2017 has been with us for a while now and I’ve been busy over the last few months preparing for some new exhibitions. We’ve also been out and about quite a lot sketching in the local area.

Exhibitions in 2017:

WORDS AND PICTURES, TEIGNMOUTH currently on display
TORRE ABBEY, TORQUAY - until Sunday 19th November

SOUTHWEST ACADEMY OPEN EXHIBITION - 14th to 25th Nov.

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Teignmouth Artist Des Maxwell Clark

Welcome to my Art Website

We arrived in Teignmouth about 10 years ago and I’ve been drawing and painting ever since. Having worked in London for the previous 32 years and spending a lot of time doodling during tedious meetings, I decided to put my artwork to a more practical and enjoyable use.

I hope you will enjoy browsing this site and perhaps see why Teignmouth and the surrounding area is such a fantastic place to live as an artist.

My paintings are usually in watercolour

I like painting in watercolour. A lot of people say it is the most difficult medium but I suppose it’s what you are used to. By using watercolour most of the time, one starts to learn how it behaves when applied in certain ways and on different types of paper.

For example if I want to do a particularly detailed ‘ultra realistic’ work I am most likely to use a very smooth, hot pressed paper such as that produced by Arches. For outdoor work and for rapid sketches where time is limited, I prefer a rough paper. Although expensive, a heavyweight paper such as 300 or even 400lb is by far my favourite as it is very forgiving and won’t deform even when thoroughly wetted.

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‘Looking West from Haytor, Dartmoor’

‘After the Migration’ - Painted Spring 2017
This was inspired by a trip to the Pindos Mountains in northern Greece. This area suffered more than its fair share of trauma during WWII and the area still suffers from poverty and abandonment

If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint …. “


Edward Hopper
American, 1882-1967

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