Mark Fennell RBSA

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My portrait for #portraitsfornhsheroes got a little feature in the Bucks Herald and Vale life magazine i was also intervied on Three Counties Radio.
Portrait of nurse Megan Woodman, painted as part of Oxford art society member Tom Croft’s brilliant idea #portraitsfornhsheroes.
Megan works at Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London and has been nursing for only a year and a half. She was transfered to the ITU unit during the Covid19 pandemic.
If you would like to nominate an NHS Hero to be painted, sign into Instagram and search the hashtag #portraitsfornhsheroes to find an artist.


Megan works as a nurse at Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London and has been nursing for only a year and a half. She was transfered to the ITU unit during the Covid19 pandemic. I painted her portrait as part of the #portraitsfornhsheroes initiative created by fellow Oxford art society member and painter friend Tom Croft.

Megan’s experience her own words.

I felt very lucky that I had worked in a medical ward and had recent surgical experience before being transferred to ITU during the covid pandemic as both areas intertwined in the high level of care- but was still surprised by how different it felt to any experiences I’ve had through training and qualification. 

As someone who enjoys chatting with patients it felt very strange to be looking after someone and not know what their voice sounded like. The dissonant sound of countless beeps, hums and drones from the equipment in the room almost became the patients voice whilst they couldn’t use their own- alerting to when something is wrong and reassuring when things improve. 

My overwhelming feeling of working in ITU during the pandemic was gratitude for the nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and other fantastic members of the healthcare team. I continually saw colleagues support each other and help with not only the patient during and incredibly scary and difficult period of their life, but also fortifying and providing reassurance to ITU newcomers like myself. 

I’m grateful for my ITU experience, and feel very lucky to have seen so many patients improve and to use their voices again. “

Artists life interview.
I occasionally run art courses at Pegasus art in Stroud and they recently interviewed me for their Artists life blog.

Portrait painting course.
I had an enjoyable day running a workshop on portrait painting with painting knives at Micklems farm near Henley on Thames. It was fully booked but 5 people cancelled because of the coronavirus, I think this will be my last workshop for a few months while covid 19 is still at large.

Portrait painting demonstration.
I had an enjoyable evening demonstrating portrait painting from life at Virginia Water art society.
As ever it was a challenge with only 2 hours including a tea break.
"This evening Mark Fennell came to Virginia Water Art Society to demonstrate painting in oil the Portait of Anthony one of our members. The likeness was incredible and in less than 2 hours Mark talked us through his process. The evening was very enjoyable and everyone was impressed by the results, thank you Mark"

Winner of The Winsor and Newton Painting Award at the 2020 RBA annual exhibition.

Chuffed to bits to be awarded The Winsor and Newton Painting Award at the Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition.

Portrait painting demonstration.
Another enjoyable portrait painting demo, I felt the pressure on this one painting Patrick from life for Eastcote art society.
I think a backdrop and more dramatic lighting would have helped!

Buckinghamshire portrait artist has work selected for The RBA.
My self portrait – The diagnosis has been selected for The Royal Society of British Artists annual open exhibition at The Mall Galleries London.

“I painted this self portrait with palette knives soon after being diagnosed with Lymphoma, I think it reflects how I felt at the time.” Receiving the cancer diagnosis was such a shock, but I felt compelled to paint himself and show how i was feeling. The chemotherapy treatment was successful, and i now feel healthy and well”.

Landscape painting demonstration.
I had an enjoyable evening demonstrating landscape painting with Rickmansworth art society. I’ve painted this amazing view of Clifton and camps bay from Bantry bay Cape town on the spot a couple of times whilst out there visiting my daughter and family.

Portrait painting course.
Had a fun day running a portrait painting workshop with a talented group of artists at Pegasus art in Stroud.

Portrait painting demonstration.
I was very pleased to be invited back to Pinner sketch club again, this time demonstrating portrait painting in oils with painting knives.

The most voted for artist at Bucks art society autumn exhibition.
Very pleased to find that i was voted 1st as the most voted for artist and two of my paintings were jointly voted 2nd for the peoples choice, where the public vote for their favourite work in the Bucks
art society autumn exhibition.

Portrait painting from life demonstration.
I had a fun evening painting Marilyn from life at Wendover art club, with less than 2 hrs to do the job i had work extremely fast.

Portrait painting workshop at Queen’s Park centre in Aylesbury.
Spent an enjoyable day running a portrait painting workshop for Bucks art society at my old junior school which is now Queen’s Park centre in Aylesbury.
Robin George our model for the day was as brilliant as ever!

Painting Antony Worrall Thompson.
My latest project is restauranter Antony Worrall Thompson. I painted him in 2005 on a tv programme called A brush with fame, he chose my portrait as his favourite. These two paintings are studies for a bigger portrait of Antony in his study with his books. As well as running restaurants and featuring on recent tv series Trawlermen he has written over 32 cookery books. #portraitpainting #oiloncanvas #wetonwetpainting #rosemarybrushes #winsorandnewton #oxfordartsociety #bucksartsociety #rbsa #portraitcommissions
#antonyworrallthompson #celebritychef #trawlermen

Rosemary and co artists brushes.
Just recieved a nice package from Rosemary Thompson @rosemaryandco. A couple of free T-shirts and some sample brushes – Classic and Ivory range for students to use at my workshops.

Painting courses.
Had a great time running a two day portrait painting workshop at Pure Artwork studio in Adderbury, what a great place to work!