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!”

Raising For Charity

In August 2020, my best friend was diagnosed as having Myeloma, cancer that affects the bone marrow.

While there is a lot of awareness and publicity over other forms of cancer, there is not so much known about this one.

There are various treatments currently offered, but as yet, there is no cure.

Any money raised from the sale of my paintings or donated using the button below, will be given to Myeloma UK towards funding research to find a cure.

 

Current Target: £1,500

Amount raised to date:

£490

(and to those of you who have purchased one of my paintings or made a donation, a very special thank you!)

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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40 Shades of Grey

40 Shades of Grey

This week's painting is another portrait, this time in black, white and greys, focused on creating detail through the use of shadows of varying intensities. Every reference picture I have looked at before starting to paint has given me something to think about as the...

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