A GLIMPSE of the Forest of Dean seen through rose-tinted specs brings a splash of colour to Taurus Crafts this month.
Forest artist Doug Eaton’s Clash of Colours exhibition, which opens on Saturday, sees the woods from a semi-abstract view in a burst of brilliant shades.
Growing up in Coleford, Doug knows the Forest very well and brings his knowledge to bear in his work.
He said: “I've always been interested in what paint does and hopefully have applied it in as many different ways as my imagination will allow.
“I’ve always been aware of a painterly look over and above a clinical rendition of anything.
“I don't mind the odd dribble here or there if only to remind the onlooker that it is paint at the end of the day.
“Logically, I should therefore be entirely abstract, but instead I lean towards landscape type themes to hang paint on.“
Educated at Stroud School of Art and then Cheltenham College of Art, Doug started to paint full time in 1977 but business soon took a more graphic stance and remained so until 2001.
During that early period he exhibited at the Royal West of England, Cheltenham Group of Artists, Pastel Society, as part of a four-man show at Hereford Museum and many local exhibitions.
In 2001 he decided to paint more and take another look at what was around, resulting in work that can be found in many private collections in the UK and abroad.
“I’m currently trying to be more fundamental in my approach to produce a strong result from lines, shapes and colours which combined in some way evoke a landscape, usually based on the Forest of Dean, which I find to be quite a particular landscape,” he said.
“I tend to be interested in extremes, soft against hard edge, dark against light, hot against cold, and try to marry them together.”
Clash of Colours runs until February 16.
To see more of Doug’s work and his exhibition schedule visit www.dougeaton.co.uk