Born in 1965, Peter grew up in rural Staffordshire. He studied at North Staffordshire Polytechnic and gained his degree from Wolverhampton Polytechnic. After graduation he freelanced as an artist and card designer, but in 1990 he decided to devote himself full time to painting. In 2004 Peter's outstanding talent won him a place in the final of the DeMontfort New Artist Competition. His prize was a publishing contract, taking his status as a professional artist onto a whole new level.
Now based in North Devon Peter works in a studio attached to his home. He finds living close to the sea a great source of inspiration, and his quirky character pieces often include some coastal references. He also cites a range of influences including jazz, most particularly such larger-than-life stars as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Courtney Pine. Like them his work is virtuosic, deceptively simple, and delightfully accessible. To sum up, as one collector describes it, ?sophisticated whimsy!?
Painting in heavy bodied acrylics on high weight water colour paper, his palette is characterised by soft browns, mochas, creams and golds, while occasional splashes of red bring the whole piece into focus. His work is held in collections all over the world.
Charlotte was born in the great naval city of Plymouth in 1973 and grew up with a natural fascination for the sea. After training to be an illustrator at the University of Derby and Hereford College of Art, her love of coastal life drew her to Scotland where she was invited to become Artist in Residence at a rural centre for the arts.
Since becoming a professional artist Charlie has showcased her work throughout the South of England and has enjoyed numerous successful exhibitions in London, York, Inverness, Galloway and Dallas, Texas. Following her success at the Fine Art Trade Guilds Awards in 2000, where she was awarded the prestigious title of ?Artist Exhibition Winner', her work attracted a great deal of attention leading to the publication of her first collection of limited editions, which sold out in a matter of weeks.
Charlie's highly decorative mixed-media creations combine oils, pastels and inks and explore the energy created by colour and its effects in our emotions. Although semi-abstract, the inspiration of the ocean is clearly discernible in her work, as misty figures seem to float through a silent and solitary underwater dreamworld.
?Painting is all about emotion and I hope that my work conveys even a small amount of the feeling that I put into it.?
Born in Leicester in 1969 Adam showed an early artistic talent which would eventually lead him to graduate from Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone with a First Class Honours Degree.
Following his graduation in 1992 Adam worked on several freelance projects for Art Galleries and magazines whilst developing his distinctive style. In 1996 he decided to commit himself to painting on a full time basis. His confidence was soon rewarded by invitations to exhibit at many prestigious galleries throughout the UK and the highly successful launch of his range of limited editions and original silkscreen prints. Adams first major London Exhibition was held at Harrods Picture Gallery in June 1998. Enjoyed by a large number of specially invited guests, the show was a resounding success.
Adam draws his inspiration from the romantic element of the world around us, and describes his work as a natural slant from story-telling. His unique view of life, characterised by stylised images, rich colours and thought provoking narratives, continue to take the art world by storm.
Despite his youth, Adams tremendous talent has already gained him the prestigious John Solomon Trophy for Best Selling Artist of 1998, Best Up And Coming Artist for 1999 and three nominations for Best-Selling Published Artist 2000, 2001 and 2002 by the Fine Art Trade Guild. Demand for Adams original paintings continues to grow and his limited editions sell out on publication, but he is still seeking new outlets for his ideas. His latest venture is a series of sculptures based on some of the best-loved characters from his existing artwork, which will no doubt bring him yet more well deserved success.
"There is a tranquillity in my pictures which stems from a combination of inherent simplicity and lyrical narrative"
Nicky's background is in fashion and textile design. Having graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1991, she moved into a highly specialised career as a milliner. Here her exceptional skills helped her to build a loyal and substantial client base amongst both private buyers and major agencies. In 1997, Nicky decided to focus her creative talents in two entirely new areas ? fine art painting and interiors. With a wide network of contacts made over the previous six years she found a ready audience, and with their encouragement she finally gained the confidence to concentrate full time on her drawing and painting. Nicky's passion for pattern, texture, form and colour are apparent in all aspects of her work. Highly textured handmade papers and vibrant coloured inks form an effective medium for her enchanting subjects; the inks bleed into the paper in a manner reminiscent of fabric painting; a trademark of Nicky's work that owes a lot to her background! Cats, dogs, handbags, shoes, furniture... just about anything that is found around the house has been turned into something memorable by her witty and observant hand. A genuine outdoor girl, Nicky's mountain biking, snowboarding and hiking have brought her into close contact with some magnificent scenery which has inspired her latest venture: a stunning set of seascapes on wood and canvas. Bold and imaginative, she adds a range of iridescent paints to the acrylics, altering the effect of each piece; as the light changes the image seems to fade along with the day.
?I am thrilled to be able to put a smile on someone else's face through my art!?
Chris Bennett was born in London in 1957 and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in the early 80s under Euan Uglow, Geoffrey Camp and Phil Sutton. He has exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Show and with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries, London. His current works are to be seen in prestigious galleries around the UK.
A notable commission is a portrait of Sir William Hawthorne, now in the collection of Churchill College, Cambridge who, with Sir Frank Whittle, designed the first jet engine. Chris paints an internal world, a distillation of something seen or half glimpsed in life, which is digested and later realised as a formal image; he is painting an ideal, not an idea. The paintings are the outcome of giving an external shape to an internal experience.
Looking back at his pictures, Chris recognizes the events that occur in them and remembers them taking place before him, the way one remembers the first meeting with people whom one comes to love most dearly.
To give pictorial expression to these events is what guides these paintings to their realisations. For Chris, there must always be a seed, the grain of sand in the oyster which symbolises what is most important in the artists eyes, that is alive and continues to live in oneself as the picture is born and grows.
James was born in Manchester in 1966 into an artistic family. At school he was considered outstanding and from a very young age he was actually taken out of lessons to paint. He received commissions from staff and parents and as a teenager he was runner up in a major art competition. So in the matter of a career choice he says quite simply, "there was no choice!"
After studying at Tameside College of Art James set up his studio in Cheshire. As a result of featuring in a series of successful one-man shows in th local area, he quickly established a formidable reputation in the artistic community as a creative and versatile young talent.
In the early days James was inspired by unconventional outdoor scenes that combined interesting shapes, textures and colours; a particular favourite was his local scrapyard, especially on a rainy day. He liked to explore the idea of man's incursion on the environment and the obvious next step for his work was the cityscape. With success came the opportunity to travel the world in his quest to absorb the sights, sounds and atmospheres of his chosen subjects, and this experience has informed his stunning depictions of New York as well as various European locations .
James loves to experiment with art materials and creates his atmospheric images in a wide variety of media. He exhibits in galleries in Europe, the USA and across the UK and has a range of prestigious private and corporate collectors. His work in on show in the boardrooms of such prestigious companies as BT and Siemens.
James's powerful, ultra-stylish compositions stop us in our tracks as effectively as the speeding Ferraris they portray. A striking example of modern male success, James is talented, innovative and competitive, with that traditional masculine weakness for the sexier things in life ? particularly fast cars. His images contrast the myriad greys of sidewalks and skyscrapers with occasional ventures towards the bolder end of the spectrum. To achieve this distinctive look, James approached a bespoke pastel manufacturer and had over 50 different shades of grey individually created ranging from oyster to ash, from iron to dove, from seawashed pebbles to cloudy skies. These allow him to describe every nuance of concrete, smoke and sky to stunning effect with minimal use of the more conventional range of colours, a stylistic achievement which has won him a unique place on the contemporary art market.
Louise discovered her talent for art and design at school, where she specialised in screen printing. Having completed an Art Foundation Course at Portsmouth College of Art, she embarked on a 4 year Degree in Media and Production Design at the London College of Printing. After graduation in 1991 she spent several months travelling around Central America, which was to have a strong influence on her distinctive use of both colour and shape. Returning from her travels, Louise settled into a career in graphic design back in London. Although her creative talent was effective in the commercial world, she was keen to strike out as a designer and artist in her own right, and spent her free time producing handmade cards and illustrations which were successfully sold through a number of retail outlets including Harvey Nichols. She also undertook a number of commissions for corporate Christmas cards. Then in May 1997 she moved to Hampshire and decided to go it alone as a full-time professional artist. Over the past six years Louise has developed a style of painting which, although expressive, is firmly rooted in her design background. Her high-impact oils on board are predominantly figurative; they encapsulate the energy and buzz of a crowded scene in a manner that is both stylised and beautifully observed. The overwhelming love of the sea which took her back to the South Coast is reflected throughout her work, but we can also see a great affection for human interaction in a variety of social and public situations. Since turning professional Louise had not looked back. Her artwork is currently showing in prestigious galleries all over the country (including the Harrods Picture gallery) and she has a number of celebrity admirers, the best known of whom is Martin Clunes.
Susan Br own
Susan was born in Yorkshire and graduated from Leeds with a BA Honours degree in Three Dimensional Design in 1979. She went on to become a highly respected interior designer but in her spare time worked on her personal passion, fine art painting.
Now an established artist, Susan creates bold and vibrant images which present what she describes as the real world. She sees them as an interpreted record of life through architectural studies of existing surroundings. These explore the mathematics, rhythm and movement within structures and the relationship between man and the built environment in an exciting and immediate style. Her background in design has given her an exceptional command of colour, texture and pattern, which gives these images a dual quality of technical and aesthetic beauty.
Susan is an elected member of both the Chartered Society of Designers and the Society of Architectural Illustrators. Official recognition has also come in the form of awards at the Laing Art Competition, Hunting Art Prizes and Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Competition. Her paintings can be found in a number of prestigious collections including those of Dame Janet Baker, the Sir George Martin Trust, Arthur Anderson, Benningbrough Hall, The National Trust, Halifax plc, Natwest Bank and Provident Financial.
A J Callan
Born in Glasgow in 1958, my childhood was surrounded by the new confidence and optimism of 60's Britain. Carnaby Street, the Beatles and jobs for everyone! I was constantly exposed to new ideas, sounds and fashions. Everyone was encouraged to let their imagination run free. From a young age I immersed myself in art. I was just as happy sitting with a drawing pad for hours on end as I was playing football with my brothers. My mother was responsible for my interest in art; being an avid crossword fan she used to doodle whilst solving the cryptic clues and I picked up on this from an early age. At school I was as excited about the art lessons as I was about dinner time.
I often forgot to come home on time after becoming totally engrossed in a painting. Art College followed school and I spent a total of 5 years studying both fine art and graphic design. On leaving college, I entered the world of advertising. Many years working on commercial material did not erode my passion for fine art. I continued to produce pieces in my own time, experimenting with different medium and subject matter. I realised that in order to follow my dream I had to make an important decision. I chose to commit myself fully to my passion for fine art and became a full time artist in 2005, a decision I have never regretted.
Born in Tanganyika, East Africa to an Austrian mother and Scottish father, Pam moved to Scotland at the age of thirteen. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in the seventies and immediately embarked on a career in teaching. After being based in Braidfeild High School for four years, she took a year out to study in Chicago, then spent a further two years teaching art in the glorious setting of the Seychelles. From the mid-eighties she taught in various colleges until in August 2004 she gave up her academic career to concentrate on painting full time.
Pam's dazzling seascapes originate on the rugged West Coast of Scotland with its isolated cottages and wild colours and amongst the majestic cliffs and fishing villages of the East Coast. In her own words: "A sense of a place is important in my work but for me it's not about capturing a scene with complete accuracy. Sometimes it is the elements and the untamed force of nature that inspire, but more than anything it is the essential quality of the light which can be found in the Scottish land and seascape. I often interpret the scene with abstract elements allowing the paint to work for me. I translate this light in terms of contrast and colour - often bold but always with subtlety and balance. I ultimately want to create a visual sensation and pleasing image."
Pam's award winning artwork is held in an impressive range of private and corporate collections. She has also held numerous solo exhibitions throughout Britain and in the USA and has participated in several group shows including the Royal Scottish Society (RSA), the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI), Visual Arts Scotland (VAS), and the Paisley Art Institute (PAI). She gained an award from each of the latter three venues.
Born in Brazil in 1960, Henderson grew up in a small village near Maringa. His talent for painting was clear from as early age, but he never considered pursuing a career as an artist. Instead he entered the banking profession and continued to enjoy painting as a hobby. By the mid 1980s however, Henderson had become convinced that art meant more to him than banking! In 1986 he moved to London in order to study painting, and to make his passion his profession. He has never looked back and now paints full time in his London studio.
A seasoned traveller, Henderson has spent time in Europe, Australia and of course his native South America. While he loves the ocean and has always found it a source of inspiration and joy, he is also a true city-dweller, and many of his most inspirational works feature scenes from the world's most beautiful cities. Painting in acrylic, oil or watercolour on canvas, Henderson's trademark palette utilises cool, soft tones to convey the atmosphere of his subject. His works are regularly displayed in London galleries and at international art fairs.
?I love the effect that weather has on the urban landscape and must confess to a particular fondness for the rain! Not only does it cast interesting shadows and reflections on the slick sidewalks, but it also dictates the stance of the figures. Their slightly defensive postures and hunched shoulders lend a very specific, and to my mind curiously engaging, mood to the overall scene.?
I was born in Glasgow in 1967 and lived there until the age of six, after which my family moved to Lincoln and where I still live today. My passion for painting started at the age of thirteen when my mother bought me my first set of paints and from there my love for painting grew. Art was the only subject I was ever interested in at school.
My first job as an artist was as a graphic artist for Lincoln City Council. I then moved on to a Games Workshop Design studio in Nottingham working on their monthly Magazine 'White dwarf'. I worked with some very experienced artists there and was always asking them for advice and recommendations. Working there gave me so much experience and helped me develop my painting style. I always remember the train journey in the morning where I'd be constantly gazing out of the window looking at the sky for ideas and inspiration. I later started work at a theatre design company and it was then when I decided I wanted art to be my full time career.
Sheree Valentine Daines
Sherree was born in Effingham in Surrey. After completing her early
education she undertook a fine art course at the Epsom School of Art. As soon as she graduated she set about persuading local institutions to exhibit her work and her success was immediate. She soon came to the notice of the art world and won a number of accolades including the Young Artist of the Year Award from the Royal Society.
Over the course of her impressive career Sherree has become one of the UK's most collectable contemporary artists; with a discerning international following of art lovers, she enjoys an unrivalled reputation in the international arena. Her impressionistic approach lends a unique charm to each stunning, figurative composition, her subtle hand blending each detail into a creation of captivating elegance.
Sherree's formidable talent has made her a favourite with many celebrity collectors, notably several members of the British Royal Family. She has enjoyed a range of prestigious commissions including one from the MCC to paint the Ashes series at each of the test grounds. Many famous names in the world of show-business have sat for her including Joanna Lumley, John Sessions and Michael Parkinson. She was also commissioned to paint portraits of Jonny Wilkinson and Martin Johnson for a pair of commemorative Limited Editions (signed by both artist and player) celebrating England's World Cup Victory; the Original of Jonny Wilkinson was bought by the man himself.
Sherree prefers to use oil on canvas as she finds this to be the purest and ?most painterly? medium available to her. She has exhibited at the Tate Gallery, the Barbican, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Laing Landscape Exhibition, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Watercolour Society, the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, the New English Art Club, the National Society of Painters, the United Society of Painters and the Pastel Society. Sherree's work is also in the Lord's Museum and is held in many private collections all over the world.
Born in London in 1938, David Farrant has built a reputation as one of the finest painters of portraiture in the country. Following his training at Central St. Martin's, London, David embarked on an impressive career which has included exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery (where he was a finalist in the John Player Award for Portraiture1989) and at the Mall Gallery in London with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He has also undertaken over 20 portrait commissions and has work in private collections all over the world.
Keith was born in London in 1962. Although he exhibited an unusual talent for drawing and painting as a child, he was talked into pursuing a ?safe? career by teachers. After a few years however, his innate love of art and design drove him to take a bold step and he quitted his job to embark on a lengthy period of artistic study. After gaining both a diploma and a degree he went on to achieve an impressive MA in Art and Design, specializing in drawing. During this intense period of learning, Keith also gained a broad range of professional experience in a number of design-related areas until he decided to devote all his energies to fine art and officially became a full time artist.
Carol was born in Lancashire in 1961 and studied art in Brighton. After working as an illustrator on a variety of projects she finally decided to devote herself to a career as a full time fine artist. Now based in Surrey she paints from a studio in her home and specialises in dramatic and humorous animal portraits.
Carol travels to County fairs for inspiration and often accosts dog walkers when she sees a dog that she would like to paint. Due to the nature of her work (or rather the nature of her sitters) she tends to make extensive use of photographs that she feels best capture the individual identity of the animal in question. These allow her to achieve an informal, composed painting which is both a realistic likeness and a uniquely distinctive interpretation.
Carol prefers to work in oil on canvas. Over-painting thin layers of oils she slowly builds up the image, closely cropping the actual subject to maximize its impact and presenting it against a solid background of vibrant colour. She employs the medium of oil because it adds such depth to each image, enabling her to portray the texture of an animal's coat, the shadows of its muscle tone, and especially its personality which she believes can be conveyed through the expression in its eyes.
Carol's work has been exhibited widely across the UK and Europe and she has undertaken a variety of impressive commissions for individuals and corporations. In 2006 she was awarded first prize in the prestigious DeMontfort New Artist competition.
Philip was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1959. From the age of 5 he loved art, and one of his earliest memories is being tutored in figurative drawing by a family friend, Trevor Scott, the founder of the renowned College of Art and Design in Dublin.
At the age of 16, Philip left school and joined the Irish Navy. Once he had established himself as a naval diver, he began to paint at sea and soon became prolific. He had the great advantage of having a unique perspective on Irish landscapes and seascapes as viewed from the Atlantic Ocean.
The magic in Philip's art lies in his ability to use his artistic creativity as a natural form of communication. With the extraordinary beauty of the mountainous western island, Ireland, as his inspiration, Philip's art provides us with the opportunity, albeit momentarily, to remove ourselves from the chaos of day to day life and appreciate the ordered beauty of nature.
After 17 years in the Navy, and with much encouragement from his wife and family, Philip relinquished his naval career and took the bold step of setting up on his own as an artist. His success was such that he has since become one of Ireland's most celebrated living artists. Philip's work is sold all over the world and his celebrity collectors include
Bill Clinton and George W Bush.
Born in Glasgow in 1952, Joe Hargan studied drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art.
Joe has exhibited regularly since the early 1970's at such prestigious venues as London's Royal Academy, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Glasgow Institute of Art, the Royal Society of Watercolors, the Royal Scottish Academy of Art, the Paisley Art Institute and the British Watercolor Society. In 1985 he became a member of the Paisley Art Institute and in 1989 he was voted Chairman and President, a post he held for 11 years. In 1996 Joe was awarded the Paisley Art Institute diploma for the quality of his paintings and his service to Scottish art.
Joe's paintings, while remarkable for their diversity, are immediately recognisable and follow the rich tradition of vibrant, bold colourist Scottish paintings. He draws inspiration from many sources ranging from Italian renaissance art through to the vast tracts of colour seen in the work of Mark Rothko. The well-loved character 'Sniffy' has been a feature of his images for many years, and is now known and collected the world over.
In the course of his long and successful career Joe has been awarded a significant number of art prizes reflecting and rewarding the quality and breadth of his talent, as follows: Contemporary Painting Prize, Glasgow School of Art, 1972 First Prize, National Competition - Stirling Smith Art Gallery, 1978 Cargill Art Award, Royal Glasgow Institute, 1982 Torrance Award, Royal Glasgow Institute, 1984 Meyer Oppenheim Award, Royal Scottish Academy of Art, 1986 Hunting Art Group Prizewinner, Mall Galleries, 1988 The Paisley Art Institute Award, 1993 The Contemporary Fine art award, The Paisley Art Institute, 2001 Maude Gemmell Hutchison Prize, Royal Scottish Academy of Art 2002 William Bowie Award, Paisley Art Institute 2002 His work is shown all over the world and his collectors range from the Kuwaiti Royal Family to the BBC.
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Rolf has always loved art; Even before he went to Primary School, whenever anyone asked him "What are you going to be when you grow up?" his immediate response was "An artist!".
At the age of twenty-two, Rolf moved to London on what was supposed to be a year's study leave, financing himself through four exhibitions of his work held in Australia. He immediately enrolled at the City & Guilds Art School in London, intending to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and become a portrait painter. After a chance meeting with the Australian impressionist painter 'Bill' Hayward Veal, however, he began attending an art course run by Veal and soon became his protégé.
In the mid 1950's, for two years running, some of Rolf's paintings were featured in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. While painting continued to be a private passion of his, it was for his television and stage performances that Rolf became a household name. In recent years Rolf has devoted more time to painting and has had a number of one-man shows, including the Rolf on Art exhibition at the National Gallery.
Rolf's BBC television series Rolf on Art achieved the highest television ratings ever for a UK arts programme. Rolf hosted television's biggest ever Arts event with a live BBC special titled Rolf on Art: The Big Event, in which he joined the public in recreating a large-scale version of Constable's 'Haywain' in Trafalgar Square. The massive event was such a huge success that the BBC staged two further Rolf on Art: The Big Event specials in Edinburgh and London.
Rolf has been awarded the OBE, is a member of the Order of Australia and has won many awards for his work in the entertainment industry. Recently he was made an honorary member of the Royal Society of British Artist.
This year saw Rolf Harris unveil his portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, commissioned by the BBC to celebrate her eightieth birthday; this portrait was the subject of a BBC ONE programme The Queen, by Rolf which was screened on New Year's Day 2006.
Born in Manchester in 1968, Rob was a true free spirit from the very beginning. Desperate to follow an artistic career he found discouragement round every corner, with the exception of his art teacher who recognised that his childish drawings of dinosaurs were something rather special! Ignoring the advice of his elders, he gained a place at university to study for a degree in illustration, but after a year he began to feel constrained by the limitations of the course and decided to go it alone.
Rob spent a challenging year putting together a portfolio, then set out to find work utilising his design skills in order to finance his dream of being an artist. His exceptional versatility as a designer and illustrator won him a number of major contracts, ranging from high profile advertising campaigns to providing the artwork for childrens books, and he soon found himself in the gratifying position of making a large amount of money from doing something he really enjoyed. Yet he never allowed his considerable success to deflect him from his original aim of becoming a full time artist, and continued to spend much of his spare time painting.
Rob is always on the look out for new styles and techniques to dissect, and his work grows and changes as he absorbs a broad range of influences. His latest figurative pieces are beautifully composed depictions of day to day meetings and conversations. Each image is a fascinating blend of intricate foreground detail with broader brush strokes used to create an atmospheric back drop. They have been greeted with great acclaim on the fine art market, confirming his position as one of the most exciting rising stars on the contemporary art scene!
Alan Hunt began painting at the age of eight, when his mother gave him a box of paints to occupy him as he recuperated from an illness. He started off painting birds, which had fascinated him from an early age, but soon moved on to capture on canvas the natural world around him.
First studying art at Middlesbrough Art College, Alan then decided to study zoology at Leeds College and Bristol University. His first solo exhibition was held in his home town of Redcar at the age of 18 and, since then, his work has been shown in museums, galleries, public and private collections world-wide.
Alan has received international acclaim, winning The Society of Animal Artists' USA Award of Excellence on four occasions and The Wildlife Art Society's UK Best Artist On Show for three consecutive years. He has been the lead artist at five exhibitions in the US, and in 1998 was the first non-American to be voted on to the American Wildlife Art Hall Of Fame. In 1999, he was chosen as Artist of the Year for the Florida Wildlife Art Expo. His work continues to attract huge interest at major auctions including Sotheby's, Bonhams and Christie's. Alan continues to teach field painting and lead study trips across the globe.
Speaking about his work, Alan commented, ?As a wildlife artist and conservationist, I have grave concerns for the environment and believe it needs as much support as I can possibly give, whether financially or as a spokesman.
?I share these convictions with many like-minded people around the world ? but over the years, I have come to realise that the ?major powers' of this world are determined to destroy all life either directly or indirectly! Selling armaments indiscriminately, and hence fuelling wars, may reduce or control a small proportion of the world's population, but wars are disastrous for the environment.
?Wars hit third-world countries hardest, making them poorer and this in turn increases the misuse of the environment, as its easier and cheaper to cut and burn forests and kill all wildlife than to manage the land well for future generations. We need farming expertise and equipment not weaponry!
We must protect this planet, its wildlife and the environment that we are now an integral part of?.
Roger Hutchings was born in Middlesex in 1943 into a family where artistic endeavor was as much a part of day-to-day life as breathing. His mother was well versed in an impressive range of arts and crafts, whilst his father was an extremely talented painter who spent much of his spare time sharing his love for painting with his three sons.
At the age of 10 Roger sadly lost his father, but continued to develop his own artistic education. When Roger left school his artistic skills had been so finely honed that he immediately found a position working as an illustrator for a publications company. At the age of 20, he and his brother decided to set up a studio together in the heart of Soho. London in the swinging sixties was an exciting place to be, and they were overwhelmed with work in the fields of design, animation and book illustration
At the beginning of the 1970s, Roger relocated to Yorkshire, having never been north of Watford Gap. He worked here for ten years as an Art Director until the company he worked for was taken over and he was forced to look at his life and decide what would be best for him and his family. It was at this time he decided to go back to the drawing board as he craved more creativity. He now lives in Bath where he paints in his own studio overlooking green fields and can give his full attention to painting for pleasure.
Hutch as he is now known creates charming images that present a range of engaging characters in intriguing situations that capture the viewers imagination. His unique use of colour and shape provide a contemporary backdrop illustrating his distinctive style.
Winner: Best Selling Published Artist at the
Fine Art Trade Guild Awards 2005
"The most popular living artist in the UK"
BBC TV National News
Born in Bristol in 1972, Doug became aware of his artistic talent at an early age. Throughout his school and college education he concentrated on the technical side of drawing and painting, but after graduation he was in no doubt as to his chosen career, that of a professional artist.
Doug prefers to produce his distinctive artwork on a large scale, in order to achieve maximum impact with each piece. He also enjoys operating in plenty of space, thus allowing himself enough physical freedom to express the creative energy that is the key to his fresh, contemporary style. His unorthodox use of pastels applied with
fingers and thumbs or even the side of a hand or wrist allows him to create highly communicative and engaging images that make an immediate and lasting impression on the viewer.
Recently named as the UK's official best selling artist, Doug has been featured on television both on the BBC national news and on Channel 4 as well as on local television and local and national radio describing his unique technique and talking about the people and events that inspire his heart-warming images. Inspired by his own emotional responses to life, Doug's intention is to provoke a positive response in others; his success in this aim can be seen not only by the huge impact his work has made on the British and international art scene, but also by the money he has raised for two important charities ? ?Look Good?Feel Better? and Families for Children? - through the sale of his artwork. The extraordinary rise from virtual unknown to the most popular living artist in the UK has been meteoric, and his stunning original pastels have become genuine collectors' items.
Simon Kenevan was born in London in 1963, but while he was still a child he moved to the south coast of England. He has fond memories of these idyllic early days, describing himself as free-spirited, running barefoot in the sand and climbing trees. At a young age when his family separated, Simon learnt to be self sufficient and self contained. This independence has remained with him ever since, and has been in part responsible for the poignant and reflective qualities in his paintings.
After leaving school in 1982 Simon joined the crew of a fishing boat, reaffirming his lifelong relationship with the sea. As soon as he managed to save enough money he bought a 14ft rowing boat, fulfilling his ambition to work alone and become closer to the natural environment. It is from this time in his life that he dates the start of his real love affair with the elements, becoming aware of the inspiring majesty of the sea and sky, and the sheer power of the wind. Although both his parents were artists, art did not feature as a tangible part of his life, yet the solitude brought about by his work gave rise to much thought and observation, and sowed the seed for his future career.
As time passed Simon began to translate some of this experience into artistic compositions, and discovered an amazingly rich talent. In 2003 he settled in the USA and a whole new world opened up for him. Here he encountered a school of painters, the "Sublime" movement, that was to have an immense influence on his artistic path. These pioneering 19th century artists were attracted by the scenic breadth of the diverse continent of North America. As Simon says, "I know that I experience the landscape with the same spiritual intensity as these artists did, and like them, I aim to inject that divine inspiration into every piece of work I produce."
Simon is now creating the finest work of his career and has been named as a finalist in the DeMontfort New Artist Competition 2006. His inspirational pastel seascapes are sold across Europe and the USA.
Rebecca was born in Swanage, Dorset in 1971. After completing an Art Foundation Course she graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA Honours degree in Illustration. She went on to build a highly successful career as an artist and illustrator, fulfiling commissions for a number of high-profile clients including Paul McCartney's Music Academy, as well as a range of magazines and record sleeves.
Influenced by Cornish artist Alfred Wallis, Rebecca's distinctive oils on canvas are beautifully depicted portrayals of life on the land and the sea. The large ensemble cast of figures, boats and sea birds creates an impression of ceaseless activity, and this is heightened by the natural curves of the classic English harbour which provide movement and energy. Her palette is based strongly on the colours of the sea, with blues, greens and greys dominating the entire canvas.
Rebecca is now able to devote more time to her painting and has travelled the world from Ireland to India undertaking prestigious corporate commissions. She has exhibited in a range of high calibre galleries in the UK, Europe and the USA and her evocative oils sell to collectors from all over the world.
Born in London in 1947 Tony was brought up in a post-war society where the public perception of art was altering on a daily basis. Obviously talented even from an early age, Tony spent his free time drawing and painting from imagination rather than life. He hoped to take up some kind of artistic career so embarked on a three year course entitled "Studio Practice". Here he learned many things, not least how to illustrate in a range of styles, and he has made a living ever since working on an extraordinary array of books and illustration projects. At the same time he was pursuing his personal agenda - that of becoming a professional "fine" artist painting for himself rather than fulfilling commissions for others.
In 2005 Tony's work was spotted by DeMontfort Fine Art, the UK's leading international art publisher, who immediately saw its potential to win over the nation's art lovers. Tony's fascinating personality and innate sense of fun which shines through in everything he does immediately wowed the team of directors!
Now based in Norfolk, Tony has a studio in his home where he spends his time gathering inspiration from such disparate sources as a solo dance by Fred Astaire, the swing of a stylish coat on a beautiful woman, and even the big philosophical questions that haunt us all in modern life? but all with a smile on his face! A subtle, deadpan humour makes his whimsical acrylics uniquely engaging and his desire to "get it right" with everything he does guarantees artwork that is always carefully rendered and perfectly finished.
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is the UK's premier celebrity designer and artist. His unique personal approach fuses contemporary minimalism with the glamour of styles gone by, and his enormous popularity has established his status as an arbiter of taste for the British public.
Laurence was born in 1965 in London. In 1986 he graduated with honours from Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and embarked on a career in design. Initially he worked for a company specialising in industrial flooring and was responsible for many of their best selling designs. If you have ever been to the Royal Albert Hall or Buckingham Palace, or have taken a trip on the London Underground, the chances are that you will have walked on one of his floors! From here Laurence went on to work with a team of interior designers, eventually setting up his own design consultancy which has undertaken an impressive range of multi-million pound refurbishments.
In 1996 the first episode of Laurence's BBC TV series ?Changing Rooms? was broadcast. Its immense success turned a man already well respected and admired in his chosen field into a household name. His latest venture is the launch of a portfolio of stunning artwork inspired by his love of historical art and interior design.
Born in Oxford in 1961, Duncan grew up in the Midlands where he still spends a substantial part of the year. Despite living so far inland, he managed to develop a passion for the sea, and spent a highly significant eighteen months sailing across the Atlantic and then around the coast of Britain. He now spends part of the year back home in the Midlands, and the rest of the time in Scotland. Taking his inspiration from the surrounding landscape and of course the sea, Duncan is particularly fascinated by the effects of natural light on colour. His distinctive palette conveys the cool yet vibrant shades of sea and sky as they appear to his artist's eye. Verging on the abstract, his work is characterised by the dense application of richly textured acrylics, which create a sense of spontaneity and unstoppable energy. Since turning professional, Duncan has enjoyed immense success, displaying his work in both galleries and private collections.
I was born in 1960 into the small mining community of Springside a few miles outside the town of Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland. Life within the small Scottish village was very traditional and although I grew up in the 60's era it felt more like the 40's. My formative years were spent in the company of old men dressed in dark suits smoking woodbines partnered with large missile-shaped women decked out in headscarves and pinnies. My father worked for British Rail and I got great pleasure from simply sitting in the atmospheric steam filled stations which even today I find are the most romantic, nostalgic places to be. Many of my most romantic paintings are set within that very atmosphere ? I guess I'm just a big old fashioned nostalgic romantic at heart! It therefore comes as no surprise to many that my favourite film is ?The Quiet Man'.
I escaped school in 1976 and eventually fled Springside to set myself up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This jump from sleepy peacefulness to hustle and bustle was like going from the frying pan straight into the fire. I found Newcastle had, and still has, its fair share of characters locally known as ?Gadgies' which fed me much inspiration later on in life when I finally discovered my destiny as an artist. After a number of different jobs I finally settled down in 1988 to become a professional artist. I am completely self-taught and after many years of developing my own style in art I turned to images remembered from my childhood and used the local Tyneside ?Gadgies' as models in my paintings.
The past couple of years have been especially exciting as my work has taken on a life of its own. Sales have gone through the roof and everyone seems to be taking notice of these solitary figures I create. I'm continually surprised to see the effects my paintings have on people, on many occasions I've had women moved to tears absorbed by a painting that evokes memories of their father or grandfather.
After a number of sell out exhibitions one of my paintings was entered in the Daily Mail's ?Not the Turner Prize'. Ten thousand works were entered and my painting was chosen as one of the finalists which were exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London.
John Lowrie Morrison
John Lowrie Morrison was born in Glasgow in 1948, and from an early age he showed a talent for art. After completing a degree in Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art he set out to pursue a career in art and design; he funded his painting by teaching, firstly as Head of Art and Design at Lochgilphead High School and then as Art Adviser for the Strathclyde Region. During this formative period John travelled extensively around Europe with his family and it was here that he began to develop the distinctive style which has brought him so much success. Working in oil on paper or canvas, his vigorous application of paint in carefree, seemingly random strokes breaths life into his work, which contrasts the rugged scenery of the Scottish Highlands with the more prosaic human elements of crofts, inlets and villages. His bold use of colour adds an energy and intensity to each image which persuades us not simply to view the landscape, but rather to experience it. John now devotes himself to painting full time, and has held a number of successful exhibitions both in the UK and as far afield as Hong Kong and New York; his images can now be found in many prestigious private and corporate collections throughout the world. He is well known for his charity work and his paintings have become famous with the stars; Madonna has six in her collection and Sting has also purchased two.
Austin was born in 1930 in Tiverdale, which in those days was part of South Staffordshire. After qualifying
as an engineer he took up a career as a lecturer based at the University of Wolverhampton. For many years therefore his artwork was forced into second place, but since his retirement he has been able to devote the majority of his time to doing what he loves and his atmospheric paintings have become highly sought-after
Austin's richly textured, evocative compositions are created in oils with the exclusive use of a palette knife. His primary interest is in the countryside and rural pursuits of the Black Country, especially in the early morning and evening, when the sun is low whether visible or not. He includes figures to add an element of human interest as well as a suggestion of scale. These tend to introduce a certain lightness and almost gently humourous touch to each image.
Austin's work has been displayed to great acclaim all across the UK.
Paul was born in Manchester in 1971, but at the age of four moved with his family to a small village in Wales. It was here that his love of the British coastline was born which was to inspire his artwork for many years to come.
Paul has been working as an illustrator for several years, fulfilling commissions for advertising, books and an animated TV series. Since winning the DeMontfort New Artist Competition in 2005, he has devoted himself to fine art and has found it a revelation: ?I love the feeedom to use my instinct and to paint without constraint.?
Paul's bold and stylized landscapes originate in his surroundings. He lives in the Snowdonia National Park, one of the most beautiful areas of the UK where inspiration waits round every corner. He also has family in both France and Spain so the blues and golds of a Mediterranean summer find their way into much of his work. His distinctive images are a fascinating combination of observation and interpretation. Once he has a scene in his view he simplifies the shapes and colours. By splitting the image into sections and playing with planes, angles and shades, he encourages us to look at the world in a way which is both fresh and liberating.
Born in the Midlands in 1976, Richard's artistic leanings were obvious from an early age. As a child he dreamed of being a painter, and he regards himself as one of life's lucky ones, gifted with the talent to turn dreams into reality. After graduating from the University of Central England with an impressive First Class Honours degree in Visual Communication, Richard became a professional illustrator of childrens' books and undertook numerous other design projects. He was soon invited to display a selection of his work at the New Designers Exhibition in London and Images 24, an exhibition which opened at the Royal College of Art and then toured the country at selected galleries. Lovingly executed in acrylics, his glowing landscapes explore the lustrous shades of Provencale summers, and possess an immediacy and charm that have enchanted art-buyers across the UK. His broad and jagged brush strokes blend with surprising ease to create harmonious pastoral images, which never fail to evoke memories of our best and longest summer days. His numerous exhibitions have provided him with a wealth of new ideas ensuring that this bright, young and dynamic talent has a great futureahead of him.
Emilija Pasagic was born in 1961 in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia, but in 1993 she and her family moved to Canada and settled in Toronto. Formally educated in landscape architecture, Emilija had always enjoyed drawing and painting, but her new life sparked an artistic rejuvenation. She became involved in the vibrant Toronto art scene, joining "The Scollard Street Artistic Co-operative" and "VAO" (Visual Arts Ontario), and was encouraged to utilise her creative gift. Always unconventional she began by painting on silk, intensely detailed semi-abstract still lives and figures; she then went on to explore a variety of media, most recently experimenting with the encaustic method. . The delicacy of the images is offset by robust Mediterranean shades of crimson and ochre, bringing a contemporary feel to a traditional technique. Now an established artist, Emilija's unique style has won her a dedicated following and she has exhibited her exquisite paintings across Canada, the USA and Europe. In 1999 Emilija was awarded ?Best in Show? in Experimental Media at Art Focus, Toronto.
Born in 1967, Fabian grew up outside Buenos Aires in a turbulent world of political upheaval during the post-Peron military regime. Such a childhood could not fail to impact on every area of his life including his artistic ethos, especially when taken in conjunction with his unconventional upbringing.
At the age of 9 he became fascinated with the paintbrush, and using watercolors and tempera he painted portraits of his friends and family. His mother, Edua Herreria, a beautiful Brazilian women, met his father, a handsome and charismatic ladies' man, Antonio Perez, in the late 1950's, in Campana, a small city outside Buenos Aires. They married and had four children of whom Fabian is the youngest.
Edua was the creative force in Fabian's life and Antonio was the inspiration for his work. Fabian witnessed his father's unorthodox and often difficult life, portraying him in his paintings as ?the cool guy? outside nightclubs and bordellos. Antonio owned a number of brothels and illegal nightclubs in Campana, and was frequently chased and closed down by the police. Nevertheless the young Fabian was constantly exposed to beautiful women who could seduce a man ?simply by lighting a cigarette?. Today we see these ?ladies of the night? exquisitely portrayed in many of Fabian's paintings - memories of his youth and the nightlife he observed.
At the age of 16 Fabian was faced with the loss of his mother and 3 years later the loss of his father. The sadness and despair he experienced left him confused and searching for answers. In 1984 he had crossed paths with the greatest inspiration of his life - Sensei Oscar - who later became his teacher, master, close friend, and father figure. Heartbroken and alone, he therefore found strength and a degree of inner peace through the study of martial arts.
Then in 1987 Fabian set off on a journey that was to last until the the present day. After six months in Rio he took up residence in Padova, near Venice, where he stayed for seven years, studying with Oscar and painting daily before moving on to Okinawa, Japan. He finally decided to experience a different side of life in the USA, and in Los Angeles he worked as a busboy and a model, and ran odd jobs for Universal Studios. With his days full, he painted throughout the night and considers this the most creative period of his life.
In 2001 two art publishers and gallery owners saw and fell in love with an exhibition of Fabian's work. They met Fabian two days later and they formed a partnership to promote, market and develop Fabian's career as a fine artist. The collaboration was an overwhelming success; every painting Fabian created was sold immediately and the demand for his work exploded. Today his work is published by DeMontfort Fine Art in the UK.
Fabian wishes not to categorise his style as he does not want to limit himself or his work. His art is simply the passionate expression of his strong romantic feelings. Inspired by what is known in martial arts as the Muga (empty mind), Fabian finds himself in this almost meditative state of mind when he is at work, and the purity of his creativity flows. He now resides in Beverly Hills, California, where he paints, plays soccer, trains and teaches martial arts to close friends. He still travels the world for inspiration.
The Creative Influence?
When we look closely at the paintings of Fabian Perez we can see some fascinating visual signposts that point us in the direction of his influences.
The first of these is the night time setting for many of his most powerful images. This distinctive trait leads us directly to the door of his father, Antonio, who Fabian has always cited as the inspiration for his work. Antonio owned a number of bordelloes as well as other clubs and was frequently chased and closed down by the police. Thus was born the young Fabian's fascination with the underground world of night in the city.
The second visual signpost comes from the women who appear in Fabian's paintings. The intimacy and respect with which these ?women of the night? are portrayed is due in no small part to his upbringing, where he was befriended and often cared for by girls that other schoolboys were being warned against. The warmth and humanity of these women is as central to his images as their beauty and seductiveness. Like Toulouse Lautrec, whose vibrant but humorous portrayals of the Moulin Rouge cancan dancers offered us a uniquely intimate view of these extraordinary women, it is Fabian's closeness to the reality of his subjects that sets him apart from other artists who might paint such figures from a greater distance.
Thirdly, there is the constant presence of rhythm which pervades every image, regardless of whether the subject is dancing or simply smoking on a balcony. This complete understanding of the tempo and cadences of the human body comes from two distinct areas of Fabian's life. One is his own musicianship which is hugely important to him and connects with his artwork on a profound level. The other is his dedication to karate and the philosophy it embodies of identifying the essence of an individual and communicating that central vital spark on the canvas.
Ian was born in Norfolk in 1966. Art was his best subject at school and his favourite pastime at home; he loved to indulge his creative side, not only drawing and sketching but also building and making things to impress his family and friends.
Ian graduated from Sheffield Art College with a design degree, during which time he supplemented his student bank balance with money earned from a flourishing career as a pavement artist. He loved Sheffield and has now settled there with his partner and their two sons.
After a successful period spent working as a designer and illustrator, Ian realized that his artwork meant more to him than simply a means to make a living. He started to work for himself and his bold, stylized images made an immediate impact on the art market. As an inveterate people-watcher, he finds inspiration in situations that we all encounter regularly, admitting for example to a somewhat quirky fondness for queues. Working mainly in pastels, he enjoys using techniques such as repetition and exaggeration to bring his unique characters to life.
Ian's influences range far and wide, and include the off-the-wall humour of the Monty Python team, cartoon genius Gary Larson, and 1950s American artist, Norman Rockwell.
?I have always enjoyed bending the rules, and for me humour and imagination are the key elements of a rewarding composition.?
An accomplished artist from an early age, Mark gained a degree in Fine Art from Epsom Art College. Upon graduating, he joined the family landscape gardening business whilst at the same time enrolling at agricultural college in order to further his skills in this area. Eventually his great love of painting encouraged him to follow his instincts and devote himself full time to his art.
Mark has always been influenced by the work of Degas and the Impressionists. Although he produces superb original pastels he is now moving more towards exclusive use of oils. He is also currently exploring some exciting new avenues in terms of subject matter. Mark's technical mastery of his chosen medium enables him to create images which exude atmosphere through his use of texture and deep, rich colours. A regular exhibitor at the Mall Galleries in London, he also enjoys phenomenal international success and cites Jeffrey Archer and Bamber Gascgoine amongst his celebrity collectors.
In 1993 Mark was awarded the coveted Patterson Award presented by the Royal Pastel Society of which he is a member, and he has since been invited to join the prestigious Royal Water-Colour Society and the Royal Oil Institute.
Jonathan was born in Leeds in 1959. As a child he always loved to paint and stood in awe of his father, a professional artist. He always felt he was destined to follow in his father's footsteps, but after leaving school found himself working in a variety of jobs, and finally finding a creative position as an interior designer. He knew that this was not the life for him however, and eventually resigned from his job to go travelling, financing his journey with money raised from selling his work along the way. The realisation that he was able to sell his work so easily filled Jonathan with confidence and resolve, and he returned home to Yorkshire to open a gallery. Surrounded by artwork that he admired and seeing the positive response of his customers encouraged him to paint some of his best ever work. After six years in the gallery, Jonathan felt it was time to move on and took the bold step of dedicating himself full-time to painting. His new found confidence led him to abandon his methodical style in favour of more spontaneous ?free? painting onto canvas and board. He found this new approach to be stimulating and exciting, and has never looked back. In 1999, Jonathan was elected a Fellow of the British Society of Painters and the International Guild of Artists, and in 2003 he was shortlisted for the Fine Art Trade Guild award for Best Up and Coming Artist. His work is held in private collections and galleries throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, and his celebrity collectors include Dawn French and Lenny Henry.
Malcolm's roots are firmly planted in the North East of England, an area whose character and landscape has been defined by its industrial history. His forefathers were lead miners working the seams on bleak Alston Moor, and successive generations coal mined in Tynedale and close to Newcastle. Malcolm himself was born in the Elswick district of Newcastle in 1944, and lived and worked for much of his life near to the city. For the past twenty years he has lived in a market town in Northumberland.
Malcolm's passion for painting has always been an integral part of his life. In his early career as a teacher his interest in art took up much of his spare time, and in more recent years he has occupied three galleries in the North East and has devoted more and more time to his painting. He holds regular solo exhibitions all over the UK, and one such exhibition, 'A Glimpse of the Great North', was televised by the BBC.
Much of Malcolm's work has arisen from the industrial history of his local area. His love of these locations and his genuine admiration for the scenes and characters he recreates comes across in the strong sense of community and camaraderie that defines all of his highly evocative work. It is the honesty of his approach that sets his work apart from his contemporaries however; he has an extraordinary ability to convey the reality of everyday life and the atmosphere of each scene, rather than simply to recreate the literal image.
?For me my personal identity has always been linked with a sense of social togetherness which was so much a part of my own childhood, and it is this sense of loyalty and shared experience that I aim to capture in my paintings.?
Jack Vettriano was born in Fife in 1951. He grew up in the industrial seaside town of Methil and left school at 16 to become an apprentice mining engineer. He took up painting as a hobby in his twenties and his earliest images were copies or pastiches of impressionist paintings.
Jack's breakthrough year was 1988, when he felt ready to display his paintings in public and submitted two canvases for the Royal Scottish Academy annual show. Both paintings sold on the first day and he was approached by several galleries who wanted to sell his other work. The success and attention contributed to the breakdown of his first marriage and he moved to Edinburgh. A string of successful exhibitions followed in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and New York.
Jack is the most successful and popular Scottish artist in history. Recognition has come not only through astonishing sales of his work, but in a variety of other ways too; he has been awarded an OBE, holds an honorary degree from the University of St Andrew's, and his private collectors range from his compatriot Robbie Coltrane to Hollywood superstar Jack Nicholson. When his famous painting "The Singing Butler" sold for £744,800 at the Sotheby's Spring Sale he became the subject of a BBC South Bank Show entitled
?The People's Painter'.
Jack's latest collection displays all the qualities that have made Vettriano into a household name - his nostalgic subject matter, enigmatic narrative detail, and unmistakable use of colour combine to give the viewer the strange but pleasurable sensation of having stepped into the opening scene of a film noir.
Gary was born in Worcester in 1962. Although he demonstrated a talent for art from an early age, he never considered pursuing a full time career as an artist, instead moving through the school system and into a conventional job. He always loved to paint however and spent much of his spare time painting landscapes ? real or imagined.
After receiving continual encouragement from his wife, Gary decided to take his art more seriously and turned semi-professional while continuing to work part time as a back up. For three years he painted in his studio and sold his artwork to both private collectors and a variety of retail outlets. During this time he gradually came to realise that for him to become a full time artist would be a dream come true.
In 2004 Gary got his big break and was a finalist in the DeMontfort New Artist competition. His prize was a publishing contract with DeMontfort, the UK's leading international art publisher. To his delight he was now able to make his dream a reality, and he now describes himself as ?highly privileged?!
Gary's latest distinctive watercolours concentrate on a mixture of buildings and coastal scenes. Although exquisitely observed they are painted in a stylised manner, giving them a slight but intriguing air of fantasy.
Peter was born in 1946 in Middlesex. On leaving school he went straight into his first job as a studio junior for a card company, where his innate artistic talent was recognised. Here he spent five years studying lettering and design - his first artistic training - which gave him a solid grounding in colour awareness and formal structure. Peter then moved on to become art editor on a number of magazines, until finally he tired of the rat-race and set himself up as a freelance illustrator. His years of experience stood him in good stead, covering as they did, all aspects of design and illustration, from greeting cards and posters through to portraits and Limited Edition Prints. Working freelance gave Peter the opportunity to concentrate on his painting, and he has produced a substantial body of highly expressive work inspired by Britain's coves and harbours. His large-scale compositions have a painterly quality derived from the apparent vigour of the brushstrokes and the impression of spontaneous creativity, which make them both dramatic and uplifting. Peter's work has been recognised with various awards including the Frank Herring award at the Mall Galleries in London and the Cornellisen Prize for Outstanding Work 2002. Over the last six years he has exhibited regularly at a number of prestigious art venues including the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the New England Art Club and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters of which he is an elected member.