Chas first began painting as a hobby 20 years ago, whilst working full time as an electrician. He painted in different mediums, from watercolours and gouache, before finally settling with bright, bold acrylic, and took inspiration from the works of David Hockney and John Piper. Finally, in 1994, he became a full-time artist and began working from home.
Chas is based in Lancashire where the people, architecture and landscape of Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding area inspire him. He is very successful locally with waiting lists for an original piece of work usually being 2-3 years. On a visit to Dartmouth in 2007 he fell in love with the area and approached baxters to display his work - a successful exhibition followed in 2008 and the gradual addition of more limited edition prints and canvases over the next three years we have now arrived at these new paintings.
“They capture the places that we enjoy so much when visiting and some of the characters which make Dartmouth so special. One is a scene of Foss Street and I wanted to portray a sense of the atmosphere you get whilst walking and window shopping on days such as the Dartmouth Regatta or during Galleries Week or the Food Festival – I am a great people watcher and have tried to paint in as many of the local characters as possible including Simon Drew of Simon Drew Gallery, Mitch Tonks - chef and owner of The Seahorse and Rockfish, Nigel Way owner of the Royal Castle Hotel and Sarah who owns baxters. Café Alfrescos a Dartmouth institution that brightens up the start of any day and also Rockfish which serves the best fish and chips in town were both fun to paint. Slightly further along the coast, but such a well known landmark is Burgh Island – a superb, often windy spot for kite flying and fun to be had, definitely a scene to put paint to paper. I hope I have captured some of the spirit of Dartmouth in these new paintings – I love them and hope the people of Dartmouth will love them too”.