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Portrait Of A Local Artist – Dick Hewitson

The landscape and its variety attracted artist Dick Hewitson to Dorset.
A keen walker and living in the county since 1970, he taught biology and used to run very successful …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Nick Andrew

Wiltshire Artist seeks a gallery for a solo Show
Nick Andrew from Warminster was preparing for an exhibition of his work depicting London parks at the Curwen Gallery, London in April. …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Jenny Sutton

Oil painter Jenny Sutton is a Dorset girl, regularly revisiting the county. “My 96-year-old mother grew up in Wimborne and her father was HJ Evans, who was a well-known character in …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Juliet Wood

“I love the character of the Dorset landscape, especially the coastal landscape and some fine gardens,” says artist Juliet Wood, who has fond memories of childhood holidays in Swanage.
Recently Juliet …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Tanya Hinton

Wildlife in Dorset regularly inspires the artwork of Tanya Hinton, who lives in Gillingham.
“I collect driftwood from beaches near Bridport including Eype,” says Tanya, who has lived in Dorset since …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Chris Wood

“I love the isolation of Portland and its rugged, elemental, wind-swept scenery.”
So says artist Chris Wood who “spent a wonderful week on a stone carving course in Tout Quarry”.
“We carved …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Andrew Halliday

A father’s skill as an artist inspired his son to follow in his footsteps.
“It’s simple as that,” says Andrew Halliday from Lymington, who often visits the coast near Christchurch and …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Rachel Fenner

Award winning artist and sculptor Rachel Fenner has been visiting the Purbecks since she was a student.
“I find the landscape very inspiring,” says Rachel, who has continually revisited the …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Tim Burns

Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge are all beautiful locations that have frequently inspired Tim Burns, who can often be found painting in-situ.
Tim has always been interested in art, having …[Read more…]

lan Langford was born in Bournemouth in 1952 when the town was still part of Hampshire. His father’s family lived in the Bournemouth and Poole area and Alan remained there until he was five years old. “I then emigrated with my parents and siblings, to Australia,” he recalls. “But my father was homesick and so three years later we returned to the UK. And from a rented bungalow in Elizabeth, near Adelaide, South Australia with a television we then had to live in a small caravan on a campsite in Blackfield moving on to Dibden in the New Forest. I love the new Forest and am also fond of depicting the landscapes of Dartmoor, Wiltshire and Dorset. I am inspired by the literature of Dorset’s favourite son, Thomas Hardy.” Since 1979 Alan has been a professional artist but has always enjoyed drawing since childhood. He was voted a full member of the Society of Equestrian Artists (SEA) in 2008. Five years later his distinctive work was included in the Nags to Thoroughbreds exhibition at Southampton Art Gallery. “A career highlight was seeing my painting ‘High Spirits’ hung alongside that of Sir Alfred Munnings and Lucy Kemp Welch which I greatly admire. I would only recommend becoming an artist to the tenacious and gifted,” he says. “My advice to someone wishing to become an artist is to draw, draw and draw some more.” Alan’s work can be seen in the Creative Coverage exhibition at Gallery 4, Salisbury Library from March to April 2016. From April 1, 2016 Alan’s exhibition Horses in Landscape takes place at Godshill. At some point in 2016 his work will feature in the SEA exhibition and together with his wife Janet he will participate in a mixed plein air exhibition in the autumn. Alan’s book Welgora, which means horse fair in Romani, is published by Little Knoll Press, priced £17.99. www.alanlangford.co.uk

Portrait Of A Local Artist – lan Langford

Alan Langford was born in Bournemouth in 1952 when the town was still part of Hampshire.
His father’s family lived in the Bournemouth and Poole area and Alan remained there until …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Nicola Leader

Probably the most famous couple to own one of Nicola Leader’s paintings is the Duke and Duchess of York.
When Prince Andrew was stationed at Portland he and Sarah lived at …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Colin Merrin

“I often travel through the county and stop near Bridport to marvel at the fantastic views across the fields to the sea.”
Colin Merrin is an elected member of the Royal …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Tanya Lock

“I like to travel the world to look at wildlife but I usually find the nicest scenes on my local door step – in Wiltshire or Dorset.”
Says Tanya Lock, …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Local Artist – Alix Baker PCAFAS

Hampshire based Alix Baker PCAFAS (Armed Forces Art Society) is one of the UK’s leading military artists.
“I have family connections with Hampshire and Wiltshire going back centuries,” says Alix, whose …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Dorset Artist – Alan Morris

Alan Morris relocated from London to Swanage almost a decade ago and finds the rugged Dorset landscape inspires his paintings.
“I love the sea and the cliffs,” he says, adding that …[Read more…]


Portrait Of A Dorset Artist – Chris Wilmshurst

“A large portion of my artwork is inspired by views of Dorset,” reveals Chris Wilmshurst from Wimborne, who has lived in the county for the last nine years.
“I have …[Read more…]


Portrait of a Dorset Artist – Sean Curley

Renowned Dorset artist Sean Curley has lived in the county since he was 14 years old when his family relocated to the area from Southport, Merseyside, after his father’s job …[Read more…]


Portrait of a Dorset Artist – Paul Matthews

The work of a Dorset artist has made it into the final round of judging in the prestigious National Portrait Gallery competition. ‘Luther’ by Paul Matthews from Puddletown is a life study …[Read more…]


Portrait of a Dorset Artist – Sally Pinhey

Sally Pinhey lives in Upwey, near Weymouth and was drawn to art as she wanted a career that would allow her to bring up her young family
She is now considered …[Read more…]


Portrait of a Dorset Artist – Terry Whitworth

Artist Terry Whitworth only visited Dorset once, before deciding he wanted to live here forever.
“I moved from East Molesey, Surrey 30 years ago,” he recalls. “I’d been working in central …[Read more…]


Portrait of a Dorset Artist – Carolyne Moran

London is the place where most artists want to show their work and for one Dorset artist this has become reality.
Carolyne Moran from Corfe Mullen has submitted paintings 26 times …[Read more…]


Portrait of a Dorset Artist – Clare Shepherd

Artist Clare Shepherd has lived in Cranborne Chase for 28 years. The colours and wide expanses of the area inspire her to respond with paint, both out on location and …[Read more…]


Portrait of A Dorset Artist – Colin Willey

It was only when Colin Willey trained to become a teacher that he realised he wanted to become an artist.
Now the successful painter, who lives in Dorchester, exhibits at the …[Read more…]


Portrait of A Dorset Artist – Annie Taylor

Shaftesbury based artist Annie Taylor has been a full time painter for the last eight years.
Annie started painting when she lived in America for three years. “I opened a studio …[Read more…]


Portrait of a Dorset Artist – Brian Freelander

Artist Brian Freelander first visited Poole when he was a baby and in 2005 he relocated back to the borough.
Born in Southend, he spent the first two years of his …[Read more…]


Portrait of a Dorset Artist – Judy Tate

I have never had the luxury of painting until now,” reveals Dorset artist Judy Tate.

She has had a busy life bringing up her family and juggling the work/life balance – …[Read more…]