Shapiro Fine Art

Traditional oil paintings by Fine Artist Derek Shapiro

‘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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‘ Chorlty ‘ Your Best Friend Painted In Oil

This is a painting of a pet dog called Chorlty, here you see him standing in his favourite spot with front feet on his chair next to the window. In the Terrier group, the Border Terrier is a small rough coated breed of dog. Initially bred because of their fearless nature, as a fox and vermin hunter. They are very affectionate, intelligent and obedient and make ideal pets.

An oil painting of a Border Terrier standing with it's front legs on a chair, looking out
‘Chorlty’

Oil on canvas panel 10″ x 8″

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Still Life Paintings – A Pair of Apples and Gooseberries (2)

These small fruit studies make charming paintings and have proven to be popular among’st collectors. There are over 1200 varieties of English Apple, they have enchanting names: Acklam Russets, Barnack Beauty, Nutmeg Pippin, Knobby Russet…and many more.

The inspiration for these paintings stems from the stylised fruit that I was trained to paint during my time working for Coalport China.

Studies, such as these , which I paint today, have much more realism, I have a grower of various varieties of apple locally and can set them up in the studio and work from life.

There is no substitute for observation than working from nature, nature being our greatest teacher.

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A Pair of Apples and Gooseberries (2)

Oil on panel 5 x 7 ins

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‘Gladiator’

An African Lion oil painting, this portrait of an alpha male in his prime, sits right at the top of the pecking order. I never title paintings until they are finished and thought the title of this one to be most appropriate,particularly with his battlescars.

'Gladiator' Oil on canvas. Portrait painting of an Alpha Male Lion. Big Five Collection

‘Gladiator’ Oil on canvas

Painting available to purchase.

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‘Blue and White’

This oil on canvas hangs in my kitchen along with blue and white earthenware which my wife collects, along with some bone china which I painted during my time with Coalport China before their timely demise. Everyday objects such as this earthenware which was mass produced in the Staffordshire pottery industry more often than not make for the best paintings.

‘Blue and White’

Oil on canvas panel 9.50″ x 15″

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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″

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‘Maer Hall’ Maer Staffordshire

I painted this scene of Maer Hall for the present owners some years ago. I remember it being a cloudy day towards the end of a very hot summer, hence the scorched look of the paddock and banks of the lawns to the grounds of the hall, along with the owners horses a Palomino and Chestnut grazing in the paddock, I think this painting epitomizes the English country house.

An oil painting of an English country house with a view of the stable block to the right hand side and a Chestnut and Palomino horse grazing in the forground

Maer Hall Maer Staffordshire

In the past the Hall was much reduced in size and was originally owned by Josiah Wedgwood II, (son of Josiah Wedgwood) the famous potter. Charles Darwin the English naturalist, known as the father of evolution and author of the Origin of Species (1859) often visited Maer and went on to marry Josiah’s daughter Emma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maer_Hall

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