As you may know, my pencil portrait A Lifetime of Laughter has been proudly hanging in the Victoria Art Gallery for the last couple of months, as a part of the Bath Society of Artists’ annual show. As this picture didn’t sell I am very happy to have welcomed her back home, so she now hangs on my studio wall once more.
I did receive good news about her stay though, it turns out that A Lifetime of Laughter was the runner up for the People’s Choice award. Although being runner up is not a recognised position, I was delighted to learn that she was so popular with visitors and that she had won the votes of many when she was amongst hundreds of other pieces of art. So thank you to anyone reading this who may have contributed to her success in this way, it really did make my day.
I will look forward to exhibiting this artwork again at some point, and till then I will be glad to have her cheerful company whilst I work. And if you would like a bit of extra laughter in your life, she is available as a framed original artwork, limited edition prints and on a greetings card.
I am delighted to say that my coloured pencil drawing An Apprentice of Indigo is a finalist in the SAA Artists of the Year 2021 competition. From thousands of entries it is one of 43 pictures in the Portrait or Figure category.
This little girl stole my heart the moment I first saw her, the combination of her innate confidence in her mischief, that smile and her wonky fringe meant I knew I had to draw her portrait. An Apprentice of Indigo is part of a pairing with my other portrait An Age of Indigo, such joy at both ends of the age spectrum from these women in their Vietnamese community.
Alongside various prizes which will be awarded by the Artists of the Year judges, there is also a People’s Choice vote, so if you want to check out the entries and place your vote for your favourite, you have till the 9th September 2021 to do so here (no registration is required).
I have been fortunate enough to have two of my pencil portrait submissions – Amur Leopard and A Lifetime of Laughter – highly commended in previous SAA Artists of the Year competitions, so to be recognised again and amongst so much talent is a huge compliment.
I was taking a well earned break and enjoying a cup of tea with the latest issue of The SAA’s Paint Magazine. When I turned the page I was thrilled to discover my pencil portrait A Lifetime of Laughter smiling back at me.
My drawing was Highly Commended in their Artists of the Year 2020 competition, which is a great honour as there are entries from so many artists whose work I admire.
Back in 2018 I also had the good fortune to receive the award of Highly Commended for my pencil portrait Amur Leopard which was also a finalist that year.
Entries for AOY 2021 are now open, so join me and enter too.
My pencil portrait A Lifetime of Laughter has received the accolade of Highly Commended in SAA Artists of the Year 2020. This annual competition attracts thousands of entries from an international pool of artists, so to be recognised is a great privilege.
You can see a gallery of all the winning and commended artworks on the SAA website here.
I am particularly proud to have received the award of Highly Commended as I received the same in the 2018 SAA Artists of the Year competition for my pencil drawing Amur Leopard.
A Lifetime of Laughter is currently being exhibited along with A Thirst for Life as a part of the Society of Women Artists exhibition. The show is open till 31st December 2020. SWA exhibitions are typically held at the Mall Galleries in London, however due to the exceptional circumstances and challenges of this year, the show is for the first time being held online, giving opportunity for a global audience to enjoy it. View my portraits and the works of my fellow women artists here, and take a moment to vote for your favourite to win the People’s Choice award.
I am thrilled to have had two artworks selected to be shown as a part of the Society of Women Artists’ 2020 exhibition.
My pencil drawings A Thirst for Life and A Lifetime of Laughter are part of the online exhibition and can be viewed along with work from my fellow women artists here
The show is open from the 22nd September till 31st December 2020. SWA exhibitions are typically held at the Mall Galleries in London, however due to the exceptional circumstances and challenges of this year, the show is for the first time being held online, giving opportunity for a global audience to enjoy it.
All works in the exhibition are available to purchase, and there will be a People’s Choice award amongst others, so enjoy the show and vote for your favourite piece.
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.
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.
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.