Anyone living in and driving around the West Suffolk countryside will surely recognise the work of Paul Evans. Thatched cottages by roadsides; churches viewed across ploughed fields; pastures full of flowers; twisting and rutted footpaths – it’s all there in his vivid paintings. The bold splashes of colour catch the eye but be sure to pick out and appreciate the clever detail too. His summer images almost radiate warmth, the sort of blissful, balmy days that take you back to childhood.
I don’t know whether the azure skies and flower speckled meadows make this an easy time of year to portray but winter certainly doesn’t limit Paul’s creativity. Here we are in the colder months, and Paul, as his latest collection of paintings proves, is truly a man for all seasons. He gets to grips with a so called barren time of year, coaxing wonder out of seemingly ordinary settings and, on first glance, limited colour palettes.
“I suppose I was most interested in focusing on winter for this exhibition as we finally had a good fall of snow this year,” he says. “It was so refreshing to see the landscape under a good covering of the white stuff that I walked the local fields and got as much reference as possible while it was here. The light reflecting off the snow is so changeable and unique, and a joy to paint.”
If you think the cold months denude the landscape of colour Paul sees it differently, and the pictures in this book splendidly back up his case.