I have painted and sketched since early childhood, my favourite place being among the old orchard fruit trees in our garden.

Following a Bachelor of Arts degree, I worked as an illustrator and graphic designer in studios in London and Dorset - where I illustrated natural-history information boards which were displayed throughout the county.

On raising a family, I felt driven to capture my children's likenesses on canvas and began to paint more frequently.

For several years, I challenged myself by entering Open Art competitions and I have been fortunate to have been selected for a number of these juried exhibitions. The full list is listed on my website here: exhibitions:awards but my personal highlights are: Winning the New Forest Open Art Competition in 2015 with 'Eyeworth Pond' Watch the New Forest Open video and being one of only 50 artists to be shortlisted for Artists & Illustrators Magazine's 'Artist of the Year 2017' Competition at the Mall Galleries, London. It fulfilled an ambition to have a painting selected for this prestigious gallery and was especially poignant for me as my entry was a painting of those old fruit trees in my former childhood garden.

Earlier this year I took the decision not to have framed paintings in exhibitions as my only goal, and I continue to explore the theme of wildflowers using impasto paint applied with a painting knife. I'm currently creating art for the sheer enjoyment of the process and to see where each painting will lead me! I typically start by washing layers of acrylic paint over the painting surface, and then sculpt thick, buttery, heavy-body paint over the top to describe the flowerheads. Stalks are scratched through to reveal the layers underneath.

Over time I wanted to see how these textural paintings would look in print, and so my latest floral and coastal images have become cushions - available at Seasons Green, Corfe Castle and (thanks to a competition win with Foundry Fifty) beautifully printed notebooks, diaries and tins of greeting cards.
I am thrilled to announce that my Dorset Wildflower and Coastal stationery and cards are now available at Studland Knoll Beach, Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy National Trust shops.
Plus - new for 2019 - I have just opened my first Etsy UK shop where I am now offically open for business! It's AndreaHookArt.etsy.com and you are most welcome to visit.
It's a work in progress, so I plan to add more things throughout the year.

Thank you for following my progress thus far :- )
You are warmly invited to join me on Facebook to see my most recent work and news :- )

Best wishes Andrea