An online exhibition of #stayathome art.

Explore works created by local artists in isolation, digitally displayed in an online gallery. Click an image to make it full size and access the description.

When the OSO can reopen its doors, a selection of these works will be displayed in a special exhibition, as proof that even when our bodies are walled in, the mind is without boundaries.


We welcome all submissions of art created by members of the community whilst in isolation. To submit to the galley, email, including the artist name, a high resolution image, the title, and a brief description. We would like to encourage children to submit pieces too!


Click an artist to jump to their gallery, or scroll to explore freely.



Penelope Halling

Penelope Halling is an illustrator from South West London. She specialises in watercolour and digital illustrations in a range of styles; usually working minimally in bold colours, taking inspiration from linework & dotwork tattoo art & traditional sign painting.

Faces of Isolation


Faces of Isolation is a daily portrait project I am developing while we are in an isolation and lockdown period, in the uk and globally.


As a history graduate and artist I recognise that we are living through an unprecidented time and that we should all try and document what we can. 


I am asking everyone that I can to send me a current picture of themselves and some words on their experience during the Covid 19 pandemic. I then turn them into illustrated portraits. My aim with this project is to capture as many people and experiences of this time as possible.

If you would like to take part simply email me a current picture of yourself and a few sentences (or more) about your experiences.


Jo Holland


Jo Holland is an artist who creates emphatic photographic images without a camera or film.  Jo was introduced to photography by her father, and went on to study its origins and experimental darkroom based photographers including Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy, delving into researching and exploring alternative ways to record light onto light sensitive paper.


Having always had a fascination with light, Jo creates original photographs via analogue process's that she further composes digitally to blend the classic with the contemporary.


Mark Osterman, Photographic Process Historian at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY, has explained 'the transcendental beauty of Jo's images is due to the combination of both transmissive and reflected light being recorded onto photographic paper'.


Her artworks are intuitively informed from her meditation practice and innate connection to nature that, regardless of her selected subject matter, celebrate beauty, elegance and grace.  She presents her emotive images for reflection and contemplation, encouraging us to become the observer of our relationship to ourselves, our true human nature, our relationships with nature and to re connect us to simple be.


Steve Weeks

Spike Mclarrity

Spike is a live art performance artist, painter, needle worker, film and photographer amongst many things he is also white rabbit. His work also includes working with different artists and performance artists in collaborations from across the world.  

Spike and his alter ego (I am white rabbit) has been known to sit on a wall by the river Thames in South West London, or appear on the boundaries of his community every first of the month.  This is an on going performance, greeting in the month ahead, based on the myth White rabbit, White rabbit, White rabbit.  Regardless if its raining, snowing, sunshine you will find the rabbit sitting greeting the morning traffic, people heading to work, school, college. He has been doing this since November 2015, waving from 7am until 8am. 


What is it I am not saying? 


This work grew out from my participation with THiNO when I recently collaborated with Zyggy - a young composer who is currently doing his masters.  This involvement has stirred up my creativity especially during a time when we are on lock down.  Within the art world there is a tendency to analyse artists' work, where in the performance world it is what it is: a live experience.  I wanted to explore this idea of making performance to camera with the concept of looking at what questions am I not asking? The title itself is an invitation, the pieces have evolved each day as I have set myself to do one performance a day to stop me from going totally into isolation as I have only been out four times since the shut down and spent the rest of the time at home, having also to deal with the limitations I am now faced with, now that all they neighbours are home, which restricts me of what I can do especially in my back garden that is also my studio.  This is a strange time for all of us.

Patricia Watson


From an early age I have been encouraged to draw and paint with works ranging from my first illustrated book (7), to murals in my various homes and now in the last decade to focus on producing mainly oil paintings, but also enjoying taking commissions for watercolour and ink works.   As a past Chairman and member of the Society of Fulham Artists & Potters (SoFAP) I have enjoyed the chance to experiment and explore subject matter so here is a collection of works ranging from landscapes and forests, through to seascapes, animals and the occasional still life.

I often take my oils, blank canvases and boards when holidaying with my husband and with my children and 9 grandchildren, when I find a quiet spot to paint en plein air.   More recently (not just because of Covid-19) I find myself indoors more, so I work from photographs of wonderful scenes and experiences plus my memory of those sunny, cold, warm, snowy or rainy days. Feel free to contact me regarding any commissions: or call: 07973 721859.


Tim Pond

Tim Pond’s artwork spans two decades of working in a wide range of different media and clients. He is particularly recognised for his dip pen and ink work which has appeared in the Guardian Newspaper and a wide range of publications. Sketching from nature has taken Tim from being an expedition artist in Alaska, to sketching leaves in a tropical forest in Mexico.

Toby Messer


After a successful career in advertising, Toby Messer decided to something different and wholly unpredictable – become an artist.  For the last eighteen years he has immersed himself in the wildness of Richmond Park, sketching, painting and recording the ever changing beauty of places such as Isabella Plantation.  


However, recording and painting natural landscapes is only a fraction of the story.  The unkempt beauty of Richmond Park is neatly complimented by more urban vistas; Toby is enchanted by electricity wires rail track ephemera and the sweeping majesty of the M4 corridor.  More often than not with a bright and very vivid palette.   


Closer to home, he likes to paint the familiar architecture of Barnes and its environs.  Namely, Barnes and Hammersmith Bridge.  His work has featured in several shows and galleries and he is an active member of the Barnes Art Society, having taken part in a number of exhibitions and the retail trail.  In addition to this, he immortalised Monty the Dachshund to claim Best in Show and The People’s choice in the ever popular Pet’s Portraits Show.  He has found himself on a journey that takes him in several unfamiliar directions but nevertheless he finds the challenges therein; rewarding.    

Arnhel de Serra


Arnhel is a reportage photographer whose work is comical, disruptive, political, humorous and colourful. He works on broad themes with more of a focus on personal observation than telling stories through photo essays. His focus on British Life is one of those themes he keeps returning to, as well as kickstarting a project on Life in Barnes.

Under the "Lockdown" he has turned his camera on his family to create a personal diary of daily life in the "de Serra" household.


Michelle Hawes

I studied at Southend College specializing in art and design then followed a successful  career in Women's Fashion. The skills I developed during this period have evolved into me becoming an eminent artist in SW London. Throughout my life I have been fascinated by the colour and form that nature takes on organically. As an artist I was compelled to capture the beauty that landscape and living creatures offer.

My inspiration comes from the River Thames and Richmond Park. I enjoy creating pictures in a painterly impressionist style with oils but also am fascinated with the organic tendencies of watercolour. I get a great sense of pride and fulfilment when paint, form and colour work well together and tell the story of the subject I am painting. Capturing the natural beauty of the earth’s tones, forms and shapes gives me enormous excitement. 

As an animal lover I especially enjoy painting pets. Encapsulating their personality is key and it evokes such pleasure. I develop my paintings with the hope that others immerse themselves in the beauty or personality of the subject I’ve painted and enjoy them as much as I do creating them.

Being part of the Barnes Artist Group has furthered my excitement in painting with my involvement in many local projects. I’m a member of The Society of Feline Artists and been on numerous artists holidays including one to South Africa painting the wild animals in the Kalahari Desert.


Lesley Sherrington

 I am particularly fond of the 1920's - 1940's and enjoy creating portraits from this era.  Part of my art is dressing up in the clothing from this era and creating a drawing or painting of myself.  During isolation I have been exploring other genre and will continue to work on these paintings during isolation.


I work full time as a successful interior design adviser in South West London , which I love.  I enjoy creating art, when I have time, which is, sadly, not a lot.  However, during isolation I have been inspired by my beautiful garden, really looking at the trees and plants and noticing the beauty and the shape of flowers that I had previously not really been aware of.  I therefore decided to create a memory of this beauty during this sad time in the style of Monet.  However, before I could do that, I needed to create a sketch of Monet's Water Lillie's, in order to understand how Monet painted, before painting a view of my garden in this style.  The coloured pencil portrait is of a young Vera Lynne from the 1930's.  Inspired by the words to the that famous song, so reminiscent of her, "We'll Meet Again".


In my own words, may I say, this is not the time for despair, this is the time to create and be there, with each other, and for everyone else out there.  Love to you all, take care.

I can create contemporary drawings from old photographs. If you have a photo(s) of a loved one and would like me to create a bespoke drawing just for you, then please email me on


Sarah Dickinson

Sarah Dickinson, previously graduated from Camberwell College of the Arts, draws her inspiration from landscape, still life and interiors.

Painting and drawing from observation she sometimes uses these pieces as a starting point for abstraction, hers is a painterly exploration of colour, light and movement. Working happily in oil, watercolour, pastel and gouache she is not hesitant to experiment with more unpredictable materials such as bleach and dyes, a nod at her textile training.

She enjoys the community of the life drawing room where the quiet intensity of drawing and painting allows her to develop her way of seeing.

I thought lockdown would lead to period of intense artistic activity so I was rather surprised and disappointed that what followed instead was a couple of weeks of total inertia.

Flitting from one project to another I felt overwhelmed so I decided to go gently and to look to the Masters. It would keep my drawing practise taught and keep me busy with some complicated images. The challenge is to keep authenticity to the composition of the paintings, not to copy but to reinterpret in my own language. I’m finding it an enjoyable and engrossing experience. What was a period of quarantine for me has become one of retreat.


Oliver March

"I started oil painting from a young age, self-taught and mainly doing landscapes. I stopped painting for a long period, but after recently starting a watercolour course at the OSO with my elderly mother I rediscovered the pleasure of drawing and painting again.

My teenage daughter is a keen artist and she wanted to try oil so I got the materials but inevitably it was me that started to work again in this medium. Lockdown made me appreciate those recent holidays abroad but perhaps more importantly the urban-countryside of Barnes and Lower Putney common. The early spring weather and the absence of plane and traffic noise have made these areas even more delightful to wander with the dog each day."

Candia Dixon-Stuart


I am a retired English teacher who wrote reviews for Poetry South and used to publish in reputable small presses, winning first prizes in international writing competitions. Over the years I have read my own work with poets such as Wendy Cope, Chris Logue, Matthew Francis and Ruth Padel. It was exciting to publish my own art and spirituality poetry anthology and to have it stocked by Blackwells, Oxford. (Its Own Place).

At school I won art prizes but chose to study English rather than going to art school. While I brought up my family I taught English in Sixth Form colleges and secondary schools so was always too busy marking to produce any artwork. For over twenty five years I sang in Yorkshire, travelling to Germany and France, with choirs and also singing solos.  This meant that Art was always relegated to the backburner.

When I retired to the Cotswolds, something exploded in me and now I cannot stop painting - except when I am trying to finish my novel! I like the Scottish Colourists and the Fauves, as well as Dufy and Cocteau.

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