David Halliwell

Wigan 1960's Railway Scene

From Wigan, Lancashire, David took an interest in railways in 1960 aged 13. Train spotting on the West Coast Main Line became an all consuming pastime until he went to Art School in the early 60's and began a four year course in fine arts. After two years he switched to a commercial course and started work as a junior layout artist in 1966.
There followed a 40 year career in graphic design until retiring in July 2006 as the Creative Manager for a large retail group. David has always enjoyed painting and in the early seventies became semi-professional.
David painted for pleasure until 1980 and then didn't create another railway picture until he retired. His preferred subjects are inspired by the days he remembered when a young train spotter rather than just painting studies of locomotives. Although he paints in three mediums, watercolour, gouache and oils, his preference is for oils.
As well as painting railway scenes, David is a keen modeller, scratch building 7mm (0 Gauge) locomotives out of brass and nickel silver which he then paints, lines and 'weathers'.