Emerald Seas

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Abstract oil painting inspired by ripples on a deep indigo blue sea.

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Catherine Kennedy

Seascape painter based in Teignmouth, Devon. Fine Art Graduate Plymouth University and art ambassador for the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. Large surfing waves of Devon and Cornwall’s coastline inspire her work. Another series explores the patterns and play of light created when the sunlight hits shallow turquoise water.


Unframed original oil on canvas: Width 70cm Height 100cm or 27.5ins x 39.5 ins. Signed. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Emerald Seas is inspired by the colours found around the coastline of  Devon and Cornwall. In shallow water the sea becomes a mixture of emeralds and blues; contrasting with the deep indigo blue of the sea. This painting is part of series looking at the play of light on water. Above all I am intrigued the patterns created when sunlight hits the shallow water creating a dance of light and shadow with blue, turquoise, green and indigo ripples.

This is one in a new series of paintings examining the play of light. I am interested in the way the sunlight hits the water. This creates movement and a play light.  I like to examine the constant colour changes. For example, the shallow water can vary from the palest blue almost turquoise, to emerald green turning to a deep indigo blue.

I aim to make the viewer to feel a certain amount of escapism when looking this painting. But also give an immersive experience.

The versatility of oil paint makes it an ideal medium to work with. For example,  I can layer the paint in glazes to give translucency to a painting. In addition,  it is such robust a medium that I can scrape the paint back and scratch into it too.

As a Teignmouth based artist I am close to the south west coast and Dartmoor. Both of which both influence my work.

I am a member of the Devon Artist Network. More recently I have been given the status of an Ambassador Artist for the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark.

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