Chelsea girl…

Time and place, mixed media on canvas, 70x70cm © Mari French 2017

Time and place, mixed-media on canvas. © Mari French 2017

I’m delighted to announce I have been recently taken on as a gallery artist by Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea, London. This beautiful gallery shows a range of contemporary artwork including some stunning abstract work which I love. Take a look at their website here.

Four of my recent paintings will be on show in their Summer Exhibition opening soon, including the two shown here. If you’re in the area I hope you will pop in.

'Charged with light', mixed-media on paper. © Mari French 2017.

‘Charged with light’, mixed-media on paper. © Mari French 2017

Art Fair East, Norwich …

Art Fair East, Norwich, 4 to 7 June

I’m excited to be taking part in this new Art Fair for the East of EnglandAlong with Heather Tamplin, Helen Herbert, Alain Mansfield and Gavin Morris we will be sharing a large stand as The Collective, Norfolk.

A wide variety of artists, groups and galleries are lined up, so it looks like it’s going to be a special event. It’s my first Art Fair too, so wish me luck.

Norwich is a beautiful small ancient city and the fair is being held in its medieval heart, in the spectacular setting of St Andrew’s Hall, another reason to visit!

Private View is on Thursday 4th June 6-8.30pm

Email me at for a complimentary ticket which, if you print it out, (or show it on your phone at the door), will give you free entry all weekend.

Friday 5 June 10.30am to 8.30pm
Saturday 6 June 10.30am to 6.30pm
Sunday 7 June 10.30am to 5.00pm


The Halls, St Andrews Plain, Norwich, NR3 1AU
4 to 7 June 2015

Map, directions, further info

water water everywhere …

Private View, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014.

With my work at the Private View, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014

A warm Thursday evening last week, found me in London at The Mall Galleries for the Private View of the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, in which I was a finalist. It was a busy night, with many exhibiting artists, guests and the sponsors Smith & Williamson. The standard and variety of finalists’ work was very impressive, ranging from photo-realism to semi-abstract and the full spectrum of watercolour media including pure watercolour, ink, acrylic and gouache.

Private View, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014, Mall Galleries, London.

Private View, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014, Mall Galleries, London.

We met and chatted with some interesting people, including cityscape artist Janet Kenyon and her partner Bob, who had travelled all the way down from Carlisle. Janet’s stunning city skylines (see below) have won many awards, including the RWS/Sunday Times 2009 Smith & Williamson Cityscape prize.

Janet Kenyon, Cityscape artist

One of two entries by Janet Kenyon.

Among many other entries, ‘Cloud Study, Loughborough’ (below) by graduate Phlip Clarke also caught my attention, with its intensity and depth and urban foreground.

'Cloud Study, Loughborough' by Philip Clarke

‘Cloud Study, Loughborough’ by Philip Clarke


The exhibition now travels to the Guildford House Gallery, 155 High St, Guildford GU1 3AJ where it will be on view from 14 November to 3 December. After which it will be exhibited in Smith & Williamson’s offices up and down the country.

For an indepth review and a video of this year’s show, including the prizewinner, take a look at the always excellent Making A Mark blogspot post here.