Berkshire born Rex Trayhorne, has been interested in art, music and writing since a very early age. Upon leaving Grammar School at sixteen, he was trained as a technical illustrator and employed by organisations such as ‘British Overseas Airways’ and the ‘Atomic Energy Authority’ Upon moving to Southampton he turned to more creative artwork by joining various advertising agencies, developing his skills as a graphic designer, in brochure and advertising design, airbrushed illustration, architectural impressions, photo-retouching and cartoons. Finally, becoming a freelance; his first contract was with IBM laboratories at Hursley in Hampshire.

In 1991 he turned to painting professionally – watercolour being his first love, and while teaching, and giving talks and demonstrations, he joined four local Art Societies and became the Exhibitions Secretary of the Romsey Art Group, whilst also writing various articles for art magazines such as ‘Leisure Painter’

His own personal style of work is traditional and intricate, concentrating on realism, – sometimes by observing an actual scene, or from pure imagination. When questioned, he likens this to an author’s work being either fiction or non-fiction.

He became a regular exhibitor at the London ‘Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters’ and in 1998, became an elected member of the ‘Royal Miniature Society’ where he enjoys the most fine detail. Then later, he appeared on the BBC television program, ‘Painters’ and wrote work for a book entitled ‘Adventure into Watercolour’ and also became the organiser of the prestigious ‘Wessex Artists’ exhibitions, held twice annually, in Salisbury and Romsey.

In 1996 Rex moved to an old styled cottage in the centre of Romsey, where he now works from his home studio, together with his wife Geraldine, who is an accomplished potter. Apart from the many exhibitions, both local and national, he works largely on commissions.

An Overseas Collection of our ‘Art in Watercolour’ can be viewed here

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