Abstract Salcombe paintings that show why we love British coastal drama

All too aware of the threat of climate change and biodiversity loss, Elaine is keen to celebrate the wonders of nature through her oil paintings. As Elaine says, “I think it’s important to get back into nature; being there and loving it makes you want to save it.” Immersing herself in the Devon landscape, even taking to the water to draw, Elaine’s abstract paintings evoke her intimate and physical experiences of sea and land through the seasons.

With the support of First Contemporaryshe now brings together a series of her paintings in Salcombea new online art book that explores his latest works.

Going through the different paintings, we see the change of seasons and we almost taste the salt in the air; how a sunny view could suddenly turn into an ominous sky. Elaine balances the serene expanses of space with thicker gestural marks and a playful luminosity that brilliantly captures the movement of light across water. It presents a deep dive into the unpredictable nature of the sea, no matter the time of year.

Her new book also gives a behind-the-scenes look at Elaine’s process; from initial sketches to the development of paintings in his studio in Bristol, resulting in a fine collection of works depicting the coastline around the Salcombe Estuary.

Elaine Jones has lived in Bristol and painted professionally since graduating from Loughborough University in 1998. Traveling to diverse and often remote landscapes is central to Elaine’s painting practice, creating atmospheric works , sensitive and tapping into our emotional response to place.



Mothecombe Bay, oil painting 2020 © Elaine Jones

Point with red, oil painting 2020 © Elaine Jones



Point with red, oil painting 2020 © Elaine Jones

Elaine Jones in her studio



Elaine Jones in her studio

Waterfront with sunlight, oil painting 2020 © Elaine Jones



Waterfront with sunlight, oil painting 2020 © Elaine Jones

Hillside with Trees, oil painting 2020 © Elaine Jones



Hillside with Trees, oil painting 2020 © Elaine Jones

Elaine Jones in her studio



Elaine Jones in her studio

Sea Spray with Prussian, oil painting 2020 © Elaine Jones



Sea Spray with Prussian, oil painting 2020 © Elaine Jones

View from above, oil painting 2020 © Elaine Jones



View from above, oil painting 2020 © Elaine Jones

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