Acrylic by Alan Gregory
Early Summer Walk, Shaldon
Alan lives and works in Shaldon, Devon and has been drawing, painting and collecting art for many years. Having had a successful career as a senior academic, in 2014 he made the decision to work only part-time in order to devote more of his life to his art. Having made that move, in 2016 he decided to become a full-time painter.
His work is informed by the natural landscape, particularly the South Devon coastline with its everchanging light conditions. Other landscapes that provide regular inspiration include those of rural Devon, North Mallorca and his native Wales. "For me, painting is about helping the observer appreciate the beauty of the natural world, and to celebrate the environment that surrounds them. But this beauty can sometimes be elusive, or not obvious at first glance, and it is this hidden element that I also seek to explore. This is particularly the case in my more abstract work."
"Whatever the subject, my intention is always to share the sense of feeling I have when looking at the landscapes from which I draw my inspiration. In this regard, I hope that my work reflects an emotional response to what I see."
Alan's notable exhibitions include the "Botanical Inspirations" Exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter in May 2016, the Ashburton Christmas Exhibition at The North Street Gallery in December 2016, and most recently, "The Observatory" Exhibition at The Forum, University of Exeter, June 2017. His work has also been shown at the South West Academy Open Exhibition, 2015, the "In Nature's Colours" Exhibition, 2016 and 2017, and has featured in Devon Life magazine.
There's a story to this painting. Most days I'm out for a walk, as that's about the limit of my exercise regime for the moment, until I'm off chemo and my PIC line gets removed. And no matter which route I take I always seem to end up going along this lovely path from one direction or the other.
I've watched it change as I slowly get stronger, and spring has moved into summer, and decided it was defintely something I wanted to capture the "feel" of. Here's how it looks in late spring/early summer, depending on how pedantic you want to be (I'm with the Met Office - summer starts on 1st June!).
Acrylic on Box Canvas