The Accidental Artist

Welcome to my Gallery ❤️

It was never my intention to become a paid artist. In fact, at school, I was told NOT to take art as an O-Level by my Art Teacher as my work was “…rubbish and would never amount to anything…”

Thanks to a chance conversation with my coaching friend Sarah Veall, and an awesome teacher, Jo Esson of Lucky Lobster Art – I shall be forever grateful to you both! 🥰 – it’s only been a few months and I have already sold several paintings and have been given my first commission 🙏

The big realisation for me is that painting is a great metaphor for dealing with life, the beliefs we hold about ourselves and discovering new strategies and techniques that help us develop as the awesome people we are.

This gallery is a snapshot of my newfound love of painting, reflections and realisations along my journey to becoming… The Accidental Artist.

(Note: All paintings are available for purchase except where indicated as “SOLD”)

“Believe in yourself and your abilities, because you ARE truly powerful when you put your mind to something. Be creative. Be expressive. Be adventurous. Be your own kind of awesome!”

Tiger, Tiger

Tiger, Tiger

Can you help? This week I’m looking for some help in naming Tiger. He has character. He has a personality. He deserves a name. One of the things I have learned through the last few months is that I have been putting part of my personality into my paintings. Some see...

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River Adventure

River Adventure

This weeks painting is heading towards Impressionism. I was looking to reduce the detail I’ve used in previous paintings, whilst allowing the mind of the person viewing the painting to fill in the detail for themselves. This has been quite difficult for me to get my...

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Pop Goes The Beatles

Pop Goes The Beatles

The painting lessons are on a break for a few weeks, so I’ve gone a bit ‘off-piste’ stretching my comfort zone again this week with a go-it-alone painting. I’ve always been fascinated with the pop art world of Andy Warhol, where artistic expression meets advertising...

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Smoking Man

Smoking Man

Still on the theme of portraits, today’s painting is of a young man smoking a pipe. This was also a study just using black and white acrylic paint and improving on techniques we have used in previous lessons. We learn and improve through a mixture of repetition and...

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Inquisitive Horse

Inquisitive Horse

This weeks painting is my first portrait of a horse. I’ve always had a love for all animals, and my appreciation of their beauty has grown because of my painting journey. I’m more aware of the details in their shapes and features than I used to be now that I’m looking...

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Two Tone Man

Two Tone Man

Today’s painting is a study in tones using just 2 colours and a pen. It’s interesting how your perspective changes when you only have limited resources to work. Pay more attention to the lighting, to the shade, to the textures, and you find workarounds to create an...

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