Tony Hinchliffe painting on location in Devon

Tony Hinchliffe works as a full-time artist from his studio in Northamptonshire, taking on his first paying commission at 11 years old.

Selling his artwork and the copyright worldwide through an agency and gallery has seen Tony embrace a whole range of subjects, which include figurative, abstract/realism, landscapes, seascapes and animals.

Commenting on his seascape painting Tony said “I have always been drawn to the ocean. The light on the coast can be very special at times, showing off the ocean as a very sensitive creature and constantly reforming, a power source without a shred of arrogance.

A recent painting trip to the Gower Peninsula found my dog and I walking in anticipation with all my painting equipment for several miles to an intimate piece of coastline.

I set up my easel close enough to the breaking waves to get a little damp. The morning mist amplified the colours in all directions. When the waves broke they left a comforting fizzing sound as the water patiently fell off the rocks to regroup.

Colours were constantly changing; blue would very quickly turn towards a subtle vanilla grey within a few minutes, eventually dampening out the sun. The warmth of the sun would gently burn through in places which gave the illusion of a very secretive and happy sky. For me working quickly and without fuss is a key element to depicting such a scene.”

Back at his studio, Tony really enjoys the freedom of abstract/imaginary landscape painting. This gives him the chance to capture a mood with his brush work and look at the colour considerations, a little differently to chasing realism. This method often brings with it a wonderful sense of escapism.

Tony Commented “I often start by painting an imaginary sky then asking myself how would I feel standing under that sky? I then work according to how I have answered that question.”

Please visit the contemporary online art gallery to see more of my works online, or pop into the Wychwood art gallery in Deddington, Oxfordshire.