Oil painter Debbie Coles lives in Devon on the stunning Jurassic Coast which provides infinite opportunities for her to work from life and direct observation, whether it be from the margins of the coastline where the dramatic red sandstone and chalk cliffs meet the sea or the banks of meandering rivers, their estuaries and habitat. Debbie’s paintings reflect her personal response to capturing the immediacy of a moment in time and a sense of place, sometimes of scenes that are often quite ordinary but which shout ‘paint me!’. Her mood is reflected in each of her paintings; optimistic, upbeat and vibrant. Rhythm and harmony of colour, light, movement, economy of brushstroke are important elements of her work.
In the studio when the weather is against her, Debbie will set up a still life from her hoard of ‘nature morte treasures’ which offers the advantage of time, comfort and a plethora of artistic materials not available when outside, or she will try to resolve a plein air painting deemed not to be a ‘keeper’ or use it as a reference to work up into a larger scale, allowing her to be more considered and creative.
Having painted all of her adult life, Debbie enjoys experimenting with a variety of forms of the visual arts, although she always returns to her true love of painting in oils. Debbie is an Associate Academician of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts and her work is predominantly exhibited in the South West and recently at The Mall Galleries, London.