If you are drawn to atmospheric seascapes of Cornwall and beyond, then you will love the work of Michael Sanders. He is relatively new to Beyond the Sea and already has quite a following. Michael works predominantly in acrylic and mixed-media, using heavy texture overlaid with translucent washes and glazes. His ability to capture light in his paintings, particularly in his moody skies and glistening seas, is often commented on by admirers of his work. He also captures the essence of his subject-matter, be it a lone figure on a windswept beach battling against the weather or a family walking leisurely along the seashore at dusk.
Michael tells us he is never happier than when painting in his studio, being somewhat of a hermit! Although he has lived and worked all over the world, including France, Italy and Thailand, he has now settled here in Cornwall, “this beautiful county never fails to inspire me with its breathtaking headlands, vast sandy beaches and ever-changing light – I love this part of the world and hope that this shines through in my paintings”.
Michael has been a full-time professional painter for over 25 years since leaving art school. Nature has been the greatest influence in his work right from the very beginning and Michael admits that aside from his first love of painting, he is never happier than when fishing the riverbanks or walking the coastal paths of Cornwall.