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Combining a love of travel and art Kevin Scully tells newburytoday what inspires him to paint

Hamstead Norreys-based artist Kevin Scully talks to Newburytoday about his move from The Snowman to painting holidays in colourful Morocco.

"I have always painted. After a spell working in the theatre and television as a scenic artist, I trained at Wimbledon School of Art as a mature student.

"I then worked for many years as a successful illustrator in advertising and publishing, which was invaluable training in the art of being able to draw and paint at speed, sometimes under intense pressure in order to meet deadlines.

"Much of this commercial work involved producing storyboard frames for TV and video ads.

"I also spent many years drawing cartoon strips for DC Thomson’s newspaper group, and towards the end of my career as an illustrator, I became Raymond Briggs’s approved artist for his then agent, Copyrights, working on his characters Father Christmas, Fungus the Bogeyman, and in particular, The Snowman.

Aziz’s House, oil. 14” x 18”

"But sometime in the 1990s I could see the writing on the wall when the Apple Mac began to appear in the studios. Within a few short years most illustrators, art workers, typographers, and typesetters became dinosaurs in a fast changing world.

"As the work eventually disappeared, I decided to put my extensive experience of having worked commercially in a variety of mediums to good use. Having completed a teacher’s training course, I began teaching drawing and painting to adults, initially in Adult Education, and then to private groups and individuals.

"I combined this teaching with my love of travel, and started taking people abroad on painting holidays to a variety of colourful locations including Morocco, India, Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey, and Gozo.

"I teach on courses and painting holidays at home and abroad including workshops locally at City Arts Newbury, The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough, and Marlborough College Summer School, in all mediums including drawing.

"For my own work I generally favour oils, watercolour, and pastels. I try to suggest as much as possible with as little detail as possible, and strive to produce paintings that are both atmospheric and evocative.

"I write regular articles for The Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines, and am the author of several books on painting, including Still Life in Gouache, Drawing and Painting on Location, and Landscape Painting."

For the prices of any of the paintings featured here and more, you can contact Kevin through his website - www.kevinscully.co.uk

The White Chair, oil. 12’ x 10”
Corfu Blue, oil. 18” x 14”
Sunday Morning Creek, pastel. 19” x 25”
White Hart Track, oil. 22” x 25”
The River Isis, watercolour. 14” x 17”
Fiveways, oil. 10” x 12”
White Cottage, Cornwall, watercolour. 14” x 18”