From Princes Trust to art success

Nel Whatmore with HRH Prince Charles during the Trust's celebrations.
Nel Whatmore with HRH Prince Charles during the Trust's celebrations.

INTERNATIONALLY known artist and designer, Yorkshire-born Nel Whatmore, is celebrating her 25th year as an artist by holding a one woman show, entitled Life is a Minestrone later this month.

Nel, who lives in Tadcaster became a professional artist with the help of the Princes Trust.

As part of the Trust’s 35th Year Celebrations, she was invited last year to Clarence House, where she presented the Prince of Wales with an original painting aptly called Devoted to You.

Nel has produced a large variety of work over the quarter century, from abstracts to landscapes to florals, and working in many different mediums.

The main exhibiton will be held at The Priory, Syningthwaite Holme Farm, Wighill Park near Wetherby from April 22-24.

When thinking of a theme for her show Nel said: “In my work I seek to convey life in all its variety, both through subject matter, colour and emotion.”

Running alongside it, and just for fun, there will be a display of works covering the last 25 years, including the first picture Nel ever sold aged six, and Bonzo the Gorilla, Geoffrey the Giraffe and other Unexpected Things from when she was at college aged 19.

As an award winning exhibitor at Chelsea Flower Show many of her flower paintings are now inspired by her visits to the show each year.

In recent years she has also been asked to design fabric for Coats/Freespirit Brand. Her first fabric collection Happy Go Luckyfeatured at the International Quilt Festival in Birmingham.

She started her business from very small beginning working in a bedsit in Headingley.

Her work can now been seen all over the world in the form of Limited Edition prints, ceramics and stationery.