Cub Scout has Sold
Cub Scout has found a new home, thanks to visitors to the ArtAbility exhibition at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens - fantastic show which is curated by and in aid of St.Teresas' Leonard Cheshire Home near Penzance. It is an honour to have been invited to take part in this exhibition, which features works by both residents of St.Teresas and local artists, and I am delighted to be able to support the excellent work that they do. Cub Scout, you will be missed, though I hope you watch over your new owners for many years to come
I am proud to have been invited to participate in the ArtAbility 2018 exhibition at the beautiful Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
This exhibition is a collaboration between residents at St.Teresa's Leonard Cheshire home near Penzance, and artists from across Cornwall.
Running from Tuesday 13th till Sunday 18th November, the exhibition is open from 11am - 4pm each day.
Entry to the exhibition is free, and could be coupled with exploring the sculpture gardens or heading further afield in West Cornwall, with the knowledge that you are supporting the great work of all at St.Teresa's.
Lupo meets Lupo
For the joy that your work brings a mere thank you doesn't seem enough. Once again you have exceeded expectations.'
Amur Leopard is Highly Commended
My pencil drawing Amur Leopard has been highly commended in the SAA Artist of the Year competition!
The artwork will first be exhibited at the SAA HQ in Nottingham, and then at Birmingham NEC at the International Craft and Hobby Fair in November. Amur Leopard will be seen by thousands of people, a wonderful opportunity for me to highlight the possibilities of the humble pencil and paper.
Lupo - Commissioned Pastel Portrait
The very handsome Lupo is a much loved pet, and the subject of my latest commission. This is the second time that I have been commissioned to create a portrait of a black poodle, the first was one of my earliest artworks as a professional artist, and I will never forget just how challenging I found the subject. There is something about those tight curls and the particularly black black of their hair that really keeps you looking and working extra hard.
In contrast to the previous black poodle which I drew in pencil, Lupo here is created in pastel on velour paper, which really adds to the velveteen appearance, making you want to reach out and stroke him.
I hope that this portrait made the recipient's birthday all the more special, and that Lupo will enjoy having his image hanging on the wall in the family home for all to enjoy.
GCSE Student's Art Inspired by Joy Portrait
I recently had the pleasure of a very talented young artist called Eyanah joining me on a Learn to Draw workshop. I am thrilled to learn that Eyanah chose my art for a mini GCSE project which required her to reproduce one of my artworks. This is her incredible pencil drawing, inspired by Joy, and I couldn't be more impressed!
Anyone who draws will appreciate just how much work has gone into this, and the skill and attention to detail that is demonstrated. Eyanah, you are a wonderful artist and have a fabulous future ahead of you! And thank you for allowing me to share this, I am sure you will inspire many.
Sasha - Commissioned Pastel Portrait
This portrait of Sasha was commissioned to accompany a pastel portrait that was painted of her great grandmother, Doris, when she was the same age. Such a beautiful way to connect the generations. I delivered this portrait to its Cornish home by the sea, and saw where Sasha's portrait will hang once framed - directly above the very chair that Doris sat on of an evening throughout her adult life.
As an artwork, it was the steepest learning curve I have found myself on for some years. I decided to try a traditional style, verdaccio, where you start with a green underpainting to balance the warmer pinks of the skin. And also I used a sanded paper which was completely new to me. The next time I play with new ideas, I will do so on a portrait that isn't a commission and save myself a lot of added stress. That said, it was a wonderful opportunity to challenge myself as an artist, and verdaccio and I will, I hope, become good friends in time.
Amur Leopard Finalist in SAA Artist of the Year 2018
My pencil drawing, Amur Leopard, has been selected as a finalist in the The SAA Artist of the Year 2018 competition! It is entered in the category of Animal or Wildlife so I have no doubt that the competition will be steep. The original artwork will very soon be heading to The SAA headquarters to join the other finalists for the next round of judging.
This was a very challenging picture to draw as anyone who has subjected themselves to drawing that much fur and white whiskers will appreciate, so I hope it withstands close scrunity by the panel. Fingers crossed!
Greetings cards featuring Amur Leopard and also limited edition prints of this and other artworks are available to purchase.
Heart of Stone Longlisted for JOPP 2018
On Good Friday I received the very good news that my drawing Heart of Stone has been chosen as one of 350 artworks for the Jacksons Open Painting Prize 2018 longlist.
JOPP is an international competition with an extremely high standard of entries. I highly recommend viewing the longlist gallery here.
The shortlist as selected by a panel of judges will be announced on the 26th April, very best of luck to all my fellow artists with the next round!
Prizes will be awarded for a number of categories, including the People's Choice Award. If you would like to vote for Heart of Stone, your support would be very much appreciated. Voting closes on the 29th April 2018.
The inspiration for this artwork began when I found the starring stone. I was sat at Caerhays, a nearby beach here in Cornwall, and after some time spied the stone half buried by my feet. I was thrilled to discover it was so perfectly shaped, and appreciated it all the more as it lifted the mood that had been weighing heavily on me. The image itself was made possible thanks to my friend John who hand modelled so excellently, and Paul who took exactly the photograph I had hoped for. It was many years before my artistic ability matched the idea I had for the artwork, so I drew in stages, every few months, till I could finally complete my vision.
If you would like a little Heart of Stone in your life, it is available as greetings cards and limited edition giclee prints. Any queries, just get in touch.
Cornish Galleries Representation
Cornish Galleries makes it easy for businesses to enjoy curated collections by local professional artists. I am delighted to have been selected to be amongst the first artists whom are being represented. This new model of renting original art, along with the full curating service, ensures the client has the best of contemporary Cornish art and the artists enjoy sharing their work with a wider audience. www.cornishgalleries.com