Constantine Cornwall

Nell Kerr – Landscape Artist

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),

It’s always ourselves we find in the sea”

E.E. Cummings

Having lived in Cornwall for most of the last sixteen years, I moved to Constantine in 2016, and have found the creeks, rivers, beaches and shorelines of the area to be an abundant source of inspiration. I feel very lucky to be able to live and work in such a beautiful part of the country, and one which has such a rich artistic heritage.

I completed my Art Foundation course at Plymouth College of Art and Design, and went on to do a BA in Fine Art Painting at Coventry University. My current paintings are studies of the surface of the water: how the light affects it, how it moves, how it feels, how it sounds. Using traditional methods of oil painting the aim is to evoke the essence of moving water, from crashing waves to placid ripples.

Spending time in and on the water as often as possible is what informs my work. My studio sits right next to a stream that eventually feeds into the Helford River, which serves as a constant reminder of its proximity.

Spending so much time near the rivers and the sea and studying them so closely has also given me a deep appreciation for how important it is to protect and preserve our environment.

Last summer I showed some of my paintings at Port Navas Village Hall, in a joint exhibition with glass artist Bryony Lane. My work has also been shown in Coventry, Bristol and Hay on Wye. It features in several private collections, both here and abroad.

More examples of my painting can be seen on my website: nellkerr.com