Paul Apps U.A.
Fine artist and author Paul Apps was born and raised upon the Romney Marsh, Kent, where he has recently returned to live with his wife Catherine, also an artist.
Growing demand for his work led Paul to turn professional in 1987. For many years he concentrated upon painting wildlife subjects within their unique habitats, carefully studying a diverse range of wildlife in order to truly convey the sense of light and atmosphere that each species required. This attention to detail, through repeated trips to Africa and the USA ,enabled Paul to build the knowledge needed to paint images of wildlife that are not only lifelike but which also capture the real character of the animal. As such, Paul’s paintings are highly desired by collectors with sell-out exhibitions around the world.
Paul describes himself as impressionist realist, using colour and brush mark to convey mood, light, atmosphere and texture. He has never been one to attempt photorealism. “Great if you can achieve it,” he states, “but it leaves me cold. It’s clever and technically brilliant but, artistically speaking, has little to say.”
Alongside his sought-after wildlife painting, Paul is a very active and passionate advocate of en plein air painting and frequently takes his brushes and easel outside to work directly from nature. Paul states that:
“The brief window of opportunity one has, is in itself exciting, exacting. It stretches me as an artist to react to what I see, the scene and the light as it is. The now! Then decide how best to convey that feeling in paint, value, colour, brush stroke and composition. It excites me to make that painting, but if my message is, in turn, successfully conveyed to those who later see it, then I have achieved something worthy of my effort.”
This passion for en plein air painting, alongside Paul’s eye for detail, has meant that his landscapes and maritime subjects are now as eagerly sought-after as his wildlife paintings.
Since moving back to his native Romney Marsh, Paul’s work has found new inspiration in the mysterious and captivating landscapes and coastline of the area. Alongside his beautiful wildlife images, these new paintings show not only the breadth of Paul’s artistic interests but his ability to capture the ever-changing light and mood of this unique environment.