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David Rowlands and Her Majesty The Queen
 
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In 1987 David had his first portrait sitting with Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace for one of the Highland regiments.  Other portraits of members of the Royal Family have followed, and subsequently he has produced pictures commissioned by The Royal Collection.

 In 1991 David was the only professional artist who was in the theatre of war in the Gulf at the invitation of the British Army. He joined a Warrior crew of 3rd Bn The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in the desert North-West of Kuwait and shared the experience of the soldiers in the front line, travelling across the battlegrounds and sleeping in bivouac alongside the armoured fighting vehicles. 

With this eye-witness participation he was able to produce a series of authentic paintings for many of the units involved in the Gulf War, including the Army Air Corps, Headquarters 4th Armoured Brigade and 22 SAS Regiment.  His painting of the tanks of 14th/20th King’s Hussars attacking enemy positions was officially unveiled in London by The Princess Royal.

Early in 1993 he was the first artist to visit Bosnia and record the work of British troops at the forefront of Operation Grapple.  He travelled extensively and sketched the operations from Split to Vitez and Travnik, taking part in the patrols and missions to bring refugees to safety across the fighting lines.

Another visit in 1995, at the invitation of the Multi-national Brigade Headquarters, enabled him to paint the Royal Artillery in action against the Bosnian Serbs around Mount Igman, near Sarajevo.  The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and the French Foreign Legion commissioned him on the spot to paint their activities in the war zone. David has also been commissioned by the SAS to paint a scene commemorating the Regiment’s 50th anniversary. Next »

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David Rowlands with Kate Adie
 
David Rowlands with HRH The Prince of Wales
 
David Rowlands with NATO officer
 
David Rowlands with the Royal Marines