About  Alastair

Most people today live  in the wholly man-made environment of the City, and work in the crushing anonymity of 'the office'.

The countryside, wild hills or gentle pastures represent something of a dream, the place to escape, and artwork offers an opportunity to make a statement of identity.

Why is it that so many people want to spend their leisure hours in the hills?

-To be reminded of the smallness of human life in relation to geological time?
- To be taken by surprise by the changing sunlight and weather?

-Or simply to go to a place that is not where they work?

Landscape painting. Bringing the outdoors indoors.

Exploring the outdoors, getting away from it all, is good for us..... to recharge, to see, to breathe, to wander and wonder.
BUT - there is never enough time. 
So - my mission is to capture in paintings some of the feelings, the uplift, I enjoy from my own wanderings.

I strive to capture something of the great outdoors in my work, and also offer some comment on scale - huge horizons, enormous geology, fleeting changes in the light - how do these contrast with city life?


This site contains a few samples of my work, I hope you enjoy browsing. Some paintings are For Sale - Enquiries welcome with no commitment. email beaconsart@yahoo.com.


A storm blew up within minutes of this - thunder and lightning, which is not nice when you have a metal easel! I came off the hill very quickly.

It is a huge pleasure getting out and 'scouting' for the best views. This is the Sugar Loaf above Abergavenny.

My Work

If I am to succeed in capturing my own exhiliration from the landscape, I must spend time out there - but - unlike the French Riviera, our climate changes from day to day. The sun will probably not be there again tomorrow, so I have to work quickly.

LARGE paintings

I admit it - I enjoy painting on large surfaces, where I can allow my feelings to flow into the work.
This was one of the paintings shown under 'Quirky' on this site, it is The Brecon Beacons, painted in oils, on this plywood. As you see, the actual image is raised above its surround for more drama.

Biography

I began painting seriously in 2013. Before that all of my creative energy - and time - was taken up with the greasy pole of career. My training was in Edinburgh where I was fortunate to go to a school where the art staff were committed to traditional teaching.

Eventually I was able to commit time to painting and have developed my expressive outdoor style.
My work has been shown in:
                       Waterloo Gardens exhibition space, Roath, Cardiff
                       The Gate, Roath, Cardiff
                       Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay
                       Crickhowell Open Studios
                       Welsh Government Senedd building (see left)

My work has sold to clients in South Africa, Florida, California, Germany and across South Wales of course.



Art as an Investment

I have been selling my work now for a number of years and have enjoyed the dialogue this brings with buyers.
It is a fact that most of those will have paid more for their sofa than they will for the painting that hangs above it, but I have to acknowledge that the sofa comes closer to the 'essential' category than my painting ever will.
It is also a fact that the painting should outlive the sofa, and there is the possibility that at the time the sofa needs to be replaced, the painting could be worth more than was originally paid for it. 
This possibility is clearly in the interests of the artist as much as it is for the buyer, but I cannot make any promises about future value except the assurance that I intend to maintain my efforts.
In the meantime, my advice is always choose a painting that you enjoy looking at. If it does increase in resale value, that is a bonus. Its' true value is your enjoyment of it while it hangs on your wall.

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