We've fallen in love with these beautiful paintings of our favourite seaside town by local artist Angela Lyons. Turns out Angela is a pretty big fan of Worthing herself, so luckily she was happy to spare a few minutes last week to tell us more about the town and her incredible work.
Hi Angela, we love your paintings of Worthing, the colours are stunning. What inspired you to paint them and why Worthing in particular?
I work exclusively in oils on canvas, using bright, vibrant colours and a photorealist technique. Having grown up in Newcastle, I moved down to the south coast, living first in Brighton and then moving across to Worthing when my two children were little.
Living in Worthing, by the sea, means I don’t have to go too far for inspiration. The light here is beautiful, be it in summer or winter, and the seafront is generally quieter and less spoilt than Brighton. I’m a firm believer that it’s the simple things in life that make for the most pleasure, so I like to capture the beauty of every day life, from deckchairs on the beach, to a beautiful sunset to tempting, tasty treats.
I'm really interested to know a little bit more about your practise and how you like to work? Do you paint on the spot or from memory?
I work from a studio in my house and I capture all the images for my paintings on camera, but I also have the memory of being there. For my food paintings, I set the scene in my studio, but still take photos, as cakes, eggs and toast can't sit around too long!
We love Worthing, the pier, the people and the sea. What drew you here and what do you love about the town?
Worthing Pier is just stunning in its simplicity and design, it features heavily in my recent work which you can see in the local Cloud Gallery and online here: http://www.cloudgalleryfineart.co.uk/artists/119/angela-lyons.
What drew me to Worthing is its proximity to Brighton and London (as well as the stunning South Downs), but it has a more peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. I love that I can walk out of my house and be on a quiet and palm-lined beach in five minutes.
Thank you Angela.
To see more of Angela’s work check out her website where you can find links to purchase her paintings and grab a little slice of Worthing for yourself
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