Latest update below: Making Landscape Art in 2019
What kind of art do I make?
I primarily paint landscape oil paintings and print limited edition linocut original prints. All my art, so far, is of the British countryside, seaside/coastline and its surrounding seas. My collection of original, unique art, currently includes Northumberland, Yorkshire, and The South Hams in Devon.
I work in my studio from reference and outside in front of the scene. My plein air paintings often form part of the reference for my studio paintings and prints. I'm always adding to my gallery of contemporary landscape paintings and prints, covering the North of England and the much painted Southern Counties.
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Why do I make this kind of art?
Growing up in the countryside meant I spent every day that wasn't raining outside in the landscape, surrounded by its wonder and magic
So from the single blade of grass and the magical, mysterious thing we call a cloud, to the epic and breathtaking vista, it all still fascinates this kid.
It's why I make British landscape paintings and art prints now
Britain is an artist's scenery paradise
Since visiting Devon, Northumberland, Cumbria, Lancashire, Pembrokeshire in Wales and Inverness in Scotland to name a few, I can safely say Yorkshire, where I'm based, is not alone in its distinctiveness and diversity of scenery. The variety is in fact a characteristic of the UK terrain from the tip of Scotland to the foot of Cornwall. It's not surprising that the British landscape has been represented by artists in paint and other media for more than 250 years.
Naturally, Yorkshire subjects dominate my collection at this time, though I'm always hopeful of being able to paint further afield. I already have many sketches, of 'foreign' parts elsewhere in the UK, waiting for me to work-up into finished art.
Making landscape art in 2019
Updated: 12 Sept 2019
So it seems, Summer is drawing to a close all too soon. It even feels a little premature and a teeny bit depressing, because Autumn doesn't know yet!
It's been a big year, with three exhibitions: Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens near Bridlington, Pyramid Gallery, an impromptu one at Castlegate House (both in York), and…
A (working) holiday at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland - yes, I'm still trying to find time to update that page on this website, with the paintings I made while there (I know, I know, not good enough).
All of these events have been a fascinating learning experience. Seeing people react to my pictures first hand at the exhibitions was a privilege and it was a delight to chat with them about art, where best to paint, how I make my prints and explaining that all my work on show is by one artist (me). It was a common question that took me by surprise the first time it was asked. It's been good to see what instantly appeals to people and hear them tell their stories about where this or that painting reminds them of. The love people have for linocuts was also a big learning – I had no idea.
This year has been a depressing one with the awful political carry on and never ending uncertainty affecting a lot of business. I fear there will be a round of independent gallery closures soon and the prospect has been a mood dampener. I prefer selling through galleries you see, because it means I get to spend more time in the studio painting and printmaking. If they disappear I'll have less and less avenues to sell my art through and that will make it all the harder.
Though I hadn't intended it, this year has turned out to be a soul searching year.
It's the artist thing. An artist is always questioning what they're doing in their constant quest to be a better artist. I've been questioning my art at a deeper level than before though and thinking about how I develop going forward. Am I giving up my art? Well I thought about it. But no, I'm not done. Once I get my accounts submitted, I'll be fulltime on this website adding ordering and paying features, so is it all doom and gloom? Nope.
We've got the glory of Autumn in full swing heading our way, which always makes my heart sing.
Especially on a sunny day with blue skies shining through the oranges and yellows, and that wonderful fluttering that starts to fill the air as the colours fall to earth – always beautiful; often stops me in my tracks.
I finally managed to get up to Whitby, sketching round St Mary's high above the harbour, last week. Dashing off on the spur despite the so-so weather forecast, it was a glorious blue skied day, with swallows zipping along the cliff edge. I sat mesmerised by how lovely it was. Stop painting? Not on your life. I'm hoping there will be an 'Indian Summer' up there (as is predicted) so I can go and paint all day before the year's out. I've a mission to complete a painting that's been nagging at me for… possibly years now.
Update: here's the painting I've made since writing the above.
Buying my paintings and linocuts for sale
Updated: 26 October 2018
The best place to buy my contemporary British landscape art prints and paintings, if you're in Yorkshire, UK, where I'm based is from my galleries. You'll be able to view my landscape art there and, in the case of my lino prints, choose between framed and unframed options. You'll also be able to ask questions and get advise about buying, framing, displaying and protecting original linocuts and paintings – and you won't pay extra for this extra service. They are welcoming, knowledgable, helpful people, who won't pressurize you to buy, so do visit them if you're in the area.
I'm currently working to make it possible to buy my landscape art from this website.
I was hoping to achieve it last year (2018), though other work took priority.
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