Beside The Wave
Ahead of Alan Stratford's new show at Beside the Wave Gallery, we put some questions to this exceptional artist regarding this recent body of work...
Now that you've been living back in Cornwall for almost two years, do you notice a change in the way you approach making paintings? Where are some of your favourite hidden treasures in Cornwall?
Being in Cornwall has allowed me to paint full time which as a result means I spend more time in the outdoors chasing that inspiration; having said that, it has also been a huge learning curve becoming a full time painter. The level of output obviously increases but with this increase I have had to come to terms with learning to fail, not every painting is a masterpiece and never can be. In order to develop my skills and move forward, I have to try new things-different techniques, painterly styles, materials... this is why the latest work shows my exploration of using textured paste and paint thinners.
I spend a lot of time on both coasts in Cornwall, but I am still relatively new to the area and yet to find my truly special places. However much of my latest work takes inspiration from the North Coast where the Atlantic is rougher and more dramatic- Holywell Bay, Crantock Bay and Poly Joke Beach are just some of my favourite places. Oh and I love Bodmin Moor! It's so intense and filled with drama and the skies are simply fantastic!
Beside The Wave
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