Willis, Tilly

Bio

Tilly Willis was trained at Somerset College of Art and the Byam Shaw School of Art in London in the 80's. She grew up and still lives in Somerset where she has her studio.

Best known for her evocative pictures of Africa, these colourful images, are now familiar through the global publication of cards, prints,calendars and book illustrations. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society where she has also exhibited. Her varied subject matter also includes still-life, interiors and landscapes, but she is also an established portrait painter, regularly working to commission. In 2014 Tilly took part in The Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.

She often visits schools to run workshops based on her African art and portraiture, as well as teaching and demonstrating her painting techniques.

From her Somerset studio, Tilly regularly exhibits her work during local art festivals as well as exhibiting in galleries throughout the UK.

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Through the Window, 1992 (oil on canvas)
Through the Window, 1992 (oil on canvas)

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Sisters, 1993 (oil on canvas)
Sisters, 1993 (oil on canvas)

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Into the Blue, 1993 (oil on canvas)
Into the Blue, 1993 (oil on canvas)

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Three Women, 1993 (oil on canvas)
Three Women, 1993 (oil on canvas)

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The Journey, 1993 (oil on canvas)
The Journey, 1993 (oil on canvas)

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Girl in Red, 1992 (oil on canvas)
Girl in Red, 1992 (oil on canvas)

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The Drummer, 1993 (oil on canvas)
The Drummer, 1993 (oil on canvas)

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Long Shadow, 1993 (oil on canvas)
Long Shadow, 1993 (oil on canvas)

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The Askari, 1992 (oil on canvas)
The Askari, 1992 (oil on canvas)

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Mother and Child, 1991 (oil on canvas)
Mother and Child, 1991 (oil on canvas)

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Woman Walking, 1990 (oil on canvas)
Woman Walking, 1990 (oil on canvas)

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Turkana Afternoon, 1994 (oil on canvas)
Turkana Afternoon, 1994 (oil on canvas)

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The Heat of the Day, 1993 (oil on canvas)
The Heat of the Day, 1993 (oil on canvas)

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Boy in Fulani Hat, 1991 (w/c on paper)
Boy in Fulani Hat, 1991 (w/c on paper)

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Malagasy Girl, 1989 (oil on canvas)
Malagasy Girl, 1989 (oil on canvas)

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Tuareg Tribesman, 1991 (w/c on paper)
Tuareg Tribesman, 1991 (w/c on paper)

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Beach Bums, 1997 (oil on canvas)
Beach Bums, 1997 (oil on canvas)

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Waiting for the Bus, 1997 (oil on canvas)
Waiting for the Bus, 1997 (oil on canvas)

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The Tailor, 1997 (oil on canvas)
The Tailor, 1997 (oil on canvas)

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Karaban, Senegal, 1997 (oil on canvas)
Karaban, Senegal, 1997 (oil on canvas)

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To the Island, 1998 (oil on canvas)
To the Island, 1998 (oil on canvas)

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A Quiet Moment, 2003 (oil on canvas)
A Quiet Moment, 2003 (oil on canvas)

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Beyond the Pale, 1998 (oil on canvas)
Beyond the Pale, 1998 (oil on canvas)

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The Dancer, 1998 (oil on canvas)
The Dancer, 1998 (oil on canvas)

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By the Sea Shore, 1998 (oil on canvas)
By the Sea Shore, 1998 (oil on canvas)

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Washer Woman, 1999 (oil on canvas)
Washer Woman, 1999 (oil on canvas)

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Water from the Well, 1999 (oil on canvas)
Water from the Well, 1999 (oil on canvas)

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Well Woman, 1999 (oil on canvas)
Well Woman, 1999 (oil on canvas)

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Bucket Shop, 1999 (oil on canvas)
Bucket Shop, 1999 (oil on canvas)

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Fishing in Africa, 1996 (oil on canvas)
Fishing in Africa, 1996 (oil on canvas)

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Woman's Work, 2001 (oil on canvas)
Woman's Work, 2001 (oil on canvas)

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The Hairdresser, 2001 (oil on canvas)
The Hairdresser, 2001 (oil on canvas)

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Moonlit Evening, 2001 (oil on canvas)
Moonlit Evening, 2001 (oil on canvas)

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Mama (oil on canvas)
Mama (oil on canvas)

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Indian Ocean, 1996 (oil on canvas)
Indian Ocean, 1996 (oil on canvas)

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Saharan Journey, 1995 (oil on canvas)
Saharan Journey, 1995 (oil on canvas)

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Calabash Girls, 1991 (oil on canvas)
Calabash Girls, 1991 (oil on canvas)

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Watching, 1992 (oil on canvas)
Watching, 1992 (oil on canvas)

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The Shady Tree, 1992 (oil on canvas)
The Shady Tree, 1992 (oil on canvas)

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Cooking Rice, 2001 (oil on canvas)
Cooking Rice, 2001 (oil on canvas)

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On the Veranda, 2002 (oil on canvas)
On the Veranda, 2002 (oil on canvas)

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Girls Together, 2002 (oil on canvas)
Girls Together, 2002 (oil on canvas)

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After the Storm, 2002 (oil on canvas)
After the Storm, 2002 (oil on canvas)

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The Scribe, Morocco, 1996 (oil on canvas)
The Scribe, Morocco, 1996 (oil on canvas)

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Belly Dancer, 1993 (oil on canvas)
Belly Dancer, 1993 (oil on canvas)

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Camel Train (oil on canvas) 1993
Camel Train (oil on canvas) 1993

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The Cashew Wood, 1998 (oil on canvas)
The Cashew Wood, 1998 (oil on canvas)

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Cyprus Trees (oil)
Cyprus Trees (oil)

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Sun, Sea and Sand, 2003 (oil on canvas)
Sun, Sea and Sand, 2003 (oil on canvas)

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African Afternoon, 2003 (oil on canvas)
African Afternoon, 2003 (oil on canvas)

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Mother Love, 2003 (oil on board)
Mother Love, 2003 (oil on board)

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Evening Sun, 2003 (oil on canvas)
Evening Sun, 2003 (oil on canvas)

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The Red Bucket, 2002 (oil on canvas)
The Red Bucket, 2002 (oil on canvas)

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Evening Calm, 2003 (oil on canvas)
Evening Calm, 2003 (oil on canvas)

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Matriarch, 2004 (oil on canvas)
Matriarch, 2004 (oil on canvas)

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Through the Doorway, 2005 (oil on canvas)
Through the Doorway, 2005 (oil on canvas)

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Wheelbarrow, 2005 (oil on canvas)
Wheelbarrow, 2005 (oil on canvas)

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Woman Cooking, 2004 (oil on canvas)
Woman Cooking, 2004 (oil on canvas)

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Woman Sitting, 2004 (oil on canvas)
Woman Sitting, 2004 (oil on canvas)

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Women Gardening, 2005 (oil on canvas)
Women Gardening, 2005 (oil on canvas)

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Bending Woman, 2005 (oil on canvas)
Bending Woman, 2005 (oil on canvas)

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The Meeting, 2005 (oil on canvas)
The Meeting, 2005 (oil on canvas)

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Waiting, 2005 (oil on canvas)
Waiting, 2005 (oil on canvas)

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The Bush Road, 2005 (oil on canvas)
The Bush Road, 2005 (oil on canvas)

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The Beach, 2004 (oil on canvas)
The Beach, 2004 (oil on canvas)

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Serpentine Sunset, 2004 (oil on canvas)
Serpentine Sunset, 2004 (oil on canvas)

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Samba's House, 2005 (oil on canvas)
Samba's House, 2005 (oil on canvas)

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Rustling Palm, 2004 (oil on canvas)
Rustling Palm, 2004 (oil on canvas)

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Planting Onions, 2005 (oil on canvas)
Planting Onions, 2005 (oil on canvas)

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Pineapple Girl, 2004 (oil on canvas)
Pineapple Girl, 2004 (oil on canvas)

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Morning Shadows, 2004 (oil on canvas)
Morning Shadows, 2004 (oil on canvas)

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Sahelian Landscape, 2002 (oil on canvas)
Sahelian Landscape, 2002 (oil on canvas)

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Homeward Bound, 2004 (oil on canvas)
Homeward Bound, 2004 (oil on canvas)

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Fetching Water, 2005 (oil on canvas)
Fetching Water, 2005 (oil on canvas)

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Angleterre House, 2004 (oil on canvas)
Angleterre House, 2004 (oil on canvas)

TWI244011: © Tilly Willis / Bridgeman Images

Russian Winter, 2004 (oil on canvas)
Russian Winter, 2004 (oil on canvas)

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Gold Coast, 1993 (oil on canvas)
Gold Coast, 1993 (oil on canvas)

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Moonlit Church, 1997 (oil on canvas)
Moonlit Church, 1997 (oil on canvas)

TWI245413: © Tilly Willis / Bridgeman Images

The Blue House, 1997 (w/c on paper)
The Blue House, 1997 (w/c on paper)

TWI245414: © Tilly Willis / Bridgeman Images

Morning Catch, 1995 (oil on canvas)
Morning Catch, 1995 (oil on canvas)

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By the River, 1997 (w/c on paper)
By the River, 1997 (w/c on paper)

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Denbo's House, 1997 (w/c on paper)
Denbo's House, 1997 (w/c on paper)

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Indian Ocean II, 1995 (oil on canvas)
Indian Ocean II, 1995 (oil on canvas)

TWI245419: © Tilly Willis / Bridgeman Images

Sokoro, 2006 (oil on canvas)
Sokoro, 2006 (oil on canvas)

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At The Well, 2006 (oil on canvas)
At The Well, 2006 (oil on canvas)

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Clementine, 2004 (oil on canvas)
Clementine, 2004 (oil on canvas)

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Eva, 2006 (oil on canvas)
Eva, 2006 (oil on canvas)

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Journey's End, 2006 (oil on canvas)
Journey's End, 2006 (oil on canvas)

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A Drying Day, 2007 (oil on canvas)
A Drying Day, 2007 (oil on canvas)

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By the Beach, 2007 (oil on canvas)
By the Beach, 2007 (oil on canvas)

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By the River, 2007 (oil on canvas)
By the River, 2007 (oil on canvas)

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Seaside Solitude, 2006 (oil on canvas)
Seaside Solitude, 2006 (oil on canvas)

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The Spirit Garden, 2007 (oil on canvas)
The Spirit Garden, 2007 (oil on canvas)

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Three Fish (oil on canvas)
Three Fish (oil on canvas)

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African Sunset, 2009 (oil on canvas)
African Sunset, 2009 (oil on canvas)

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By the Well, 2009 (oil on canvas)
By the Well, 2009 (oil on canvas)

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Crows Rising, 2009 (oil on canvas)
Crows Rising, 2009 (oil on canvas)

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Fish Wife, 2009 (oil on canvas)
Fish Wife, 2009 (oil on canvas)

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Pond Reflections, 2009 (oil on canvas)
Pond Reflections, 2009 (oil on canvas)

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Rusty Wheelbarrow, 2009 (oil on canvas)
Rusty Wheelbarrow, 2009 (oil on canvas)

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Snow Shadows, 2009 (oil on canvas)
Snow Shadows, 2009 (oil on canvas)

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Studio Door, 2009 (oil on canvas)
Studio Door, 2009 (oil on canvas)

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Summer Garden, 2009 (oil on canvas)
Summer Garden, 2009 (oil on canvas)

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Winter Frost, 2009 (oil on canvas)
Winter Frost, 2009 (oil on canvas)

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Evening Sun,2010 (oil on canvas)
Evening Sun,2010 (oil on canvas)

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Noon Stroll,2010 (oil on canvas)
Noon Stroll,2010 (oil on canvas)

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Running Boy,2010 (oil on canvas)
Running Boy,2010 (oil on canvas)

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Snow Shadows, 2010 (oil on canvas)
Snow Shadows, 2010 (oil on canvas)

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Summer Roses, 2007 (oil on canvas)
Summer Roses, 2007 (oil on canvas)

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A Winters Walk (oil on canvas)
A Winters Walk (oil on canvas)

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African Girl (oil on canvas)
African Girl (oil on canvas)

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Eva (oil on canvas)
Eva (oil on canvas)

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Evening Catch (oil on canvas)
Evening Catch (oil on canvas)

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Jutalla (oil on canvas)
Jutalla (oil on canvas)

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Still Life with Pearls (oil on canvas)
Still Life with Pearls (oil on canvas)

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Under the Magnolia (oil on canvas)
Under the Magnolia (oil on canvas)

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Winter Light (oil on canvas)
Winter Light (oil on canvas)

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Woman with Fish (oil on canvas)
Woman with Fish (oil on canvas)

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Church Gate, 2012 (oil on canvas)
Church Gate, 2012 (oil on canvas)

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Kenyan Garden, 2012 (oil on canvas)
Kenyan Garden, 2012 (oil on canvas)

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Kenyan Kitchen, 2012 (oil on canvas)
Kenyan Kitchen, 2012 (oil on canvas)

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Mara Landscape, 2012 (oil on canvas)
Mara Landscape, 2012 (oil on canvas)

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Mara Storm, 2012 (oil on canvas)
Mara Storm, 2012 (oil on canvas)

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The Road Home, 2012 (oil on canvas)
The Road Home, 2012 (oil on canvas)

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Scorched Earth, 2014, (oil on canvas)
Scorched Earth, 2014, (oil on canvas)

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Bushfire Inferno, 2014, (oil on canvas)
Bushfire Inferno, 2014, (oil on canvas)

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Talla, 2014,(oil on canvas)
Talla, 2014,(oil on canvas)

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Strange Fish 2016 (oil on canvas)
Strange Fish 2016 (oil on canvas)

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Blaze, 2016, (oil on canvas)
Blaze, 2016, (oil on canvas)

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African Storm, 2016, (oil on canvas)
African Storm, 2016, (oil on canvas)

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African Kitchen, 2013, (oil on board)
African Kitchen, 2013, (oil on board)

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Country Barn, 2014, (oil on board)
Country Barn, 2014, (oil on board)

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Calabash Cousins ,2017,oil
Calabash Cousins ,2017,oil

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The Garden Well,2017,oil
The Garden Well,2017,oil

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Oil Can with Red Peppers,2017,oil
Oil Can with Red Peppers,2017,oil

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Autumnal Still life,2017,oil
Autumnal Still life,2017,oil

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Woodland Road 2017
Woodland Road 2017

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Biology Student,2017,oil on canvas
Biology Student,2017,oil on canvas

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Tomatoes and Pepper
Tomatoes and Pepper

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Red Parasol 2011
Red Parasol 2011

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Summer Garden
Summer Garden

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Across the Fields
Across the Fields

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Moroccan Village Kasbah
Moroccan Village Kasbah

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Girl with Braids 2008
Girl with Braids 2008

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Teenage Girl
Teenage Girl

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African Man, 1996 oil on canvas
African Man, 1996 oil on canvas

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Paddington Bear 2017
Paddington Bear 2017

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Early Morning
Early Morning

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Seamstress
Seamstress

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Ara
Ara

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African Shop
African Shop

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Mizen View County Cork
Mizen View County Cork

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Village Church
Village Church

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Charles and Susan Portrait
Charles and Susan Portrait

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Buddies on the Beach
Buddies on the Beach

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Old Survivor
Old Survivor

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Blackdown View
Blackdown View

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Autumn Light
Autumn Light

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A Windy Day
A Windy Day

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Still Life with Tomato
Still Life with Tomato

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Strawberries
Strawberries

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Passing Through
Passing Through

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