Ray Balkwill, SWAc is a well-known West Country artist who has held many successful solo exhibitions, as well as showing in group exhibitions including the R.I., R.W.A. and the South West Academy. Ray is author of seven books including the highly successful ‘A Picture of Cornwall’ and is a regular contributor to art magazines. He also runs painting courses in Devon, Cornwall and Scotland and has also made two art instruction films with APV Films; the most recent being filmed on location in Cornwall. Ray was elected an Academician in the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in 2006.
“I am a strong advocate of painting en plein air and my main objective is to capture the mood and ‘spirit’ of a place. Living on the coast, it is little wonder that the wide-open spaces of sea, estuary and sky have been the main spring of my art for over three decades”.