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Inspired by the Sea: Becky Thorley-Fox




by Charlotte van Praagh, 21st January 2020

Paintings by Becky Thorley-Fox, Ceredigion

Originally from Cheshire, Becky studied art and textiles at the University of Bath before moving to Wales. She lives in Llanrhystud near Aberystwyth with partner Will, and works as a wildlife and landscape artist full time.

 

Above: Razorbills at South Stack

“This was my first visit to Anglesey’s South Stack, and I was delighted to find seabirds I could paint without needing to take a boat trip.”

 

REDSHANKS IN PROGRESS

“I used a telescope to observe these redshanks in order to paint them. It was particularly tricky, with both the water and the light changing constantly due to the tide and rolling clouds, along with a forceful wind and, of course, the redshanks flitting over the rocks, but I loved the challenge!”

 

NEWBOROUGH WARREN, ANGLESEY

“This was a spectacular moment at the end of a long day out painting. This is a larger picture, so it had to be one of those rare occasions when I develop a piece in the studio. I referred to notes, memory and film footage. I only discovered Newborough Warren recently – it’s a stunning place.”

 

PEBBLES STUDY

“A beautiful, clear day allowed for a study of the light on the pebbles in the pools of water. I enjoyed capturing the shadows and reflections in the water.”

 

RIVER THROUGH THE BEACH STUDY

“I loved this challenge of capturing the fast-flowing transparent water flowing over the pebbles. Light and movement are constant sources of inspiration to me.”

 

RUNNING INTO THE SEA, LLANBEDROG

“This was painted ‘en plein air’ during a visit up to Plas Glyn y Weddw gallery near Pwllheli. It was a beautiful sunny day so I headed down to Llanbedrog beach. There was a flock of oystercatchers feeding along the water’s edge which feature in the painting, albeit small – you can just about make them out.”

 

GULLS ON THE BEACH

“I painted this down at my local beach, Llanrhystud. The gulls regularly congregate here, where the river runs into the sea. I often visit this spot to draw and paint the abundant wildlife – there’ll almost always be something around to draw. I enjoy painting gulls as they have so much character.”

 

For more information...

Becky’s work is available at various local galleries, such as Harbour Lights Gallery, Porthgain, and Oriel Aeron in Aberaeron. To contact her, visit: www.beckythorley-fox.co.uk

 

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