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© David Finney 2016
I was bought a set of acrylic paints when I was 15 and gradually began to teach myself to make the most of this highly flexible medium. It has become my life's work.
I eventually turned professional on my 25th birthday and, 3 years later, received the first of my RSPB commissions for a set of Christmas cards. It was the ornithological seal-
I have since designed plates for Spode and Danbury Mint, as well as hundreds of greetings cards for various publishers; Royles, Medici and Webb Ivory among them. Charities such as the British Heart Foundation and the Musicians Benevolent Fund have also used my designs on Christmas cards.
I have illustrated 3 children's books.
I now publish my own cards and prints including my distinctive 'Naughty by Nature' range.
I have always worked on a very thick Bockingford watercolour paper, building up the image in layers from the smooth, wet-
But recently I have also been painting more freely on canvas, with a controlled splattering of gesso, overpainted with knife, brush and extreme enthusiasm!
I live in Alsager, south Cheshire, with my partner Janet.
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I am a member of the The Wildlife Art Society International as well as my local South East Cheshire Ornithological Society, for whom I redesigned their logo to help celebrate their 50th anniversary celebrations.
This June, 2018, I celebrate 32 years as a professional artist and am still finding stimulating subjects, fresh ideas and new ways to express myself in acrylic paints.
I take my inspiration from the countryside around me and hope my appreciation of it shows through in my work.
David A Finney, Alsager.