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Arts for Africa Exhibition June16th - 19th and other Summer events ......please see below for details ........

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A Fellow Traveller cover

My passion is sketching and painting the world around me in my annotated sketchbook diaries. Above is a detail from my current sketchbook, and here is the front cover of my latest published book 'A Fellow Traveller - A Sketchbook journey Inspired by World Heritage Cities and Sites'! A Fellow Traveller is available here. After my big exhibitions last year at the Barbican and Stamford Arts Centre, I have been hiding, but not hibernating in my little studio. I've scribbled and sketched away on various new commissions. Below is a detail from one of them.


A selection of my canvases, prints and books are appearing in a wonderful exhibition 'Art 4 Africa' taking place to support the education of vulnerable children in Tanzania. Hosted by lovely Faulkner Family at Old Chapel House, Riseley Road, Keysoe, MK44 2HT, the event offers a fantastic chance to view – and purchase – works from national and local artists and artisans. The exhibition is open from Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th June 2016, 9am - 5.30pm (Saturday 7.30pm), and there will be a hog roast and barbeque on the Sunday - so come and join me in the queue for the barbeque while enjoying some amazing work, in a lovely setting and all for a great cause. You can find out more about the exhibition and the Charity here, and full details are below under Exhibitions and Events.


In addition to this wonderful exhibition, I'm also taking part in the 'Fun with Faith' Day on July 9th at the Recreation Ground in Stamford. Similarly to the 'Magic Metropolis' at the Arts Centre (shown growing here) in December, and with some divine inspiration, come and create your own beautiful building to add to the fictitious heritage town map (created by a master-builder!) from 12 - 2pm.

Later on in the year I will be having my own little 'open studio', inviting you to come along and see where it all happens. As always though you are very welcome to come at other times by appointment to view and purchase paintings and canvases or pick up a signed book for a special present.

Please do contact me if you'd like any more information about any of the above and continue below for more information on exhibitions and about 'me and my work'.


'Art 4 Africa' -
Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th June 2016, 9am - 5.30pm (Saturday 7.30pm) at Old Chapel House, Riseley Road, Keysoe, MK44 2HT
Supporting the education of vulnerable children in Tanzania with works from national and local artists and artisans. Below are two of my canvases appearing in the exhibition.

Fun with Faith Day - 9th July 2016 at Stamford Recreation Ground - A fun family day out from 10am - 5pm. Come and find me in the creative Arts Marque from 12 - 2pm.

Venice, Italy
© Karen Neale, Watercolour Artist London

Venice Karen

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 2015 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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Apr 09: 15th Oct 07 lge

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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