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J.Hugh.L.Beattie Portraits, Military & Civil. 
Small Paintings soaking up local and National interest. 
During 2018 I have been building up my Exhibition collections. A number of pop up opportunities come and go and I have seldom had enough canvasses to fill a large space at short notice. So over the last year I have built up a large collection of works for sale, along side my commissions. 
I have chosen 3 basic subjects. Continuing on from London Ancient & Modern, I am painting more of the City night scapes. They were very popular and I very much enjoy painting them. North Essex can be as picturesque as any part of the United Kindom if you know where to look. I have even found a house near by, that is made from parts of an ancient Abbey cloister, the old Coggeshal Abbey. So painting the Colne valley in summer or under snow together with Colchester's Roman and medieval remains is a very pleasant departure for me. Lastly I have never had many military paintings that were available to buy as most were commissions. So I am growing my military portfolio by painting small paintings of the British Army whilst training. The idea of having a formidable armed forces is obviously to make a deterrent for the Queens enemy's. It follows that the Army should be admired for its training rather than just its operational fighting. So paintings of soldiers on Salisbury Plain are a close twin to all my other military works. The Armed Forces Art Society exhibition has just opened and the Nattional Army Museum boaght a work. A painting called 'Show of Force' depicting three Challenger 2 Tanks. I am thrilled. 
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