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       Original landscape, streetscape & wildlife paintings, illustration & photography, rustic crafts             

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About the artist

Mark Davies HND BA(Hons)

Has lived and worked in the Clyde Valley in rural South Lanarkshire since 2000, combining development of artwork in a range
of media with a career in conservation which provides much inspiration.

Following completion of artistic study in Lancashire & Cumbria, there followed the great inspiration of living on the Solway coast
with all the ever changing light and atmosphere that only coastal life can bring.

The work and realism of victorian landscapists such as David Young Cameron, William McTaggart, Horatio McCulloch and JMW
Turner, together with impressionist painters such as Sisley, Pissaro & Monet have provided much influence though it is the solemn
but magnificent atmospheric landscapes & snowscapes of the Deeside artist Joseph Farquharson that have provided the most influence
and inspiration for many years and from an early age. Several visits to Joseph's estate at Finzean, together with many years of study of
his works have allowed the artist's own estate of Corehouse to be viewed in a similar way to Finzean, with similar woodlands and tracks
and the magnificent Falls of the Clyde just a short stroll away.


European street scenes have been a particular focus recently, with the twilight works of the Czech artist Jiri Vales an inspiration, focusing
on the contrast between artificial light and the fading natural light on the buildings and cobbled streets. The Czech republic has provided
a wealth of material and as a regular visitor and an 'improving' Czech speaker, is a place I love.

Forthcoming work will be a result of recent studies around central & eastern Europe in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Austria & France.
A large scale landscape from around the estate is planned for the Autumn of 2011.

It is not always physically possible to produce regular works, especially when your main work is elsewhere. Sometimes the mind is willing or
even over active though the body is not! I tend to build up ideas and studies in my head for months at a time then furiously create and produce
the scene I have been building up to. When I work, I work quickly. Sometimes I would love to work on a scene for months upon end, just as Joseph Farquharson did, with painting huts around the woods but in reality, I am more of an impressionist, though still striving for some realism. For example,
the two most recent larger paintings, "The sunlight breaking thro the shade" and "On the banks of the Feugh near Woodend" both took only
2 nights to complete. I have both patience and impatience! I hope to include a slide show on here showing the development of these two paintings
from start to finish as I obsessively photograph my work as it is created, for my own development and learning.