Matthew Palmer

I began painting at a very young age. Art was always in my blood and it was a subject I always understood. I could see perspective and how buildings all have the same basic structure, and I could see the shadows in a tree. It was this early artistic flair that really helped me along the path to becoming a professional artist. I have always thought that children’s minds are like sponges; they absorb information with an almost photographic memory. Because I spent time drawing and sketching objects like trees, I really captured these in my mind.
A big thank you to my parents, as they bought me my first watercolour set at the age of ten. From then on, I taught myself to paint in watercolour, by trial and error. I just kept trying and trying, until I got it right.
I soon developed my own style, which has a good balance of looseness with detail where it counts, drawing the eye to the painting’s focal point. I love to paint landscapes and seascapes, and painting from life is what I really enjoy. Watercolour is very easy to travel with; all you need are a few brushes, paints, a piece of watercolour paper and a bit of inspiration. Another favourite subject of mine is animals; capturing the detail in the hair is wonderful. I also enjoy painting close-up studies of old gates and cottage doorways. My painting has evolved over the years and it still evolves. I think in every painting you learn something new.
I started teaching groups and giving demonstrations in 1997, with weekly classes in my village of Langwith, Derbyshire. This led to more classes, and workshop days up and down the UK. Painting holidays soon followed. Before I knew it, I was teaching over 200 artist per week.
The Society for All Artists (SAA) approached me and soon had me filming watercolour dvds and working on my first TV show,
Paint Along with Matthew Palmer. We produced two successful series of this, and that led to me presenting A Splash of Paint on the Painting and Drawing Channel (from SAA).