Peter Barker Fine Art

 

Mark Preston

Mark Preston Image
Mark Preston was born in Derby in 1976, and still lives in Derbyshire, where much of his subject matter is found. Mark is the youngest member of a painting dynasty – both his father Rex and Uncle James are professional artists too. He studied illustration at Anglia University in Cambridge, but the sketching and painting trips to the Peak District, Cornwall and Scotland with his father Rex really inspired him to become a landscape painter.

Mark paints in acrylics and works mainly on site, en plein air, with relatively little time spent in the studio. “For me, experiencing the landscape and elements directly is essential to attempt to capture them in paint. I just need to be there to respond to the situation and the spirit of the landscape”. This direct approach of working from nature, allows him time to observe and experience the subtle changes in colour, light and atmosphere, enabling him to build up an understanding and awareness of the places he paints. One mainstay of Mark’s thinking comes from John Constable’s declaration that “Nature is the fountain’s head, the source from whence all originality must spring”.

Mark’s work is instantly recognisable, and his thick, impasto strokes of paint really give a vitality to his work. But make no mistake, the paint isn’t just haphazardly flashed across the canvas – each mark is deftly placed and the hand of an excellent draughtsman is very evident. His paintings are bright, but very convincing, capturing every nuance of colour and tone, and are quite captivating. We are so pleased to be able to exhibit Mark’s work, much of it painted in his native Derbyshire, and from the Lake District and Cornwall. His work is compelling and fresh, and must be seen to appreciate its vibrancy.
 
Mark Preston
Evening Glow Sourmilk Gill Image
£395.00

Evening Glow Sourmilk Gill
Acrylic 8 x 12 ins

Autumn Oak, above Idridgehay Image
£895.00

Autumn Oak, above Idridgehay
Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 16 ins

Autumn Reflections, River Ecclesbourne Image
£850.00
Blue Sky and Poppies, Ednaston Image
£585.00

Blue Sky and Poppies, Ednaston
Acrylic on Canvas 12 x 12 ins

Clear August Day, Below Kinder Scout Image
£1,150.00

Clear August Day, Below Kinder Scout
Acrylic on Canvas 18 x 20 ins

Low Tide, Porthmeor Beach Image
£985.00

Low Tide, Porthmeor Beach
Acrylic on Canvas 12 x 24 ins

Red Campion, Gurnard's Head Image
£750.00

Red Campion, Gurnard's Head
Acrylic on Canvas 12 x 16 ins

Sunshine and Showers, Gunhills Image
£985.00

Sunshine and Showers, Gunhills
Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 22 ins

Evening Light, Great Gable Image
£0.00

Evening Light, Great Gable
Acrylic on Canvas 10 x 12 ins SOLD

Bluebells and Rhododendrons, Bramley Wood Image
£0.00

Bluebells and Rhododendrons, Bramley Wood
Acrylic on Canvas 12 x 12 ins SOLD

Morning Light, Great Gable Image
£0.00

Morning Light, Great Gable
Acrylic on Canvas 8 x 10 ins SOLD

Daffodils and Cherry Trees, Ashleyhay Image
£0.00

Daffodils and Cherry Trees, Ashleyhay
Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 16 ins SOLD

Hawthorn Blossom, Ashleyhay Image
£0.00

Hawthorn Blossom, Ashleyhay
Acrylic on Canvas 18 x 20 ins SOLD

Into the Light, Crummock Water Image
£0.00

Into the Light, Crummock Water
Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 20 ins SOLD