The beautifully rugged and often dramatic coastline of Cornwall with its remarkable light provide artists with a perfect, inspiring environment in which to live and work. Martin Bowie’s paintings are predominantly created to capture beautiful landscapes, architecture and seascapes with the greatest emphasis being placed on the amazing colours and light. Martin also paints land and seascapes from around the UK and other parts of the world and he also produces figurative works.
Martin works mainly in oils grinding his paints, using brushes and palette knives on canvas, boards, panels and prepared card; drawing the viewer into his paintings via a depth of colour, texture, and layers often starting with acrylic or tempura grisaille on hand stretched canvases.
A Sunny Bay, Penzance. Oil on board 12 x 9"
Albania from Corfu
Night Rose. Oil on canvas 15 x 15"
Estuary Light. Oil on board 27 x 37"
Boat in the Bay. Oil on canvas 16 x 22"
The Burj Al Arab. Oil on canvas 40 x 28"
Dog. Oil on canvas 22 x 17"
Godrevy lighthouse. Oil on canvas 48 x 30"
Hanging in the Bay. Oil on Canvas 22 x 18"
Lone Boat, Early Morning. Oil on canvas 27 x 37"
Loire Tree. Oil on canvas
Sunrise by the mount. Oil on canvas 24 x 20"
Rippled Clouds. Oil on board. 18 x 15"
Pool and the Prom, Penzance. Oil on board 16 x13"
Pool and the Prom, Deep Dusk. Oil on Canvas 40 x 32"
Newlyn Harbour. Acrylic on board 16 x 12"
Mousehole Harbour. Oil on canvas 40 x 32"
St Michael's Mount. 40 x 32"
Lone boat. Oil on canvas 40 x 32"
Martin Bowie is a self taught artist. Starting late in life, he built on a earlier passion for drawing which dominated his school and teenage years. But after discovering the guitar, this gave way to an obsession with music and particularly jazz, performing to this day in various bands and ensembles country wide.
After moving to Cornwall and a 20-year art hiatus, "I wanted some paintings on the wall, paintings that I didn’t have cash for, so I though I’d try painting." "This was the one of the best decisions because I have enjoyed every moment painting since and in way that is difficult to describe. It’s certainly a meditative practice for me in which the act of doing and being in the painting is the best part."