ARTIST INTERVIEW – RICHARD THORN
Richard Thorn is a watercolour artist based in Chudleigh. Situated at the bottom of Dartmoor and by the river Teign. He is known for his incredibly vibrant landscapes of the Devon countryside. Including both moor and sea and everything in between. At Tidal Gallery he exhibits an extensive collection of original works for sale. But both his prints and originals have been exhibited and purchased worldwide. With his latest international exhibitions having taken place in France and Paris. His accolades also include exhibitions like the open by the Royal Institute of painters in Watercolours.
When did you start doing Art?
As a young boy I was always drawing. This was from about the age of 5. Drawing seemed to be a natural gift, and one that I have pursued through my life and career.
Why did you become an artist?
This is a difficult question as I always assumed I was an artist. Professionally I began selling work at around 30.
Where would you ultimately like to see your Art?
Ultimately at the Venice Biennale. The Royal society of British artists.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve been working with Acrylics on paper, mainly orchard scenes and seascapes. I’ve used watercolour inks recently. I’m very excited by these transparent mediums which I can overlay with opaque colour.
Who or what is your muse?
My Muse is nature pure and simple. Light and form.
What is your favourite piece and why?
If I had to choose a favorite piece – which is difficult, it would be ‘The Apple tree’. Acrylic on paper. It speaks of Springtime and evokes memories of my childhood, playing around near the farms and orchards near where I grew up. The freshness of this painting echoes the freshness of the spring.
A quote: I realised, through it all, that in the midst of winter. I found there was within me, an invincible summer (Albert Camus)
A colour: Blue… no, Magenta… no, Cyan… no, all of them.
A song: All along the watchtower (Jimi Hendrix version)
Favourite artist: Andrew Wyeth.
Favourite place: Dartmoor.
A hobby: Cooking.