In this, the third in our “Exploring Britain” series, we visit the beautiful areas of our country that have inspired the nation’s greatest artists, from Constable to Turner. Below, four artists working today, tell us why Britain continues to inspire them. To read the full “Exploring Britain” feature, purchase the latest issue of BRITAIN magazine here
David Atkins on London
London has always held a fascination for me. I was born and raised on a suburban estate south of the river. As a boy my father would frequently take me on a journey by foot through London. I remember the delight of seeing the views from the river with its bridges and familiar landmarks, of visiting the museums and galleries and exploring the streets, alleyways and parks. In all its splendour, the capital seemed a world away from the suburban life. Those first impressions of London have remained with me and are reflected in my drawings and paintings. I continue the tradition of walking through the city always with a sketchbook with the aim of capturing something of the excitement, energy and life that exits within it.
David’s work features in the latest issue of BRITAIN magazine.
To view more of David’s work visit http://david-atkins.com/
Jeremy Barlow on North Norfolk
I spend a considerable amount of time painting France, Italy and Spain. But I return from the warmer climes and I am ‘spurred on’ to paint in England and in particular North Norfolk. I chose to live in North Norfolk because of childhood memories of sun, sea, sand, big skies, boats, marshes and mud. The fickle weather here is fascinating – with massive clouds forming on the North Sea and with the sun behind me as I paint they are a sight to behold. The unspoilt coastline, marshes and sand dunes are a great contrast to the architectural splendours of European cities. North Norfolk on a blowy grey day is as exciting as any sunny day in Porto Fino, Venice or St. Tropez – not perhaps as glamorous but inspiring, fresh and captivating.
To view more of Jeremy’s work visit http://www.jeremybarlowfineart.co.uk/
Becky Samuelson on the Isle of Wight
The diversity of the British landscape inspires me. Particularly here on the Isle of Wight, which, measuring only 23 by 13 miles, has a hugely varied geology that makes the Island such a special place to live and work. Surrounded by water with great natural light, the Isle of Wight offers unparalleled subject matter, providing me with constant inspiration. I am drawn to the ever-changing ‘big’ skies, sculptured shoreline, tree lined beaches and undulating countryside. I am particularly drawn to coastal scenes, whether it is the action on the water at Bembridge, the beach at Seaview or the inlets around Newtown Creek. These subjects tell a good visual story and there is excitement and inspiration in being able to look at a view and see it differently each time.
To view more of Becky’s work visit http://www.beckysamuelsonfinearts.co.uk/
Kim Roskell on The Diamond Jubilee
Kim was personally invited by the BBC as one of a select group of artists to paint The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Thames Pageant, interpreting the spectacle in their own way. Born in Lancashire in 1960, at the age of twelve Kim won ‘The Young Artist Of The Year Award’. As well as using paint she developed an interest in glass and metal. Following this interest further she entered into the world of furniture design and gained an honours degree at Nottingham University in 1979. Her career followed a designer’s path and she worked on many prestigious projects including the BBC production of Alice in Wonderland. Involved in model making, furniture design and stained glass design and manufacturing, she developed a highly diverse skill set and gained a range of influences. These are evident in her paintings where she portrays the beauty of light and shade amongst the depth and texture of the amazing British landscape, with a style that exudes strength, radiance and movement.
To view more of Kim’s work visit http://www.kimroskell.co.uk/