Artist’s statement

Alan Townsend artist in his home studio and in his dahlia-filled garden

My late wife Judy and I started painting, more than twenty five years ago, when we retired from our teaching careers.

Initially I painted in watercolour, but now work in acrylic, mixed media or pastel. I’ve a passion for painting landscape or townscape, often focusing on older or derelict structures in the context of their natural surroundings. I like to create my larger paintings in stronger, more vibrant colours, and the lockdowns of 2020/2021 saw me turn to the garden for inspiration. Hopper is an artist I very much admire, and whose work has had a significant influence on mine.

I’m an active member of the Shropshire Art Society, even though I’ve now retired from organising workshops, classes, social events and painting holidays for the membership. I regularly exhibit in the Society’s exhibitions.