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Arts for Africa Exhibition in June and other Summer events coming soon ......please see below ........

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A Fellow Traveller cover

My passion is sketching and painting the world around me in my annotated sketchbook diaries. Here is the front cover of my latest book 'A Fellow Traveller - A Sketchbook journey Inspired by World Heritage Cities and Sites'! A Fellow Traveller is available through my website and also via Amazon. Join me and the book on the journey from London to Kathmandu! My exhibition A Fellow Traveller visited the Barbican, London and Stamford Arts Centre in 2015 and will be travelling to further venues soon.........


With inspiration from the exhibition of 50 canvases of World Heritage Cities and sites, and support from Stamford Civic Society and the Arts Centre, visitors were invited to create their own beautiful building to add to a large scale map of a fictitious heritage town in the centre of the exhibition. Each unique addition added to the collective community to create a Magical Metropolis and future 'heritage haven' in the heart of wonderful Stamford. Here are a few lovely locals making a start on the Magical Metropolis. There were free drop in sessions for visitors aged 3 to 93 and beyond to make their own marvellous manifestation from card templates and over 100 beautiful buildings were produced - a photograph will be up on the website soon!


Venice, Italy
© Karen Neale, Watercolour Artist London

Venice Karen

Full details for 2016 summer events and Exhibitions will be posted soon.
These include 'Art for Africa' Exhibition in June, Fun with Faith Day in July and my own open studio weekend.
Stamford Arts Centre and Theatre along St. Mary's Street,
© Karen Neale, Watercolour Artist London

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Below is one of the pictures from my London books that was also in the new exhibition, along with a few other London and Stamford scenes as very limited edition larger scale canvases.

Reading Room at the British Museum,
© Karen Neale, Watercolour Artist London

Reading Room


And here are my hot off the press printed cotton bags. There is a colour, detail picture from my 'Broad Street Market' and 'Top of All Saints' Church paintings, on each side of the bag. The bags are made out of natural cotton (38cm wide x 42cm long x 10cm deep) with long cotton handles. They are durable, washable and are great for the environment. At £8 each they are a great investment as charges for plastic bags are now here.

There's more about 'me and my work' below and on the other pages, and from other perspectives, here are a couple of the current press articles from Wanderlust Travel Magazine, Frost magazine and The Culture Trip - though there is a slight error in that I never have time to see Downtown Abbey or Doctor Who - just Danger Mouse with my little boy! There will be more press articles to follow very soon......


And for now, a shameless 'Look at me, look at me and The Queen!' But it is all in a very good cause. Her Majesty The Queen is the patron of the WInston Churchill Memorial Trust(WCMT) and generously hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on March 18th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston's living legacy - the Churchill Fellowships. Being awarded a Fellowship not only enabled me to undertake a journey of a lifetime, it also opened so many doors to wonderful opportunities in my subsequent work, such as commissioning me to produce a painting which we presented to the Queen in 2006. WCMT award Fellowships in enormously diverse subjects, so if you are a British Citizen and passionate about your subject keep this in mind - it could be for you!

Jul 14: Karen sketching on the Thames

Karen Neale Art: 'Me and my Work'

That's me braving the winds racing across Waterloo Bridge. My passion is sketching and painting the world around me in my annotated sketchbook diaries. I stand ‘in situ’ and draw with an ordinary black biro as much as I can of what is going on around me in my book. Then, I add colour with my small field box of watercolours. The notes I make around the perimeter are observations I’ve made whilst I’ve been sketching. It is a great privilege and pleasure to simply spend time in a place and draw, and it is a wonderful way to get to know a place and its people.

San Gimignano,Italy
© Karen Neale, Watercolour Artist London

San Gimignano

Avignon, France,
© Karen Neale, Watercolour Artist London


I’ve kept sketchbooks since leaving school, throughout my architectural studies at Newcastle and Sheffield Universities, subsequent move to London and eventual qualification as an architect in 1999. My sketchbooks have taken me on some wonderful adventures. In 2001 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to undertake an artist’s journey inspired by World Heritage Cities and Sites, from France travelling eastwards through eight countries to Nepal, recording it all in the pages of my sketchbook diary. Subsequently I spent time in Cuba, culminating in a solo exhibition of my work at the British Ambassador’s residence in Havana.

Havana,Cuba © Karen Neale, World heritage artist London
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Closer to home I continued the World Heritage theme with a community project along Hadrian’s Wall. Then in London, I was privileged to sketch in and around the Palace of Westminster and was artist in residence at the Athenaeum Club in 2004. Rather auspiciously I was appointed ‘MCC Young Cricket Artist for 2005’, based at Lord’s Cricket Ground, and subsequently artist in residence at The Queen’s Club for the 2007 tennis season.

View from the Top of Millbank Tower, London © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London
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Millbank tower

I’ve had some fabulous commissions. In 2006 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust commissioned me to produce a painting to present to Her Majesty the Queen. I’ve also worked with Bob Wilson’s charity, The Willow Foundation, sketching in and around Arsenal’s football stadiums.

The Old Highbury Ground, Arsenal, London © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London
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In October 2006 my first London sketchbook diary was published by Methuen, entitled ‘London in Landscape’ with Winston Churchill’s daughter, Lady Soames generously writing the foreword. In 2009 ‘London in Landscape Volume II’ was launched with an exhibition of my paintings in the Barbican Centre, London. Both books are available through Methuen, Amazon, and me. Since 2010 I have resided in Stamford in Lovely Lincolnshire. In 2011, Walkers, Stamford’s local bookshop published my Stamford sketchbook. And now in 2015 A Fellow Traveller!

Broad Street Market from Browne's Hospital on Market Day, Stamford © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London
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Broad Street

May 14: Karen drawing in Stamford

These books have been a real labour of love for me as I’ve been out in all weathers, on tops of buildings, along the streets, in various wonderful institutions, sports grounds, churches and cathedrals, markets, museums and so on. It is an utterly uplifting experience to be able to just sit and draw in a place and become a part of that place for a few hours. If you would like to contact me for further information, please click here to e-mail or call me on
07710 406967

I hope you enjoy looking around the website!
Karen Neale Art
Watercolour Artist London and Stamford.
World Heritage Artist, London

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