paintings: oils and watercolours; frescoes, murals, trompe l'œil and design
I trained at Southend Art School in the late sixties. I then had a career painting and occasionally designing sets in rep theatre (Palace Theatre, Westcliff) and opera, (the Welsh National Opera Company). I left the Welsh National Opera Company in 1990, after 16 years as Head Scenic Artist, to pursue my first love : painting, together with the romantic idea of seeking my muse in the south of France, where I have been living, working and exhibiting for 25 years.
I enjoy all aspects of artistic endeavour, and I have been lucky enough to make a living painting trompe l’oeils and murals, designing chandeliers, furniture, ornate mirrors etc., mainly for owners of châteaux and country houses, sometimes restaurants and hotels.
I have a very talented husband who can realise my 3-D designs, as he is able to apply himself to anything: be it woodwork, metalwork, stonemasonry, electrics .....
This metier has given me the opportunity to follow my personal path in the fine arts, I mainly work in oils and watercolour, my themes are various subjects : interiors, landscapes, still life and portraits.
I also paint frescoes, murals and trompe l'oeil to commission.
Sam, Château Fongrenier Stuart, oil on paper, 40 x 30
Blue cupboard. Oil on canvas. 60×40.
A barn wall, 23m x 5m
Lustres. design liz King. Construction Graham Sangster