Jacqueline was born in Kinver and from an early age was inspired by the countryside of the West Midlands. Jacqueline is self-taught and uses watercolours to bring her scenes to life. Many of her works are painted outdoors from direct observation and she carries a sketchbook wherever she goes so she never misses an artistic opportunity.
Hazel Gillard was born and grew up in Netherton. Living on the doorstep of Saltwells Nature Reserve, her paintings include local scenes such as Doultons Claypit where she spent many hours as a child. She has always been captivated by art but returned to painting later in life, attending her local groups and becoming a member of Hagley Art Club and the Brierley Hill Society of Artists.
Hazel's favourite subjects are landscapes, including seascapes, people and animals in acrylics and pastels. Many of her paintings on display include animals inspired by visits to Dudley Zoo and West Midlands Safari Park.
Here's Looking At Ya by Hazel Gillard
''I love to paint anything at all, and am inspired by everything around me, including a cheeky ostrich pecking at our car window,'' she says. ''We are delighted to be exhibiting our work at this Black Country venue. The Portal opens up opportunities for local artists to display their work in this brand new, light, spacious gallery. Local art by local people!''
Adds Holly Wain, Heritage Activities Assistant at Dudley Canal Trust (Trips) Ltd: "We're so pleased to be able to display Jacqueline and Hazel's works in our new temporary exhibition space. Their paintings offer our visitors an escape into diverse landscapes and shine a spotlight on the natural world."
Woodland Edge by Jacqueline Bradley
The exhibition is free to visit until September 1, 2016. All of the original artwork featured in the exhibition is for sale.
Alongside A Mixed Palette is a second free art exhibition which features the work of Midlander Ken Wood. It runs till August 22, 2016. Read more here.