'Professional Finalist' at the Patchings 2017 Open Art Competition.


'Lost Lemur to Logging' - Entry to the 'Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017' competition.








Andy created a very special and unique fine art oil painting of Battle Abbey Gates as they appeared in the late
14th Century for the 2017 Battle Festival of arts & music. Working with English Heritage and with the expertise
of David & Barbara Martin, specialists in interpreting local historic houses for over fifty years with the Institute
of Archaeology and University College London (UCL). Andy also had historical help from Michelham Priory's
14th Century living history bowmen as the characters in his painting.

This painting took over five months to create, researching and drawing with hundreds of hours of painting
to finish this historic masterpiece.

Andy was interviewed live on the BBC by Mark Carter discussing his ultra-fine detail techniques, before
unveiling the painting and adding the finishing touches in front of a very well attended audience in Battle,
East Sussex. This was one of the first events of the festival. The Battle Abbey painting was sold to a private
collector within minutes of unveiling and will be displayed annualy at the Battle Museum for a couple of months.

As part of the Battle Arts Festival Andy gave a fine art lesson to students at Battle Abbey School, teaching the
students old master techniques such as impasto texture, velatura glazing & tinting and 10/0 brush techniques.

Selected as a 'Professional Finalist' for the Patchings Open Art Competition and Exhibition, held at the
Patchings Art Centre in Calverton, Nottinghamshire. Andy's oil on canvas painting 'Soft powder underfoot'
was selected as one of the finalists from thousands of UK and International entries. This amazing event
was sponsored by 'The Artist' magazine and had thousands of visitors between 13th July and 20th August.

Andy is very well known for his Fine Art Commissions and painting for his own one-man exhibitions, taking
a leap of faith in entering the prestigious David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation 'Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017'.
Making it to the stage of having his painting 'Lost Lemur to Logging' featured for sale on the David Shepherd
Wildlife Art Shop. This painting of a ring-tailed lemur highlights Madagascar's lemur species as the most
threatened mammal group on Earth due to deforestation for the illegal hardwood trade.

In this more contemporary oil on canvas painting, Andy used Impasto painting techniques, mixing french chalk with
titanium white to create a textured background where the symbolic Madagascar baobab trees are ghosted in white.


14th Century Battle Abbey commission.



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