Welcome to a life on Exmoor with Painting by artist Melody Hawtin B.A.Hons and Photography by David Hawtin

Artist Melody Hawtin
Melody on the beach near Porlock
Photographer David Hawtin
David on location in Ilfracombe

Exmoor National Park

Based in Porlock a working village in the heart of Exmoor National Park.  Melody and David draw their inspiration from this beautiful area, to live, paint and take photographs in this place is a dream for an artist.

Here the light has a beautiful quality that draws out the subtle tones of this ever changing landscape.  Rich colours of gorse and heather through the summer months and the rich reds of bracken during the autumn and winter months.


The beautiful summer landscape of Exmoor
The beautiful summer landscape of Exmoor with gorse and heather in full bloom

As an artist Melody is primarily a painter, although that is a simplification as she is inspired by so many things.  Painting, photography, poetry and art history are among her specific artistic interests.


Orthographic cloud forming over Selworthy Beacon
Orthographic cloud forming over Selworthy Beacon on Exmoor at sunset

As a photographer David is interested in light and the prevailing conditions of the landscape, varying daily and season by season it is in the moment that a photograph is captured.

Art Gallery

Melody and husband David have a small art gallery on the high street in Porlock which is open on selective days or by appointment, please use the contact page to enquire.

The gallery has a selection of original paintings and a wider selection of prints of paintings and photographs from which to choose.

Art Studio

A few minutes walk from the gallery Melody has a large studio where a wider range of original paintings is available.  The studio is set in a converted old tannery building, spacious with high ceiling and patio doors leading out to the river that runs by, it is an ideal place for an artist.


Melody's studio /gallery
Melody’s studio /gallery in Porlock
Melody Painting in he art studio
Art books and inspiration
Art books and inspiration


On this website Melody offers her original paintings and fine art Giclée prints of selected work.  Most work can be delivered free within mainland UK and at cost for other locations.

Giclée prints are produced by David, the images are scanned using an high resolution scanner.  The colours are corrected in agreement with Melody and then printed using a Canon IPF8300 large format printer.  Original Canon inks are used and high quality art papers and canvas, usually Hahnemühle which we have found to enhance the print and to give a good representation of the original artwork.

Together Melody and David are based in Porlock, part of Exmoor National Park, an almost undiscovered part of the English West Country, so unspoilt and stunningly beautiful.  This is the heart of the inspiration a dream for any artist.

Puffins holiday apartment

If, after looking through the paintings you feel inspired and would like to visit and explore the area for yourself then please follow this link and take a look at our holiday apartment, this is available throughout the year for breaks of three nights or more.  Puffins is set in a quiet area near to Melody’s studio and is central to Porlock.


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