Cornwall Paintings

  Layering the unique Cornish light and with a sensitive use of colour, my artwork capture the seas, coast and skies of the  north coast of Cornwall which has long been shaped and battered by the weather drawn across the Atlantic ocean. 

With influences of Rose Hilton, Joan Eardley and Bonnard in my painting, I filter out what is important  from my daily walks, sea swimming and glimpses of the coast. 

Large wave paintings come from being very close to nature in the sea. The large vistas and panoramas explore the fantastic Cornish light and every changing weather, finding the colour in the sky, sea and foreground taking a more detailed look at the tangled coastline of Cornish hedges and gorse. 

AUTUMN UPDATE:  It’s been a busy year and there’s more to come.  For now, I have limited original work remaining, but have a body of work in progress which will be released in the new year as a collection. To get the first news, please join my newsletter. Click the tab below. 


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Click on a painting for it’s story. If a painting you like has sold, prints are available from

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Spring Showers on the Cornish Coast

50cm x 40cm Acrylic  £500

Wooden cradled panel, framed in a light wood tray frame.  Click on image for more info

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Sulpher Skies

60cm x 50cm £750 

Acrylic on wooden cradled panel, framed in a light wood tray frame. Click on image for more info. 

Golden Light over Maer Cliffs

50 cm x 40 cm  £450 SOLD

Acrylic on wooden cradled panel framed in a light wood tray frame. Click image for more info

Dawn over Cambeak, Crackington

100cm square oil on canvas framed £1600

Walking the high cliffs around Crackington Haven, with lovely vistas and moving skies


 Come What May SOLD

Oil on canvas 100 cm square framed  £1,800 

Oil painting on canvas in a tray frame.  For more info, click on the image.  Prints available

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Some Time in May, Cornwall

80cm square canvas in  a tray frame  £1,400


Also painted from my walks in May in lockdown when the gorse was at it’s best.

Summer in the Air

80cm  square oil on canvas framed

  Not For Sale At the moment.

From those early month of lockdown walks towards Northcott Mouth when we could only go out for an hour. More painting  info , click on the image

Wave painting, force of nature
A Force of Nature

100 x 50cm  acrylic on canvas framed SOLD

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A Life of It’s Own

80 x 40 cm acrylic on canvas framed  SOLD

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100 x 80cm oil on canvas framed £2,000

Inspired by Joan Eardley, a scottish painter who painted in all weathers. Full of movement and colour

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Surrender to the Ocean

160cm x 100cm acrylic on canvas framed in a tray frame   SOLD 

 (paper and large canvas prints available here )


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Large wave study 120cm wide . Large tumbling wave painted in the studio whilst listening to Insomnia by Faithless.


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Shorebreak III

Number Three in the Shorebreak Series.  This wave is Crooklets Beach, in Bude.  100cm x 50cm


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Walking to Bossinney

50cm square oil on aluminium framed  £450  SOLD

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Shades of Salthouse

30cm square oil and cold wax on board.  £495

Bude coastal scene from Efford Down
Walking Efford Down 

30cm acrylic on canvas framed in a tray frame £425   SOLD

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Catching the Light    SOLD

120 x 60 oil on canvas framed 

From the warm walks of this year around Widemouth Bay in the shimmering grasses of early summer

If a painting you like here has already sold, you might like to consider a beautiful uv protected canvas print or a giclee paper print.  Please get in touch to enquire or look at the ‘Buy a Print‘ page