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Douglas Smith Watercolour

Leicester v Tuscany? No contest!

The focus of his previous book was the famously picturesque region of Tuscany; so how does the subject of local artist Douglas Smith's new study compare in terms of beauty?


You can make your own mind up by exploring our image gallery of his work, packed with gorgeous images of the local counties.

Douglas Smith Watercolour

Douglas joined us recently here at BBC Leicester to celebrate his new book "Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland", which is lavishly illustrated with both watercolours and black and white drawings.

 Douglas stated: "I am content if the book conveys in paintings and sketches a record to match the words of Lord Attenborough 'reflects its historic past, rejoices in the diversity of its present and heralds its optimism for the future'.

"Originally these words were applied to 'Leicester' but in my opinion equally apply to ‘Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland."

Douglas Smith Watercolour

His connection to the county stems from his second degree was attained at the Leicester School of Architecture, now De Montfort University, where he also completed a post graduate course in Landscape Architecture.

He also founded and directed Douglas Smith Stimson Partnership Limited (DSSP) that is based in Leicester, a multi-disciplinary practice of architects, landscape architects and interior designers.

Douglas Smith Watercolour

Douglas now concentrates on painting and sketching. Fascinated by light and colour, seeing through the eyes of an architect with a visual and spatial awareness, he brings to his paintings a sense of place.

His watercolours are in collections in Europe and America.

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