Driving and drawing

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We were recently contacted by Steven Drake who, alongside his partner Julie Hazlewood, was a tour driver for Shearings. Alongside her driving duties, Julie was a keen amateur artist working mainly in coloured pencil.

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“When a manager posted a picture of the last coach to leave Normanton depot, she asked his permission to draw it,” recalled Steven. “By the time he agreed, several colleagues had asked for prints. Demand was such that, in all, Julie produced six drawings: a Mercedes-Benz bi-axle and tri-axle, a Setra in blue and one in gold, a Mercedes-Benz in snow and Paul Webb’s preserved Van Hool.

“She has sold 120 prints and two originals so far. She has also been commissioned by a coach operator in Devon and a preservationist in Belgium.”

Julie has now moved back to Cumbria where she is working for a local operator on school services as well as continuing with the art, including pet portraits as well as coaches and buses. Meanwhile, Steven takes care of sales and accounts.

“Julie is still getting requests and has recently completed a drawing of a Wallace Arnold coach,” added Steve. “She has completed a commission for Tamar coaches recently and one for a preservationist. She has started driving full time again now but she will be keen to fit in drawing when she can.”