Boats Coming In – artwork by Lucy Collins from Whistlefish in Padstow – now in our Cornish cottage

From Whistlefish in Padstow, here’s another bright and quirky piece of art we have introduced to our Cornish Cottage. This one is by Lucy Collins and is called Boats Coming In.

It tells its own story really, especially when you know the name. If you’ve got the ability, then painting works like this must be such fun.

Lucy Collins studied Illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University and then a Masters at Brighton. After a career in various design roles and 3 children she now paints for a living from her home in Cheshire.

The Whistlefish shop is packed with fun and affordable prints from very many artists. It overlooks the harbour and is well worth a visit, even if that’s just to bring a smile to your face rather than buy. You can’t miss it’s picture packed window.

Based in Redruth, Cornwall, the founder of Whistlefish, Lyn Thompson and her team seem to have a great eye for picking fabulous traditional, contemporary and modern artistic styles. Then working with artists locally and nationally to create and sell greeting cards, art, gifts and stationery.

Judging by how busy the Whistlefish shop was when we bought this many others are fans of the shop too. The staff were super friendly and helpful.

Apparently the name Whistlefish comes from the local name for the three bearded rockling, a small fish found in the rock pools around Cornwall.

If you can’t make it to Padstow this year then you can meet the Whistlefish team at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from 4 – 9 July 2017.

Find out more about Lucy Collins here, Whistlefish in Padstow here and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show here.