About Me

I am a untrained artist who has not produced any work for about 30 years.

Having suffered a stroke some time ago I decided to get back into art with the view of improving my motor skills.

Things have moved on over the last 30 years and I decided to go back in with the view of starting by using a completely new medium.

Acrylic paint ended up as my choice although I am more use to sketching and use of oil and water colours.

Main reasons were the lack of smell, drying time and no need for volitle chemicals.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my work (H Semmens Gallery) and Thank You For Looking.

A Brief History of Painting

Painting is one of the oldest forms of human expression, dating back to the Upper Paleolithic period. The first paintings were created on cave walls and other surfaces, and they often depicted hunting and gathering scenes. Over time, painting evolved into a more sophisticated form of art, and it became a way for people to express their beliefs, emotions, and experiences.


The history of painting can be divided into four main periods: the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Modern Era.

The Ancient World was a time of great innovation in painting. The Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all developed their own unique styles of painting, and they used painting to decorate temples, palaces, and other public buildings.

The Middle Ages was a time of religious painting. The Catholic Church commissioned many paintings to decorate churches and monasteries, and these paintings often depicted scenes from the Bible or the lives of saints.

The Renaissance was a time of great change in painting. Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael began to explore new techniques and styles, and they created some of the most famous paintings in the world.

The Modern Era is a time of great diversity in painting. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Andy Warhol have all created paintings that are unique and innovative.


Painting is a living, breathing art form that has evolved and changed over the centuries. It is a way for people to express themselves, to communicate ideas, and to create something beautiful.