THOMAS JAMES OLDHAM
Inspired by the power and beauty of nature
I am fascinated by the beauty and power of nature and try to convey that through colour, texture and form. The Solway coast is only a mile from home, with its banks of grassy dunes and large changeable skies, drawing me into its immense spaces.
I paint out en plein air with oils on board or else head out with a sketchbook and some gouache to work on studies of colour, light and form. Back in the studio away from the strong coastal winds, I work up these initial studies on a larger scale from the sketches and memory, normally in acrylic. I find that this process gives me expressive freedom in colour and mark making, and allows me to bring more emotion to the work.
This is a short film of me painting on the Solway Coast near Allonby. I was using acrylics on a 60 cm x 60 cm board. It hopefully shows a little into how I work.
The films a mix of stills and Timelapse's, and was filmed in November 2023.