ARTISTS Sue Lewin and Chris Goodman explore the Devon and Dorset coast in their new exhibition ‘Seashore and More’, opening at the Town Mill’s Malthouse Gallery in Lyme Regis from July 29 to August 4.
Chris Goodman, local Devon artist, paints in acrylics on canvas. His work is mainly inspired by the local marine environment but depicts other natural forms such as landscapes and still life.
He studied graphic design at Newham College, London, and the University of Plymouth. Having worked both as a marine scientist and a graphic designer, he is inspired by his past experiences in these fields and also his current proximity to the Devon and Dorset coastlines.
Sue Lewin’s paintings are inspired by the dramatic light and mood of sea and sky, and natural landscape. Her paintings reflect her interest in geology and a love of nature and travel.
The drama of storm features regularly in her work, reflecting patterns of fleeting light movements; it has drama coupled with a soft intensity. This can also be seen by her curious figures of either solitary walkers or group figures that meander like clouds along the beach scape.
Sue works mainly in acrylics and occasionally stirring in sand and blue lias and natural pigment into the paint. Working sometimes on a textured canvas, layering paint with tones of colour to create depth.
Atmosphere is created by the subtlest of transitions from dark to light, dry brushing and utilising a palette knife to pick up texture and high points. The results sparkle with sea salt and light.
Sue is a professional sign-writer following a family tradition that spans three generations. She incorporates many aspects of art and design into her varied commissions that range from bespoke house signs to ecclesiastical projects that includes gilding and embellished lettering to historic heraldry
Original paintings, prints and cards will be available at the ‘Seashore and More’ exhibition.