Hemel residents loved seeing a local artist’s painting of a shop in the Old Town and fellow shop owners are now requesting paintings of their stores too.
Town residents were fascinated by Ian Cantellow’s painting of the Jordans Antique Centre.
Ian is 34 and he lived his whole life in Hemel Hempstead. He decided to start painting last year before the pandemic started.
When he is not painting, Ian works at a local building firm based in Bennetts End. He lives with his little girl Penny and his soon to be wife.
Speaking to HemelNews, he said: “I was into art at school and even earlier than that I remember my grandad taught me, but never really took it any further.
“I started painting last year before the pandemic started and realised I loved it so I set up an Instagram account (@ian_cantellow_art) and got a lot of inspiration from some fantastic artists.
“I decided to paint Jordans Antique Centre because I had painted it last year during lockdown, along with many others but I wanted to paint it open as the restrictions were lifted.”
Ian is really glad with the feedback he received so far.
He said : “The feedback has been so nice, I was having people ask me to paint their shops, I did it but on the condition the money went to a charity of their choice, after a few prints it was starting to cost me money so I had to start charging.”
Ian has done paintings of shops like The house of Elliot, The Tea Tree, The Rose and Crown, Lucky Tattoo & Piercing, Sears & Co estate agents, St Mary’s Church and a few more.