Inside out

Started as a little doodle at work then turned into a whole sheet of paper. It often happens this way an odd drawing on a notepad turns into something more if I give it a chance.

Big Chief

One of a selection of new pictures I have done in the last few weeks. I’ve been trying to contain my art into A4 sheets its proved quite hard and has resulted in a lot of images. If you click on the image it will take you to the Facebook gallery of the new art

Society of Wildlife Artists – 50th Annual Exhibition

I often go to art shows because I am fascinated by other peoples art, I think all artists are. We like to see how others have done it. Sometimes I go to because a friend has recommended it. This week I went because my sister is the president and I knew I was in for a treat.

The Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) are celebrating their 50th annual show this year and my sister Harriet Mead is currently the president. I’m sure most of the thousand or so people who went to the private view, did so for the wonderful Sir David Attenborough. Who opened the show and inspired everyone there, all over again, to go out create art and pass on the message of conservation. But if I’m honest I went because I am immensely proud of my sister and everything she has achieved since becoming president in 2009. I know our dad would have been very proud of her and everything she has done for conservation, art and research.

This year is the 50th annual exhibition and it was wonderful. I squeezed my way through the crowd, to see the pictures of birds and animals and to admire the sculpture and be jealous at all the talent in the room. I was admiring one of Brin Edward’s wonderful pieces and trying to decide if I could afford to buy, when I realised I was surrounded by my family. My aunt, both uncles, cousin, other sister Miranda with partner and son had come to the show as well. It has been a long time since all of us were in the same room together and Harriet had achieved that (over and above the public side). Miranda and I got to catch up, which is something we haven’t done for many years and I promised to try and be more organised and stay in touch. Her son got a special treat of a private audience with Sir David to talk over all things wild.

I had the pleasure of meeting some of the exhibiting artists, having been introduced by Harriet. But I also am very grateful to the person who suggested that the artists wore name badges as I got to grab Tim Wootton as he went passed. I am very lucky to know Tim on Facebook and also to own two wonderful sketches but as we live a very long way apart (he is based in Orkney and I am in Southampton) I didn’t think we would get a chance to meet. I am very glad I did he is an exceptionally talented artist and a thoroughly lovely chap. It was a real incite to wander the exhibition with him and to see the artworks from a different perspective.

If all the effort to get the show up and running wasn’t enough Harriet and the team have also produced a book. The Natural Eye Art Book One. It is packed with picture by contributing artists. If you are interested in wildlife art I recommend you buy a copy and several for your friends.

I spent many hours at the show but they flew by and I realised on the train home that I didn’t take any photographs so this isn’t much of a review I do however recommend that you read Katherine Tyrrell’s excellent review Making a Mark.

If you are in London over the next week or so please take the opportunity to go to the exhibition at the Mall Galleries off Pall Mall just round the corner from Trafalgar square (Map). It is open until 1pm on 10 November.

First Cut – Paper at the Cutting Edge is coming to Southampton

I live in Southampton on the south coast of England and we have some wonderful galleries and museums. One of which is the SeaCity Museum, which has had some excellent exhibitions on since last year.

A new exhibition is coming in October is the First Cut – Paper at the Cutting Edge. Which is on tour from the Manchester Art Gallery. It will be at the Pavilion in the SeaCity Museum.

The First Cut features works by over 30 international contemporary artists who radically rethink the possibilities of working with paper. It explores how artists transform paper, through cutting, folding and sculpting, into amazingly powerful creations.

I really urge you that if you are close to Southampton between 11 October 2013 and 12 January 2014 you really should go. The exhibition won’t be going to London so if you want to see these amazing sculptures come down and see it here.

For updates I suggest you follow @SeaCityMuseum on Twitter for some preview pictures of the exhibition going up.




National Exhibition

The Ood

Inspired by Dr Who

I have been busy since last posting here, I have a picture in a National Exhibition. I’m really happy and rather surprised. I saw an invite from the National Media Museum  asking for contributions to its Dr Who 50th anniversary show. So having created this picture loosely based on the Ood from the show I thought why not and sent them a speculative email.

I wasn’t really expecting an email back but I got one and they were interested! I was happy but cautious as nothing is set. I got it framed and then waited to see if it was still needed. After a couple of agonising weeks I got the email to send it to Bradford for inclusion in the exhibition.

One of my humble doodles will be in the Dr Who and Me: 50 years of Dr Who fans exhibition 23 November 2013 to 9 February 2014 and I am over the moon.

I have had a lot of encouragement to do this from Sam and The Art House who have made me realise that other people might want to see my scribbles.

So now the problem is how do I get to Bradford to see it in place!

Why do we do it?

Someone yesterday asked me why I draw, I couldn’t give him a sensible answer. Why do we do anything? I have always drawn things. My parents encouraged myself and my sisters to do what we thought was important, this paid off very well for my sister Harriet who is now the president of the SWLA

I went down a different route. I started out as an Archaeologist, I am now a socio economic researcher for  Southampton City Council. It’s a bit of a change but I always say its a dryer form of archaeology, it is still digging up facts. It may not be a glamorous job but it pays for my other passions drawing, computers and gaming.

The drawing below was created on the only piece of paper I had while in hospital for a day. I think it was a drinks ticket from a bar, now it is a piece of art.



My art is inspired by all sorts of things I don’t often think before I start but I normally like the results. Occasionally I do something get to the end and think ummm no doesn’t work.

Time waves

I took this photo in Westward Ho! Which is the only place in the UK to officially have an ! in its name. The beach is known for its sand but I was more interested in the geology.