Originals for sale during the SHAF Arts Trail

We are counting the days until we welcome our first visitors to the SHAF Arts Trail (14-29 October).

The cake is on order …

And these are the original paintings that will be on display.

For more details, click on an image. This will open the page of all originals available for sale. Then, click on the image that interests you.

A (returnable) deposit of £100 will reserve any painting until you have time to come in person to see it and take it home with you.

Contact Anne on 07721 695044 … or email me.

SHAF Arts Trail 2023

After a long break – lockdown, house moves – I’m delighted to confirm that I will be taking part in the South Hams Art Forum (SHAF) Arts Trail this year.

Make a note in your diary!

Page from SHAF Arts Trail 2023 brochure

The Arts trail lasts for a fortnight: 14-29 October 2023.

Anne and I will be welcoming visitors to our new home on Thurlestone Mead at the following times.

  • Sat/Sun 14/15 Oct: 11am-4pm
  • Mon/Tue/Wed 16/17/18 Oct: by appointment
  • Thursday 19 October: 1-4pm
  • Fri/Sat/Sun 20/21/22 Oct: 11am-4pm
  • Mon/Tue/Wed 23/24/25 Oct: by appointment
  • Thursday 26 October: 1-4pm
  • Fri/Sat/Sun 27/28/29 October: 11am-4pm

To book (for Mondays, Tuesday or Wednesday), please telephone/text Anne on 07721 695044 or email us at stephen@salcombe-art.com.

A welcome awaits you

As ever, there will be tea/coffee and cake. Lots of cake!

And we will be delighted to show you our new ‘gallery’ with my original paintings to view.

Plus my new studio, where I’m currently working on four paintings.

Plus the usual affordable art items: giclée prints, mugs, place mats, coasters, cushions, fridge magnets, key rings,, purses, pill boxes – and my fine art greetings cards.

We can take cards, as well as cash …

Parking at Fields End

Our new home is at the very bottom of Thurlestone Mead – aptly named Fields End – and you need to park on our drive, rather than in the road or the turning circle (local rules apply!). There is room for 6 cars, so we don’t anticipate problems …

Let’s pray for fine weather?

Can’t make the SHAF Arts Trail dates?

SHAF Arts Trail dates don’t fit with your plans?

  • To see which of my artworks are still available for sale, check out this page on my website.
  • To see my artwork in person, please contact me to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Like to learn more about SHAF?

Visit their Facebook page.

Tidal Gallery logo

Art at Tidal Gallery

Sadly, the closure of Beacon House Gallery has meant the majority of my artwork going into store while Anne and I find ourselves a new home in the South Hams.

Stage one is complete: the sale of Beacon House. Stage two commences on 1 October when we move into a winter let. Stage three is to find a bungalow and move into it before 1 April 2022. If you have one to sell – let us know!

One door closes; another opens!

But, I’m delighted to announce that a selection of my original paintings are now on available at the Tidal Gallery in Kingsbridge and/or via their website.

Anna Ventura visited us at Beacon House a while back and chose six paintings to offer at Tidal Gallery:

Click the links in the list above to see the details for each individual painting or check out my artist page on the Tidal Gallery website to see them all.

Anna is also stocking a wide range of my fine art greetings cards.

Thanks, Anna!

When will my other artworks be available?

The plan is to make my art – including the affordable art range and my fine art greetings cards – available online in the near future. Watch this space!

Meanwhile, you can always contact me if you have a specific requirement.

Closing down sale ends 31 August

Beacon House Gallery is closing at noon on Tuesday 31 August.

Until then – rather than put my stock of paintings into store while we find a new home – all the original artworks on display in our gallery at Beacon House are on sale – at half the listed price.

Check the website to see what’s available?

If you are interested in buying a painting and/or want to arrange a private viewing, please telephone Anne on 07721 695044.


It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that Anne and I are moving house – downsizing – and, as a result, Beacon House Gallery is closing down.

The good news is that – rather than put my stock of paintings into store while we find a new home – all the original artworks on display in our gallery at Beacon House are on sale – at half the listed price.

Check the website to see what’s available?

If you are interested in buying a painting and/or want to arrange a private viewing, please telephone Anne on 07721 695044.


The Salcombe Art Club Summer Exhibition is open!

The tourists are now here for the Summer and we hope many of them will visit the Loft Gallery to see the wonderful display of work by local artists.


On display in the Loft Studio, there are now five of my paintings.

148: All Aboard the East Portlemouth Ferry Acrylic £500

145: Schooner Sunset Acrylic £500

139: Watching the Merlins Race  Oil £450

137: Longstone  Oil £350

037: Deliah Acrylic £225

037 Deliah


15% of the price goes to the Salcombe Art Club. This ‘income’ pays for the running costs, but also funds our charitable gifts to local causes.

This year’s beneficiaries were Erme Valley Riding for the Disabled

and Kingsbridge Food Bank.

Both are worthy causes!


South Hams Art Forum: news!

Like many others, Anne and I have found the past year somewhat challenging.

No art classes to attend. No exhibitions. No galleries to visit.

Not to mention the effect of ‘staying at home’ and worries as to how many more lockdowns might be needed.

But, it seems we are now returning to normal, and I’m returning to blogging at long last.

We must look on the bright side?

  • I’m delighted delighted that Anne and I have both had our two jabs. (We are still wearing our masks though.)
  • I’m delighted too that members of the South Hams Art Forum (SHAF) have spent the fallow months working on their amazing website.

Let’s celebrate!

SHAF website news

For a number of years, I’ve been a proud member of SHAF. Their website has recently been transformed and you can see works of mine and the many other talented artists there.

Stephen Thomas info on South Hams Art Forum website

SHAF events at Harbour House

I’ve enjoyed taking part in the SHAF exhibitions at Harbour House in Kingsbridge in the past, and there are two events scheduled for Harbour House.

South Hams Art Forum events at Harbour House

Both will provide opportunities for you to see the fantastic creations of a cross-section of SHAF artists.

SHAF Arts Trail: 16-31 October 2021

I’ve also enjoyed hosting the Arts Trail from my home, Beacon House, in Salcombe.

South Hams Art Forum Arts Trail

This year, things will be a bit different. Anne and I have decided we cannot host the Arts Trail (put that down to advanced years and recent health issues!) but we will be supporting SHAF artists all the same.

Watch this space!

However, we will continue to welcome visitors all year round. Contact me if you would like to arrange a time to view, by private appointment, at Beacon House Gallery, within my home in Salcombe. .

SHAF on social media

A new SHAF artist is featured each week on Instagram and Facebook.

Last week, it was Nick Cotter’s turn.SHAF's Nick Cotter featured on Facebook

You can also follow SHAF on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SouthHamsArtsForum and on Instagram @southhamsartsforum.South Hams Art Forum Instagram

Join SHAF!

I can thoroughly recommend that all local artists join South Hams Art Forum (SHAF). Full details here.

COVID update

Long time, no see!

I paused the blog before our 10-week trip to Australia and posted once on our return to announce the exhibition at Kingsbridge Library. Then came the lockdown.

Anne and I are in the elderly/vulnerable category and have been enjoying each other’s company to the exclusion of the rest of the world for 13 weeks now. And I have GOOD news and BAD. First …

The BAD news

Around us, everything has been cancelled:

  • The Salcombe Art Club main exhibition – I was due to have five paintings on display plus a one-man show … not going to happen
  • The SHAF Arts Trail – October time … not going to happen
  • The Kingsbridge exhibition – cut short and my paintings are still there ….

And, we are remaining in lockdown until at least the end of August so Beacon House Gallery is closed until further notice.

The GOOD news?

We can still supply you with fine art greetings cards, through the post. Some shops are now open so you can also buy them locally.

  • Burton Farm Shop, Malborough
  • Ashby’s, just outside Salcombe
  • Bonnington’s, Salcombe

Our giclée printer company started back today (Hooray!) so we can arrange to have rolled gliclée prints sent to you through the post.

We are not happy to sell original paintings unseen. If you have an urgent request, we may be able to arrange a private viewing at Beacon House. No promises!


Kingsbridge Library Exhibition: March 2020

Kingsbridge Library, part of Devon Libraries, encourages artists to show their work and, in return, 20% of the sales goes to support Libraries United South West – a worthy cause which benefits all libraries in our area.

I have six original paintings on show at Kingsbridge Library for the month of March. A mix of watercolour, oil and acrylic, they are easily recognised views of places in the Kingsbridge area.

Art Exhibition at Kingsbridge Library March 2020

Opening hours | Kingsbridge Library Exhibition

Starting top left and going clockwise, the paintings are:

I have reduced the prices for this exhibition, to encourage sales, so we can support the library. Come along and see them for yourself.

More exhibitions/events this year

It’s going to be another busy year!

  • Saturday 4 April – Sunday 27 September
    A selection of my original paintings in the Salcombe Art Club Summer Exhibition
  • Monday 3 August
    Supporting Salcombe Town Regatta with an art stall in Whitestrand – cards and affordable art
  • Thursday 6 August
    Stall at Hope Cove Lifeboat Fund-raising Day at Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove – cards and affordable art
  • Thursday 13 August
    Pop-up stall at Salcombe Yacht Club in aid of SYC funds – cards and affordable art
  • Sunday 16 August – Saturday 29 August
    One man exhibition of my original paintings in the Little Studio within the Loft Gallery, Salcombe
  • Saturday 12 September – 27 September
    Devon Open Studios at Salcombe Art Club
  • Saturday 17 October – Sunday 25 October
    SHAF Arts Trail in the Cove Room at the Cottage Hotel, Hope Cove
    Exhibiting with Michael Hill and others – original paintings, gicleé prints, cards and affordable art


My work is also available to view, by private appointment, at Beacon House Gallery, within my home in Salcombe. Contact me if you would like to arrange a time.

Holiday time!

The ‘art season’ of 2019 is now over for me and it’s time to take a break, relax and recharge the batteries before we embark on 2020.

Anne and I are looking forward to spending the Christmas and New Year period with family and friends down under.

So, I won’t be blogging again until after my return – sometime in February.

Meantime: festive greetings to you.