Mark Woollacott Artist

World War Two painting of Motor Torpedo Boats

28th June 2021

New Painting Commission

Here is a picture of my latest commission, entitled: The Attack Pressed Home. I really enjoyed painting this night action scene, which depicts a division of three British Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs 349, 360 and 351) coming under heavy fire while targeting an enemy merchant vessel (at the head of an escorted convoy of vessels) off the Dutch coastline, near Ijmuiden. This division formed part of a flotilla of five MTBs in total, from Felixstowe, and comprised the first division.

In this commission, I was asked to paint a scene which not only incorporated the essence of the battle: to evoke feelings of tension, anticipation, fear and awe, and to capture the sense of drama of the battle, but also to paint the whole scene with a degree of realism. This painting shows the first moments of the hour-long battle, which occurred between half-past midnight and 01:30 a.m. on 1st October 1944. Three months of work went into this painting commission, including seventy hours of research.

Oil on bespoke linen canvas. Dimensions: 65 cm x 100 cm.

new marine art paintings

1st March 2021

NEW! Oil paintings of the North Devon Coast

Since December, I have been busy painting and producing a new selection of oil paintings, depicting North Devon coastal locations, which are scheduled to be available for sale late Spring/Summer 2021 at Echo Beach Gallery, Ilfracombe: please email the gallery for further information.


yacht painting

1st March 2021


Here is a picture of one of my recent painting commissions, entitled: Whitsuntide. I really enjoyed painting this commission, which depicts yacht Whitsuntide approaching the Needles, Isle of Wight, via Alum Bay. Acrylic on linen canvas. Dimensions: 70cm x 110cm. For more information regarding arranging a painting commission, please visit my Painting Commissions page on this website.

sold paintings

28th February 2021

Light and reflections

Tranquil Evening at Ilfracombe Harbour painting displayed in its lovely new home. I enjoy the challenge of capturing the quality of natural light and peacefulness in a scene and depicting it onto canvas. The reflections painted on this painting certainly give a wonderful impression of contented stillness and tranquillity in the harbour. Many kind thanks to its new owners for supplying the photograph. Paintings of Ilfracombe Harbour can be seen at Echo Beach Gallery, Ilfracombe.


sold paintings

23rd October 2020

Paintings SOLD

Several good sales last month at the fabulous Echo Beach Gallery, Ilfracombe. Delighted that a number of my coastal and harbour paintings sold recently to a lovely collector (who now owns seven of my originals). More of my harbour and coastal landscape paintings are available at Echo Beach Gallery, Ilfracombe: please email the gallery for further information.


yacht painting

23rd August 2019

New Painting Commission

Here is a picture of my latest commission, entitled: Lucky Cat, Sivota, Greece. I really enjoyed painting this particular commission, which was based on a superb reference photograph supplied by the client. Sivota is such a picturesque setting for sailors, and I can understand why people visit the place. In this commission, I was asked to paint a scene which not only incorporated the yacht, Lucky Cat, and the beauty of the harbour as dusk approached, but also to paint the whole scene with a degree of realism. Acrylic on canvas. Dimensions: 24 x 22 inches.

yacht painting

27th June 2019

Painting Commission

Here is a picture of my latest commission, entitled: Abigail. Acrylic on canvas. Dimensions: 16 x 24 inches.

The Soden Collection

25th February 2018

Paintings at The Soden Collection

A number of my large marine paintings are on display at The Soden Collection, 80 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. SY1 1UT.

All artworks are for sale and include paintings of classic J Class yacht Lionheart, and paintings of Veolia Environnement Trimaran and yachts racing at Cowes Week. Click for more information.

art publicity

28th October 2017

Article in The Blue Peter

An article in the September 2017 edition of Der Blaue Peter (The Blue Peter) newsletter featured one of my recent commissioned paintings and was kindly written by German sailor, Volker Hanf, who owns the painting. Below is a copy of the article, with translation by Volker Hanf about his experiences of sailing SY Albatros:

“The way to your own boat picture. In August 74 we set sails for our sailing trip on board SY Albatros skippered by Henry v. Winterfeld. After a cold night in Fehmarn Belt we were rewarded by a beautiful rose sunrise. Being at the helm, a comrade of mine took a slide which I would have loved to have as a colour poster for my room. Sadly, at that time only black-and-white posters were available. And such a black-and-white poster decorated the wall of my youth (room) until I cleared it out a year ago. On the day when I took the poster off the wall, accidentally, I found the original slide. And there it was again … the wish to have a coloured image of the scene.

In 2014, we found Echo Beach Gallery during our first trip to England, in the little coastal town of Ilfracombe on the Bristol Channel, in North Devon, featuring marine artist Mark Woollacott, directly on the tidal harbour, off Ilfracombe and its yacht club. Then, convinced from his sailing paintings, I emailed Mark the scanned slide in May 2017 and commissioned a 52 x 42 cm acrylic painting. I wouldn't have dreamt how much fun the painting process would be for me and my wife since Mark kept us informed by sending up-to-date photos of the process. With a lot of devotion he worked on getting the right “haptics” of the sheets, that could not be deducted from the slide. Now, the framed painting On-board SY Albatros HYS 1974 is hanging on the wall near our breakfast table and tells the story of the sailing trip on board Albatros, of the old DHH sailing club and sailing the open sea!”

Many thanks to Volker and the Editor of DHH website for their permission to use images and text from the article. The full newsletter, with Volker’s article, can be viewed or downloaded from the Deutscher Hochseesportverband HANSA (The German High Sea Sports Association) DHH website at:

Print of RHS Rosemoor donated to hospice

19th January 2017

Canvas print donated to North Devon Hospice Charity

I have donated a large canvas print, reproduced from one of my paintings (featuring the Mediterranean Garden, at RHS Rosemoor), to The North Devon Hospice, as a way of saying thank you to the staff at the hospice for the care, kindness, compassion and professionalism they showed to my Dad whilst he was at the hospice, who sadly passed away recently after a long battle with cancer. The hospice is funded entirely by donations from the public and provides essential care, support and information to adults with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. My Dad's positive attitude, gentle humour, kindness and consideration to others was inspiring and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

North Devon Hospice website:

Music equipment donated to charity

18th December 2016

Music Equipment donated to Starchild Charity

I have donated some of my music equipment to Starchild Charity, which is a Scottish charity which aims to provide help to orphans in Uganda and to make art and music accessible to them. The charity recently opened the Starchild School for Creative Arts.

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Music CDs donated to two charities

22nd September 2016

Music CDs Donated to two Wonderful Charities!

Today I have donated 450 copies of my CD album Ocean Splendour to Sail 4 Cancer, which is a charity based in Berkshire which aims to provide sailing and other water-based respite opportunities for cancer patients, their families and those who have suffered recent bereavement in the hope that their quality of life may be improved. They also aim to raise significant funds for cancer treatment, care and research through the organisation of high profile sailing events.

I have also donated over 400 copies of my CD album A Calm Light to The Leanne Baker Trust. The aim of the charity is to be able to guide those that suffer with depression to the support available and increase awareness surrounding the stigma of mental health.

Leanne Baker Trust website:

Eleonora, Ranger and Velsheda

27th July 2016

Eleonora painting

My painting Eleonora, Ranger and Velsheda recently sold for £2,200.00. Prints of this painting are available online from Fine Art America (see my Prints page for more information).


Hidey Holes book by Robin Whitcomb

17th June 2016

A New Book by Author Robin Whitcomb

Images of three of my North Devon paintings have been featured in a new book written by Robin Whitcomb, author of Wealding The Willow and Home Sweet Home. The book's title is Hidey Holes and is published by Troubador Publishing and is available online at Amazon and Waterstones and other retailers.

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J.P. Morgan Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) AC45 Catamaran

17th March 2016

J.P. Morgan sells at AAF

My painting J.P. Morgan Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) AC45 Catamaran recently sold for £1,790.00 at the spring AAF at Battersea Evolution, London. Prints of this painting are available.


J5 Ranger print

1st July 2015

Ranger Print

My latest painting J5: Ranger, J Class Yacht is now available as a print.

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photo of J Class yacht

27th June 2015

J Class Regatta, Falmouth

I have just recently returned from Falmouth, Cornwall, where I photographed the impressive J-Class sailing yachts, Velsheda, Lionheart and Ranger, as they raced at Falmouth Bay. I went with Solent Rib Charter on Thursday 25th June to watch the “Js” up close as they raced. Over the next twelve months, I shall be painting a number of originals based on the two races which took place on this day. More info to follow.

The Houses of Parliament print

8th June 2015

Print goes to the Palace of Westminster

A print of my painting The Houses of Parliament was kindly purchased by North Devon's Member for Parliament, Peter Heaton-Jones, to go in his new office at the Houses of Parliament, London. Prints of this painting are available online from Fine Art America (see my Prints page for more information). For information about the original painting, please click on the image above or the link below

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Snowdonia and Hiker

2nd February 2015

Helping to Raise Funds for the Prince's Trust

A View From the Watkin Path, Snowdonia (also known as Snowdonia and Hiker) was recently sold for £750.00 during a silent auction held at The Prince’s Trust and EMC Leadership Dinner, the London Hilton, Park Lane, on Thursday 29th January 2015. I was delighted that the sale of one of my paintings (an acrylic, size: 12 x 12 inches) helped to raise some funds for the Trust. This opportunity was possible due to the help and kindness of Nina Lording (manager of Echo Beach Gallery), artist Darren Baker and the Prince's Trust.

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art publicity

August, 2014

Marine Art Exhibition

Images of my marine paintings featured on the Classic Boat Magazine website and other publications during my solo marine art exhibition at Echo Beach Gallery, Ilfracombe, August 2014. The image above was supplied, with kind permission, by Classic Boat Magazine and WMN.