Marine artist’s work celebrates harbour in new installation

ARTIST Colin Baxter
ARTIST Colin Baxter

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I would like to tell you about my upcoming exhibition at the Gosport Gallery.

I am a professional marine artist based at Royal Clarence Yard.

I work mainly in watercolours and my style is self taught.

I possess an in-depth knowledge of old working craft and this has helped me to give my painting as much detail as possible.

I specialize in old working sail, J-Class yachts, Tall Ships, Portsmouth Harbour views, Royal Yachts and Lighthouses including my views called Chartworks painted on old Admiralty Charts.

Usually I buy the charts from jumble sales of antique fares.

The area that I paint is visible on the chart, it brings it to life, people like seeing that. I paint local views such as seagulls off the tower Lee-on-the-Solent.

My exhibition will show many of the sail training ships that have come through the harbour mouth over the years. They will hang alongside historic views of Portsmouth harbour when ships like HMS Victory were still afloat, as well as current day views of ships and fishing boats. I have always been interested in art.

I studied it at school and before that I made and painted models at home.

The public always gives me positive feedback as they are fascinated by period paintings due to the amount of research I put into my work.

I have built up 30 years of knowledge but before I start painting I usually spend a few days gaining as much information as possible.

The exhibition runs until July 20 in the gallery in Walpole Road.