About me

About me

David Wright – born in 1955 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Drawing, painting and model making has always been a keen pastime for me as long as I can remember. I studied at Derby College of Art for four years before starting a career as a graphic designer and illustrator. I worked for local studios and advertising agencies before going self employed in 1996.

In the first years I concentrated my talents on painting and illustration under the name of Nostalgia Art and received commissions from private and commercial clients and had a busy trade in limited edition prints. My art appeared on a number of book covers, jigsaws and greetings cards, all having a nostalgic transport theme to them.

My model making interest was rekindled at the same time as joining my local model railway club. Here I worked on the main club layout “Duffield”, using my painting skills to produce the back scenes. These soon became popular resulting in a number of private commissions. I built up a 4mm (00) layout in the loft at home called “Tawcome” featuring some of my scratch built buildings, scenics and back scene. This was featured in the June 2008 issue of Railway Modeller as ‘Railway of the Month’. As a consequence I was asked to produce a series of illustrated articles for the magazine on my scratch building technique together with back scene painting. I was also commissioned to build a number of buildings and structures for the Midland Railway exhibit in Derby’s Museum of Industry.

A number of private commissions have been completed in 7mm and 4mm scale for both model railway enthusiasts and also showcase models for owners of heritage buildings. Future commission work is leading me into the production of masters for the model kit market. I hope to capitalise on my artistic skills to produce realistic models to suit all types of markets from heritage buildings and dioramas to contemporary architectural developments.


photo courtesy of Railway Modeller magazine