GOOD NEWS... The amazing book "Portraits for NHS Heroes" has been published, and my portrait of Dr Claudine Anstead appears on page 157. It's an incredible historical record of NHS heroes, their stories, and the artists who painted them during lockdown.
A huge thank you to Tom Croft for his "Portraits for NHS Heroes" initiative. All royalties from the book, published by @bloomsburypublishing, go to NHS Charities Together.
And so..... the journey of my final portrait for NHS heroes comes to a pleasing conclusion. part of the #portraitsfornhsheroes project by @tomcroftartist. Hannah is a Critical Care Nurse working with covid patients on the 15th floor of the Royal London Hospital...this is her favourite view.!! Hannah loved her portrait and I want to say "thank you" to Tom Croft for his amazing NHS portrait initiative.
1st July 2020
My latest adventure!
I have been set a challenge to paint a portrait every day for 100 days, and post each day on social media. I am finding it really absorbing, albeit hard work..
So check out my Facebook or Instagram pages to find out how I am doing - and to take a look at each day's work. If you click on the logos it will take you to my pages.
I hope you find them interesting!
Portrait of Shujina is on the front cover of "Artists and Illustrators" special souvenir edition...bottom row, third from left.
Great that Shujina and I could play our small part in Tom Croft's brilliant NHS heroes initiative "Thank you Tom".
Delamore Art May 2020
A big "Thank you" to Delamore-art for putting their 2020 exhibition online.
Find out more at Delamore-art.co.uk where all exhibits can be viewed and purchased throughout May... including my paintings... Enjoy this year's beautiful works!
My inspiration comes from the subjects surrounding me, including landscapes, portraits and still life.
The paintings you see here are my interpretation of bright uplifting cheerful days on Dartmoor, full of light and colour.
I work from sketches and photographs to create a blend of reality together with my own personal response to the subject.
I paint predominantly with a palette knife using a direct and intuitive approach which brings the painting to life. It is an impressionistic style creating an evocative colour statement with a rich textural content
NHS May 2020
My portrait of Dr Claudine Anstead, nominated by her friend Isobel, as part of the #portraitsfornhsheroes the brilliant idea of artist Tom Croft. Claudine works in the community as a GP in Surrey. She has embraced an ever changing and evolving job role caused by the pandemic... This has included work in a Covid clinical decision unit. Balancing the physical and emotional demands of both her working life with that of her family is a testament of her dedication to her job.
It's been a real privilege to paint Claudine at this moment in history and say "thank you" to all NHS heroes.
NHS May 2020
My portrait of Shujina, an intensive care nurse, as part of the #portraitsfornhsheroes project by @tomcroftartist. Shujina works at the Royal London Hospital, one of the main trauma units, where she has experienced a lot of difficult situations with Covid sickness and death.
As well as physical and mental exhaustion she has had to cope with not seeing her family. When we first spoke Shujina told me that they were experiencing the first signs of hope as the number of cases had begun to fall. She also mentioned that the Adult Critical Care sign was the first thing she saw on her way onto the ward. Her own words that summed up this experience, that I wanted to be expressed by the portrait, were "hope, strength, sacrifice". Its been a real privilege to paint Shujina at this moment in history and to say "thank you" to all NHS heroes.
"Ian and the Big Blue Boat". A painting to celebrate and congratulate my son,Ian,
from Plymouth, in skippering the "Big Blue Boat" representing Unicef in the Clipper race. The race was halted in the Philippines due to the current pandemic with plans to complete next year. My hope is that this painting shows something of the magnitude of Ian's achievements and how proud a dad I am.....with a little artistic licence! And thankful for all the big blue boat crew supporting him in this adventure and raising almost £100,000 for Unicef.
I painted this picture for my son, Ian, who is Skipper of the Unicef UK boat in the Round the World Clipper Race.
This race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world, and an endurance test like no other - a record breaking 40,000 nautical miles around the world, on a 70 foot ocean racing yacht!
Whilst doing this, all the teams are raising funds for Unicef, a charity helping children all over the World.
The 100 x 120 cm painting was auctioned prior to the race start by the Unicef Team at St. Katherine's Dock, London (very near Tower Bridge), where it raised a magnificent £4000, all of which goes directly to the charity.
I am so pleased that I could be part of this, and look forward to welcoming the teams home next summer