What makes artists want to paint? From the earliest age toddlers are fascinated by making marks. It is the most natural of all childhood activities, and their interest is spurred by the rest of the extended family applauding their crude attempts at representing Mum, Dad or themselves. Everybody does art in school, but for most people, the activity stops when they leave education. But for some, it becomes a need which drives them to practice their art further. It may be via a full-time degree course, part-time study or just a gritty determination via self-study: whichever way – they have a need to make people sit up and take notice.

Which is why there is always a queue of artists wanting to exhibit in Malvern Theatres and why artists offered the opportunity to exhibit in this busy artistic hub, need no special encouragement.

It is a pleasure to show the public their fresh new art, rather than it be hidden in a loft, a spare bedroom or stacked in the corner of a studio. And, so often, when the hanging is finished, they express delight to see their works displayed so well. The 3 artists showing their works in this new exhibition are a case in point.

Ray Hill works in a very popular genre. Many artists produce works which evoke the landscape in an almost totally abstract manner. What separates Ray’s works, is the degree of refinement to which he has taken his canvases; inspired partly by the Catalonian landscape, where he spent several months after finishing his degree, and by the area around his studio in Gloucestershire, where it’s “big” skies inspire him.

Initially, you might think that Sheila Vicker’s paintings are mere realistic representations of landscape, animals and the people she loves, but it is the richness of her palette and exciting technique which lift them above mere records of places or events. Whenever and wherever possible the process begins outdoors in the landscape. The open air gives her the freedom to experiment with style and colour.

Banu Tillman’s canvases could not be more different. She is both an artist and illustrator. In the works on show here, she evokes a time when her female subjects were suitably aloof. They exhibit grace and ultimate composure. Her portrait and figurative paintings tell a story or convey an emotion with body language. They could be heading for a night out, or a night in, but either way, they do it with style.

The exhibition is open every day from Monday 22nd August until Saturday 8th October.

At a time when money in the Bank earns little or no interest. Do something to help revitalise the economy. Spend some money – Buy a painting (or 2).