Cy Baker studied scientific illustration at Southampton Institute and Blackpool and the Fylde College of Art. For 5 years he worked as a freelance illustrator doing paintings for various clients on both sides of the Atlantic, including Readers Digest, BBC Wildlife Magazine and New Holland Press.
Baker now works full-time painting and exhibiting his work and has won several awards over the years.
He comments, “All my oil paintings are on linen canvas, primed with a mixture of standard primer, cement and sometimes Polyfilla. This creates a unique texture to the canvas, which helps me to capture the atmosphere I’m after. I feel it’s in the boundaries between areas of light, shadow and colour that the magic of a painting happens, and this texture helps to blur those boundaries."