South East Recorder Issue 14 - Page 59

ART UPDATE DAVID WADE David Wade is a self-taught landscape artist and a member of the Hampshire Artist Co-operative. An architect by profession, David has always been creative and has enjoyed a long career painting, exhibiting and selling his works of art. He takes inspiration from his passion for interesting landscapes and works predominantly in a swift, loose style with watercolour and acrylics. David's portfolio has taken inspiration from many different areas including the architecture of famous places in Hampstead, the South Coast and the countries he has visited, such as India, Cuba and Folegandros in Greece. Since relocating to Petersfield however, the rolling landscapes dotted with farmsteads and the long, stretching views of the South Downs has taken his art in a new direction. David works on-site, from the front seat of his car and from his garden studio. Although he sometimes builds his sketches into paintings, he finds it much easier to take in and compress his subject matter into a singular image on-site than trying to create an image from memory in the studio. He also enjoys experimenting with new techniques and the occasional challenge of still life, life drawing and using water soluble inks. Due to David's ability to work on several paintings at once and his talent for producing paintings in a short period of time, he has been invited to run a workshop in Salisbury in September. He has also been invited to exhibit in the annual show at The Artful Gallery. Other exhibitions include the Hilliers Arboretum in Romsey, the Oxmarket in Chichester, Portsmouth Cathedral and The Watts Gallery in Surrey to name just a few. In January 2017, he will be showing his work at the National Trust's Hinton Ampner. David told the Southern Voice: "I love painting and I've loved it since my parents bought me by first kiddie's paintbox. My advice to budding artists who want to get started is to just give it a go! Don't be frightened or try to draw anything accurately; that's not what art is about. “Art can be incredibly frustrating, particularly when things don't go well but my experience has told me that – to help you succeed and improve – when you get annoyed, take a break and come back when you have a clear mind. The worst you could do is fret over it." For more information, to view more examples of David's artwork or to purchase a commission, please visit, email david.wade05@googlemail. com or call 01730 263588.