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I was made redundant from my long term Civil Service photography job in October 2010 and now am a self employed artist and photographer.

I started painting in October 2009 after joining David Ochiltreeís art class in Churchdown, Gloucester. Iíve been sketching/doodling all my life but quickly realised that I could actually draw and paint. Since redundancy Iíve carried on learning with the help of many library books and lots of trial and error. I get totally lost to the world when Iím drawing and painting and count myself very lucky to be able to indulge myself in this way.

I enjoy spending time at Prescott Hill Climb near Cheltenham and have used my photographs from there as the basis for most of my pictures so far.

I use Windsor and Newton Artists Watercolours along with sprayed Copic ink for some backgrounds or pigment pens and a dip pen for drawing. I mainly work on Fabriano HP watercolour paper. I start by printing a photo to work from, then spend some hours drawing a pencil framework from it and then watercolours and ink as I fancy.

I make my own digital prints and cards using pigment inks on quality paper using archive quality mounts, fixings and tape on all work.

I have completed a number of successful commissions and welcome more. Prices from around £130 for a ready to frame watercolour either from my photos, your photos or my research; prices depend on picture size, travel and working time involved. Iíll happily give an estimate before starting work.

I specialise in school production photography; taking photos with professional Nikon equipment at dress rehearsals. Iíve worked out an efficient way of taking orders, printing and delivering photos to parents on the evening of the show. Parents get ďWest EndĒ style professional photos of their children at very reasonable prices. The school gets a proportion of the takings as well as free A4 photos.




Website: www.4aphoto.co.uk

Contact: email four_abbs@blueyonder.co.uk


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