Dawlish Warren sand dunes original seascape oil painting on canvas. Width 76 cm x Height 76 cm or 30 x 30 inches. Signed. Unframed. With a certificate of authenticity. Free UK Shipping.
Dawlish Warren sand dunes is inspired by Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve which is an area of grassland, sand dunes, mudflats and centres on a 1½ mile long sandspit/beach across the mouth of the Exe Estuary.
As part of the Exe Estuary it is one of the most important places for wildfowl and wading birds in the whole of the South West. Thousands of birds come to feed, on migration, or to spend the winter here.
The dunes and grassland have a host of special plants. Over 600 different types of flowering plants have been recorded on the Warren. This varied Reserve has many different habitats including salt marsh, fresh water ponds, wet meadows and woodland.
The Warren is so important that it is protected for its wildlife by both national and international law.
Around The Reserve
There is open access to most of the Reserve, including the bird hide, at all times. However, there is no public access to the golf course and mudflats. Dogs must be on a lead over most of the Reserve and are not allowed in some areas.
Admission to the Reserve is free, although there are car parking charges. (Free between 6pm and 9am). Also please avoid the bird resting area on the beach at sensitive times.
Each autumn up to 23,000 wildfowl and wading birds travel to the Exe Estuary from the far north to escape the cold. They start arriving in August and stay until late March.
The Warren is vital for their survival providing the main roosting (or resting) place on high tides.
For about 3 hours before and after high tide several thousand birds gather on the Warren’s shores. These include important flocks of Dunlin, Grey Plover, Bar Tailed Godwit and Oystercatcher. Brent Geese, Wigeon and Teal also shelter inshore waters.
The Warren has a warm sunny climate and low rainfall. This allows some rare plants to grow her that couldn’t withstand colder, wetter parts of Britain.
The Warren or Sand Crocus grows amongst the drier short dune grassland. It’s tiny lilac flowers appear briefly around the end of March to early April.
In wet meadow and dune slacks, orchids are found such as Southern Marsh Orchids and Autumn Lady’s tresses.
I am an oil painter inspired by the energy of the seas. Studying film and art at the University of Plymouth has influenced the way I paint. It is important to me to include a sense of movement in my work. Having moved permanently to Devon 18 years ago, it is Devon and Cornwall’s coastline that still inspires me.
My seascape series of paintings have evolved over the years. I am keen to explore the force of the ocean, the light coming through the waves and the ever changing colour of the sea
For my work I like to use oil paint. This medium is very versatile allowing you to add thick impasto layers or more fluid translucent ones. As a result this medium is very useful when you want to capture ocean waves in all their forms and variety of colours. Also it is such robust a medium I can scrape the paint back or scratch into it too for added texture.
I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2008 at the University of Plymouth. I have exhibited my paintings throughout Devon and gained an award at the Exeter Short Film festival. My films and photographs have been exhibited on the South Bank, London and in Italy. I am a Geopark Ambassador Artist for the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark.
Here is a link to my reviews and feedback from my collectors with some images of the paintings they have purchased insitu.
Commissions are welcome. If you would like to contact me about your particular space or project please contact me
Artmazing, Powderham Castle 2018
Group exhibition Speculation Gallery, Brixham 2018
Solo exhibition Pavilions Teignmouth 2017
Group exhibition Harbour House, Kingsbridge 2016
Solo exhibition Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2015
Devon Open Studios, Teignmouth 2014
Brownston Gallery, Modbury 2013
Flavel theatre, Dartmouth 2012
Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2011
Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2010
South Bank 2009 video
University of West of England, Taunton 2008 video installation ‘St.Piran’s Day march, Perranporth
Royal William Yard, Plymouth 2006 video installation ‘The sinking of the Napoli”