THE annual open exhibition of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts is now on view at Exeter gallery Gloss-Art.
It showcases some of the best fine and applied art work in the South West, and includes prizes and awards, including the academy's Young Artists Award.
On view until Saturday, November 2, it features the work artists who have been successful in having their work accepted.
Among them is Richard Juniper whose watercolour Barn Doors is on display.
Richard, a self-taught artist, said: "I have been drawing and painting seriously for at least 50 years. I tend to be a studio artist, working from my own photographs and videos.
"I do my best work in the warm, with the radio on and not too far away from tea and cake! My subject matter varies, but I do have an affinity with old farm buildings with their dark shadows and contrasts between old timber and brickwork, peeling paintwork and methods of construction."
Preferring portraits as her subject matter is artist is Elizabeth Adams whose oil painting Nude (Semi-prone) 2013 was selected for the show.
Although Elizabeth has had little formal training in art she has drawn all her life, and now concentrates principally on works in oil. Her work is largely concerned with the human form, whether in portraiture or life studies.
She said: "Working from the human form has, and always will be, at the core of my work because I know of no better way to explore the fascinating qualities that make each of us unique."
Recently she has also produced a number of still lives with the aim of exploring a variety of surface textures, and the ways in which they may be expressed in the medium of oil paint.
Drawing his inspiration from the incredible beauty of the landscape in Devon and Cornwall is Exmouth-based artist Simon Ashby.
He first began painting around 10 years ago and is self-taught. On display is his painting Polzeath Beach.
Simon said: "I began painting after reluctantly deciding to give up a passion of mine, music tuition, as it was beginning to affect my hearing. Painting just absorbed me in a unique way, right from the start.
"Very early on I found that the work I produced with the greatest ease was when outside, on location, rather than in a studio. It just seems to fit perfectly with the loose, impressionist feel of my work.
"Being directly in front of my subject helps me to capture the shifting landscape that much better. I'm so fortunate to have such a vast array of natural beauty right on my doorstep and on a visit to a friend in Cornwall, we decided to go to Polzeath beach.
"I pulled up in the van and opened the doors to find the perfect scene in front of me. I painted the picture in about an hour – using acrylics helps me to capture an image really quickly."
The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts was formed by a group of artists based in the South West at the beginning of the millennium.
Its purpose was advancing the education of the public in the fine and applied arts, and promote the appreciation and practice of the fine and applied arts.
Opening times of the annual open exhibition are 9.30am to 5.30pm Wednesday and Thursday, and 9.30am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday. Visit www.southwestacademy.org.uk