Devon means many things to many people.Whether it be her picturesque thatched cottages of colourwashed
cob, the deep-cut lanes, rolling green hills and embosomed farms that epitomise the county. Or
perhaps it is her wave-lashed cliffs, sandy coves or sweeping moorland that first spring to mind. Whatever it
may be, one thing is agreed, her scenery is unsurpassed and of a variety that is unequalled in all England. Its
landscape has always been a haven for the creative spirit and has not only inspired artists, but poets and writers
too, both native and visitors alike.
This beautifully illustrated volume is aimed at all those who have a love of Devon, those who appreciate art, and
those who simply enjoy a good book. Here, brought together for the first time, are a number of Devon’s most
celebrated contemporary artists who have been chosen, not only for their diversity of styles and methods of
working, but also for the obvious passion they have for the Devon landscape They include: Lionel Aggett •
Stephen Brown • Colin Allbrook • Andrew Coates • Alan Cotton • Alwyn Crawshaw • Stuart Edmondson
• John Hammond • Judy Hempstead • Michael Hill • John Hoar • Robert Jennison • Paul Lewin • Michael
Morgan • Tina Morgan • Robert Mountjoy • Martin Proctor • Keith Stott • Richard Thorn • BarryWatkin •
Each takes the reader to their favourite haunts, describing to the author their passion for the county, and the
inspiration behind their art. A Picture of Devon is destined to become of the region’s classics.
Ray Balkwill is a well-known West Country artist who paints in watercolours, pastels and oils. Born in Exeter
in 1948, he graduated from Exeter College of Art, thereafter making a career in advertising as an Art Director.
In 1990 demand for his paintings led him to give up his job to become a professional artist. He has held many
successful solo exhibitions and his work has featured in group and open exhibitions. These include the Royal
institute of Painters in Watercolour, the RoyalWest of England Academy and the SouthWest Academy of Fine
and Applied Arts. He also teaches painting and for the past twenty years has run painting courses throughout
the UK, as well as abroad. An art instruction film Capturing Estuary Moods has also been made by APV
Films. He is a regular contributor to The Artist magazine and his work has also featured in many other publications.
He is author of five art books including Ray Balkwill’s Exe Estuary also published by Halsgrove. In 2006
he was elected an Academician in the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts and he is also a member
of the St Ives Society of Artists.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 734 5, hardback, 258x238mm, 144 pages. Published July 2008.
REVIEWS: Exmouth Journal, Devon Life, The Artist (pages 1-2), The Artist (pages 3-4).