Meet the Artists

A little bit about the artists who have participated in exhibitions at Beach Gallery, Orkney.

We look out for artists who are dedicated to developing their practice by exploring their ideas & extending their skills in their pursuit of artistic expression.  The gallery is open to all creative individuals regardless of academic background.

Carolyn Shepherd

Carolyn says her art is about continuity.

Her art practice is an experiment with materials & processes.  She destroys materials in order to transform them, so they become stronger or more beautiful after the trauma.

Carolyn says this is a metaphor for life.

Her sculptures include burnt wood, cut paper, burnt photographs. They are made in a ritualistic process of destruction & renewal.

Carolyn's work has been exhibited & sold internationally.

Between 2012-2017 she became deeply involved in facilitating art in the community. This all-consuming passion gained her recognition & acclaim for her achievement and contribution to the arts. 

Carolyn graduated with First Class Honours in Fine Art followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Fine Art and a Masters Degree in Arts & Media. She also holds a Masters Degree in Business & IT with distinction from a previous career in consultancy.

Carolyn now runs Beach Gallery on the stunning island of Hoy, where she lives next to an idyllic beach in peaceful seclusion.


Julie Fewster

Pared back Scandinavian style inspires by Finnish minimalist landscape.

Julie is the person behind Inner Finn Ceramics. Here she explains the background to her beautiful work ...

I’m inspired by a love of clean lines, pure form and the pared back style of Nordic design. I make unique, functional and sculptural objects from my studio in Cheshire.

Why am I maker?’ Because it makes my heart sing. Because I find peace when I’m making. I make to add a little beauty & joy to the world. I make sculpture because it is my first love, and I make drinking vessels & bowls because I gain pleasure out of using handmade products & I want you to. I make things that I want people to touch, love & use. I also make because I value handmade items that give a connection with a specific individual. Why Inner Finn? I was lucky enough to study for around five-months in Finland. I felt curiously at home in a country with more trees than people, and in the beauty and stillness of the Finnish winter landscape, with its bare branches and mounds of snow. This experience affected me deeply, my work was transformed and it has continued to inform my creative vision ever since.

A desire to capture quietness, offering a moment of stillness amongst the bustle and noise of modern living, characterises my work. I explore the tension of opposites: the interplay between control and chance, between soft form and hard materials and between fleeting movement and stillness.

 My work is slip cast by hand, I complete each step of the production process myself, design through to, mould making and of course casting. I love slip casting because it enables me to make repeatable pure forms that either I, or nature then get to scribble on in a rebellious fashion.


BA(Hons) Design: Applied Arts 2016 North Wales School of Art and Design, Glyndwr University Erasmus Exchange Scheme, Studying at HAMK, Hameenlinna, Finland 2015

BTEC L3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 2013 

BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Fine Art) 2012


Joseph Hewes

Joseph lives on Rousay, one of the Orkney islands which provides endless inspiration for his delicate & skilful watercolours.