Illustrated:’CARBIS BAY’ by darren stevenson
Born in Nottingham, England in 1966, Darren Stevenson's moody, enigmatic coastal scenes are instantly recognisable.
Working in oils, Darren builds upon a traditional process and theme. He blends this approach with modern techniques, abstract in style and by using ‘rabbit skin’ glue he primes the canvas giving it textures and layers. Once dry he uses layers of oil to get the desired effect and sandpaper where necessary to create further texture and depth.
Painting 'en plein air', Darren travels up and down the English coast and France searching for the perfect spot to paint. He paints what he sees, does not use digital aids and sometimes sits out for hours come wind, rain or shine to get the perfect scene.
Darren studied technical perspective engineering drawings and it’s these traits that give him the skills, patience and precision that he takes to his in-depth oil compositions. He creates an ambience synonymous of the British landscape and over the past few years his works have been displayed in galleries around the world.