about

I’ve painted and sketched since early childhood and my favourite place to be was among the old orchard fruit trees in our garden.
I studied for a degree in Visual Arts & Geography at Lancaster University and worked professionally as an illustrator and graphic designer in studios in London and Dorset. Latterly, I illustrated natural-history information boards which were displayed throughout the county.
However, on raising a family, I felt driven to capture my children's likenesses on canvas and began using paint much 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: events:awards but my personal highlights are: Winning the New Forest Open Art Competition in 2015 with 'Eyeworth Pond' (watch on youtube here) 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.

Since then, I've taken 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. For me, painting is as much about the qualities, behaviour and manipulation of the paint (colour, texture, layers) as it is about capturing or describing the subject. I was delighted to be asked by Jackson's Art to write about this process for their blog, which you can read here

Over time I wanted to see how these textural paintings would look in print, so my floral and coastal images have been printed onto fabric and are available as super-soft cushions at the beautiful seventeenth century gallery and artisan gift shop Seasons Green, Corfe Castle, Dorset. They also have a selection of my framed miniature wildflower paintings, prints & originals.
I'm delighted to say that my Dorset Wildflower and Coastal cards are at the following Dorset National Trust shops: Corfe Castle; Studland Knoll Beach and Kingston Lacy. The cards have recycled envelopes and bio-degradable (potato starch) cellulose sleeves and the images are inspired by the wayside flowers and coast close to my Dorset home.

Opening my first Etsy shop recently, means I'm now open for business 24/7!
Please visit AndreaHookArt.etsy.com It's a work in progress and I plan to add more things over time.

Finally, I occasionally have a stall in Wimborne, Dorset with 'Handmade Wimborne' and the 'Dorset Etsy Team'. I'll have a selection of cushions, cards, original miniature wildflower artwork and prints - including my brand new Scarves in Silk Sensation and Paris Chiffon fabrics and my even newer, large Daisy tote bag. Why not pop in and say hello!
I'll post details here and in my blog when confirmed.

In the meantime, I am currently painting a new series of home-inspired artworks in oils. I'm back to using brushes but still on my favourite canvas boards and panels. These latest paintings include garden views and the contents of my kitchen cupboard! All in my Lockdown Gallery.
I've just written a blog about my art for Pegasus Art (May 2020) here.
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it's updated much quicker than the website at the moment!

Thank you for visiting

The very best of wishes
Andrea :- )
Dorset Artist - inspired by nature and the beautiful wildflowers & coast of my home county
Oil & acrylic impasto paintings. Floral & coastal designs for fabrics & cards
All images © Andrea Hook

Winner of the New Forest Open Art 2015
Shortlisted for Artists & Illustrators Magazine's Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries Exhibition, 2017