My Favourite Artists

I thought I’d write a short post on my favourite artists. In truth this was prompted by me deleting my Pinterest account, and realising that I had a board on there devoted to just this subject. So I thought I’d transfer this collection to a more permanent home here.

I wouldn’t necessarily describe all of the below as actual influences on my work, more as those whose work I like. As landscapes are my thing, the list is pretty much dominated by those sorts of artists, but there are a few things I’ve just seen and love thrown in too. These aren’t in any particular order, by the way. I love them all.

I’ve included links to their websites where relevant.

JMW Turner

It would be pretty difficult to be into landscapes and not like Turner, especially as so many of the watercolour exercises I’ve been put through take inspiration from him. In particular his skies. But one of my favourite Turners is actually a seascape, but one with a fabulous sky.

Confluence of the Thames and Medway, JMW Turner

Confluence of the Thames and Medway, JMW Turner

Camille Pisarro

I visited the Hermitage in St Petersburg in 2011, and by the time we got to the impressionists to tell the truth I was a bit arted out. But I came up in front of Pisarro’s Boulevard Monmartre in Paris and something held me there. I just love the way that what is, up close, very blobby can from further back appear to be quite a sharp and detailed picture. I cam home from Russia with a canvas print of this one.

Boulevard Monmartre in Paris, 1897 by Camille Pisarro

Boulevard Monmartre in Paris, 1897 by Camille Pisarro


I also saw a few of these in the Hermitage, but liked Canaletto well before that. Endless showings of his picture of the water pageant on the Thames during this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations put this particular picture firmly in my mind.

The Thames on Lord Mayor’s Day, Canaletto

Andy Beck

As a keen hill walker, it would come as no surprise to find me drawn to Andy’s work. He’s been working on a project to recreate in watercolour every one of the line drawings included by the great Alfred Wainwright in his 7 volumes of  his Pictorial Guides to the Lake District. People have been snapping the pictures up, although this doesn’t include me yet due to not having found the right combination of price, favourite fells and pictures I like. It will come though. Andy has a book out in the near future, and exhibits his work in the Teesdale Gallery, although this is closing in the new year so that Andy can focus on the painting itself.

The Ill Bell Ridge from Stile End

Rebecca Lardner

Seen in a display of her work on a cruise ship a couple of years ago, I loved these the moment I saw them and am saving up to buy one. For me that evoked memories of the Graham Clarke’s that my parents have collected over the years, being characterised by exaggerated shapes of buildings, objects and living things. They’re quite simply fun.

Head for Shore by Rebecca Lardner

Graham Clarke

Based in Kent, a favourite of my parents for many years. One day they took me down to his studio, and I returned with one of his etchings. I love the detail in these pictures and can stare at them for hours seeing something new every time.

Crapaud En Trou, by Graham Clarke



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