About the Artist
“The sea is in my blood and in my family’s history so it seems fitting that a wild, unforgiving storm should be the backbone of many of my paintings, as it was for many of my family who would go out on the lifeboats, amid such storms, to rescue lost and endangered souls at sea”.
Many of Anthony’s paintings are started ‘en plein air’, even some of the larger canvases and as a result will often have sand or finger marks which are left on the finished piece. This gives the painting a sense of being created right in the middle of an event that is being laid down on the canvas as it happens. Wind that blows the canvas onto the wet sand or chalk and rain that washes the oil away are all part of the process of creating something that is taken back into the studio where, over weeks or sometimes months, that rough wet canvas is nurtured into a finished piece.
“It is not unusual for clients visiting my studio to want to buy a canvas that has just come back from a wet morning on the beach. It is totally raw and unfinished but holds onto some of that ‘magic’ that I see as an artist, whilst I’m trying to get the paint onto the wet, sandy canvas and capture that moment when the light is but a knife edge on the horizon and the wind is howling in my ear that it’s time to go home!”