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Denise Allen

In my studies of waves crashing I believe that the scale and shape of my canvases should match the subject matter. That is why many of the works on show are large, long and narrow. Ideally, and if they would sell, I would paint even larger pictures.

Although I have always had a passion for art and initially was attracted to painting wildlife, my love of the sea was fostered while living in Bermuda. On returning to the UK I help found the gallery Artshed, but gave up my share to concentrate on my own acrylics, watercolours and oils and to establish the painting holidays I still run in Menorca. Today, the holiday island remains an important source of inspiration, though others include the craggy coasts and wild seas of Cornwall and Northumberland.

I am constantly inspired by the world around me, and by the magic of applying paint on the surface.