I count myself as being very fortunate to live and work in an estuary-side village in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. For an artist like me with a passion for 'waterscapes' there is nowhere better. There is an infinite wealth of inspiration right on my doorstep much of which I will never have the time to do justice to.
I work in a mixture of media that includes soft pastel, gouache, watercolour and marker but the medium which predominates is coloured pencil. Greatly influenced by my background as a graphic designer and illustrator, my work is precise and representational and coloured pencils allow me to achieve a high degree of detail.
I am a founder member of the United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society (UKCPS) which was established in 2001 to promote excellence in coloured pencils and to endeavour to establish it as a credible fine art medium, recognised by the art establishment. I am fortunate to be regarded as one of the leading exponents of this medium related to landscape and seascape art and my work and technique has featured in several leading art publications including 'Artist & Illustrator', 'The Artist' and France's 'Pratiques Des Arts' as well as in instructional books and websites.
I am increasingly drawn to subjects within the wider landscape/seascape...small corners that often go unnoticed by the passer-by. I am particularly interested in natural textures and forms and subtle natural colours. I love the way that nature, with the aid of weather, tide, time and natural growth embellishes, arranges and juxtaposes objects within the landscape, sometimes giving the appearance of contrived design...and often producing quite abstract forms. I love to draw water in its many moods and forms. It is difficult to portray accurately and it gives me a great sense of achievement when I succeed in this.
I work from a combination of my own photographic reference, notes and careful observation. All this is blended with dash of artistic license to make a picture work.
Telephone: 01437 891580
Graham's paintings will be exhibited at the Village Hall on each day of the festival (12- 14 August 2022).