Welcome to the website of artist    Colin G Culley MA

You are welcome to visit my studio

Early retirement in 2005 from a long career in education, facilitated an exciting change of career for me, allowing me to further develop my lifelong love affair with art and to establish my own professional studio.  Little did I know what an exciting and demanding challenge this would actually prove to be. If you would like to visit my studio please contact me to make an appointment.

 

I love to paint and I paint what I love

(It may be an old cliché but it is true)

My inspriration comes from the environment, from the people around me and the lives and work of other artists both contemporary and throughout history. I use acrylic, pastel, oil and mixed media to interpret subject matter that attracts my attention and kindles my imagination.

At the beginning of 2019 I visited two exhibtions showing the work of Elisabeth Frink.  I found her sketches of horses, on display in the 'Lightbox Gallery' in  Woking, particularly inspiring.  The two paintings below were the outcome.

A Symbol of Freedom

'The Silent Witness'

Recently completed project

I recently completed a series of flower designs inspired by a visit to the 'Arts and Crafts' home of William Morris, 'Red House' in Bexleyheath, and by the wonderful 'Art Deco' interior of 'Eltham Palace', Greenwhich.     

<Sweet Peas

<Watercolour and ink

Honeysuckle

Watercolour and ink

Nasturtiums

Acylic and ink

An effusion of colour

Acrylic

Lupins

Acrylic and ink

Potpourri

Acrylic and ink

<Kaleidoscope of colour

Acrylic

Lily Labyrinth

Watercolour and ink

Work in progress ....

Acrylic

On-going Ancient Tree project

After an impromtu visit to Castle Howard to catch sight of a flock of waxwings I was intriqued by the number of 'ancient trees' with in the grounds. After a closer examination I became captivated by the textures, shape, patterns and colours caused by centuries of growth and decline.

 

This led to some exciting research and I discovered that 'ancient trees' are in the third and final stage of their life ... esssentiallhy they are in the process of dieback and decay. This means that they are of interest not only aesthetically, but also biologically and culturally. This stage of their life can go on for a long time.

 

The age at which a tree becomes ancient varies

Trees such as oak and yew, are more long-lived than others. One of the oldest trees in the UK is in Perthshire, Scotland (the Fortingall Yew) and it has been estimated to be at least 2,000 and 3,000 years old.

 

Castle Howard and Duncombe Park

So far I have been able to explore locally in the grounds of Castle Howard and Duncombe Park and I have begun the process of preparatory sketches for a design. With over 100,000 'ancient, veteran and notable trees' recorded across the country this could become an obsession!!

 

Where will I have to look?

These trees can be found in urban parks, on farms, in ancient hunting forests, wood pasture and parkland, in hedgerows and even in churchyards.

 

Castle Howard sketch

Watercolour and ink

<Duncombe Park sketch

Water colour and pencil

Decaying hollow

Watercolour and ink

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