Tony Parsons is a full time artist. He paints every day without fail, attempting every aspect, style and subject in the pursuit of technical excellence. He will often work on the same subject with various techniques and angles until he attains what he considers best. At the moment about half of Tony's work is en plein air (outside). He tries to capture an atmosphere, a moment. The workmanship is always urgent and fluid and is an exercise in describing how it feels to be in that place at that moment. His studio work is more thoughtful and generally dispenses with the urgency of making the outdoors a studio. Tony worked at sea for many years and still drives the Brighton Lifeboat, so boats are a common theme. He loves the edges, water, mud and sand, and the coast is a never ending inspiration. Aside from his most important voluntary capacity on the lifeboat, Tony is a man of many talents - he operates a separate business - 'twisted portraits' - painting brilliant caricatures of celebs and well-known people, and in 2011, he won the European Caricature Likeness Award (Voted for by 42 professional caricaturists at the Girona Caricature Convention). Apart from that accolade, very few artists can paint water the way Tony can, so we are thrilled to have his fabulous work in land-locked Rutland!
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