Being a Pastel Artist living in South East Cornwall where I have lived for nearly 40 years, I am surrounded by natural beauty. My pastel paintings and sketches are inspired by but not limited to the fabulous coastline and landscape of the west country which frequently involves travelling around gathering inspiration for my work.
Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to the sea and am fortunate to live in South East Cornwall with easy access to the rugged beauty of the coast and landscape.
Balancing art with life and earning a sustainable living has meant that I have only exhibited three times. In the late 80's at the Claremont Hotel in Polperro, at the Wharf in Tavistock in 2015 and at the Ashtorre Rock on Saltash Waterside in 2016. More recently, my work was part of a joint exhibition at Saltwalls Gallery in Newquay with 20% of sales proceeds being donated to Blood Cancer research.
I came third and then second in two of the Pastel Guild of Europe monthly "Get Dusty" competitions in 2020 and recently came first in the Landscape / Seascape category of the annual PGE 2020 Open Competition which was open to International entries. The Landscape / Seascape category was judged by Internationally Acclaimed artist, "Tony Allain PS, ARSMA, PSA, MC-IAPS, MPANZ". In September 2021 my painting, "First snow above Postbridge, Dartmoor" came first in The Pastel Guild of Europe September Get Dusty Competition with a theme of "Weather" Judged by Bruce A. Gomez.
I am a Signature member of The Pastel Guild of Europe which I joined to become part of an active community of artists. I am also the designer and editor of the quarterly Scribbler magazine for the PGE which is distributed to all members. In October 2021 I became an associate member of the Pastel Society of America.
In October 2021 I became an associate member of the Pastel Society of America.
Saltwalls Gallery is located in the centre of Newquay on The Crescent which leads down to the Harbour, The Marine Aquarium and Great Western Beach.
Caxton House, 2/3 The Crescent, Newquay TR7 1DT - Telephone: 07877 562977
Visit the website at: www.saltwalls.co.uk