Paintings of Cornwall, by Penny Sherwood
The Story So Far…
Despite being briefly distracted by the idea of being a Radio One DJ, I always thought my adult career would involve art. However, I left school completely disheartened after I failed to achieve the GCSE result I wanted and was told I was capable of. After this, I left art behind, aside from visiting one of Cornwall’s many art galleries.
30 years later, I was encouraged to try art again. Almost immediately, I felt a familiar connection. I learnt how joyful it is to create and make art, without expectation. Focusing on acrylic painting, I completed a short course at one of Cornwall’s art schools and had some individual lessons with a Cornwall based artist. She encouraged me to explore different methods and styles, and I haven’t stopped painting since.
Over time, I’ve found myself to be drawn to Cornwall’s untamed coastline, most of which I discovered running the south west coast path. I continue to be captivated by the movement of the sea, the jagged coastline, as well as the small discreet coves, where slow, gentle waves ease their way up the sand.
Most of all, the locations and subjects of my Cornish paintings are associated with my deep, emotional connection to Cornwall, the sea, and my own Cornish heritage. From sweeping seascapes and cliffs, to the beautiful Cornish villages each with their own charm and personality, and the quiet, peaceful moments, captured on or by the water. I wish to create a sense of escape, a longing to be near the sea. An experience I relate to, everyday.