A FAMILY of artists are staging an exhibition of their work at “The Settings” Gallery in Nailsworth’s “Three Storeys” on Tuesday April 9 to Sunday April 14.

Helena Panks paints plein-air and still-life in oils, having studied on Foundation at ‘The Sir John Cass School of Art’, London, and a three year Degree course in Fine Art at ‘Pittville College of Arts and Technology’, Cheltenham, where she met her husband, Bryan.

Painting took a back seat when their 4 children were young, but other creative pursuits filled the artistic gaps.

In the late 80’s and 90’s, career changes led Helena and Bryan to starting a t-shirt printing company, which set a twisting pathway into television, by way of writing and producing a children’s animation for Channel 4.

After studying Art & Design, to Foundation level in Yorkshire, Bryan Panks headed off to the Cotswolds to study for a Fine Art printmaking degree at the Cheltenham School of Art. It is here where he met Helena and a deep love of art, and each other, blossomed.

Max Panks graduated from London College of Music in 2013. He is artist and actor, has been painting exclusively with watercolour for the last eight years, developing a style characterised by movement and speed aiming to tell a story with as few brush marks as possible.

In 2021, he appeared on Sky Arts' Landscape Artist of the Year as a winning wildcard contestant, and has since worked in collaboration with Cass Art, leading tutorials and workshops in store.

George began his artistic journey at a young age, with an affinity for drawings in biro and pencil.

He developed his artistic skills at school, and continued on to Stroud College, achieving a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, followed by a 3-year (BA Hons) Degree in Graphic Design at The Arts University Bournemouth.

Upon returning to Stroud after finishing his degree, George's career in design was kick-started when he joined a local catering consultancy, MYA Consulting Ltd, as a Junior Designer. Over the last twelve years, he has progressed to Creative Director, heading up a team of specialist interior, technical, and branding designers, working on commercial catering projects for clients such as Google, The City of London and the NHS.

George also runs a growing Instagram food blog, @cotswold_food_bloggers, with his wife Stef, which allows them the opportunity to visit some of the most creative venues in the Cotswold area, some of which have become subject matter for his intricate drawings.

Rosie Panks has loved art since she was tiny, everything from small paintings to murals, to fashion and sketching.

Having completed GCSE and A level, she went on to Foundation in Art & Design at Stroud College, including work experience with Nicholas Georgiou and Paul Costelloe in London.

Rosie currently works at Wotton House International School in Gloucester where she teaches the Bronze Art Awards and has recently started to deliver art therapy sessions for students who have learning difficulties and anxiety.

Fred Panks discovered his love of pencil drawing during his Art A-Level, where he developed his photorealistic style and attention to detail. He has been completing portraiture commissions of both people and much-loved pets since 2011.

After completing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, he pursued his passions in the design world, and over the past 5 years he has honed his skills in graphic design.

He is currently a Senior Creator at McKay Williamson in Notting Hill, an art gallery and creative agency specialising in bespoke art, illustration, photo editing and videography.