Tilly Currah

 I grew up on a farm on the Devon/Cornwall border and find peace in being with animals, we've always had a menagerie of pets and creatures around to love. I'm passionate about nature and wildlife, protecting and appreciating our wild spaces.

I love Launceston because it is so near to, and an equal distance from, both the moor and the coast, the wildlife in Britain is so diverse! We are so lucky to be surrounded by such awe-inspiring beauty. I would describe my work as fluid and loose with a whimsical quality. I enjoy portraying the subject animal's quirks, a twinkle in their eye and choosing amusing poses, my artwork is light and playful, I have fun not only with painting them but with naming my art too! Using puns for example.

I feel that my painting style is very organic and natural, I hold the brush loosely, letting it flow where it feels most natural, and adore splattering paint in areas of my piece to create extra depth and dynamic movement. My colour palette tends to be pretty consistent, earthy tones are my favourite, rich browns, golden ochres, mossy greens, delicious colours.

 

I really enjoy experimenting with colour and drawing out hues that aren't the obvious colour present too, such as the blue tinged otter painting. I love the freedom of being able to pick up my little paint box and take it away in my van camping, on walks out in the wilderness or down to the riverbank to paint and sketch from life. All you need is a water source and you're good to go! I like the drying speed and the ability to manipulate the paint after application with the addition of water. There is nothing heavy about watercolours, I like their delicacy and I feel the lightness of my work is enhanced by the lightness of paint! I love capturing a creature’s essence and personality!

 

Animals all have such emotion behind their eyes, each have a unique character which is an honour to express through paint and ink. No two are the same! I love painting as I feel the brush become an extension of me, I pour love and passion into my work, every stroke is applied with total presence in that moment. I am thrilled to say that I have been raising funds for The British Divers Marine Life Rescue charity by donating a percentage from all my sea print sales which I will continue to do. I absolutely adore the ocean, the vast open beauty of it. I would say that my main inspiration is nature, from the tiny bees to huge whales, their humble beauty is just amazing. It is breathtaking how the diverse animals and birds are, the colours and textures, just incredible. I absolutely adore nothing more than getting out in nature for a ramble.

Gentle woodland walks basked in birdsong, bracing coastal walks in wild weather, discovering new footpaths close to home, I love it all! I also love sea swimming! I find sunrise sea-swims so invigorating, first light at an empty beach, floating in the chilly waters, the birds flying overhead, occasionally lucky enough to spot a seal, there is no feeling like it! I work in a fabric shop and really enjoy sewing, making my own clothes and crafting. I (badly) play the violin and put time aside to do yoga several times every week. I am a very attentive house plant mother and like repotting them and dusting their leaves, we have over 30!?! Mad!

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