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Inspired: Thomas Haskett




by Webmaster, 16th March 2020

Landscape paintings by Thomas Haskett, Pembrokeshire

Originally from Kent, Thomas moved to Pembrokeshire nine years ago and lives near Maenclochog with his wife. He studied Illustration at Falmouth College of Art, then worked as a freelance illustrator before his painting took over. Thomas exhibits, and his impressionistic-style oil paintings are available to buy from various galleries, including Swansea’s Attic Gallery, Cardiff’s Albany Gallery and Harbour Lights Gallery, Pembs.

 

TOP: ST BRIDES, SUMMER
"I painted this during the really hot summer we had; the water was so clear and the constant sun had dried the grass – it looks more Mediterranean than Welsh.”

 

 

SUNFLOWERS GOWER
"I love the juxtaposition of the field full of sunflowers against Worm’s Head, and how most of the picture is taken up with the flowers, with little coast visible. The following year different flowers were sown, so it was nice to be able to make a record of the scene before it vanished for good.”

 

 

RAMSEY
"This is overlooking Whitesands with Ramsey Island in the background. It was late summer, and the hay bales hadn’t been collected yet. These types of fields were always such fun to play in when I was a child – maybe that’s one reason I love to paint them nowadays.”

 

 

COTTAGE BY THE SEA
"This isn’t far from a beach where I like to surf, and is pretty much the last building before you get to the coast path. It’s typical of the old farmhouses found around here. I love their simplicity and strength, that they’ve stood for so long and have weathered countless storms – they’re stoic.”

 

 

FISHGUARD
“I enjoy painting Lower Town Harbour in Fishguard – it feels as if it’s hardly changed in the last few hundred years, and there are so many great angles to paint it from. From this spot you can’t quite see open sea, but you know it’s just around the corner, and I love the sense of promise and adventure that comes with that.”

 

 

FOOTPATH TO MARLOES
“This is a scene very near to where ‘Cottage by the Sea’ was painted – it’s the first proper view of the beach you get as you walk down to Marloes Sands. I prefer walking down as it’s so steep on the way back up! This went to Australia – it’s nice to think there’s a little bit of Pembrokeshire on the other side of the world!”

 

 

EVENING LIGHT AT THE PARROG
“This was a really enjoyable evening painting on the sand after the tide had gone out. It was the end of a warm summer’s day, and people were stopping by to see what I was painting. I even bumped into an old friend whom I hadn’t seen in a very long time, so I have happy memories of the time I spent working on this one.”

 

 

BEACH CRICKET, NEWPORT SANDS
“This painting of a large family enjoying a game of cricket on the beach was fun to do. Growing up, cricket was always something we played on grass, so I appreciated the change of setting, and I also like the subtle refl ections in the water in the foreground. It’s important to enjoy your painting; pictures never seem to look right when you don’t.”

 

 

PHONE BOX ON THE COAST ROAD
“This is one of my all-time favourite paintings, thanks to the contrast of the phone box against the sea, the green verges, and the cool shadows. Phone boxes were once commonplace, but they’re fast disappearing, especially in rural areas. I love their bright, quirky British character and it’s always a treat to see this one by the seaside.”

 

To get in touch, visit thomashaskettillustration.blogspot.com

 

 

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