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St Michael's Mount Artist in Residence: 2003, 2006, 2007

"To find one inspirational painter in a family is good fortune; to find two is unique. John Dyer and Joanne Short are the only husband and wife team I can think of whose paintings I love in equal measure. Not in that 'quite nice' sort of way, but in a way that makes me want to buy them and hang them in my rooms.

They have that rare quality of being able to transport me to those magical Cornish places of holiday dreams, magical light and brilliant flowers. They are optimistic without being misty-optic.

To enjoy John and Jo's paintings you need imagination and spirit. That is all. The skills of these two remarkable painters will do the rest"

Alan Titchmarsh, MBE. 2003

Artist Joanne Short painting on the island of St Michaels' Mount as Artist in Residence in 2006

Above: Artist Joanne Short painting on the island of St Michaels' Mount as Artist in Residence in 2006

"St. Michael's Mount, a place of childhood memories, fairy tales and holiday fun.

What a joy and a privilege to have had unlimited access to draw and paint immersed in such a dream like place.

Beautiful flowers tumble over one another almost into the sea and all around the waves dance and sway hypnotically.

I hope that these paintings express those feelings of beauty and wonder I felt while walking around this idyllic island and the excitement of my return to childhood"

Joanne Short 2003


"Staying in a waterside property on the edge of the harbour the artists will be well placed to soak up the atmosphere, colours and life from this enchanting place.

Both of the artists have a well established relationship with the Mount having completed a residency there with Lord St. Levan four years ago - but this will be the first time they will have stayed on the island.

The gardens will be at their peak of colour as they burst forth in the May sunshine which will suit both John Dyer's and Joanne Short's unmistakable paintings."

BBC Online 2007