I’ve painted and sketched since early childhood and my favourite place was the garden, amongst the old fruit trees and raspberry canes. I was lucky to grow up near the coast into a family with a long association with the sea, and I am very proud to say that my paternal great-grandfather was a bowman for the RNLI, Poole. I vividly remember spending hours at the Old Fisherman's Dock, watching the fishermen mending their nets whilst my parents got the wooden dinghy ready for a trip to the beach or around the harbour islands.

As a student, I studied for a degree in Visual Arts & Geography at Lancaster University and I worked as an illustrator and graphic designer in studios in London and Dorchester. I had one of the best-ever placements - illustrating the natural-history information boards which were displayed throughout Dorset. As I wasn't allowed to sign these boards, I used to put a particular little bird into each one - but this 'bright idea' rather backfired when I was asked to create a board on the Jurassic Period!

During a short break to raise my family, I became inspired to capture my children's likenesses on canvas and I began painting more frequently - this time for myself rather than for work. Like many parents, I now took jobs that fitted my children's school hours, but I still needed to be creative too, so I began to enter Open Art competitions. I've always painted subjects I absolutely love and am inspired about; portraits, those glorious local seascapes, birds and nature - and I've been fortunate to have some of these paintings selected for a number of exhibitions.
The full list is listed on my website here: events:awards but two highlights were: 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' Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. It fulfilled an ambition to have a painting selected for this prestigious gallery and was especially meaningful for me as my painting was a painting-knife study of the old fruit trees in my former childhood garden.

2018 was a fantastic year for vergeside flowers. They seemed to be everywhere in Dorset. I still never fail to be uplifted when I pass them. I really enjoyed exploring this theme of wildflowers using impasto paint applied with a painting knife. It's such a joy to create art for the sheer enjoyment of the process. I was delighted to be asked by Jackson's Art to write about my floral art for their blog, which you can read here.

Over time I wanted to see how these joyful impasto paintings would look on fabric. I found a UK company to professionally, and exclusively, make my floral and coastal paintings as super-soft 'vegan suede' cushions. You can see them at the beautiful seventeenth century gallery and artisan gift shop Seasons Green, in Corfe Castle, Dorset. They also have a selection of my framed miniature wildflower paintings, prints & original larger framed floral art. I'm delighted to say that my Dorset Wildflower and Coastal cards are stocked at local Dorset National Trust shops: Corfe Castle; Studland 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.

New Beginnings 2020

As I won't be attending any Artisan Fairs this year, I've bought it all online here! Starting with a cushion cover sale. So you can shop 24/7 without the crowds :- ) All my cushion covers, coasters, cards & daisy totes are made here in the UK and everything began as one of my nature-inspired, original paintings.

I'm finally painting full-time: I'm now using oil paints applied with brushes on gessobords, cotton panels and the occasional canvas. While we were all home-based, I started with a series of home-inspired artworks, including garden views, the contents of my kitchen cupboard and favourite photos from my previous travels. You can see these paintings in my New Gallery. Available paintings are marked with 'Buy Now' buttons in my galleries with direct links to purchase via Paypal or credit/debit card :- )

I was really grateful to have my very first lockdown painting 'Through the Square Window: Lockdown Day 20' selected as the winner of Artists & Illustrators magazine's Artwork of the Month: April 2020. Pegasus Art asked me to write a blog about this painting and my art (May 2020) which you can read here.

June 2020: I am delighted that my painting 'The Flower Stall' was selected in 'The Artist' category of 'The Artist and Leisure Painter TALP Open 2020' (Pictured above) I'm so happy to have been included in the top 70 works in this professional artist exhibition.

July 2020: I'm really pleased to be back painting the coast again, starting with some oils of Holes Bay, Poole Harbour. You can browse how these look as cushions and prints as they're briefly available here: Wraptious Competition Prints & Cushions
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Thank you so much 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
Selected for Artists & Illustrators Magazine's Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries Exhibition 2017
Selected for 'The Artist' category of The Artist and Leisure Painter Magazines' Open Art Competition 2020