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 where her work has developed a particularly strong following. Elaine now works from a studio near Helston, just four 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, including Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson.
Elaine sketches as she walks the countryside, translating ideas with acrylics and other media back in the studio, the paintings going through many stages in a process that may take several months.