I love the sea's sounds and the way it reflects the sky. The colours that shimmer across its surface are unbelievable. This, combined with the colour of the water over white sand, surprises me every time.
I have improved the way in which I paint. The colours are cleaner and there is more energy in the brush work.
The lifestyle that an artist can have, the freedom to wander in the landscape with no real pressure or deadlines, was a very attractive one.
The most amazing thing to me about the sea is the tide. A harbour like St. Ives is totally transformed in a very short space of time by the arrival or departure of the sea.
I use about 20 different colours to retain the luminance in my work.
My optimism for life carried through my work.
I use a wide selection of colours. It is impossible to produce work like mine using only the primary colours as they only mix a certain range of colour.
Digital media has destroyed much of the magic and mystery of the medium.
I used to own a dingy and can still sail one if pushed, but I like the pleasure boats.
The majority of my work is from life. I spend most fine days from May to October painting outside.
I realised that if I did what I wanted to do, it would work.
My great love is my home county of Cornwall, I love to sit and watch people enjoying themselves on the beaches and in the harbour towns of Cornwall.
It's a terrible thing wishing that it can be someone else's tragedy.
Painting is really good fun, I have always enjoyed it. As long as I paint what I want with the freedom that I enjoy, I never tire.
I studied for my degree in London and consequently ended up spending five years away from Cornwall. I deliberately moved away from the coast to experience a different way of life.
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