Aritst Profile Simon Kenevan

“I was born to be near the ocean, to paint the place where the elements meet; sky, sea, land, the light, the weather, the space, the peace, the tempest. I'm a grain of sand in the great scheme of things. That's all I am. I'm just being tossed around in this life like everybody else; like a grain of sand in the sea. I love to be reminded of that fact. It's good to feel the humbling power of mother Earth.

The most epic, treasured and life changing period of my life was when I worked on the sea. My endeavors were alongside the inshore as opposed to the 'high seas’. Whether I was bearing my little fishing boat amongst the rising and falling of massive swells, within the flat calm in thick fog, or pushing through crashing breakers leaping over the stern, I intently witnessed all the movement and music of the sea. The sound of the lapping water on the beach coming at me from every direction was a particularly powerful and enduring experience."

~ Simon Kenevan ~


"I feel an incredible sense of 'oneness' with the elements, while watching how water moves. Seeing how wind interacts with tide; identifying submerged sandbars and reefs by reading the surface... I have so much knowledge now. I recognize what waves will do, and why they do it. I love to paint a frozen moment in the progression of a wave... knowing what it is going to do next, and its influence on reflection and refraction of light. This is my inspiration! In those early, contemplative days a seed was set, and in 1990 my journey began."

~ Simon Kenevan ~

"I paint oils on canvas and pastels on paper. I have had no formal art education as such, but a natural aptitude perhaps. I believe this gift is divine, and I am bound to do what I do. The nurturing and healing that saltwater brings transcends through my work, and certain individuals are touched deeply by it."

~ Simon Kenevan ~

"You now understand that I am wondrously drawn to the sea, as if by the Sirens' seductive singing. Some people are moved by the 'deep'. I am inexorably captivated by the relationship of the sea with the land - how water and current behave when land becomes a factor. Blend these variables with the ever changing light of time and weather; you have me - a man of saltwater & sand, formed by wind and wave."

~ Simon Kenevan ~

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