Nel Whatmore is a fine artist, well known for her floral paintings and abstracts. A contemporary colourist her paintings are both expressionist and evocative.
Nel has exhibited at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham, the Albert Docks in Liverpool and has had many sell out one woman shows. She has been selected to exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show for the last five years winning two awards for her stand. She has a loyal following with many private collectors worldwide. Her work has been collected by celebrities such as Zoe Ball, Richard and Judy, Gary Neville and David Gower.
In 2012 she was invited to a special private reception at Clarence House as part of the Prince’s Trust 35th Year Celebrations. She presented her painting ‘Devoted to You’ to HRH Prince Charles as part of the celebrations. The painting was inspired by the wonderful work that the multi award winning peony growers, Kelways do, and features their peony Coral Charm.
She seeks to constantly explore mediums and their ability to convey emotion. Her work is varied and encapsulates her interest in expressionist painting. From landscapes to evocative abstracts she continues to seek new ways of working.
Nel has had 6 books of poetry published called the ‘Reasons to Be’ series which have been extremely well received and are currently sold out.
Nel’s work is licensed worldwide through her agents Konnect in the UK and Jewel Licensing in the States. Royal Worcester, Pimpernel, Coats, Claire Fontaine as well as having partners in many countries including Russia, Sweden, Australia and Canada.
World Famous Chelsea Flower Show Exhibitor
As a regular exhibitor at Chelsea Flower Show she is lucky enough to have access to some of the most inspiring garden designs in the world and floral exhibits. Here are a few pictures of her stand at Chelsea.
Her work is now licensed by many companies all over the world many of which have produced beautiful ranges. Nel decided to start designing fabric a few years ago and is now on her fourth range. Her Collections so far are Happy Go Lucky, Sleeping Beauty and Katharine’s Wheel. Eden will be launched later this year.
She loves seeing how people use her work and producing textile designs has introduced her to a whole new arena, the stitching and quilting world, that she finds really fascinating.