Ian Fifield

From a young age I had always been creative with my hands including an enthusiasm to draw and paint, at that time mostly animals. I quickly took to painting with oils on canvas trying to capture the feeling of light and colours in nature and excited in the magical range of colours available in artists paint and the different brushes that could enable me to do this.

In 1992 I decided to pursue my painting ambitions, as a self taught artist, I put a lot of effort into the research of painting techniques and materials mostly preferring to work with professional quality oil paints on acrylic primed cotton duck or linen canvases. My influences come from the more traditional styles of the late 19th century British and European art up to the present date.

I work from my own photos and colour notes on contemporary subjects varying from coastal and landscape paintings to village and city scenes. Much of the latter had been of London while I was still living there but now having moved to Somerset much of my work is now based around the beautiful and atmospheric landscape and coastal areas of the West Country of England.

Having painted a lot of architectural subjects and my admiration for the paintings of Canaletto I decided that going to Venice was a must. So in September 2001 I went over there for a few days to photograph as much of Venice as I could and get a feel of its history and atmosphere, especially the light on the water and buildings. Following this in early 2020 I travelled to Kenya, fulfilling a lifetime dream, to pursue my interest in wildlife art and get the full atmosphere and mood of the African landscape and it’s amazing wildlife then putting this onto canvas!