Neil Davies spent his early years in Scotland and taught painting in higher education institutions for many years.
He moved to Cornwall 14 years ago and now paints full-time from his studio on the north coast above St Ives. Neil spends a lot of time wandering the Cornish countryside making preparatory sketches. His paintings, reminiscent of Turner in the capturing of light on the landscape, are completed back in his studio.
There the walls are splattered through Neil’s liberal application of paint, and the floors covered with saucepans of oil paint mixed with bees’ wax. Neil heats this on a stove before applying to the canvas – the quick-drying nature of the mixture allowing the heavily textured style that characterises his recent work.
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