Surface UK launch

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by roz


I was invited to the UK launch of the new Surface line-up; Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and Surface Studio. Taking place on the roof garden of John Lewis on Oxford Street, I had a chance to demonstrate the new hardware to the press and public.


Evening sketching 

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by roz


It's been far too long since my last painting. This evening I managed to spend an hour playing with the Windows 10 app version of Sketchbook Pro on the Surface Pro 4. As a subscriber to the app, I get the full selection of brushes, which you are able to tweak. Through these settings I have managed to create an eraser which is the same shape  as my favorite brush; something I believe to be so important in achieving a painterly finish.

I look forward to spending more time on it.

digital self portrait surface

Artist talk: London Institute of Education

Posted on: February 16th, 2017 by roz



I have been invited to speak at the Art in Action: The Creative Process event in March 2017. I'll be talking about the Mobile Digital Art movement and talking about my journey as an artist. I'll also be giving a live demonstration by painting a member of the audience.

Other speakers on the day will be Grayson Perry, Martin Parr and Rebecca Wright.

For more details, please check out their website

Microsoft Close-ups

Posted on: April 14th, 2016 by roz


Roz surface artist

I've been featured on Microsoft social media, demonstrating my use of Surface Pro 4 and Adobe Creative Cloud. The shoot, in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, was great fun and I hope this comes across. To see the full spread, click here

London super comic con 2016

Posted on: February 27th, 2016 by roz


I was invited by fellow Mobile Digital Artist, Paul Kercal to take part in some live painting at the London super comic com 2016. Alongside students from Guildford College and attendees of the conference, we painted the wonderful cosplayers, using Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Promethean Activtouch Panels using ArtRage app.


Pencil Kings podcast interview

Posted on: May 13th, 2015 by roz


Pencil Kings podcast

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak to Mitch from to talk about my mobile digital art. We cover the tools I use, the apps I like and speak on the subject of making art accessible to all.

Pencil Kings is a great educational art website, offering courses, live workshops and an active community of beginners and professional.

You can subscribe to the Pencil King podcast here

@Connects Christmas meet-up

Posted on: November 28th, 2014 by roz


connect xmas image


I'm happy to announce that I will be at the @Connects Christmas Meet-up on the 10th December in London, to talk about digital painting.

This festive season we want to bring you all together to celebrate the fantastic (and hectic) year we’ve had as the Connects community. Please join us as hear from some of inspirational people in our community, play some Microsoft games, reflect on the year passed and of course, eat, drink and be Merry… Christmas.

If you can make it, we’re inviting you to the iconic Microsoft building in Paddington, London for a real Connects get-together. That means holiday anthems, cheesy games and inspirational speakers all-round.

Date: Wednesday 10th December

Address: 2 Kingdom St, Paddington, London

Time: 6pm - 9pm



6:00 - 6:30 - Arrive, chat, mingle and be awesome.
6:30 - 6:45 - Introduction from Carla and the team
6:45 - 7:00 - Artists, Roz Hall and Phil Galloway on digital art, Connects and Making It Happen
7:00 - 7:15 - Adventurer, Martin Szwed on his upcoming trip to the South Pole
7:15 - 7:45 - Skype Charades (goes global!)
7:45 - 8:15 - Lumia 930 Pictionary
8:15 - 9:00 - Drinks, live drawing & (optional) carols.

RSVP now via the Eventbrite for free and don’t forget to tweet @Connects with #ConnectsChristmas to tell us you’re coming!

Lumia Connects Trial

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by roz


Putting the "mobile" back into mobile digital art

Since Microsoft's recent purchase of Nokia, they have been pushing the Lumia brand on social media and on TV showing that there is more to the mobile world than just Apple and Android. One way of showcasing their phones is to get them into the hands of the general public.

Portrait in Green

The Lumia Connected Trial is aimed at artists and photographers and allows them to borrow a Lumia phone of their choice for two weeks with freedom to create what they can. The results of these can be seen plastered around Twitter, just search for @Connects or #ConnectsTrial, or @_connects on Instagram.

Lumia 930 art

I've been using Lumia's flagship 930 and a curious painting app called Fantasia Painter. I say curious as it seems quite a bazaar collection of crazy brushes and gimmicky effects, although if you can ignore that, there is a nice painting app underneath with quite advanced brush and pallet options.

Portrait of Emma painted on Lumia 930

It's quite a challenge painting on a mobile phone again after using the larger iPad a Surface for so long, but a challenge I've been enjoying.

For more information, check out the Connects Trial website

Paint by Pixels exhibition, New York

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 by roz


Two of my paintings have been selected to exhibit at the Paint by Pixels show at the Loft Gallery in Narrowsburg, New York.

“Paint By Pixels,” a group exhibit of digital paintings made on iPads and other tablets opens with a reception on Friday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburg, NY. The exhibit will be on view through September 6, 2014. This is exhibit is sponsored in part by Epson and ArtRage.

“We decided to have an iPad show, mainly, because it is a fun, immediate, and thoroughly democratic medium,” says Tom Bosket, the co-curator with Alexis Siroc of the “Paint by Pixels” exhibit.

Illustrators, artists, and graphic designers have started painting, drawing, and sketching without the need for art supplies, paper, and an easel.  Several powerful painting and drawing apps—such as SketchBook Pro, ArtRage, Procreate 2, and Brushes—allow artists to create visual art on their tablets. Tablets also allow artists to “get messy” without any real mess, which is especially appealing to artists who are on the go.

The two portraits, Emma by mobile light (2013) and Palmer (2014) were both painted on a Microsoft Surface Pro using the free Windows8 Fresh Paint app.

Palmer (2014) painted on Surface Pro 2 using Fresh Paint app

Microsoft Surface Art Painting Fresh Paint

Emma by mobile light (2013) painted on a Surface Pro using Fresh Paint app


I am very pleased to be included in the top 10 for the People's Choice award at this years Mobile Digital Art & Creativity summit Exhibition.

The 3-day weekend kicks off on Friday, August 1st with the Grand Opening of the 2nd Annual Mobile Digital Art Exhibition, displaying the work of over 100 artists and, once again, attracting major media attention.The Grand Opening is followed by a two-day Summit with a packed program of workshops, seminars and masterclasses attracting artists and educators from across the country.
Silicon Valley's Creative Hub!
The Exhibition and Summit will be held in the Pacific Art League’s newly renovated historic building at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

It is wonderful that my portrait Cubitt (2014) was selected out of 665 submitted pieces, especially because it was the only exhibited artworks created on Microsoft's Surface or using their Fresh Paint app.

Voting for the People's Choice winner is now open and can be accessed here.

Art painted on Surface Pro