Status Hiatus

I’ve been having a three month break from freelancing recently while I took time out from my busy life to write a novel! It’s been a really different kind of project to the ones I am used to but really enjoyable! I am currently running an online focus group to try and get the first three chapters finely tuned enough to send off to Literary Agencies. If you’d like to get involved with this please visit this link.

I am still completing pre-ordered Christmas commissions at the moment and will be opening my lists again in the new year for new work. If you have an idea of something you would like making please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ll have a new studio before Easter time so hopefully will be able to expand on the amount of work I can complete and the wait lists won’t be so tight.

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!


I always think of August as a month for action and adventure. The days are long, the weather is mild, the evenings are warm and the mind and body can wander with ease.
Adventure is a wonderful thing. I’m off to the Brecons in Wales for a walking adventure this weekend. What does adventure really mean though in art?

“A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind”

This is a quote by French-Romanian Playwright and author

Eugène Ionesco in his discussion on the purpose of art and theatre. [1]  He describes how through the exploration of the human imagination can bring to life imaginary constructs that otherwise

Eugene Ionesco
Eugene Ionesco – Photograph by Richard Avedon

would have no purpose in the real world. Through art we create a whole new world, a world which doesn’t ever need to exist but nevertheless does come to exist through the act of making.
Eugène suggests that making art and theatre  the creation of art seems to stem from an adventure which happens alone in the mind. I would have to disagree however and instead consider art making as a process which can combine or involve all three faculties; that of the mind, the body and the spirit.

Let’s consider two quite different works of art in relation to this idea. The first is Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Monkey’, 1938 [2]. The second is Jackson Pollock’s ‘Autumn Rhythm (number 30)’, 1950 [3].

Frida & Monkey
‘Self-Portrait with Monkey’ – Frida Kahlo, 1938

There is physical adventure in the making; in Pollock’s case this was an exploration of free movement and open gestures; Frida Kahlo on the other hand practiced a more precise method of painting. There is clear evidence of a journey made mentally by the artists as they worked: one occupying the dimensions of the canvas to portray a sense of culture and statement about the subject of the self-portrait; the other defying boundaries and conventional representation to communicate expression of thought and feeling. Finally, there is a touch of the spiritual that can be seen in the creation of these works a sense of deep feeling and emotion which leaves the work open to interpretation by the viewer.


Jackson Pollock - autumn rhythm (number 30)
Jackson Pollock – autumn rhythm (number 30), 1950


By no means do I believe however that all three paths of wondering through art making are present in each artwork. Every artist’s creative journey is a unique one and some may favour some modes of adventuring than others. I personally, in my practice, tend to prefer to find a balance between the three but occasionally will spend longer going in one direction than another. An adventure is an adventure though, however far you go and whichever way you wonder, there’s bound to be rewards a plenty.


[1] “The Marvellous Come to Life” by Eugène Ionesco Antonio de Luca Studio © Open Inc. 2000-2016

 [2[ Frida Kahlo – ‘Self Portrait with Monkey’, 2010 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

[3] Jackson Pollock – “Autumn Rhythm (number 30)’ On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 921 © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York



Here it is! Website Launch Day!!!

I’m so happy to see you here on my brand new website! It’s been a long time in the making but finally I am happy enough to release it to the world!!!

I’m sure there will be a few little bits and bobs to tweak here and there! I will be integrating this blog as soon as I work out how, for now though, thank you for allowing me to pop it open in a new window!

Hopefully you can spare a little time to have a browse through my galleries, freelance showcase and shop. You can also enter for a chance to win in my free monthly Art Lottery! See here for more information and to get signed up!

I am also now on Patreon as running a small art company is a rather tricky business when one has no steady income. I would love  if you would consider sponsoring my studio work! Anything from £1 up would be highly appreciated and put to excellent use! You can see more info on my generous Patron Reward Packages here:

Thank you again for visiting today! Do continue to browse and come back again for more updates soon!


Happy New Year – Part 2: YEAR OF THE MONKEY!!

So as you will probably know (or have guessed) monkeys have always been an interest of mine. I love them. Last year was pretty tough but today begins the Chinese Year of the Monkey! I do believe this can only be a good thing as just as the day was dawning I was offered a new job. It’s a sign of things to come I am sure!

In honour of this glorious monkey day. Here is a small project I have been working on. In my time out of full time work I have certainly kept myself busy. This is but one example of what I have been up to – learning cg character rendering in photoshop.

He’s a bit messy still and needs some editing but here he is anyway:

I call him Djobo – The Red Fire Monkey!!!!

red fire monkey

Happy New Year Indeed!!

A new year and a whole load of new and exciting things to look forward to in the world of L A Coats! Firstly, I am delighted to say I have finally been signed off by my physiotherapists! I am to all intents and purposes healed! So now I am more excited than ever to be moving forward!

I’ve been working with Secret London Runs on a freelance basis for several months now and that has truly been wonderful. There’s a lot to be said for working from you own home while holed up with an injury. It certainly makes all that time waiting seem worth while. I am now looking for full time employment in a creative and/or admin capacity but I have decided that I am going to continue doing freelance as well because I genuinely really enjoy it!

SO, hopefully in the next month or two I will be looking forward to starting a new job role AND…..wait for it….drumroll please…..



In case you don’t know, I have been writing and illustrating a series of children’s books. The first one is almost finished. Almost, just a few tweaks to the text and a few final touches to the illustrations before the next step can begin! It’s very very exciting and I can’t wait to see Hoof in print!!! Watch this space for more details!!!!

Up & About

Finally! I have had surgery on my busted foot! Some metalwork has been removed and I am now up & about again without the Air Cast! It’s so nice, after 6 months, to be walking again (albeit still with a crutch or two). Graduation is just a couple of weeks away and I will be so proud to walk up to get my degree! Best of all I can now consider looking for full time work again! Watch this space for more news on that!

I will be having a bit of an overhaul here on my site in the next few days. A re-design. Currently it’s still a bit academic looking and focused still on being “assessment worthy” for the portfolio module I completed in May. I am going to do some work on it so it better reflects me as a artist & designer rather than me as a student looking for a good grade (which I did get by the way)! Watch this space for more news on that too!!

In the meantime here is my most recent painting commission for a private client in Bristol. She asked me to paint this portrait of Dave the dog for a friend’s Christmas present. Dave was a treasured family friend and as my Wren passed away a few years ago I felt a strong connection with this commission and was really happy to work on this. My client was very pleased with it. Always a delight to make art like this.


Stepping Forward

So while I am still waiting for surgery and rehabilitation before I can officially go back to work, I am planning for the next steps (excuse the pun) in my career. I am doing a bit of freelance design and illustration for a fabulous new company in London called Secret London Runs who have commissioned me to help them with the creative side of their branding and marketing. So far it has been a really exciting project to work on as the company prepares to launch at the end of this month. It’s been great for me too, to be able to work so closely with the owners of the business and create some truly bespoke artwork for them. I have literally been back to the drawing board to incorporate some original illustration into the design work for them. Their launch event, featuring my work, is on 28th October, see their website for more details.

Secret London Runs
Original Illustration for