Michael Street, working in Painting

As a Zoologist, my early works in the late 1960’s early 1970’s were all finely detailed pen and ink or scraperboard drawings of mammals and birds. After a long break I began to explore watercolour as a medium in 2001, with most works then being seascapes. On moving to West Devon in 2006 I was inspired by the wonderfully wild and atmospheric landscapes of Dartmoor, and hugely encouraged by my friend the late Ian Heard. Since then my style has developed to create highly representational landscape paintings in which I aim to capture the fabulous changing colours, tones and textures of the Dartmoor landscape, trying to capture the intricate play of light and cloud shadows, to show the beauty and structure of the wild moorland. I like to think that viewers can become part of the painted landscape before them, feeling that they could step into it to enjoy the same sense of wide open space, beauty, wilderness and peace that I feel when immersed in Dartmoor. I deliberately never include any people in my paintings – Dartmoor to me means solitude. More recently I have begun to adapt my techniques to the use of oil paints – enjoying a new challenge.

3 Cotts, Weir Quay, Bere Alston, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 7BX
01822 841339

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