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Louise Banks

Louise Banks Artist

Louise Banks lives in Lympstone, Devon and finds her home location an inspiration for work.  She is  interested in our human desire to leave land and the ways we find to do this. Swimming in the estuary, she is always aware of the moment her feet leave the ground. She was born on a boat to parents who lived on the water.


During  lockdown Louise had to draw the perimeters in and now paints what is within a few minutes walk, swim or kayak from her front door. She loves the endless potential for subject matter within this circumscribed space.


'I enjoy exploring effects of translucency, layering colours as glazes in gesso, ink, gouache and watercolour; methods that show what lies beneath the surface. The village is one of the few in the area where there is still small scale commercial fishing. My practice is partly an attempt to document this activity and record the ebb and flow of life that revolves around the harbour'.

Original watercolours and giclée prints for sale.

Recent exhibitions:

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition - finalist 2020

Royal Society of British Artists, The Mall Galleries - April 2021

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour exhibition, The Mall Galleries - April 2022 ( Sold 'Into the Water' at this show).

Selected for Royal Society of British Artists show, The Mall Galleries - March 2023


Work Available


The Day the Cornish Cutters Sailed Away water-colour painting

The Day the Cornish Cutters Sailed Away


46 x 41cm

White frame


Watercolour of a boat

All at Sea


white frame


Watercolour painting- Blackbird among boats

Blackbird Among Boats


39 x 41cm

grey frame


Watercolour painting - We are all just Passing Through

We Are All Just passing Through


47 x 47cm

white frame


Watercolour painting - Boat at Sea in a Small World

Boat at Sea in a Small World II


47 x 47cm

white frame


Pen and ink painting - Starlight Bird and Harbour

 Starlight Bird and Harbour

Ink on paper

thin charcoal  frame

32 x 35cm

Framed limited edition print £120

Swimming Amongst Boats - Louise Banks watercolour

Swimming Among Boats

Gouache and ink on kraft paper

45 x 43cm

deep white wood frame (not frame pictured)


Swimming Past the Moonlit Boat - watercolour painting

Swimming Past the Moonlit Boat


39 x 39cm

Grey frame


Prints are available.

Watercolour painting- Gull by the Boat Shelter Wall

Gull by the Boat Shelter Wall


42cm x 43cm framed

24cm x 24cm unframed size

White frame


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