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John Somerscales

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Essentially  an observational artist, working in oil and watercolour and inspired by a passion for light and a desire to capture its effects on landscape and townscape, John spends much of his time painting and sketching en plein air. Sometimes the endeavour produces finished paintings; sometimes it generates ideas and reference for projects to be developed in the studio.

Each of John’s intimate views of the landscape represents a split second in time. Capturing the moment in this way requires a lightness of touch and an economy of brushwork, especially when working in watercolour.

John has run painting courses in community education as well as at the Oxford Summer School and the Ashmolean Museum. He has had several articles on painting techniques published in The Artist magazine.


John is happy to accept commissions.

Email: john.somerscales@btinternet.com