Ewan is a self-taught landscape artist living and working in Newton Abbot which is conveniently located half way between the sea and Dartmoor’s southern slopes and provides much inspiration. Being a keen runner and walker, he has covered much of the local area on foot and this knowledge of the area is shown in his paintings.
Working on final pieces mainly in oil,from sketches or photographs he has taken, he prefers painting with a limited palette for landscape work. This palette varies from artwork to artwork, but he enjoys the coherence that mixing from a limited number of colours brings to a painting. He frequently spends time investigating new colour combinations to get to know what will produce the result that he is looking for. Artistic influences include: F.J and W Widgery, Stanhope Forbes, J Constable, MC Escher and Laurie Lipton.
Variety is also important to him and his versatility has led to a diverse range of artistic experiences and projects, including theatre scenery painting, designing the 2014 Glastonbury Festival bags and working with Danny Boyle for ‘Pages of the Sea’ First World War centenary commemoration. He produced the architectural drawings for Tess Walker’s book ‘Noticing Newton Abbot’ and has taken part in both of Dartmoor National Park Authority’s ‘Moor Otters’ sculpture trails. His 2021 otter ‘Postcards from the Perambulation’ was adopted by the main sponsor South West Water. He participated in Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year