The manner in which an artist has developed
their work, and how they became a professional
artist, is an intriguing question most often asked
by those who admire their work. No two
painters achieve this quite in the same way but
in Tony Garnerís case, the arrival at a painting
technique that has brought him such success is
particularly fascinating. It is story told in this
beautifully illustrated book, Enchanted Light.
Including over 120 pastel paintings of superb skill
and delicacy, the book portrays the quintessential
character of Norfolk and The Broads, in particular
the skies, the sunsets and dawn vistas, for which
East Anglia is renowned. The book also provides
the reader with a fascinating insight into the
artistís early years, his continued passion for
teaching others, and the motivation behind his
For those who love the landscapes of the region,
this book, as the title suggests, is truly enchanting.
Tony Garner was born in Yorkshire
and moved to Norfolk in 1985
although he first began painting whilst
on holiday in Scotland and immediately
became hooked on watercolours.
Pastel, oils and acrylics followed very
soon afterwards and painting became
an obsession. Tony began to exhibit
his work in 1987. His first Ďone maní
exhibition was held in Norfolk in 1989
and was followed by four more such
From 1993 landscape painting
became a full time career and Tony has
continued to exhibit his work constantly
throughout Norfolk and Suffolk
and considers himself lucky to have his
work in collections around the world.
During 1991 Tony was invited to teach
watercolors to a group of students.
Finding it a rewarding experience, he
began to pursue his fledgling teaching
career further. To date he has shared
his thoughts and experiences with
several hundred newcomers to this
wonderful pastime, as well as assisting
the more experienced to gain that
little extra something from their work.
Tony now combines exhibiting with
teaching and demonstrating and
considers himself very fortunate to be
able to pursue his passion in such a
stimulating environment as his
adopted county of Norfolk.
On leaving Sheringham College Adrian
Hill quickly established a career in
business management, firstly with Marks
& Spencer, then Jarrold of Norwich and
finally with Boots the Chemist. In 2003
Adrian purchased the award-winning
Picturecraft Art Gallery and Exhibition
Centre in Holt, Norfolk, from his
parents. Earlier collaborative publishing
projects with Halsgrove include books
on the artists HoraceTuck, Felix
Bernasconi, Peter Gilman and Brian Ryder.
Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 26 7, hardback, 238x258mm, 128 pages. Published September 2010.