Spotlight, 17/3/2017-29/3/2017

Recent 2D and 3D work by members of Town Mill Arts will be on display, with a special spotlight on our newest members like David Henham.

Open daily, 10.30-4.30, free admission.

David William Henham

Having grown up within a family environment of art, music, theatre, literature and writing it is little wonder I ended up working as an oil painter, fine artist, cartoonist and writer.

I have been painting now for 30 years but during that period I have worked in the civil service, been an artistic blacksmith and then head forester on Lord Malmesbury’s country estate in Hampshire.

I studied fine art with the London College of Art and then went on to something quite different and studied sports nutrition with the British School of Yoga. I then studied Wildlife Management and Ecology at Winchester which lead to my country estate work as head forester.

In this time I have always painted, mainly subjects of Spain and its architecture and vibrant heat as Spain has always influenced me having had family there for over 30 years. The country has inspired me in many ways from its beautiful and vast countryside and wildlife to its poetry, music and history.

I moved from Hampshire to Dorset in 2000 and to Lyme Regis where my family roots are on my mother’s side. I have since attempted to establish myself as a full time artist, painting local scenes as well as other subjects I enjoy. I have sold world wide and continue to sell my work and take commissions. My style is one that has been compared to post impressionism as I work quite quickly and attempt to focus on light and tone.

As well as an artist I am also a writer, cartoonist and poet. I have published my own cartoon book called ‘Teed Off’ based upon  golf and I have been published in the Spectator Magazine. I have written for the Hampshire Magazine and also for an international sports magazine.  I have also just finished writing my first book on the subject of Spiritual Development. I also play the classical guitar which I studied from the age of 10.

I now live in Axminster and continue to work as an artist and writer attempting to establish both creative pursuits in the hope of sustaining and maintaining a career in the two pastimes I love and feel passionate about.

Having a quite unconventional lifestyle and career, I believe, enables one to view life from a slightly detached view-point and as an artist and writer this, I know, is crucial in one expanding upon observation and realization.