© 2019 Dugald Stark

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I am a self taught painter, inspired by a deep love of nature. I have had a full career as a professional exhibiting artist. 

After recovering from an accident when I was 20 which had caused paralysis for almost a year, I was determined to devote myself to the pursuit of what I knew instinctively would bring inner fulfilment. I took up landscape painting in earnest.

After university, I became an art teacher in Buckinghamshire and, in my spare time, I roamed the fields sketching, painting and learning. In time, I was able to exhibit my paintings at the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, as well as holding several one man shows of my work around London and the Home Counties

New challenges beckoned and I moved with my young family to Trebarwith Strand in North Cornwall to paint full time. Now the wild, dramatic seas and rugged cliffs became my inspiration as my brushwork became looser and more expressive. I successfully ran my studio and gallery there for many years.

However, the old injury I had suffered was slowly causing severe mobility problems and it became impossible to continue to paint the beaches and clifftops. Now having to live in a wheelchair, and  floundering around looking for a new challenge, my wife and I chanced upon the remarkable Winsford Walled Garden, a home set within extensive, and intensely planted, beautifully laid out gardens. We bought it immediately. Within the privacy of my own walls, I can now sit and observe,  immerse myself in nature, take time to let ideas and motifs present themselves, and paint with a freedom and scale to push my paintings further towards the realisation of my feelings.