Rowland Hilder

Mixed media

Farm Buildings by Rowland Hilder

The first artist that I really began to study as a young, enthusiastic watercolourist was Rowland Hilder. My parents used to buy a calendar every year called Artists Britain which would always contain several outstanding paintings by Rowland Hilder. I found myself captivated by his work and after a few disappointing attempts at using watercolour, I decided to copy some of his paintings, an exercise which I would advocate for anyone wishing to learn any painting technique. What I discovered was, my own paintings improved dramatically after these studies of Rowland Hilder’s work. I gradually began to develop my own style of painting.

Rowland Hilder was not a slave to the medium, breaking many of the rules of watercolour painting. He would often use mixed media in his paintings as this particular study of farm buildings and trees demonstrates. There are a number of books available on his work which I would encourage anyone who is serious about watercolour painting to take a look at.

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About alan

British artist Alan Reed, was born in Corbridge in the North of England into a family with a history of painting. "I have been passionate about painting all my life and committed to helping others through my paintings". Alan trained as an illustrator / graphic designer in the North of England and spent the early part of his career doing artist impressions of new building projects for architects. Alan Reed specialises in landscapes, cityscapes and portraits both in watercolours and oils. His unique, fluid style captures the atmosphere of different settings from the drama of city life to the serenity and beauty of a rural landscape. Alan Reed has had many successful exhibitions both in the UK and abroad including those at the Mall Galleries in London, Malcolm Innes Gallery in Edinburgh, Italy, the USA and the Middle East and has been a regular exhibitor of rowing scenes in the Stewards’ Enclosure at the Henley Royal Regatta. 2013 Winner of "The Artist's Prize" in the Royal Watercolour Society Competition 2013 with his painting "Jebel Akhdar, Oman". The painting was exhibited at the Bankside Gallery, London.   2011 Alan Reed - Winner of the "Circus Painting Prize" in the Bath Prize. Alan Reed's painting of  “Pump Room in the Snow” was highly commended in the Bath Prize. 2011 Alan Reed - One of the finals with his painting of "Grey Street" in the "Show me the Monet" programme shown on BBC2. 2010 Alan Reed - 1st runner up in "The Bath Prize" with his original painting of "The Royal Crescent, Bath". Alan Reed's painting of the "The Roman Baths by Torchlight" was also highly commended in the Bath Prize. Artist Alan Reed's approach to painting is described in a book
entitled "Landscapes in Watercolour" by Theodora Philcox, an inspirational book which features the work of 23 leading watercolourists from around the world. The Middle East is an area to which Alan has given his artistic attention thanks to a series of ongoing commissions for the government of Oman. Alan’s work has become increasingly collectable and is widely represented internationally through private and corporate commissions including those for Royalty, Coutts Bank, Rolls Royce, Northern Rock PLC, several client’s private and corporate properties both in the UK and worldwide. We supply to Interior designers, Cruise ships, Corporate companies and galleries providing the perfect solution to meet all your needs. Portraits, Gift Vouchers, Sherree V-Daines, Sketchbook, Reviews, Painting Tips and Paintings for the Queen Worldwide Shipping
Nell Lofberg says:

Thanks for that. I’l l see if I can get someone to do it for me. Appreciate your reply. Nell

Nell Lofberg says:

I have just realized I have an old watercolour/pen drawing by Rowland Hilder. Its only about 8″ by 6″ and is under glass. I have no idea what to do with it. If anything. It does need some TLC as it has been neglected for a long time–1932. Any hints as to what I can do? will be appreciated.
Nell Lofberg

alan says:

Hi Neil
It might benefit from being taken out of the frame and having a new mount put on. The chances are that the mount will have discoloured over time.
Also there will be dirt behind the glass if it is in the same frame from 1932, so that will need cleaning too. As you say, a little TLC should make a big difference.
Kind regards

I’ve only one picture by Roland Hilder, and it is in fact a Christmas card that I had framed to decorate my sad, little quonset hut at RAF Bentwaters some 30 years ago. The picture is titled, “Winter, Sun and Snow” and I still find it hauntingly beautiful. I now have numerous prints from a numerous artists, and they nearly all follow the same theme of a wintry scene in some form.