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.
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
The Day the Cornish Cutters Sailed Away
46 x 41cm
All at Sea
Blackbird Among Boats
39 x 41cm
We Are All Just passing Through
47 x 47cm
Boat at Sea in a Small World II
47 x 47cm
Starlight Bird and Harbour
Ink on paper
thin charcoal frame
32 x 35cm
Framed limited edition print £120
Swimming Among Boats
Gouache and ink on kraft paper
45 x 43cm
deep white wood frame (not frame pictured)
Swimming Past the Moonlit Boat
39 x 39cm
Prints are available.
Gull by the Boat Shelter Wall
42cm x 43cm framed
24cm x 24cm unframed size