Elaine Turnbull b. 1963
Elaine Turnbull was born in Sunderland and grew up in a seaside town in the North East, later studying art and textile design at Newcastle and Edinburgh. Her early memories are of the lighthouse at Souter, of storm-waves crashing over sea walls, and of the foghorn at Marsden. The coast remains an important influence on her painting - following a move to Cornwall in 2009. Elaine now works from a studio near Helston, just 4 fields from the sea.
Elaine's paintings draw together a wide range of influences, from the Scottish Colourists she encountered as a student, to the joyous simplicity of her own children's artwork, to the paintings of the central figures of twentieth-century art in St. Ives, Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson. She sketches as she walks the countryside, translating those ideas with acrylics and other media back in the studio, the paintings going through many stages in a process that may take several months. The paintings develop slowly - often Elaine has no idea of what she is trying to achieve until the painting is complete.
Elaine is still exhibited by galleries in the North East but it is in Cornwall that her work has developed a particularly strong following.
Selected exhibitions with Livingstone St. Ives
Can You See The Sea?, 15th October 2020 – 8th November 2020
Wild Seas and Winter Skies, 1st January 2021 – 31st January 2021
When the Magnolias Bloom, 17th February – 22nd March 2022