Shapiro Fine Art

Traditional oil paintings by Fine Artist Derek Shapiro

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‘Dartmouth Castle’ Squally Weather Coming In’

Dartmouth Castle , was built to protect Dartmouth harbour in Devon and the earliest part of the castle dates back to the 1380s and was built in response to a French attack.

Whilst holidaying in the South West we took in a day at Dartmouth and the weather turned to rain with a storm coming in. You can take a boat from the castle into Dartmouth town, and I remember asking the boatman to row out into choppy waters to take in this scene of the castle. This is a dour painting of Dartmouth Castle and I have an obsession for realism in attempting to paint the elements as is but I don’t think I would go as far as the famous artist J.M.W Turner, the landscape artist, in being lashed to a mast and witnessing a full force storm whist out at sea !

Landscape painting of Dartmouth Castle with a yacht sailing in with squally weather on the way
‘Dartmouth Castle’ Squally Weather Coming In’

Oil on canvas panel 16″ x 23″

Painting available to purchase

‘Llyn Gwynant and The Glyders’

A landscape painting from one of my favorite haunts which depicts a view looking across Llyn Gwynant to the Glyder Mountains in the distance. Llyn Gwynant is situated in the Snowdonia National Park Gwynedd North Wales. Across the lake you can camp in Ddôl Fach which is an ideal place for canoeing and kayaking as well as a popular place for walkers.

An oil on canvas landscape painting of a view across Llyn Gwynant to Glyder Mountains in Snowdonia National Park Gwynedd North Wales
‘Llyn Gwynant and the Glyders’ North Wales

Oil on canvas 14″ x 20″

Painting available to purchase.

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‘Late Afternoon’ Twixt Rain and Shine’.

This painting was inspired whilst out walking in North Wales and depicts a stretch of the River Lledr (The Afon Lledr pronounced in Welsh) and is situated in the north-west in the Conwy valley.

As the title of the painting suggests, it came onto rain during a lovely sunny day and for a brief moment turned the banks of the river and foliage of the trees into deep rich greens and the background hills took on a misty bluish grey and all cleared away as quick as it came.

'Late Afternoon' Twixt Rain and Shine', The Lledr River, Dolwyddelan, North Wales. Landscape oil painting set in the Lledr valley in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park
‘Late Afternoon’ Twixt Rain and Shine’
The Lledr River, Dolwyddelan, North Wales

Oil on prepared panel 18 x 29.50 in

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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

‘Cottage at Osmaston’ Derbyshire

I discovered this cottage whilst out walking in the small hamlet of Osmaston which is situated between Uttoxeter and Ashbourne in the County of Derbyshire. Osmaston has numerous thatched cottages, some that I have painted before such as ‘Lane End’, which is around the corner from this painting. With the privilege of artists licence I renamed it Lane End as it is situated at the bottom of the lane leading to farm fields. With artists licence I changed the tarmac to a dirt lane because I don’t much like tarmac in my paintings and, added the Rhode Island Red chickens and the figure having just fed them leaving the scene.

An oil painting on a panel of a thatched cottage in a small hamlet with chickens feeding in the foreground.
‘Cottage at Osmaston’

Oil on panel

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Landscape Paintings, ‘Windmills in Westzaan’

This painting set in late September on an overcast drizzly day is of some of the windmills situated in Westzaan, a town in the Dutch province of North Holland in the municipality of Zaanstad, which is about 8 miles northeast of Haarlem. Sometime ago an exhibition was held from October to January in a gallery near to Amsterdam where I was invited to show. The whole of the exhibition was given over to wildlife paintings, some 300 paintings were on show.

Windmills in the Netherlands, of which they are plenty, are the most obvious things to paint and my time in Westzaan was spent visiting and recording some of these sights.

I’m partway through another painting of a windmill which I will be posting shortly.

An oil painting of three windmills in

‘Windmills in Westzaan’

Oil on panel 10″ x 14″

Painting available to purchase, commissions welcome, any subject.

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Landscape Painting ‘Italian Garden’

Commissioned by a client from London. After marrying and holding a reception in the garden the painting was presented as a surprise gift to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. I know the estate quite well as it is situated in my locality, the garden which is very formerly laid out reminded me very much of a Canaletto painting.

‘Italian Garden’

Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in

Commissions welcome, any subject



‘Whitmore Church’ Oil painting

This is a past painting of Saint Mary and All Saints Parish Church situated in Staffordshire, near to Newcastle Under Lyme. I was commissioned to paint the church by clients who’s son got married there and as the clock states at half past one on a sunny afternoon.

‘Saint Mary and All Saints Parish Church’

Oil on canvas

Commissions welcome, any subject

Oil painting of Eilean Donan Castle Scotland

One of the most iconic images of Scotland and recognised the world over. This romantic castle which is situated on an island on the West Coast of Scotland, where the lochs of Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh meet is surrounded by some majestic scenery, one of the most visited castle’s and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands, a favourite haunt of mine on the West Coast that inspired me to paint on canvas and hangs in my gallery with a restored Victorian frame.

A romantic oil painting of a Castle on the West Coast of Scotland
‘By the Kyle of Lochalsh’ Eilean Donan Castle’

Oil on canvas panel

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Oil on canvas panel of ‘Madeley Mill’

A local scene of Madeley Mill, a significant feature and well-known landmark of the village of Madeley which is situated in North Staffordshire. An old grain Mill built in the 19th Century and to be demolished roundabout 1980, saved by the developers and converted into apartments.

Madeley Mill

Oil on canvas panel 8 x 12 in

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