I recently went on a trip to Penzance with my friends Yo and Fenella to the Penlee Gallery. It was an inspiration! Fenella and me outside the Penlee Galery.

Dame Laura Knight’s wonderful paintings were a joy to see but also most surprising.  I had not realised that she was a war artist and her painting of the Nuremberg Trials was remarkable.  She had apparently been sitting in the BBC broadcasting box above the courtroom and was able to make charcoal drawings of the accused and the lawyers which were to go into the painting.  What a marvellous artist she was to be able to get the likeness of some of the most famous, or infamous, men on the planet sitting below her. Her other work was far happier, many of children playing by the sea and her gypsy paintings were a study in colour!

Among the other Newlyn School artists was work by Edwin Harris. A picture painted by him in 1889 called “The Lesson” held me spellbound.   I can’t quite work out what it was that caught my attention so completely.  Certainly the gentle expression on the teacher’s face but also the painting of the dress and its fabric – such skill.

The Penlee Gallery has asked for people to send them work inspired by anything that they have seen at the gallery.  My inspiration took a strange route. As I was remembering the Edwin Harris painting I thought how wonderfully made that dress was and how beautifully it was sewn and today I found myself remaking a blouse.  I gave it a bit more shape and sewed on some new pearl buttons which in fact are years old and I found in my mother’s old button tin.  I don’t feel I could send them my piece of inspirational sewing!

What I offer


Available in my Etsy Shop

Original paintings

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Commissioned work

See below for more information and pricing


Anja’s Parents

Old Churchtown, St Breward

old dog



"I commissioned a portrait of my parents for their silver wedding anniversary, Anna was able to work entirely from photographs, and was happy to make small changes until I was absolutely thrilled with the result!" - Anja Havinga - Holland

May I do a painting for you?

The first step in having a portrait painted is to talk about exactly what you would like, and if possible, have a meeting. I can liaise entirely by email if preferred. You send me your photograph, we discuss your requirements either via phone or email. I then send you a photograph of the painting for approval and then pop the artwork in the post. All payments can be completed via paypal, bank transfer or good old-fashioned cheque! Contact me.

Commission Prices

Size Medium Price
6 x 8 inches Pencil £35.00
16 x 20 Inches Pencil £120
6 x 8 Inches Watercolour or Pastel £55.00
16 x 20 Inches Watercolour or Pastel £150.00
6 x 8 Inches Oils or Acrylics £90.00
16 x 20 Inches Oils or Acrylics £180.00

Pictures can be any size or shape so do feel free to ask me for what you want. For portraits, a little more is charged for extra subjects or complicated backgrounds. I also have many more pictures in my Etsy shop. Click here to visit it.

beach run

Moonlight Dip


Teddy Cousins!

ocean splash

Shell Beach



dog portrait2

Beautiful Olive!

dog portrait3



Autumn Specials



dog portrait







Glass of Red


Cherry Ripe

sunset estuary

Sunset Sail




Red Sails 1 and Red Sails 2







snowy walk

Church Field, St Breward




May on the Moor


Happy Humfrey!

cold tree

Winter Chill on Mine Hill, St Breward

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Original paintings and prints can be purchased online. Click here.

Drop me a line

Tel: 01208 850844
Mobile: 07720 248594
International: +44 1208 850844

Or send me an e-mail: art@annacornsart.co.uk