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Minnie McNaughton

 Minnie McNaughton - Cornish en plein air oil painter
Cornish plein air painter MinnieMcNaughton

Born and bred in Topsham, Minnie McNaughton frequently takes inspiration from theExe estuary to create both plein air and studio landscape paintings. A contemporaryfigurative artist now living in Cornwall, she strives to catch the essence of a place, chasing the light and the movement of the tides working fast to pin down a response in oils or watercolour using a lightweight pochade and small panels for portability.

Minnie studied fine art at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in the 1980s followed by a PGCE at Brighton Polytechnic. She quickly discovered a passion for gallery education and worked within this field at the Royal Pavilion Art Gallery and Museums, Brighton and later the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro before returning to Art teaching in the 2005. She is now able to devote herself to painting full time although she has a part time role on the Foundation Art and Design course at Truro


Minnie prefers to work on location in all seasons but when rain stops play, she works in her Feock studio to produce more refined landscapes, always seeking to maintain a lightness of touch and feeling of spontaneity. She is continually observing the world around her be it seascape, floral still life or portrait. Her family home in Topsham, on the edge of the Exe, has been a constant presence

throughout her life and she is particularly drawn to the dramatic interplay of water and sky in her paintings.

Current work available

Topsham - oil painting by Minnie McNaughton

Sunrise over The Goat Walk, Topsham

Oil on canvas panel

white tray frame



oil painting Topsham at Dusk

Dusk, Topsham

Oil on canvas panel

white tray frame

30cm x 36cm framed



Plein air painting Lympstone cliffs Devon

Pink Cliffs, Lympstone

Oil on canvas panel

white tray frame

32cm x 43cm framed


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