Frederick Lea

Painting of Seaton Junction

In his own words...

I was born in Manchester in 1945, but grew up in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. I was educated at Cirencester Grammar School, and subsequently followed a career of some 30 years in the Civil Service. In 1996 I accepted the offer of early retirement, and started a new life as a self-employed artist and illustrator.
Drawing and painting had always been a natural ability for me, as far back as Primary School days, and this developed over the years with much encouragement and support from family and friends. I am completely self-taught and work mainly in watercolours and gouache, but have also produced numerous pencil, pen & ink drawings, and some oil paintings. My style is representational, and I always aim to produce a colourful and realistic portrayal of any chosen subject.
I have always had a passion for railways, and I was accepted as a member of the Guild of Railway Artists in 1996, becoming a Full Member in 1998. I have exhibited widely in Guild exhibitions since then, including shows at York, Carlisle, Derby and Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway. For the past 25 years I have been 'Resident Artist' on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, my local preserved steam railway in the Cotswolds.


Approaching Ruspidge

GWR 0-6-0 Pannier Tank approaches Ruspidge Halt on the Forest of Dean Branch.

Great Western 175

Celebrating 175 years of this iconic railway.

King of the Road

Great Western Railway 'King' class loco heads a Paddington - Cardiff - Fishguard Harbour 'Capitals United Express' in 1960. This train ran non-stop to Cardiff.

IoW Paddle Steamer

Isle of Wight paddle steamer 'Ryde' leaving Ryde Pier in 1966.

Ryde Pier

A Ventnor bound train runs across Ryde Pier headed by a 0-4-4 O2 class loco. To the left can be seen a pier tramways petrol driven 2 car set. On the right is the Isle of Wight paddle steamer 'Ryde'.

Seaton Junction

Seaton Junction station in 1961. A rebuilt Bulleid 'Merchant Navy' class 4-6-2 hurtles through with the down Atlantic Coast Express.
On the left an S15 4-6-0 shunt milk tankers. On the right a Drummond M7 tank engine leaves on the branch line service to Colyford and Seaton.


Preserved 4-6-0 Great Western Railway Hall class locomotive no. 7903 'Foremarke Hall' at Toddington station on The Gloucester Warwickshire Railway.

WD Coal Train

War Department 2-8-0 with a coal train c1956.

Western Reunion

Western Reunion - 100 years of Swindon GWR locomotives.

Woody Bay

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in 1927 - Locomotive No. 760 'Exe' arrives at Woody Bay station.