I’ve just booked to show  at my first big art fair next year, Surrey Contemporary Art Fair. It’s exciting as it will give me the chance to paint a cohesive set of paintings with an end goal, though as usual I’m nervous about whether anyone will want to buy anything!

I’ll be sharing a stand with landscape and seascape painter Amanda Bates, who has shown at lots of fairs and galleries before and who I am very happy to be able to learn from.

About Amanda Bates

Prussia Cove Cliffs - Amanda Bates

Prussia Cove Cliffs – by Amanda Bates


Amanda is an intelligent, energetic, unique and prolific painter who spends a great deal of her time drawing and painting from life.
Here’s her bio:

“Amanda spent her childhood rescuing dragons from princes and her early adult life attempting to understand uncertainty. She is now an artist.
Working predominately in landscape, Amanda paints in oil with a knife. Her work is finely observed and rendered with a distinctive blend of clarity, energy and deconstructed colour.”

Visit Amanda Bates’ website and read her blog to find out more about what she does.



My work for the show

Olivia - by Kristin Rawcliffe

Olivia – by Kristin Rawcliffe


We should have all the genres covered between us as I’ll be showing still lifes and portraits.

I wasn’t sure whether to paint vibrant acrylics or alla prima  oils but I’ve decided to paint with oils as I feel I’m on a roll with them at the moment and am thoroughly enjoying both portraits and still lifes.

I’ll be on the lookout for interesting objects to paint for the still lifes (or as Amanda calls them ‘object portraits’) between now and then, so any good ideas, let me know!

I’m very excited but slightly nervous to be showing at such a big event, but will be great to see all the other art on show and meet the other artists.

About Surrey Contemporary Art Fair

Surrey Contemporary Art Fair will be held at:

Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Rd, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ

Opening times are:

  • Friday 15th March 2019          6pm – 9pm  (Private View by Invitation or ticket)
  • Saturday 16th March 2019     10am – 6pm
  • Sunday 17th March 2019        10am – 5pm

Bringing together over 160 artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and selected galleries from all over the UK and Europe; Contemporary Art Fairsoffer the very best in contemporary art.

With artwork from £40 to £4,000 and workshops and demonstrations, from leading artists and galleries, our artists will inspire you to create a unique space in your home or office. This is the time to allow yourself several hours to really appreciate everything there is to see. Many visitors make a full, fun, art-filled day of it.

There will be workshops, painting demonstrations, interactive Art and a children’s art quest

To find out more visit Surrey Contemporary Art Fairs website


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