Artist Blogs


Saturday 18th November to Saturday 16th December

An exhibition by the Cornwall Watercolour Society

Limpid hues, vaporous washes and luminous colours abound in this Cornwall Watercolour Society exhibition which focuses exclusively on the traditional medium of watercolour. Work by fifteen of the Society’s members including Peg Jarvis, Mark Gibbons, Margo Kirkwood, David Penhale, Lisa Cooper, Nicky May, Angela Herbert-Hodges, Don Redwood, Vonnie Carter, Hilary Jean Gibson, John Sweeney, Martin Venning and David Rowe is on show.

Kate Scott

I find myself striving to crystallise and recall the intangible sense of a particular place in time, how it looked and felt to be there, both emotionally and physically, be it landscape or exterior space. I experience the physical act of painting like a conversation in which using mark making and layers of colour I express the silent voice that I cannot communicate in any other way: when the conversation finishes the painting becomes something separate and can appear to be a window to another world, which then reflects the experience of the viewer.

Chris Thomas

Painting has been about finding a place in which I can feel my presence. I am interested in finding dynamic ways of recording these spaces – sometimes this has been outside in the sunshine, rain and wind; at other times it has been inside the rather dark studios I have inhabited over the last fifty years.

Jill Goodman

Living in this very rural corner of Cornwall, I walk every day through fields from the studio or along footpaths and out on the moor. I need that connection with the natural environment, from the wooded valley to the rugged hills and granite tors of Bodmin Moor. These experiences are within my paintings, referencing not only the elements of rural life and landscape, but also the memories, and the generations of lives before us, and this changing world.

Leo Saunders

Originally from Plymouth, Leo moved his studio to Cornwall in 2002 and began developing a style of painting that reflects his personal experience of prayer and meditation.

His work represents concepts and emotions, depicted through different colours and forms. He sees the pieces as the unconscious made manifest and his lifestyle devoted to reflection, study and meditation lends the work an air of beauty and mystery. Varied and imaginative use of materials including silver reflects an influence of religious iconography and lends the paintings a changeable quixotic quality which is constantly mutating with the variation of the days light.

Very few of the works are titled, as Leo prefers to allow the viewer to encounter their own meaning and come to their own understanding with the work, in appreciation of their pure abstract nature. More information is available at and Leo welcomes visits to his studio by appointment.

The Castle Studio, 5 Church St Launceston. 01566 248085 or 07890 365596 or