In from the East


Wade’s Lane


Autumn, Holbrook


Convasation, Holbrook 2


David Marshall

Growing up in Walton-on-the-Naze I developed a passion for the seashore in all its many varieties: tidal mudflats, the snaking creeks and winding sea walls; all beneath a wide sky full of the east wind roaring in from the sea.

It was only when I left the coast and put distance between myself and the Essex shore I came to realise this passion in a series of paintings of the fore-shore in many of its moods, often incorporating sand, pebbles, straw and saw-dust to recreate its textures.

Summer expeditions to Suffolk took me to Shingle Street, Bawdsey or Orford with a Sketching easel and paints resulting in on the spot acrylic sketches to work up in the studio.

In winter I would go to the coast with a camera and produce photographic montages to work into my larger pictures.

It seems it was necessary to distance myself from the subject matter to build images I hope contain the essence of the Seashore.

I work from drawings, watercolours and photographs, often fictionalising scenes by constructing a montage of images of different places combined into one picture. My acrylics and watercolours are often preliminary sketches executed on the spot that I use in constructing studio works. In recent years I have worked mostly on landscapes from the Essex / Suffolk border.

I attended Colchester Art School during the early Sixties and after many years working in Commercial Screen Printing came back to painting in the Eighties: I have exhibited regularly with the Colchester Art society since 1996, Had one man shows at The Barn, Ufford (1992), at the Digby Gallery (2001) Various Essex Libraries (2001,9) and the general hospital (2007,12 and 15 &16) and Harwich Hospital (2012), Also at the Naze Tower, Walton (2004,5,7,12,16 & 18) I exhibited in the Essex open 2001 to 2009 winning prizes in 2002,3,best in show at Braintree in 2003 and awards in the Colchester Fine art open (2008,10).