Collection: David M Trubshaw

“I was born in Leicester, England. I became “hooked on books” from early school days and started my working life as a librarian, then moved into publishing. In the Eighties, with my wife Penny, also a book lover, who previously worked in Foyles Bookshop in London, we opened the first of seven shops, called Unicorn Books.


We came on holiday to Portugal many times, loved it and decided to retire here, which we did in 2004. I retired to the Algarve, determined not to play golf but to use that wonderful free luxury of “quality time” on painting and writing poetry.

Trees feature in many of my paintings and prints. I am intrigued by trees – their shapes, leaf structures, their movement, how they blend and mould with the landscape. Perhaps this has something to do with my early ancestors, whose name Trobeshawe, can be traced back over 1,000 years to Saxon times and comes from the Saxon words “trobe” (tree) and “shawe” (shade).  Sir Richard Trubshaw is reputed to have accompanied King Richard to the Crusades.”

In his Algarve garden, David’s favourite tree is a beautiful white hornbeam and watching it change with the seasons inspired him to produce a book:

Haiku for You – A Celebration of the Four Seasons

This hard back book is beautifully illustrated in full colour, with a selection of 21 of his pictures and prints in oil, acrylic and pastel. Each of the pictures is accompanied with a haiku poem. Each book contains, as a complimentary gift, an individual, hand printed and signed bookmark.

David is donating the profits from the sales of his book to the Silves Rotary Club, to add to their charities fund, which supports those in need in the local Algarve community.

The book price is 25 euros, which includes postage and packing in Portugal. Contact David for more information.

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