AL BROWN ARTIST
Having originally studied art and graphic illustration in the 1970s at North Devon College and Cornwall College of Art, I continued to develop as an artist working as illustrator and draughtsman in a variety of different jobs. Moving to a larger home in North Devon with more space has recently enabled me to return to my love of painting.
I now create images inspired by Exmoor National Park and the wonderful beaches and craggy coastline of the area, using a variety of media such as acrylic, oil, watercolour, crayon and pastel. In my landscapes I try to capture the unique mood of North Devon with wind swept trees, reflective wet sands and moody storm laden skies. In my pen and ink drawings, I use my own preparation of Bideford Black pigment to emphasise the contrast between light and dark to enhance their dramatic impact. My style is constantly evolving. The media I choose is often mixed as I strive to refine and develop the overall image. I have an aspiration to create an image of effortless and confident brushwork which can be hampered by my education in illustrative graphics. However, this constant tension and trial by ordeal allows each composition to develop with creative passion.
In my paintings, the observer may sense the emotional highs and lows I have experienced during the creative process. However, there comes a time when a happy and fortuitous revision can occur, my confidence grows and the work in progress becomes painfully finalised. I hope you enjoy my journey so far. Al