About the Artist – Paul Hopkinson
Hello there! So you want to read a bit about me, The Devon Artist, Paul Hopkinson. Well here you go…
I started drawing when I was knee high to a grasshopper but I didn’t pick up my first brush until the age of twelve. This was when I first started to paint in oils with my Uncle, Peter Hopkinson who is a fantastic artist. We used to venture into the Derbyshire countryside with canvases and easels, indeed that is where it all began!
For many years I have undertaken watercolour, oil, acrylic and graphite commissions and have painted portraits, landscapes and also animals. Below you will see a few of my favourite pet paintings. It is always such an honour and privilege to be asked to paint someone’s beloved animal.
I now paint as a full time artist and have nearly 40 years of experience. It is great to be able to say that I love every minute of my work. However, the time always seem to go too quickly when I paint!
I live in North Devon and spend many weekends out and about in the local countryside. Indeed, when I’m not painting wildlife I like looking for and watching animals, birds and insects in the natural environment.
Therefore, when I am asked what would be my preferred subject, I would say without a doubt wildlife! I love trying to get the life within the eyes of my finely detailed realistic paintings.
My focus these days is on the teaching of my style and techniques. As such I do this through my online school, written PDFs and YouTube. I add three new tutorials to my site every month. These vary in length with a main project of 3 -5 hours, a shorter 1 – 2 hour project and also a complementary painting. The complementary paintings are usually botanical in style and can be added in as extras to a wildlife painting. There is already a substantial back catalogue on the site of over 50 tutorials. What’s more, members have 24/7 access and can watch them as often as they like. I really do feel that I have found my niche. Certainly I absolutely love teaching others. In addition I find it really rewarding to see the progress people make as they work on the projects. My paint brushes are still very rarely dry, I am still painting but I also spend a lot of time video editing.