David Whitbread-Roberts

David is a contemporary artist living and working in Cornwall. He is a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists. David’s recent body of work has been based around his immediate location, sea, lake and landscapes.

“Many hours are spent walking and capturing the transient interplay of shapes and colours that are constantly changing as a consequence of weather patterns. I work from my studio at home and am inspired by the natural elements of my native Cornwall. I enjoy working directly from source in order to capture the essence of my surroundings.

Cornwall is a constant source of inspiration for my work with its rugged landscape, changing light and weather effects. Much of my work depicts my nearby lake’s peripheral elements, such as the trees, with glimpses of the Cornish hedges and fields, which also border it. I like to work in a spontaneous and expressive manner, employing lots of mark making and flecks of colour to create texture, light & atmosphere.

A recurring theme is the play of light upon water, reflecting elements such as sky, clouds and fragments of landscape. I work directly from the landscape ‘en plein air’ recording imagery through sketchbook journals, large scale charcoal studies on fabriano paper and on oil sketches and then continue working back in the studio. I paint mainly with oils, however, some of my work begins as monotypes, which are then rapidly worked over with paint and inks on panel and canvas. Paintings are formed using a variety of tools; brushes, palette knives, rags and fingers to create rich textural surfaces through impasto, layering and glazes.”

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