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ART
I started drawing as a young child and was fascinated by railways, aircraft and cars. Following school and Art College, I made my first foray into the commercial art world through membership of the Guild of Railway Artists, and in the years since, my photorealistic work has become collected by private individuals and corporate clients around the world. Oils are my preferred medium, and among my favourite pieces is the composition of the Aston Martin DB6 Volante belonging to the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle at the first Concours of Elegance, in 2012. The commission came about following my appointment as Artist in Residence for the Concours.
Please contact me by email or telephone if you are interested in commissioning a painting.
 
WEATHERING
Age 10, due to my love of railways, I built a model layout with the help of my Dad. I wished to make the locomotives and rolling stock I had look as realistic as possible. This led me to weathering them, always using photographic references from railway books and magazines. Being an artist nearly all my life, I have gained considerable experience in the use of colour and the understanding of how to create texture and form in two dimensions. I use this directly when undertaking my weathering work. The knowledge and skill enables me to create a completely bespoke weathered locomotive, piece of rolling stock, road vehicle, plus model buildings and their surroundings, for a customer. I like to think of the work much as my artwork on canvas, in that I try and attain a photorealistic quality to it, but in this case with three-dimensional models.
Please contact me by email or telephone if you are interested in commissioning weathering work.
 
SCENERY AND BACKSCENE PAINTING
I've always had a fascination and love for the landscape; rolling countryside, suburban settings, or gritty urban scenes. As previously explained, I wished the locomotives and rolling stock I had to look as realistic as possible when running on my layout and I wanted the landscape they ran through to be equally so. Once more, the knowledge I have gained from my life as an artist I use directly when creating modelled scenery, painting a backscene and combining the two to create forced perspective for a model layout or diorama. I'm employed professionally in this capacity by a number of private individuals, both as a landscape modeller, backscene painter and a diorama builder.
Please contact me by email or telephone if you are interested in commissioning a diorama, any scenic modelling, backscene painting or a combination of all three

MOTORING

a selection of motoring art

  • Oil on canvas, monochrome | Private collection

    A wet day at Montlhery

    Oil on canvas, monochrome, 10" x 12"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas, monochrome | Private collection

    Legendary Bentley, 1930 Le Mans

    Oil, Monochrome 10" x 8"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas, monochrome | Private collection

    Ascent through the Stelvio Pass

    Oil on canvas, 12" x 10"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas, monochrome | Private collection

    Two Racing Legends (1955 Le Mans)

    Oil on canvas, monochrome 15" x 12"
    Private collection

  • 18 x 14 | Private collection

    The Next Leg

    18" x 14"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    Windsor Reflections

    Oil on canvas
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas, monochrome | Private collection

    Rodriguez continues on his winning way

    Oils, monochrome, 10" x 8"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas, monochrome | Private collection

    Bugatti Aerolithe Prototype

    Oil on canvas, monochrome, 30" x 24"
    Private collection

  • Pencil drawing | Private collection

    Home From Home

    Pencil drawing, 7" x 8"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    Straight-Eight Thoroughbred

    Oil on canvas, 18" x 14"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    Sheene

    Oil on canvas, monochrome, 20" x 16"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    Time out at Studland Bay

    Oil on canvas, 12" x 10"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    1956 Millie Miglia

    Oil on canvas, monochrome 27" x 13.5"
    Private collection

  • Oil on panel | Private collection

    Simply Speed

    Oil on panel, 9.5" x 5"
    Private collection

  • Pencil Drawing | Available for purchase £495

    Morris Minor

    Pencil Drawing, 10" x 8"
    Available for purchase £495

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    Moss racing through the shadows

    Oil on canvas, monochrome, 11" x 7"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas | available for purchase £1495

    GT40

    Oil on panel, 13" x 7.5"
    available for purchase £1495

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    The Count on the Carousel

    Oil on panel, 10" x 5"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    Master And Creation

    Oil on canvas, 12" x 10"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    1985 Haspengouw Rally

    Oil on canvas 35" x 27"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    5 of the Magnificent 7 and the boy with the Red GTO

    Oil on canvas, 14.5" x 7"
    Private collection

  • Oil on panel | Private collection

    Return To Le Mans

    Oil on panel, 9" x 6"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    Hawthorn on his way to victory

    Oil on canvas, 10" x 12"
    Private collection

  • Oil on canvas | Private collection

    Nuvolari and The Count (1934 French Grand Prix)

    Oil on canvas, Monochrome 10" x 6"
    Private collection

RAILWAY

a selection of railway art

  • Oil on panel | Private collection

    Time For A Chat

    Oil on panel 12" x 10"
    Private collection

  • Oil on panel | Private collection

    Stanier On Shed

    Oil on panel 22" x 16"
    Private collection

  • Oil on panel | Private collection

    A Complicated Manoeuvre

    Oil on canvas, 33" x 22"
    Available for purchase £4950

    • Oil on panel | Private collection

      Raring To Go

      Oil on panel, 14" x 12"
      Private collection

    • Oil on canvas | Private collection

      Fairford Goods

      Oil on canvas, 22" x 16"
      Private collection

    • Oil on canvas | Private collection

      Manston On The Arrow

      Oil on canvas, 22" x 16"
      Private Collection

      • Oil on panel | Private collection

        Evening Star on the Bathgate

        Oil on panel, 20" x 16"
        Private collection

      • Oil on canvas | Private collection

        Rush Hour at Faringdon

        Oil on canvas 15" x 12"
        Private collection

      • Oil on canvas | Private collection

        Crew Change

        Pencil drawing, 6" x 4"
        Private collection

      • Oil on canvas | Private collection

        Taking a Breather

        Pencil drawing, 6" x 4"
        Private collection

Animals

A selection of animal portraits

  • Oils | Private collection

    Ed and Les

    Oils, 14" x 12"
    Private Collection

  • Oil on panel | Private collection

    Jake

    Oil on panel 15" x 12"
    Private collection

  • Oil on panel | Private collection

    Riding a winner

    Oil on panel 20" x 16"
    Private collection

Weathering

The techniques I use to create the weathering effects on locomotives and rolling stock are pretty varied. I use a dual-action airbrush to blow over some basic weathering tones, mainly on the chassis, roofs and boiler barrels (if a steam loco) but the majority of the process is undertaken by brushwork with oil and enamel paints, powders and water-soluble pencil crayon. None of the effects are 'fixed' per se, as this has a habit of making everything look the same tone and texture. However, I do use the airbrush with a tiny amount of 'weathered colour' from a distance, nearing the end of the project (at a low pressure) to 'semi'-fix the powders in place. It also helps to blend the whole together, to create a cohesive look, whilst retaining the different textures and effects
The images below are courtesy of Chris Nevard/Model Rail Magazine.
Shed Diorama owned by David Thomas, built by Paul Bambrick



Steam Locomotives

  • Malcolm Mitchell Kit

    Malcolm Mitchell Kit

    Built and painted my David Thomas depicting GWR 4407

  • Eric Underhill Kit

    Eric Underhill Kit

    Built and painted by David Thomas depicting GWR 2069

  • Eric Underhill Kit

    Eric Underhill Kit

    Built and painted by David Thomas depicting GWR 2012

  • Malcolm Mitchell Kit

    Malcolm Mitchell Kit

    Built and painted my David Thomas depicting GWR 5634

Diesels

  • Heljan RTR 1011

    Heljan RTR 1011

    'Western Thunderer'

  • Heljan RTR 1011

    Heljan RTR 1011

    'Western Thunderer'

Scenery

The majority of the scenery building techniques I use are based on the teachings of Paul Bambrick, Gordon & Maggie Gravett and Giles Favell. Good research and reference are essential; nothing modelling-wise is undertaken without studying various reference material first. I make much use of the modern modelling phenomenon of static grass as well as using other techniques based on 'old fashioned materials' such as dyed carpet underlay and twisted florist wire for trees (I'm also not averse to using natural products such as plant roots to create trees and bushes etc). There is a huge range of wonderful products on the market from the likes of Tremendus, Polak and some of the continental ranges such as Anita Decor and NOCH that all aid me in creating as realistic a scene as possible.



Backscene Painting/3D Backscene Modelling



The work of Paul Bambrick has been fundamental in changing the perception of what a backscene can truly be, and modelling in general! Combining sensitive controlled painting in 2D with forced perspective in 3D to create something incredibly realistic that fools the eye, or to use its official term Trompe L'oeil. Working with these techniques, under his guidance, I now produce work in this way in order to generate realistic backscenes that blend the 3D elements of a model or diorama with the 2D backscene. (All painted in Oils)

  • Painted sky

    Painted Sky

    the beginnings of a backscene

  • Painted sky with landform

    Painted sky with landform

    Initially in 2D to be later blended into 3D



Panorama

The Generate a Panorama program is a way of gaining specific knowledge about how the landform of the 2D-3D backscene could look and is a terrific aid in getting the landform correct for a chosen prototype. In the case of a fictitious place it is still possible with this software to base a models surroundings somewhere geographically.

  • Panorama 1

     

  • Panorama 2

     

  • Panorama 3

     

Prints

Feel free to download one of my PDF showing my prints or weathering

LINKS

here are a few links you may find useful

Rail Art

The Guild of Railway Artists.

Paul Bambrick

Scenic Dioramas and Landscape Backscenes

Lee Marsh

Producers of museum quality, finescale '0' gauge model locomotives.
 

Bucks Hill Model railway

The Guild of Railway Artists.

Giles Favell

1:10 Model designs

Malcolm Root

A well respected transport artist and Fellow of the Guild of Railway Artists.
 

Omen Minatures

Scale figures.

Nigel Smith 0 Gauge Locomotives

capturing a bygone age in miniature

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