Nel Whatmore has been a professional artist for over thirty years. Her current series of paintings called ‘The Wonder of Water’ focuses on the beauty of the sea and rivers around the Uk. She has travelled to the far north west of Scotland, studied the Cornish and Devon coast and rivers nearer to her home in Yorkshire. It has been a very different year but a very enjoyable one!
Nel is a regular exhibitor at Chelsea Flower Show where her stand has won multiple awards including a Five Star Award this year. Her work can be seen in many forms all over the world. She has a loyal following with many private collectors who have also now become friends.
She started her working life as a professional artist in 1986 with the help of The Princes Trust in a bedsit in Leeds. She met her husband the writer Mark Morris while at University. They live in North Yorks and have two children, Polly who is studying Fine Art at Edinburgh and David who is a Physicist! (Thankfully he is good at websites and all the things the rest of the family are rubbish at.)
Nel was invited to Clarence House to a special reception with HRH the Prince of Wales where she presented his Royal Highness with one of her original paintings as part of the Trust's 35th Year Celebrations.
She seeks to constantly explore mediums and their ability to convey emotion.
Nel has had six books of poetry published called the ‘Reasons to Be’ series, which are now sold out, and also now designs fabric collections for Westminster Fibres' Freespirit brand in the States.
Her work is licensed worldwide and she is represented by Jewel Branding in the North America ,at all major shows including Surtex in New York and Brand Licensing in Las Vegas.
All her Pattern Collections are inspired either by her fine art paintings or from natural forms. They have a hand made, painterly feel and are always in uplifting colour palettes.
She adores paintings and is excited to also now be designing fabric and exploring the whole new world of surface pattern.
“Being a painter is a life long challenge to try to say something of worth. If my work moves people, raises a smile or lightens your heart, then that makes it all worthwhile.” Nel x