During his years working for the Forestry Commission, Cornish artist Alan Kingwell had the opportunity to experience the forest and moorlands in their many different moods throughout the year and, although in that period he had little time to paint, he still draws on the images today.
Over the last few years, Alan has endeavoured to share the techniques that he has developed by holding regular oil painting workshop.
In June 2002 his career nearly came to an abrupt end when, on a walk at The Dewerstone on the River Plym, he fell more than 35 ft into the swollen river, breaking several ribs and receiving a severe compound fracture of the right forearm. The injury was so bad that the surgeons considered amputation, but they managed to piece his arm back together in a five hour operation. Nine months of physiotherapy followed before he was able to paint again.
One of the highlights of Alans’ career so far is having a painting shortlisted as one of 200 out of 15,000 entries in the Daily Mail ‘NOT The Turner Prize’ 2004.