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TREVOR WILLIAM HARWOOD

I have been involved in art in one form or another throughout my life. In my early years, this culminated in a Fine Art “A” level at my grammar school – a first for Ilford County High back in 1970. I then entered the City and eventually found myself at Robert Fleming & Co. Ltd. As merchant bankers, I was fortunate in being exposed to what ultimately became the foremost private collection of Scottish Art. Work by some of the great Scottish colourists like Peploe, Fergusson and Blackadder became my close friends. During these years, banking dominated my art, however through the encouragement of my work colleagues the odd commission or two did come my way. My personal favourites however have been Edward Seago, the Norfolk artist and the real founder, in my view, of impressionism, Turner. These two artists I have endeavored to understand and follow, although not always successfully.

Following a period of some 10 years with very little in the way of oils being applied to canvas, I realized I had to force myself to take time out from every day hassle in order to get back to painting, which I missed so much. So I took myself off to evening class at the local Adult Education Centre and found myself being taught by a local artist, Graham Painter. We had admired his watercolors and admitted to having one on our own walls. Going back to basics and doing colour theory was refreshing and brought me initially to the world of watercolour. Then one day, at what I thought was to be a watercolour workshop, I realised pastels were on the agenda. Despite this, I persevered, enjoying the vitality of the pastels, the marks and textures I could create and the colour which seemed to ooze out of them with the slightest of touches. The afternoon saw us with borrowed sets of soft pastels lent by our tutor. That vibrancy of colour seemed to just fly across the paper and I painted with such urgency that my fingers actually hurt and since then there has been no turning back! Exploring local scenes, primarily landscape, I reveled in this new medium.

With this new enthusiasm I then also found the confidence to start to market my work and sell a painting or two. Following some success I then realised members of the public actually appreciated my paintings, and I decided to explore competitions and exhibitions that were advertised in art magazines.

Redundancy from the City as the result of a major takeover eventually proved a blessing in disguise. The severance pay enabled a studio to be built and prompted the idea of developing a hobby into a new career. I have since had the chance to develop my painting and explore the possibilities that this and other media might bring. I am developing a new format tentatively called "fragmentation art", using blocks of pure pastel to build semi abstract and abstract works. Following demonstrations to other artists, this technique seems readily adaptable to oils and acrylics and is leading to a new workshop or two. The studio gives extra hanging space and has proved an ideal venue for aspiring artists to join me in small workshops and one to one tutorials.

With a good deal of hard work and research I have taken to teaching and developed an understanding of differing media and what artists of all ages want. The key for me is to listen and watch! I prefer not to have too much of the hands on, encouraging pupils to interpret my ideas or directions in their own way. Art after all is not a perfect science and I believe should be enjoyed and be a pleasurable experience. Talking to people about their art is never dull, and I feel I have demonstrated patience enough to guide those less advanced than myself. I have been tutoring art groups and other interested parties through workshops and demonstrations of varying length for some years now and this continues to expand. I am keen to continue becoming a tutor for an overseas painting holiday group, always relishing the thought of sharing my enthusiasm for the unique light and scenery. It is my hope that I can encourage others to explore and tread a path similar to my own and maybe, just maybe, experience that first injection of life and wonder into another aspiring artist. Only time will tell how successful I will be.

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1999
  • My first Exhibition with Essex Wildlife Trust in Brentwood where I sold my first pastel
  • Awarded "Best in Show" by the public at the Essex Open Art Exhibition - Beecroft Gallery, Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex.
2000
  • Brentwood, Billericay & Basildon Soropotomists Art Exhibition - two works sold.
  • Patchings 2000 Annual Open Competition & Exhibition – sponsored by “The Artist” and “The Leisure Painter” art magazines. Cool Essex Waters selected as one of 100 for exhibition from 700 paintings. Received David & Charles Award of books to the value of £250
  • Essex Red Cross Open Exhibition, Chelmsford – one work sold
2001
  • Brentwood, Billericay & Basildon Soropotomists Art Exhibition – by invitation, one work sold
  • Patchings 2001 Annual Open Competition & Exhibition – sponsored by “The Artist” and “The Leisure Painter” art magazines. Early Spring, Norsey Wood selected as one of 100 for exhibition from 700 paintings
  • Essex Red Cross Open Exhibition, Chelmsford - one work sold
  • Billericay Rotary Arts Exhibition - one work sold
  • Brentwood Art Society Annual Exhibition at the Beckett Gallery, Brentwood - one work sold
2002
  • Patchings Annual Open Competition & Exhibition – sponsored by “The Artist” and “The Leisure Painter” art magazines. Poppies Make a Comeback selected as one of 100 for exhibition from 850 paintings plus Autumn Sketch selected as highly commended and both put on web-site for duration of exhibition
  • Brentwood Art Exhibition, St. Thomas of Canterbury - two works sold
  • Essex County Council – Showing Off Essex Artists, Cressing Temple Barns, nr Braintree Essex – art fair by selection - one work sold, one commission obtained
  • Essex Red Cross Open Exhibition, Chelmsford – one work sold
  • Billericay Rotary Arts Exhibition - by invitation, one work sold, 5 commissions obtained

2003
  • Society for All Artists Annual Competition and Exhibition, Artist’s & Illustrators, Design Centre, Islington – Poppies Make a Comeback selected from 3000 entries from 50 countries
  • Permanent Exhibition established in Courtyard Restaurant, Chelmsford, Essex for all Italian paintings
  • Artclimbers Art Fair at Dedham, Essex - one work sold and two commissions
  • Patchings Annual Open Competition & Exhibition – sponsored by “The Artist” and “The Leisure Painter” art magazines. Warwickshire Wild Flower Meadow selected as one of 100 for exhibition from 850 paintings and put on web-site for duration of exhibition
  • Brentwood Art Exhibition, St. Thomas of Canterbury - two works sold
  • Essex Red Cross Open Exhibition, Chelmsford – one work sold
2004
  • Art Dealers Art Fair at Dedham, Essex - by invitation from a group of Chelmsford Art Dealers
  • Artshed Gallery, New Milton Hampshire – part of mixed show July/August – result of CV invite as advertised in AN magazine
  • Developed material for two pastel workshops in Ilford and Brentwood, Essex. Both oversubscribed and well received
  • Beecroft Gallery, Westcliffe on Sea - invited to submit 20 paintings into Christmas show - only one sold but led directly to arranging demonstrations at art clubs in the Southend area
2005
  • Demonstrations commenced in earnest
  • Further workshops at Thorndon Countryside Centre in conjunction with Essex Wildlife
  • Invited by the Essex Art Group to do my first full day Pastel workshop
  • Approached by Art of Course Ltd. to act as one of 20 tutors for their East Anglian operations
2006
  • Demonstrations continue across Essex
  • Applied for and accepted to become a promoter for the Society of All Artists
  • Workshops at Thorndon in watercolour and pastel and other medias continue
  • Completed workshop for Art of Course Ltd. in northern Essex business now ceased in favour of an art shop in St. Albans
  • Weekend residential workshop established with Bawdsey Manor, near Felixstow, Suffolk/Essex border
  • Requested and accepted role as tutor to the Doddinghurst Art Society
  • Invited by Southend-on-Sea Art Group to do full day all media workshop and another pastel demonstration
  • Invited by Boreham Art Circle to do a half day workshop titled - "Hot & Cold"
  • Sadly the small outlet at a dentist's surgery and the larger at the Courtyard Restaurant both ceased
  • Following a good deal of correspondence, I will also be tutoring for Bella Sardinia in the Autumn of 2007
  • Ford Motor Company at Duncton Research Centre contacted me and have asked for some demonstrations and workshops
  • Return visit to Hylands School requested and warmly received
  • One-man exhibition in Southend on Sea to help raise funds for Relate
2007
  • Requested and accepted tutoring art groups at Hatfield Peveril, and two in Danbury, Essex
  • Art holiday completed successfully in Sardinia,
  • Brentwood Art Exhibition, St. Thomas of Canterbury – sold 5 paintings
  • Italian paintings now in a new restaurant in Maldon - La Chimneire, owned by old friend Mauritzio
  • Demonstrations and workshops continue across Essex
  • Planning details of a painting holiday in Denia in Spain following research in the autumn
  • Agreed to run a workshop for Marsh Farm, run by Essex County Council
  • Planning 2 residential workshops at Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk after autumn success
  • Demonstrations now extended to Bishops Stortford (Herts) and Orpington (Kent)
  • All four workshops at Thorndon well attended following good advertising and introducing discount scheme
2008
  • Researched and visited near Bodrum, Turkey for an art holiday there
  • Approached Hylands House for workshops following input from a student
  • Demonstrations continue across Essex and Kent
  • Tutoring of Doddinghurst Art Group ceased
  • Researching possibility of art holidays in south west France and Tuscany for 2009 following approaches via SAA
2009
  • Art holiday in Manzac, south west France completed successfully despite reduced numbers
  • Became treasurer to Brentwood Art Society
  • Became a director for the Foundation of Essex Arts (replaces the Essex Gallery)
  • Applied for and was successful in becoming a member of the Guild of Essex Craftsman, invited to exhibit with them at Ingatestone Hall
  • Further workshops and demonstration in Cambridgeshire and Essex
  • First Day workshop at Hylands house
2010
  • Art holiday in north west Italy with Villatalla - fully booked and the week went well, gorgeous weather and art!
  • Workshops and demonstrations continue across Suffolk, Kent and Essex
  • First Art holiday with "Art in the Algarve" at Olhao, near Faro, southern Portugal
2011-15
  • Demonstrations and workshops continue across Essex, Cambridgeshire and Kent
  • Art holidays in Olhao, Portugal continue, some run privately
2016
  • Art holiday near Eymet, near Bergerac, France
  • Demonstrations and workshops continue across Essex, Kent and Hertfordshire
2017
  • Art holiday in Southwold, Suffolk

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