'As his undoubted popularity as one of our leading contemporary
English landscape painters increases, so does the size and
intense power of Anthony's seascapes'
director Lovelys Gallery
My latest work is the culmination of years studying artists like Turner, Seago and Jackson and using their influence in my sketches and paintings of Kents varied and beautiful coastline. The perspicacity of any artists work shows with every brush stroke and colour glaze to ensure the subject is captured and defined. I am now consciously moving away from much of the recognisable form of my earlier work towards a more abstraction that conveys power and transient light above everything else which, is what painting the elements is all about.
Rainclouds dark and laden above a foaming foreshore with just a glimmer of light on the horizon, or a summer squall moving quickly across a beach or harbour, that obliterates all light and form are everything that I love about working on the Kent coast.
Every painting will depict two small sails on, perhaps, an invisible horizon. Those two sails will always show mans struggle against an overwhelming force of nature that may, or may not, allow those two small sails to return home. Coming from a long family history of lifeboat men my respect for the sea is marked by my forefathers names inscribed in the lifeboat station at Eastbourne.
The sea is in my blood and in my families 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 ancestors who would go out on the lifeboats, amid such storms, to rescue lost and endangered souls at sea.
Many of my paintings are started 'en plein air', even some of the larger canvasses 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 wet sand or chalk and rain that washes away the oil 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 painting.
It is not unusual for clients visiting my studio to leave with 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 lay the paint onto a wet, sandy canvas and capture that moment when the light is but a knife edge on the horizon and the wind is screaming in my ear that it's time to go home !