Mark Preston at the Lighthouse Gallery

Sunshine and Showers, Longships Lighthouse, a painting by Mark Preston

Painter Mark Preston has been drawn to the rugged, dramatic coastline between St Ives and Lands End since he was a fine art student in the 1990s. For the past year, Mark’s work has focused on capturing the beauty of the land and sea of West Cornwall throughout the four seasons.

This exhibition of forty works, showing from the 6th to 21st September 2013, explores the Duchy in all its glory; sun, rain, storms, spring flowers, winter seas, enticing beaches and wild landscapes. Although based in Derbyshire, Preston is a devoted painter of the Cornish land, coast and sea, fascinated by the way in which the changing seasons affect these spectacular places.

May Evening, Hor Point, a painting by Mark Preston

Inspired to become a landscape painter through many painting trips to the Peak District, Cornwall and Scotland with his artist father, Rex Preston, Mark paints outdoors using acrylics, with relatively little time spent in the studio. Direct contact with the landscape and natural elements are essential for his painting. Working within the landscape allows him to observe subtle changes in colour, light and atmosphere, and to experience the encroaching tide, the fading light and approaching storm.

Perhaps because of this closeness to nature Preston’s work has a freshness and spontaneity, achieving a fine balance between the abstract application of paint and a retained sense of the subject.

For further information please contact Lighthouse Gallery in Penzance on 01736 350555 www.lighthouse-gallery.com

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