Rum's Eg Christmas Card Winner


Really delighted to be one of three winners of Rum's Eg Gallery’s, Romsey, Christmas Card Competition!
Rum's Eg held a call for entries for images they could use exclusively for their Christmas cards for 2017 - and in return I received a bumper pack of beautiful professionally-printed cards for my own use. It's a beautiful gallery, cafe and workshop base. I only wish they were a little nearer to me, I'd be a frequent visitor for sure!

Artists & Illustrators Magazine : 'Social Scene' mention :-)


Really surprised to turn the pages of a magazine and see my name recently!
Published in August's 'Artists & Illustrators' Magazine is a comment I wrote on my Facebook page about my enthusiasm for painting with palette knives!
A very big thank you to A&I Magazine for their glossy print share :-)
... I'd love to know if anyone did swop their brush for a palette knife and gave it a go ...

BTW: Selected for The New Forest Open Art Competition!


Delighted to say that 'By the Way' has been selected for The New Forest Open Art Competition 2017.
Really pleased to be part of this lovely exhibition in Lyndhurst.
It's the fourth time I've exhibited in this juried competition, so I am really grateful to have made it in this year!
The exhibition opens on Saturday 15 July and runs until Saturday 7 October - it's a really long one this year...we might all be wearing woolly hats again by the end!!

SAA Artist of the Year 2017


Very happy to have four paintings 'Commended' for reaching top 200 shortlist for The Society of All Artists' Artist of the Year 2017.
I'll take that as a sign to keep painting then! ... :-)

A&I 'Artists of the Year' Exhibition at the Mall Galleries


So honoured to have been shortlisted for this exhibition!
The private view at the Mall Galleries last month was very well attended and it was great to finally see the shortlisted paintings for real. I was relieved to see that my postcard sized painting of 'Orchard, early evening' wasn't the smallest after all!
Photograph shows the editor Katie McCabe opening the event, with my painting in the centre of the trio above her.
There are more photographs from the evening on my facebook page
An extremely big thank you for all your support and votes :-)

Voting Open for A&I 'Artists of the Year' 'Readers' Choice'


Very pleased to be part of Artists & Illustrators Magazine's 'Artists of the Year' Competition 2017'!
My selected artwork 'Orchard, early evening' is a small palette knife painting of the trees in my childhood garden.
There will be an exhibition of all 50 shortlisted artworks at London's Mall Galleries in January (23 - 28).
All of the artworks are eligible for the Readers' Choice award, which is decided through online votes from the public.
A&I magazine are encouraging all entrants to ask family and friends to vote.
Please visit to view all 50 artworks and cast your vote.
Thank you, your votes are much appreciated - and extra special thanks if you decide to vote for mine :)

Shortlisted for A&I Artists of the Year, Mall Galleries!


I'VE BEEN SELECTED for Artists & Illustrators' Artists of the Year 2017 Competition!! :) (can't believe it!)
'Orchard, Early Evening' will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London from 23 - 28 January, 2017 - alongside the other 49 selected artworks!
Am I allowed to say that I am really excited??
It is Number 1 on my bucket list to have a painting on exhibition at the Mall Galleries and it still feels like I am dreaming to be honest - I may just have to print out the confirmation email so it feels a bit more real.....

Exhibition News: Mottisfont, National Trust, nr Romsey


A BIG thank you to Mottisfont, National Trust, (Hampshire, SO51 0L) for selecting 'Strandline' for their Open Art Exhibition :)
...and for asking to use the image on the publicity :)
.The Exhibition runs from Saturday 1 October to Sunday 13 November 2016.
More information here.
Update: Sold
A fantastic exhibition and venue - well worth a visit.

Exhibition News: 'Opportunities' at L'Artishe Gallery, Swanage


September is a beautiful time to spend in the I am really quite jealous that my paintings, prints and cards will enjoy a whole month at L'Artishe Gallery as part of the Opportunities Open.
Running from Saturday 3 September to Friday 30 September, it features work from 22 artists, so it promises to be a very exciting and varied exhibition!
**OPENING EVENT** Saturday 3 September from 2pm - 4pm.
(The perfect time to pop in, enjoy the exhibition, have a drink and meet the artists)
L'Artishe Gallery is at 71 High Street, Swanage, BH19 2LY.
One hour parking along the road from the gallery.
Hope you can visit :)

Winner: Best painting voted by the public at Broadstone Art Society's Summer Exhibition!


A very big thank you to everyone who voted for 'Vintage Dress' as their favourite painting.
It's the first time this painting has been exhibited anywhere, so it was really lovely that it was so well received :)
Thanks everyone

Exhibition News: Broadstone Art Society Exhibition: 21 August - 27 August


Broadstone Art Society's Summer Exhibition will open on Sunday 21 August to Saturday 27 August -
from 10 am to 5 pm daily - closing at 4.30pm on the final day.
At the Youth Centre in Moor Road.
There's a special theme of 'People in Paintings', but there is usually something for everyone in this really popular event of original art at very affordable prices!
Hope you can visit :) :) (Tip: Visit early to bag yourself a bargain!)

Exhibition News: New Forest Open Art Exhibition: 16 July - 3 September


Feeling really honoured to be selected for the New Forest Open Art Exhibition for the third year running. The exhibition opens on Saturday 16 July and runs to Saturday 3 September and is open from 10am to 4.30 pm daily. FREE Entry. It's at the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

Exhibition News: Southampton City Art Gallery Open: 25 June - 10 September


I have two paintings selected for 'A Sporting Life' which opens on Saturday 25 June in Southampton City Art Gallery.
All residents of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Dorset were invited to submit their artwork for this summer's selling exhibition - themed around the subject of 'sport and recreation'.
To mark this Olympic Games year, all sporting activities .... walking, running, sailing, football, swimming, climbing or any number of countless activities or diverse sporting pastimes could be included.
Entry is FREE :) Everyone welcome.
The gallery is situated in an beautiful building with 'works covering eight centuries from Renaissance to the present day, but the core of the collection is twentieth century and contemporary Art'.
The current exhibition 'Beasts or Best Friends - Animals in Art' (recently shown at the Russell Cotes Art Gallery in Bournemouth) will be running at the same time as the Open so you can see two for free! ...or three for free if you visit the permanent collection too!
Image: Watching Cowes Regatta (1892), Philip Wilson Steer

Exhibition News: The 17th St Barbe Open: 11 June - 23 July


Delighted to be selected for St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery's Open Art Exhibition.
Around 90 paintings (which could be submitted on any theme) are in this selling exhibition in Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9BH.
All welcome. Opening hours & admission fees
St Barbe's Open

Featured Artist with Cowling & Wilcox


This Q&A interview with Cowling & Wilcox certainly got me thinking about my art from every angle!

With thanks to C&W for the opportunity and for asking such interesting questions!

Featured Artist with POL: The Artist & Leisure Painter Magazines


I'm a featured artist this month in Painters on Line's (The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines) regular bonus e-letter.

I was asked for the story behind Vintage Dress for my section.

I really enjoyed writing it.....although it may have taken me longer than painting the picture in the end!!

You can read, skim or skip the article here...

Exhibition News: Cross Barn Art Exhibition: 23 - 24 April


I am honoured to be exhibiting two paintings with the Cross Barn Art Artists, (a fantastic group of gifted artists, lead by the super-talented Jamel Akib).This, one weekend only, exhibition runs from Saturday 23 April (10am - 5pm) to Sunday 24 April (10am - 4 pm), and is at the Cross Barn, Odiham, nr Hook RG29 1JX. Don't miss your chance to be served coffee or cake by one of the artists! 10% of artist sales go to the children's charity Barnardo's. Hope to see you there! :)

Exhibition News: Broadstone, Dorset: 27 March - 2 April


Dates for your diaries: Broadstone Art Society's Spring Exhibition
~ Sunday 27 March to Saturday 2 April.
10 am - 5 pm (4.30 pm on the final day)
The Youth Centre, Moor Road, Broadstone, BH18 8AZ
I will be exhibiting four paintings with BAS this spring.
As usual, there will be a selection of exciting and varied paintings for sale at reasonable prices.
All artwork created by local artists.
There will also be a wide selection of artists' greeting cards for sale.
All welcome :) Free admission, but donations welcome on behalf of Corfe Mullen Scouts.

Self Portrait Article in Leisure Painter: May 2016 issue


Following The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines' Self-Portrait competition, I was asked to write the story behind my painting for an article - which is published in the current issue (May) of Leisure Painter.
Here is the full length version of my blog (Photo credit: POL):

‘A Shadow of My Former Self’
by Andrea Hook
Oil on Linen canvas
16” wide x 20” deep (40 cms wide by 50 cms deep)

On taking up the self-portrait challenge, I chose oils as I hadn’t used them for portraiture before. I also wanted to do a conceptual piece so I knew an appropriate title would be crucial. The title came to me first in the end. Someone posted an old photograph from their school days on Facebook, with a shadowy figure just visible through the classroom window. I quipped ‘Who’s that in the background – a shadow of your former self??’ and was about to post it when I thought ‘No, I’m keeping that!’ An image began to take shape, but I needed just the right photograph of myself as a child to fit the missing piece and a quick scan through the old family album, unfortunately, yielded nothing suitable.

A while later I was attending a family event. It was the sort of do where, later in the evening, an elderly great aunt usually produces an envelope of black and white photographs from her handbag and circulates them around the room. We weren’t disappointed. A photograph of me progressed along our table, and I instantly saw the distinctive silhouette that the bow in my hair made. I had found my shadow. My image was complete.

The next weekend I asked my son to take some photographs of me – I knew that after doing the usual Sunday chores - washing, cooking the roast and clearing up – I would have exactly the right expression on my face that I was looking for! I pre-warned him I wasn’t going to smile (so don’t make me!), flattened my hair in the mirror (made a mental note to apologise to my hairdresser later) grabbed a huge old jumper from the back of the airing cupboard and took a seat. I chose the kitchen table as it is the scene of my daily drama – cyclically exchanging tablemats and plates for table top easel and palettes. I present the photo of the younger me to the viewer to consider this child – with all the hopes and dreams of what she would be as an adult….and I present myself as an adult, wondering who this girl is and what exactly her dreams were. It is a study of the passing of time and the age-old frustration of trying to balance the things you want to do against all the things you have to do first. The clock dominates. It is late in the day; I am (literally and figuratively) ‘up against time’.

At face value, it really does appear to be a fairly negative narrative, but I found painting it surprisingly cathartic. Contrary to the implication that I have in some way lost more than I have gained over time, I found plenty to consider and appreciate in my adulthood – countless things to be grateful for and personal goals achieved that I should remind myself of more often, over and above the daily distraction of white noise. So am I indeed ‘A Shadow of My Former Self?’ Well - if some of my childhood aspirations haven’t come to fruition, it is simply because I haven’t achieved them….yet!

Commended at Planet Art: PEDAS Open


Delighted to be awarded one of the Commended prizes at today's Planet Art Open private view at The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park.
The Planet ART Open was designed and organised by PEDAS to run alongside the current 'United Nations Climate Change Conference' in Paris, and requested artwork, sculpture and prose from artists in response to this issue.
The statement I submitted in support of this work was:
Strandline (High & Dry):
'For all our supposed intelligence, if we fail to act on climate change - with the associated extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels and exceptional tides - we will find ourselves adrift and marooned like flotsam and jetsam on the strand line. Our presence on this planet could be as fleeting as the footprint on the sand.'
A BIG personal thank you for the amazing number of compliments I have received - both personally and on Facebook - in response to this painting, and for 'Daisy Chain' which was also accepted into the exhibition.

And the Winner is...New Forest Open Art 2015: First Prize


Eyeworth Pond, nr Fritham, New Forest' has been awarded first prize at the New Forest Open Art Exhibition at the New Forest Gallery, New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst. SO43 7NY.


A big thank you to the judges, the New Forest National Park, the Centre and all their volunteers and Exxon Mobil. There's lots of gorgeous artwork there, many of which would get my vote for my favourite artwork. You have until Saturday 12 September to visit and vote for the one you think is your favourite!