Shapiro Fine Art

Traditional oil paintings by Fine Artist Derek Shapiro

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Commissions invited for 2021

One of my favourite common garden birds. I sold this painting from the wall of my North Staffordshire gallery to a very nice couple from Scotland, who were on holiday and paid me a visit at the gallery.

The Chaffinch
‘Common Chaffinch’ (Fringilla coelebs)
Oil on panel 6 x 8 in
Commissions are invited for 2021, any Genre.

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‘An Teallach and Little Loch Broom’ Cattle Watering’

‘This fabled mountain is perhaps the most impressive in Britain, and gives a day of drama and views that will live in the memory forever. An Teallach is a mountain in Scotland. It lies to the southwest of Dundonnell and overlooks Little Loch Broom, in an area often nicknamed the “great wilderness”. An Teallach means ‘The Anvil’ or ‘The Forge’ in Scottish Gaelic; although most scholars claim the latter is most correct as the mountain’s name refers more to the colour of the terrain in certain lighting conditions, rather than shape.’

I discovered An Teallach whilst on holiday in the West Coast of Scotland. Some people that paid me a visit at my gallery in Staffordshire owned a cottage in Gruinard in Wester Ross, and I painted a picture for them in exchange for two weeks  stay in their cottage. The painting here was executed some time after back in my studio and is essentially an exhibition painting. It would be technically impossible to paint anything like this on the spot.

'An Teallach and Little Loch Broom' Cattle Watering'

‘An Teallach and Little Loch Broom’ Cattle Watering’

Oil on canvas 24″ x 36″

Commissions invited, any subject

‘The Song Thrush’ Turdus Philomelos

I used to see and here these lovely songsters in my garden frequently. Sadly they are now in serious decline, especially on farm land, and according to the R S P B it is now a  Red List species and globally threatened.

 

'The Song Thrush' Turdus philomelos Oil on panel 8 x 6 ins

‘The Song Thrush’ Turdus philomelos

Oil on panel 8 x 6 ins

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‘The Goldfinch’ Carduelis carduelis (2)

An oil painting of a Goldfinch feeding on Teasel. These striking birds are frequent visitors to my garden, they feed on the nyger seed in the feeders sighted opposite the kitchen window and keep me entertained when I break for coffee.

Oil painting study of a Goldfinch bird feeding on Teasel

‘The Goldfinch’  Oil on paper 8 x 6 ins

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‘Whooper Swans Migrating’

These Whooper swans in full flight are on their way to  their wintering sites in southern Europe and eastern Asia. They can migrate hundreds or thousands of miles and have been seen flying at heights of eight thousand feet.” Perhaps the most impressive altitude record is that of a flock of Whooper Swans which was seen on radar arriving over Northern Ireland on migration and was visually identified by an airline pilot at 29,000 feet”!. One of the challenges of this painting was to get across to the viewer the incredible heights they can fly during migration, hence the deliberate purpose of a large amount of sky. I often see skeins of  Canadian geese flying over my house but they are never as impressive or as majestic as Whoopers.

Oil painting on canvas of Whooper Swans flying high on migration to their wintering sites in Southern Europe and Eastern Asia
‘Whooper Swans Migrating’

Oil on canvas 20 x 30 in

Available to purchase