About the Artist – Paul Hopkinson

Paul Hopkinson, The Devon Artist

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 eleven. 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 60 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.

As any artist, I do have my favourite art supplies.  Should you be interested in the materials I use you can find some of them by clicking on the nice picture!

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Do feel free to email me or send me a message using my Contact Form, I would love to hear from you.

Don’t forget…..keep them brushes wet!

Regards The Devon Artist, Paul Hopkinson or Paul for short 😉