Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Budleigh Salterton: a quiet little place by the sea?

I spotted the above painting by Exeter-based artist Anna Mazek a few days after visiting the beach at Budleigh where the sea was still raging against the pebbles in the aftermath of a stormy November night. Waves were leaping high into the air in a series of snow-white blizzards as though about to cover the little boats that had been left on the shoreline, then retreating to leave just a few harmless inches of white foam.

Well, that's what seems to be happening in my photo.
Yet only five minutes away from there the sky was blue, the sun was shining and the High Street was calm as only Budleigh can be.

Anna Mazek's painting entitled 'Toward Budleigh' captures some of that mad energy on the beach where, as she writes, the River Exe meets with the Atlantic ocean. at Budleigh Salterton. "Here the oceanic moods are accentuated by a Jurassic coast and world heritage site."

Originally from London, Anna Mazek says that she grew up within a multi cultural society that greatly influenced her approach to art, training at Central St Martin’s http://www.csm.arts.ac.uk/

Now resident in Devon she says she gains most of her inspiration from the beautiful surroundings.

Further information about Anna Mazek and how to obtain prints of her work can be found on her website http://www.annamazek.co.uk/

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