Oil by Catherine Kennedy
Emerald Surf II
The strong tides and rough seas of the Devon and Cornish coastline inspire my work. These large waves at sea and onshore have influence a series of oil paintings started 5 years ago that have amounted to 47 so far. The rivers around Dartmoor and long exposure photographic images of water have influence another series of paintings started recently. I am interested in looking at the way images are altered using this photographic technique and like the idea of taking it to another medium and exploring the results.
Born in Buckinghamshire, I move to Devon 14 years ago and am now based in Teignmouth, Devon. Painting from an early age it wasn't until I reached my mid 30's that I went to art school, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2008 at the University of Plymouth. I have exhibited my paintings throughout Devon and gained an award at the Exeter Short Film festival. My films and photographs have been exhibited on the South Bank, London and in Italy.
I am a Teignmouth based artist. I am a member of the Devon Artist Network and a-n
'Emerald Surf' is inspired by the South Devon Coastline. I admire those who take on giant waves there. For inspiration I take photos of waves and sketch on the beach As a start to this painting, I looked at other photographers work on surfing and surfing videos. Once the painting process begins it evolves almost by itself guiding me one way or another. Colours can alter over time, the end result not what I initially expected. That's part of the joy of applying the paint with happy accidents occurring through this process. Above all it is the light coming through the waves and ever-changing colour of the sea that I am keen to explore.
Oil on Canvas