Des Maxwell Clark

Des Maxwell Clark has been steeped in a love of landscape all his life. He studied English landscapes, particularly chalk grasslands, as an undergraduate at Reading University and went on to do a PhD in Desert Landforms. He is particularly interested in the boundaries and junctions between water and land; land and wind; land and the living world of the biosphere.

Des has worked variously for the BBC and for Local Government, but finally turned to his first love of painting full time in his mid-50s when he moved to Devon. Part of his method is to walk, walk and walk some more in the landscapes he loves. There is a surprisingly strong link between his PhD studies and Devon – 250 million years ago this area was a raging desert.

Des is well known for his accurate observation and some of his natural history work is of the ultra-realistic style, encompassing narrative in the finished paintings. His sea and shore studies are similarly closely observed, and at the same time capture the whole essence and character of familiar views. He works mainly in watercolour but occasionally dabbles with acrylics and egg tempera.