Devon Artist Anje Yelf, Art Portfolio: oil paintings

My landscape oil paintings have always been produced in the studio. However, inspiration for them has come from the local devon countryside, photographs and my imagination. A current painting that I am working on is a seascape of waves crashing onto the shoreline. Several visits to the beaches at Dawlish and Teignmouth have provided ample material for use in the studio.

My enjoyment of painting in oils began after winning a National prize in a painting competion at the age of 12; I chose a box of oil paints, brushes and an easil as my prize. For a few hours in the eyes of my headteacher, parents and friends; I had become famous.

Oil painting is a forgiving medium that enables modifications to take place on the canvas. The only drawback is the lingering perfume of linseed and turpentine, which I seem to be immune to.

Below is a selection of my oil paintings: mostly landscapes.

Flying High

Flying high

Landscape
Medium: Oil Paints.
Size: Height 12" Width 16"
This mountain scene is imaginary. The influence was tibetan buddism mixed with the sensation of the type of flying one experiences whilst dreaming.

Lake

Lake storm

Landscape
Medium: Oil Paints.
Size: Height 18" Width 36"
I sometimes refer to this painting as 'The Tempest', as it reminds of a biblical theme. It is another painting which is completely only existant on the canvas. The artist Joseph William Mallord Turner was my inspiration as I am a fan of his ability to capture light, but I took a long time to complete the painting.

Along the river bank

Along the River Bank

Landscape
Medium: Oil Paints.
Size: Height 16" Width 20"
Bonnie, the springer spaniel died in 1976 and this painting is in memory of her. We often walked on Dartmoor and although this painting is of no particular place on Dartmoor, it clearly influenced the constructs of the painting.

Himalayas

Himalaya Style

Landscape
Medium: Oil Paints.
Size: Height 12" Width 16"
After reading several interesting articles on the Himalayas in the National Geographica, I created this painting. The objective was to try and capture the thin clean air.

Honey

Honey the Pekenese

Portrait
Medium: Oil Paints.
Size: Height 16" Width 20"
We inherited Honey the pekenese (died 21st April 2008 aged 13), along with Nellie the Norfolk terrier (died Dec 2006 aged 15) when their owner died in 2001.

News:
Currently working on some seascapes.