The Tring Trio of Jilli Jenkins, Mary Perkins and Sallie Miller have been painting together for more than 20 years but have all managed to retain their individual styles. Between them they cover at least 7 different mediums - textiles, metalwork, pottery, jewellery, stained glass, silk work and painting. For the past 9 years they have been exhibiting together in Tring during Bucks Open Studios (now Bucks Art Weeks).
Jilli Jenkins trained in Jewellery Design at Birmingham College of Art (Birmingham City University) in the late 60’s. Working in a variety of materials is important but painting is an abiding passion. Exploring the use of strong colour sometimes integrating a more muted palette is always visually interesting. Inspiration comes from a variety of sources but mostly paintings develop by extracting whatever is interesting in the world that she inhabits. Work is produced from her studios in the Chilterns and Normandy.
Mary Perkins trained at Watford College of Art and Design and went on to work as a graphic designer for many years. She now concentrates on stained glass, jewellery and painting. Mary is the organiser of the Wooburn Festival Visual Arts Exhibition and other charity exhibitions. She is also a member of Bucks Art Society and has exhibited at Bucks Art Weeks for many years as part of Tring Trio,
Sallie Miller returned to college to study City & Guilds Creative Embroidery, parts I & II, at Casio College Watford, when her daughters were at primary school. Since then her love of painting has developed and somewhat taken over! However, textile art has remained a part of her creative life. Her work is mainly derived from the natural world, be it abstract or representational.
She has been a regular exhibitor of her textiles, mixed media and paintings both, as an individual and with various groups. In addition she has taught in a variety of adult education centres.