• Current Projects

    Illustrated Children’s Book.

    Over the last 18 months I have been working with children’s book authors on an exciting project. This has meant developing fun new characters, illustrating the pages, and putting the book together for focus groups and endorsements before submitting to publishers. The book is aimed at young children, following the main characters and friend’s on their outdoor adventures. This encourages exercise and the use of imagination whilst appreciating the surroundings and identifying wildlife. After initial sketches and watercolours, the illustrations have been created in Procreate on an iPad Pro with further work in Photoshop and InDesign. I can’t give any further details or examples until it goes public, but will…

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    Climbing Trees and Muddy Knees.

    As grandparents of twin boys during lockdown, like so many others, we missed our grandsons so much. We wrote this poem for them and I illustrated it just to make them smile and must admit it was great fun to do.I hope you enjoy it, and if grandparents as well, will appreciate the sentiment from during that time I’m sure.I must add of course we really missed our daughter and son-in-law so much too, lol. Digital Illustrations using Procreate on an iPad Pro Climbing trees and muddy kneesAre things we miss like crazy.Without you boys to run round withWe’re getting kinda lazy Those fun filled days will soon be back,And…

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    A New Forest Cattle Drive

    Back in October 2018 I was asked by a commoner friend if he could commission a large oil painting. He has a large herd of cattle which run on the Forest that had to come in for TB testing. This meant driving them back to his farm on horseback. Of course I leapt at the chance as it is very rare to see quite so many cattle being driven across open forest and a great opportunity for a painting. Photos of the drive The view he wanted was from a vantage point near Burley overlooking the valley and the disused railway line. We knew this should work well as the…

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    Rutting Fallow Bucks

    In 2016 I received a commission from a New Forest Keeper for an oil painting of rutting fallow bucks. Getting up very early one morning to try and film scenes of the annual fallow rut in his quiet corner of the forest with his video recorder, he was especially thrilled to have successfully captured the scene with a rare white buck. He asked for the painting to be set in the exact spot where he had witnessed the rut taking place. I took a selection of stills from the videos and put together an autumn scene incorporating most of the large herd, including the many males that had gathered there.…

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    A Celebration of Commoning

    Painted to Commemorate 100 years of the Commoners Defence AssociationThis picture was produced as part of the celebration of the centenary year of the New Forest Commoners Defence Association. It was sold by auction at the 2009 New Forest Show, with all proceeds to the NFCDA. The watercolour depicts a drift scene on South Weirs, Brockenhurst and is surrounded by pencil sketches depicting various aspects of commoning life. The top section represents the administrative bodies of commoning.Starting in the top left corner: Agisters of the past, Jesse Taylor, Charles Evemy, and Albert Evemy. The Verderers Court, overseeing the commoning community, then modern day faces, retired Head Agister, Brian Ingram, current…

  • Claire Kitcher & Father Joe Wilding
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    Brushwood – Father & Daughter Exhibition 2006

    In 2006 I held a successful exhibition at the New Forest Museum with my Father, woodcarver Joe Wilding. Exhibition Details New forest based father and daughter artists, Woodcarver, Joe Wilding and Claire Kitcher, are holding their first joint exhibition, since they exhibited together back in 1987.The exhibition will feature a section…The New Forest through the eyes of Claire Kitcher…and a section of various subjects. Claire enjoys painting in watercolour, pastels and oils… all mediums are covered in the exhibition, plus a few sketches to show some preliminary work. They are both members of the prestigious Woodlanders art group, who exhibit together in Burley every September. Joe won the Ron Lane…

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    TV Appearances

    I have been involved in two television programs featuring the New Forest. A Wild Autumn Day – BBC 2 A wonderful program featuring the New Forest in autumn. Local people talk about their love of the forest at this special time of year, including myself giving an artists perspective. A Wild Autumn Day – Program Details “A look at the wildlife in the New Forest on an early autumn day. Red deer stags fight for a stake in the future while adders and common lizards face their last chance to find a meal before winter. And it’s also time for one of Britain’s answer to the Wild West, when local…

  • The White Horse Romsey
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    The White Horse Hotel Romsey

    In 2007 I was asked to produce a large “Stubbs” style oil painting for the main reception room of the refurbished White Horse Hotel in Romsey. I was asked for a gentle New Forest scene featuring a grey forest pony in the foreground with an oak tree & typical forest background. The view is Longslade near Sway, with an added oaktree!

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    Previous Commercial Work

    Much of my time has been spent on my own paintings and commissions, but I’ve been very lucky and have picked up various commercial and magazine work through the years. There are the many Tuftop designs, hand painted clock faces, logos, graphic design but here are just a few examples of interest. I have illustrated many articles for the New Forest magazine, which was always very varied and I particularly enjoyed the many different subjects. With an American publication called Canter magazine, I was honoured to have my painting on the front cover and an article about me, featuring in their first edition! And all the way from California, a…

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    Zuzu. Angels, Bells & Petals

    In 1999 I was approached by Mr Phillip Erklen, the President of the International Music Syndicate, regarding a “highly secret” project he was working on. He was in the process of planning a surprise tribute evening for the Actress Karolyn Grimes, who played the part of Zuzu Bailey in the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Mr Erklen was having a musical piece composed especially for Karolyn by Mr Phillip Keveren and asked if I would be interested in producing the artwork for the music score cover. I was honoured and thrilled to be involved in the event and was very honoured to receive a thankyou phone call and a…