecture, had no real insight into how tragic and painful her life really was. Tissues were handed out as tears flowed during this session, an indication of how touching this lecture proved to be.

Her teaching style is Inspirational and Passionate. I always recommend Karla to other.

Sue Martin, Pedreguer



Steve and I with two friends decided to go to Gata de Gorgos on Saturday 19th August 2017 to see the hanging textiles that make up the Art al Vent, (art to the wind). This open air textile art exhibition continues until the 3rd of September.

Review and Photos by Lizzie Clayton
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The Escola de Pintura Mediterránea de Xàbia (Javea School of Mediterranean Painting) opened an exhibition of 116 paintings to showcase its students as it wraps up another school year.

I was curious as to what types of visions were being created by these students so I visited the Lambert Arts Center to have a look.

Review by Karla Darocas, Hons.B.A. Fine Arts Historian


This exciting workshop will give you all the power you need to enhance your photography to make it look the best that it can be.

You will learn how to control the many functions of this tool in order to perfect your photos or push them into the creative realm. 

PHOTOSCAPE is also a great graphics tool for preparing posters, gift cards and other creative and professional projects.


Urban art: From the Street to the Museum is a really exciting show that is on offer at the Museum of Fine Arts of Murcia (MUBAM) · From 05/04/2017 to 07/09/2017.


The second half to Goya's life and works showcase his overall perspective of life becomes dark and cynical. Now he turns the dramatic Romanticism deep into the monstrous side of the irrational and the dangerous flaws of Enlightenment.

He uses the new invention of "aquatint" (a print resembling a watercolour, made by etching a copper plate with nitric acid and using resin and varnish to produce areas of tonal shading.) as a form of print making to fuel his revelations and revolutionary expressions in order to lampoon, satirize and mock the institutions, practices and commonly held beliefs of his time.

In 1799 Goya published 80 Caprichos prints depicting what he described as "the innumerable foibles and follies to be found in any civilized society, and from the common prejudices and deceitful practices which custom, ignorance, or self-interest have made usual."
Another collection of 82 prints called the Disasters of War, 1810s, Goya vents his visual voice with protest against the violence of the 1808 Dos de Mayo Uprising, the subsequent Peninsular War and the setbacks to the liberal cause following the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1814.

The scenes created withing these prints are singularly disturbing, sometimes macabre in their depiction of battlefield horror, and represent an outraged conscience in the face of death and destruction. Goya expresses the randomness of violence in these prints, and in their immediacy and brutality they have been described as analogous to 19th- and 20th-century photojournalism of the atrocities of war.

They were not published until 1863, 35 years after his death. It is likely that only then was it considered politically safe to distribute a sequence of artworks criticising both the French and restored Bourbons.
Goya created another set of prints - Tauromaquia (the art of bull fighting) between 1815 and 1816, at the age of 69. Bullfighting was not politically sensitive, and the series was published at the end of 1816 in an edition of 320—for sale individually or in sets—without incident. It did not meet with critical or commercial success however.
His late period culminates with the Black Paintings of 1819–1823, applied on oil on the plaster walls of his house the "Quinta del Sordo" (house of the deaf man) where, disillusioned by political and social developments in Spain he lived in near isolation.

The paintings originally were painted as murals on the walls of the house, later they were lifted off the walls and attached to canvas. Currently they are held in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

At the same time, he worked on 22 prints called Los disparates (The Follies), also known as Proverbios (Proverbs) or Sueños (Dreams), again a series of prints in aquatint and etching, with retouching in drypoint and burin, created between 1815 and 1823.

The scenes of the Disparates, which are difficult to explain, include dark, dream-like scenes that scholars have related to political issues, traditional proverbs and the Spanish carnival.

Goya eventually abandoned Spain in 1824 to retire to the French city of Bordeaux, accompanied by his much younger maid and companion, Leocadia Weiss, who may or may not have been his lover.


Goya captures the fissure of the human condition unabashedly in his engravings - "The Disasters of War", "The Tauromachy" and "The Disparates", which are being exhibited for the first time in the Valencia region.


This morning my friends and I were very pleased to visit the retrospective tribute to the Valencian painter - Miguel Sala Coll at the the Lambert Arts Center / House in the old town of Jávea.


In the news last week, I came across an inspirational story about how the concept of an "open-air" art gallery transformed a struggling village of 323 people in the Castellón province of Spain and is now part of the world's circuit of street art events.



PRE REQUISITE - Introduction to Photography 


Montgo Verd * Garden Centre

Cami Cabanes 136, 03730 Xàbia, Alicante


10:00 Arrival  (if you order coffee or juice = pre-pay)


"Absolutely excellent. I was given a lovely camera as a present two years ago but had no idea what to do with all the complex options it came with. So I had hardly used it. After just a couple of hours on this course I had learnt so much that I am planning trips just to take my camera out. There was lots of personal attention from Karla and loads of ideas of simple things to try that were really effective."

* Christine Wood of Javea

"I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it very helpful and interesting. I found myself absorbing lines, shapes and textures all the way home!! Also this workshop gave me a greater confidence to play around with the camera. I learned a lot in a short time. Karla is very informative with a lovely sense of humour which makes it a pleasure to learn from someone who obviously has great knowledge and a great passion for what she does."

*  Laura Donoghue

"The notes and lecture that Karla started the morning with were most instructive. I have become more familiar with my camera, which was my aim in taking the course. Holding the course at Montgo Verd was an inspired idea - there was no shortage of subjects to photograph. Karla's teaching style is informal, well planned, thoughtful. I would recommend Karla Darocas."

* Julie Price, Javea

"It was a fantastic sunny day and Karla was very friendly and informative. She taught with enthusiasm on how to take photos by looking at the beauty of things around us and applying the principles of harmony, colour, form, texture and lighting, etc. I would certainly recommend Karla’s photo walks as it is a great way to meet other people and a fun way to learn how to take better photos. I feel I received some great photography tips and my photo taking has much improved only after a few short hours." 

* Shirley Renouf - Orba, Alicante

"Karla had a friendly relaxed style of teaching as we wandered around the village. The focus of the information was less technical than I had expected, concentrating on the beauty elements of the shot. I was amazed at how much my photos improved throughout the morning by employing the principles that Karla taught us. Karla has a keen interest and background in Spanish art and this knowledge shines through in her approach to photography. I recommend her walks not only in order to learn more about the art of taking photographs, but also as a pleasant way to pass the time." 

* Anita from Moraira

"Karla is a truly talented photographer. She combines her background in fine arts with the camera's technology and through the lens wonderful creations are born enabling the viewer to see and appreciate the hidden beauty that is around us. A flower, an insect and a building come to life as a digital portrait reflecting her passion for photography." 

* Margaret Den Hartog, Javea, Alicante

"I highly recommend Karla's photography workshops. Even with my little compact camera, I learned a lot about how versatile it really is and what happens when I dig down into menus I had rarely touched. Whatever level you are at or whatever gear you have, Karla will help you get more out of your digital photography. Definitely give this a go!" 

* Maya Middlemiss, Denia, Alicante




Thank you to all who worked with me to make this first ever Art Market a joyous and successful event. It had always been a dream of mine to have a room full of artistic talents in one space celebrating their creativity and sharing their passion for art. Well, that dream came true on the 16th of March, 2017 at the Church Centre in the old town of Javea. We were 12 dedicated artists exhibiting, promoting and selling our artworks.

Thank you to Lizzie Clayton for her hostessing services and chatting up the guests. According to her feedback from the approximately 150 folks and friends who came out to support our efforts, the comments were very positive and encouraging stating that they were impressed with the quality of the works. Many guests expressed a delight in seeing yet another art show in the near future, as they will bring friends. It is a proud moment when you find true art lovers who care about our creative culture verses the plastic machine manufactured garbage.

Like Picasso said,"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.". You could see the joy in the faces of the guests who purchased their pieces of artworks and met the artist who created it.
Many excited guests signed up for commissioned works by many of the artists in attendance. There were folks who just bought a brand new villa and decided to fill their walls with our local artworks. There were other artists who were very pleased to meet us as an artists community!!

Thank you to musician Roger Saunders who is a fab friend for coming over and entertaining us with his sweet sounds on guitar, harmonica and vocals. Roger is part of my other creative cultural group called CrossRoads, which is another fun experience during a Saturday coffee morning that has been rolling for over 3 years now over in the Salon of Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada!!

The facilitators of the Church Centre were very pleased that we were using their location to celebrate human activity and expression. They have asked us back again!
Robert Richardson did a great job on the street signage and I met people who came to our Art Market because the placards caught their attention. Robert hosts a FaceBook social group called the Javea Art Hub and I encourage his efforts to keep up this coffee morning in order that we all can network with more artistic creators.

And of course, Thank YOU to all the artists who contributed and participated in this first Art Market Sarah Beattie, Georgie Poulariani, Angela Rich, Victoria Sand , Alice Davies , Susan Hankey, Gwen Roberts , Frances Jones, Tony Franklin, Robert Richardson and Val Blakeman.


Artfully Yours,
Karla Darocas


Having retired as a teacher in England, Val Blakeman moved to Spain at first on a semi-permanant basis. Within time her love for Javea made her decision to move here permanently, ver easy. Now Valerie lives in Javea and can be close to her church, which is the Javea International Baptist Church, who are our friendly hosts for the Art Market.

"I have always had a creative flair and I used that in my teaching profession," explains Val.

With the encouragement of her brother-in-law, Val decided to take lessons with Julia Evans first at her outlet in Gata de Gorgos and now in her studio in Benidoleig.

"Julia has inspired me and has taught me much of the skills I now possess," admits Val.

Val likes to take a whole day to devote to her painting. "It is the time when I can immerse myself completely in what I am doing," she explains.

"I love to express my love for people in my paintings. I try to express feelings and emotions in my work. If I had the time I would paint every day. I hope to develop a skill with the pallets knife"

Val is interested in artists who portray people with character and movement. Javea is the ultimate place for an artist who admires the sunlit paintings of Valencia's most famous artist - Joaquín Sorolla.

Val Blakeman will be at the ART MARKET so come visit her and admire her creativity and joy of painting.


Thanks to my good friend Jack Troughton, the Art Market scored a full page in the newspaper!!

Let the celebrations begin!!

Karla Darocas


Scottish born Sarah Beattie is now yet another Costa Blanca artist.

Sarah has always been a creative person so it was logical that she would study interior and environmental design at Duncan of Jordan stone college in Dundee.

"I graduated with a BDES Hons in 2006," explains Sarah

When it comes to her art practice, she admits at not having any preferred style but she confirms that she likes to create abstract art!

"My work is mostly abstract landscape," she confirms. "I don't aim to create an exact scene but to capture an essence of that place, through the use of mixed media and the use of bright and contrasting colours!"



Originally, a Fine Art and creative student, Victoria Sand worked in a secondary school teaching art where she rediscovered her love and talent for art. This provided her the environment to be inspired and to explore her creativity, flourishing as an artist. Consequently, she went on to study a BA Honours degree in Fine Art.

Report & Interview by Paula Boulos

In asking Victoria what brought her to Javea she shared, "I recently moved to Spain with my two children and I cannot quite believe the journey I have been on over the past year. I have overcome so many hurdles; I left my comfort zone and faced fears head on. My confidence has grown so much, and I am overcoming my anxieties."

She continues, "I have had to be so versatile, it has been so hard, including being admitted to hospital twice since I have been here as I suffer from a chronic illness triggered by stress, but I am well now and fighting back. I'm a different person to who I was a year ago."

After hearing about Victoria’s personal journey, it was equally important to further create an understanding in her work.


PAULA - You clearly have great experience in painting, what is your favorite medium to work with and do you focus on a specific subject matter?

VICTORIA - Thank you. I still have a lot to learn, to be honest my focus is currently quite commercial compared to my previous work where I focused on the roles and expectations of women and particularly domestic abuse.

I work a lot with acrylic paints, as I like to work fast and to a large scale. Recently, I have been working a lot smaller using watercolour and paper or fabric and fabric paints.

PAULA - Who would you say is one or more of your most influential artists?

VICTORIA - There are a few.... Frida Kahlo, before her time, was a legend for women in the Art world - an inspiration.

Marina Abramović is a performance artist whose work has a real emotional impact on me.

Susan Lacey influenced a lot of my work on domestic abuse; I just love her approach and the way she challenged society on subjects including abuse towards women.

PAULA -  What do you gain personally from painting/art? What is your earliest memory of your creativity?

VICTORIA - I do find art has helped me through some really tough times, including being really ill, especially when I'm working on something personal, it helps healing and gives me motivation.

My earliest memory, where I realised I had a flare for art, I entered an Easter competition decorating boiled eggs and recreated a scene from 'Hickory Dickory Dock' to my amazement, I won.

PAULA -  What do you hope to gain from sharing your art with the public?

VICTORIA - Currently, my work is quite reserved and I would like to think of it being lighthearted and something people would like to have in their homes to enjoy.

Previously some of my work has been shocking and not to everyone's taste, but I feel it got across the message I wanted at the time.

PAULA - Have you seen a change in your art technically or in subject matter since living in Spain?

VICTORIA - Yes, most definitely, not only for commercial reasons but I'm in a much better place and feel I can now enjoy the world around me and paint more positive subjects.

PAULA - Do you feel positive about the growth and future of art in Javea?

VICTORIA - I do, I feel Javea Art Hub is a great start where all kinds of artists can share ideas and bounce off each other. I have introduced some of my students to the group too and I think it is just going to keep growing.

CONCLUSION - It is evident that Victoria has been on a very personal journey which her art parallels, with her reflecting her experiences and emotions along the way. Her art is fueled with not only her personal experiences from good to bad but she is constantly challenging herself as an artist, with recently exploring photography where she has produced captivating images similarly to her beautiful paintings.


Benitachell artist Alice Davies is a well known woman in this neck of the coast, if you can say that, as you will find Alice at many of the regional fairs and markets. Alice's impressionistic visions of beauty in watercolours are collected by local folks and tourists alike. How she became an artist is a fun story!

About 25 years ago, before the time that Alice was an artist, she was out walking on a mountain and started chatting with another hiker and discovered that he was an artist.

"I met a fellow hiker who turned out to be the famous watercolour artist Trevor Waugh from the Cotswolds in England." explains Alice. "I told him that I wanted to paint and he offered to come to Javea for a week to teach if I could find 6 people who would join the class."

Well, that was 25 years ago now and Alice has been painting and selling her paintings and making greeting cards from the paintings.

Even if you have met Alice before, come out to the ART MARKET on the 16th of March and meet her again :) xx


Tony Franklin is a creative person who has found being an artist a great way to express himself freely and a path to offer different opinions on a variety of subjects.

Hailing originally from Hertfordshire, English, Tony is a new-comer to Javea landing here only in April 2016 with his family.

"I've been a creative artist since I was young," explain the young artists. "I was into making drawings, sculptures or paper planes at a very young age but have been a practicing artist for the past 6 years."

Tony goes for the Impressionist artists and sights Claude Monet as his favourite.

You will get a chance to meet this young artist at the ART MARKET on Thursday, 16th of March in Javea.


The wonderful and lovely Frances Jones was a Londoner who lived and worked in Sussex for many years as a hair stylist. She always enjoyed art but owning her own salon kept her too busy.

Finally, when she and husband Myke moved to Spain and settled in beautiful Benitachell in 1988, she picked up her paint brushes and oil paints and never looked back.

Fran is a big fan of the Impressionist painters like Monet and Nydia Lozano, (1947) a Valenciana from Alginet, Valencia, who worked in the tradition of Valencian artists much the same as Sorolla.

Fran's work also shows that she is an admirer of Fabian Perez, who is an artist born in Buenos Aires but currently residing in Los Angeles and is known for his paintings of the tango and for his portraits.

Perhaps Fran is drawn to painting because she was always told that her ancestor was Sir John Millais, an English painter and illustrator who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and perhaps most famous for his epic painting of Ophelia (1852) at the Tate Britain, London.

"The family thinks that Sir John Millais is my ancestor because my mother's maiden name is Millais," explain the Benitachell artist. "However," she continues, "I have little proof of that!!"

You will be able to meet Fran and admire and purchase her beautiful paintings at the Art Market on Thursday, 16th of March.


Angela Rich is a Javea-based grandmother who retired from North Wales 16 years ago. Since that time she has come into her creative talents in the most unusual and surreal way.

 According to Angela, "One morning, about 6 years ago, I began to write my shopping list when my hand began shaking uncontrollably. I thought I was having a stroke or a fit," she announces.

"When it stopped, I had written strange words down the paper. Within a couple of weeks I was doing drawings," explains Angela. Shocked and surprised by her unconscious talents, she searched the internet to see if anyone else had experienced a similar event in their lives.

She found an artist Andre Masson (1924), who according to Wikipedia became associated with surrealism, and was one of the most enthusiastic employers of automatic drawing, making a number of automatic works in pen and ink. Masson experimented with altered states of consciousness with artists such as Antonin Artaud, Michel Leiris, Joan Miró, Georges Bataille, Jean Dubuffet, and Georges Malkine, who were neighbors of his studio in Paris.

Realising that her artworks were indeed a form of art that were recognised by many artists throughout history, she continued to explore her new found gift.

"Everyone who sees my drawings says they are amazing," admits Angela. "I am not in any type of trance but my hand moves automatically."

You will meet Angela Rich at the ART MARKET event on Thursday, March 16th at the Javea Church Centre only a few meters away from the regular Thursday market in Javea.

"I can demonstrate it any time," continues Angela. "I have no idea where it came from. but at 60 years of age it's not something you expect but it is a real gift. I love it!"



Georgie Poulariani, originally from Georgia (ex Soviet Union) has lived in Spain for 10 years. Originally, a businessman, sitting behind a computer he came across his talent in a very unusual way.

REPORT BY Paula Boulos

Whilst in the garden Georgie saw the results of expanding foam - the form and different shapes it had created sparked curiosity.  This led to his intrigue of materials and the prospect of creating objects with the use of his hands.

With his newfound creativity and fascination in different materials, Georgie immediately began experimenting. He started working with clay, fiberglass and eventually metal, with every piece hand made and welded. As a result, he has produced extremely beautiful and intricate sculptures.

"I started to create with my hands 2-3 years ago. I have tried different materials including clay figures, fiberglass and metals. I find metal the most challenging especially steel," Georgie explains.

When questioned on the subject matter and if there are influences such as political, social or economical factors, contributing to his artwork Georgie responds, "an idea comes into my head and I make it. There is no connection or factors. I think about it, make it and I constantly try different things,"

Since becoming a sculptor, Georgie has found himself consumed by art "everything I see is art’ he says, "everything has to do with art, we are surrounded by it here in Benissa, Calpe, Javea…"

As a recent sculptor, Georgie is constantly stepping out of his comfort zone with different materials and evolving as an artist,  "I don’t know if I have found myself yet so I may change my style."

Georgie has a beautiful gallery and studio in Benissa and exciting projects on the horizon. His aim is to focus solely on his art and to share it with as many people and in as many places as possible.

He is also very excited to be part of the Art Market Project on Thursday, March 16th at the Church Centre in Javea. Come to the Art Market and meet this savvy sculptor!


Susan Hankey lived and worked in London in the hairdressing profession and then in recruitment. She always loved looking at art in galleries. Painting and drawing cropped up when she was about 40 years of age. She joined a water colour group and life drawing class with a wild woman who "went to art college with John Lennon".

She admits that she went on various art holidays, "but no formal training." She just knew that she liked to dabble in oils and acrylics a lot.

We moved to Spain in 2005 and after settling in, Susan joined an oil painting group run by a Dutch lady called Hanka. She learnt a lot from her and painted in various styles, usually copying other artists or from photographs.

"I also did some live portrait sessions," admits the artist. "I did a painting of my husband in his Harley gear!"

Susan founds a new art teacher named Julia Evans and she has been attending regular classes with her ever since. "We sometimes have life drawing sessions and live portrait sitters."

Susan admits that she generally paints from photographs for portraits and has a love of painting rock, blues and other musical celebrities.

"Painting is an absorbing hobby and it is great to paint with others," she expains. "I am so lucky to have a space to paint at home and I like to work there too, I really enjoy painting portraits and also fiesta scenes in Spain with people in them. I want to paint more townscapes, all sorts, even industrial. I love painting but I am not fast, Julia warns me not to 'fiddle'."

Susan has sold a number of paintings and would love to sell more but that is not her motivation, "I just get lost in painting. I am hugely flattered when someone buys my work or asks me to paint something for them."

"I also love attending the art history lectures given by Karla Darocas,"she continues.

"I am interested in all the Spanish Masters, I love the work of Caravaggio, The Pre Raphaelites, Van Gogh, Hopper, The Bloomsbury Set, David name a diverse few. I love looking at paintings and sculptures."


Growing up in Leicester, United Kingdom, like most children who enjoy colouring and drawing, Gwen Roberts realised that she was a bit different. She was driven to draw, "like an adult". Fascinated by the works Leonardo Da Vinci, Gwen felt compelled to perfect her drawings with a maturity beyond her years. Of course, like many young artists, life got in the way and adulthood meant paying bills and her pencils gathered dust.

After 20 years and a successful career in the financial industry, Gwen found the time to pick up her pencils once again. She and her husband moved to  Australia where she was able to make a name for herself in the community as a professional artist. She was was featured in various local and national publications and exhibited on a regular basis.

In the end, they said goodbye to  Australia last year to return to Europe and Javea and be closer to family. Gwen is looking forward to getting involved with our growing artist community and the ART MARKET PROJECT.

You will be able to meet Gwen in person and be amazed by her work as she develops her practice further here in beautiful Javea.


KARLA: How did you get involved in artist expression?

GWEN: I don’t think it was a choice for me. There was no conscious decision and no pivotal point. Making art has always been a compulsion.

I have dyslexia, which was never recognised at school so I always felt slightly different. I think my brain compensated in my artistic abilities for my limited capacity for words.

KARLA: Why is graphite your chosen medium?

GWEN: Firstly, I can get very fine detail with a pencil. I am very observant and very patient. It’s a combination of certain personal characteristics that enable me to create a photorealistic effect. And I think this applies to any kind of mark making. Personality traits affect the art that is being made.

On the whole, graphite is easy to manipulate, I’ve grown up with it and I know it inside out.
Graphite is also clean to work with. I hate getting messy and I’ve probably got the tidiest studio you’ve ever seen. However, I am experimenting with paint. I’ve attempted a couple of oil paintings in the past and I have a large-scale piece I’m working on at the moment.

KARLA: Do you have an opinion about artistic expression being good for your health?

GWEN: I find making art a frustrating process. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that for them it is relaxing and it takes them to a place of serenity. I can well believe that making art can help mental health issues. For me though, it exasperates any mental well being.

Because I am constantly striving for accuracy and perfection, I get very upset with myself and depressed with my work. I can’t actually say I enjoy it. I’m just driven to make this kind of art. As I said previously, it’s a compulsion. It’s like a horrible itch that’s in an awkward place to reach and I can’t stop scratching it.

There are many artists in history that have suffered from anxiety derived from a lack of confidence in their work and abilities. For some it’s part and parcel of the job.

KARLA: Who are your favourite artists and why?

GWEN: Chuck Close is the father of photorealist portraiture in my opinion. I remember arriving in Sydney and I saw his exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. I was blown away to see his work in the flesh. I think fine art is encountered rather than merely regarded.

Robin Eley is another on of my heroes when it comes to painting. Dirk Dzimirsky and Emanuele Dascanio are the masters of graphite.

The craftsmanship and dexterity of these artists is second to none.

I particularly like Dascanio’s compositions. This is an area I feel I need to develop in my own practice. Finding models is always a problem. If anyone is out there and would like to volunteer that would be very welcomed.

KARLA: Do you think that the arts needs to be presented to the people in an open market system?

GWEN: Art should be accessible to everyone and an open market also benefits struggling up-and-coming artists like myself to sell their work. There are no barriers such as expensive commission fees and enables artists to keep the cost of their work down. It also gives buyers the opportunity to meet the artist. I like the anonymity, however, in my experience people are interested in the person behind the work. I am always happy to talk and give advice when asked and an art market is a great forum for that.

KARLA: Do you feel that artists need to learn business and marketing in order to bring their visions to the public?

GWEN: It depends on what drives you to make the art. I believe there are three things that motivate an artist: One is to make money, another is to get recognition and one more is to be technically perfect.

I would say I am the latter. I do have a desire for the other two, especially recognition. But not all artists do it to for the money.

However, if money is being exchanged for goods it’s pretty back and white in my opinion; it’s a business.

I think it is important to conduct yourself in a businesslike manner and market your work and be proactive in getting exposure to increase the value of your work if that is the result you want.

On the other hand if you are motivated to simply bring your work into the public eye there are lots of manners in which to do that. Take for example performance art, street art, there’s social media and many more ways to get your art seen.

All of my work is for sale. I have drawings that have taken weeks to complete and fetch a higher price. And I have abstract works that don’t take as long and sell for much less and are more affordable for to the general public. I seek to cater for every budget.

There is nothing more rewarding for me to know someone has something that I have created in their home no matter how much they paid for it.


Over hundreds of years, Spain has produced and elevated some of the most famous artists of all time. It is hard to live in Spain and not be inspired by the multitudes of amazing galleries that display and pay recognition to the arts as an outlet for creativity, enlightenment and social change. Most importantly, Spain has become a melting pot of languages and cultures and the arts have the unique ability to extend and expand our shared common visual language.

I joined an arts group recently called the Javea Art Hub. It was launched by a Javea resident by the name of Robert Richardson.

According to Robert, his reasons for starting such a group stemmed from his love of art and his interest in building "like-minded" artist friends.

"I wished to explore and expand my own creativeness, while being supported and inspired by others as this is a great way to push yourself into trying new ideas," explains Robert.

"The idea of the group was to bring local artists together through online discussion/sharing, regular meetings and events such as the Art Market Project. I hope to see the group continue to grow, see more members join and see various annual events occurring," he concludes.


KARLA: How did you get involved in creative art?

ROBERT: From childhood, I have always enjoyed creative activities. I would always be following a Blue Peter build it your self at home or drawing cartoons in scrap books.  I studied art in secondary school but the lack of motivation and diversification brought by the class/teacher lead to very little artwork outside of the classroom.

It wasn't until I struck a friendship with a local artist that I truly began to understand and appreciate paintings. It was this new found love of art that drove me to pick up a brush and start to paint myself.

My desire to own and create unique items be it a painting, sculpture or piece of furniture has driven me to be more creative.

KARLA: How do you think the creative arts can help people?

ROBERT: Creative arts will have a varied impact on person to person.  For me being creative is a relaxing hobby but also strikes an ambitious cord as I often paint or design for my own gratification. The emotion of seeing the end product in my house or on my wall is a very accomplishing feeling.

I do believe that being creative can help people see things from an alternative perspective; which is an excellent ability to have in all walks of life.

Art is also a fantastic medium to being people together, like any hobby meeting new friends though art is great.

KARLA: How do you think the arts can educate people?

ROBERT: Art can tell a story, especially historic/older art.  People can learn from what a piece of art is telling us and in most cases this way of learning can be more invigorating than simple reading a book.  Using art to raise awareness is a powerful medium; as they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

KARLA: Do you feel that the arts can still make a difference in social change?

ROBERT: Art changes with time, not only styles or mediums but the ways in which art is shown has changed.  Art can still make an impact but it is down to the artist to assess which method is now best to reach its target audience.  Example; whilst there are those who are still happy to frequent an art gallery, many people would feel more comfortable viewing/purchasing online, it is therefore vital that we explore modern methods of communication to promote ourselves as artists and our work.

Having said that, there does seem to be a social trait among certain groups that want to remain 'cultural' and I feel that people will again seek out the modern gallery.

KARLA: What are your future hopes for the arts in Javea?

ROBERT: Javea can be a very inspiring place for an artist and I hope to see more new artist surface over the coming months.

Being an artist can become difficult when you try to earn a living from your art and I would hope to see incentives come about which help local artists sell art but also encourages local people to buy art from local artists.  I would like to see more local art events which bring those interested in art.