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Gareth Naylor | Watercolor Landscape Artist

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Gift Shop

My work is now available to buy in a beautiful gift shop in Kitsuki, Oita prefecture. As well as original paintings I also sell high-quality prints called giclees. On the right is a painting I did after a trip to this beautiful gift shop. Sadly you can’t see any of my work on display at the time this photograph was taken but it is there.

Kiora Cottage - a beautiful gift shop in Kitsuki, Oita prefecture.

Kiora Cottage – a beautiful gift shop in Kitsuki, Oita prefecture.A watercolor painting of a beautiful Japanese river at dusk in Kitsuki, Oita prefecture. I came upon this river by chance during a family trip. It was such an enchanting scene that I just had to stop and take some photos - which then led to this painting.

“A Moment Away from the World”, watercolor, 31.8 x 41 cm (12.5″ x 16″), $350


My work is on show at Dordogne gallery.This is a traditional style Japanese building located in Yufuin, a very popular tourist area, in Oita prefecture, Japan. The gallery contains a variety of artworks, some of them by very famous local artists.

Dordogne Gallery / Inside photograph / Yufuin, Oita

Dordogne Gallery / Outside photograph / Yufuin, Oita


Being a “bit” of an introvert I have not done many contests until this year. For some bizarre reason I decided to enter Oita Art Museum contest and amazingly won two prizes. One was from the art museum itself and the other was from the visitors to the contest who rated my artwork as their third favorite. 

This place is called Wasada and is in Oita prefecture. I remember this scene vividly because it was so beautiful. It had been raining and then suddenly the rain stopped and the sun came out. The sunlight was intense and created a beautiful sparkle on the wet road. The background was soft and misty. This painting recently won a prize at Oita art museum.

“After the Rain”, watercolor, 45.5 x 53 cm (18″ x 21″), $800

The Winning Painting.

One of the prize certificates – in Japanese I’m afraid.


Usually every year I exhibit at Mizushi no Mori, it is a beautiful cafe-cum-exhibition space in Kuju, a national park with spectacular scenery, in Oita prefecture. I am close friends with the owner and have had many happy times visiting this place.


Traditional Japanese Countryside / Ota, Oita / Sold

One out of five paintings I sold at Mizushi no Mori from my last exhibition.

Video of my exhibition


“100 Watercolor Paintings of City Scenes” in Doodlewash

In this article I write about an ambitious series of 100 paintings of city scenes. To date, I have done about 25. Wish me luck. One day with some support it might get finished. Just click on the image to read the full article.

Cover Image of the article.

Artist Feature in The Japan Times.

It was a great honor to be in The Japan Times. Sadly, though, in this article they didn’t show any of my actual work. But I did remark on the importance of shadows in my work and so I added here a painting that shows my love for shadows and the expressiveness and touch of abstraction they give to an image. You can read the article by clicking on the painting.

“An Artist’s Adventure” in JETAA.

I was invited to publish an article in the JETAA. As I originally came to Japan as a JET and worked as a JET for two years I was delighted to have this opportunity. I had some amazing experiences as a JET and it was during this period that I started taking watercolor and oil painting lessons. You can read the article by clicking on the painting.

Beautiful Temple in Bungoono / Oita / Sold


Do you want to connect?

If you are a gift shop owner that thinks my work will be a good fit for your shop, or a gallery owner who wishes to sell my work, or an editor who wishes to publish an article about my work then please connect with me – I would be delighted to hear from you.