What if…? Gallery

……in the heart of Dartford, Kent.


Some of our featured artists:

ELLY ELCOMBE Sheila Ottley Brenda Hamblin

RUTH HOWARD Christine Simmons Trevor Root

CAROL BARRY Francis Pyka TANYA OUTEN Jean Marriot

Ron Scutt ALBERT SMITH Ron Scutt Dan Lane (Mechanica) Doug Clarke

These are some of the artists that The What If…? Gallery has had the pleasure of working with in the past.  Please click on the paintings to enlarge the images.

From a very young age, Tanya was raised within an artistic environment and has always been surrounded by creativity. Inspired by the intensity and spirit of the colours of Asia, she aspires to accomplish a transcendental, ethereal experience within her abstract paintings. Completely self taught, Tanya prides herself in the detail and precision of the shapes created within her pieces. She works primarily with acrylics, watercolour, pastels and more recently, has incorporated the use of 23.5 carat gold leaf not only in her paintings but also to highlight her unique initial ’T’ wax seal signature.

A move to the Isle of Wight in 2014 saw her solo Inaugural Exhibition entitled “Road to Chiarezza” in August 2015, followed by her second exhibition, a collaboration, entitled “Mission Art Possible” in November 2015, Tanya returned to Kent in March 2016, where her third exhibition entitled ‘8’ was shown at the What…If? Gallery, Dartford in July of that year. She is regularly involved with supporting the work of the What If Gallery, furthermore helping to promote its’ artists, community groups and events.





I am pleased to say this painting has just been sold – it was first exhibited in our Bluewater pop up shop last Easter then taken home by Ron, and the lady has only just got around to ringing us to enquire and reserve it. It certainly is a beautiful picture. The new owner was delighted when she collected it and said “it is even better than I remembered”.
February 2017.


Carol Barry

Francis Pyka

Lee Nightingale

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Richard Slater

Richard is a well known and respected artist currently living and working in Kent. Turning professional since his first exhibition in 1978 and has never looked back, going on to sell numerous artworks in the UK as well as internationally.

Ruth Howard

Ruth Howard has worked in the Arts in Dartford for over 25 years. Her own art work mainly consists of watercolour images of flowers but she also works in pastel and sometimes oil. Ruth initiated the Watercolour workshops back in 2005-6 and is happy they are still as popular as ever. She has enjoyed every minute of tutoring, and seeing people develop a new hobby or encouraging those that want constructive advice on how to independently develop their art work.

She has exhibited in venues all over Kent in various locations and has sold many of her works both internationally and locally.

She is Trustee to the charity that administers the Gallery.
Principal Organiser of the what if…? Gallery
Secretary of Dartford Art Group.

Sheila Ottley

A landscape and figurative artist, who tries to reflect experiences that have affected her emotionally, and works from home in an attic studio using a sketchbook and photos as source material. Work concentrates on people, landscapes and townscapes, at home and abroad, using a variety of media such as pastel, oil, acrylic and watercolour.

Recent Exhibitions
What If Gallery Dartford – in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Notting Hill Gallery 5 – 2009
Mick Jagger Gallery Dartford – 2011

Exhibited and sold in the Royal Institute of Watercolour Exhibition Mall Galleries 2012 and the Pastel Society Exhibition Mall Galleries 2012.

Currently has work in the Alexander Llewellyn Gallery Waterloo.
Pre selected for the Threadneedle Prize 2012 and 2013.

3 thoughts on “Artists

  1. Hello, I work at North West Kent College. In the class I am helping in, the students need to compare different types of galleries including the cost of the paintings they sell. Would you be able to send me a price list of your current works or e-mail me the price ranges you sell.

    Many thanks
    Allison Mitchell

  2. 20th August – 1st September

    Artist’s Studio Clearance Sale

    Visitors to the What if Gallery (67-69 High Street Dartford DA1 1DJ) have a unique chance of acquiring works by veteran artist Chris Francis in a Studio Clearance Sale – an exhibition from a lifetime’s output. Features seascapes, riverscapes, harbour scenes, still life studies, rail scenes many based on local SE London and North West Kent as well as exotic overseas locations. There are also fine art etchings and relief prints as well as the unique Canned Heat series of images

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