Featured Artist Mike Jory

Using bright colors, and broad, flowing brushstrokes, artist Mike Jory paints joyous animal portraits and landscapes of his native Devon countryside. Visit his website to learn more about this artist.

 

“Along the River Exe” Acrylic on Canvas, 21” x 16” by artist Mike Jory. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Along the River Exe” Acrylic on Canvas, 21” x 16”

 

I’m an artist based in Devon, UK, and one of the joys of living in the southwest of England is being able to view the incredibly beautiful countryside on a daily basis. Driving along hedge-lined, winding, narrow roads constantly leads to the discovery of scenes straight out of the pages of Lord of the Rings.

 

“Guardians of the Valley” (detail) Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 20”by artist Mike Jory. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Guardians of the Valley” (detail) Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 20”

 

As these picturesque panoramas reveal themselves through gaps in the hedge, I often stop the car and fire off some reference photos.

 

“It’s Sunny Here” (detail) Acrylic on Canvas, 12” x 24” by artist Mike Jory. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“It’s Sunny Here” (detail) Acrylic on Canvas, 12” x 24”

 

The animals that occupy the fields are also a favourite inspiration of mine and I enjoy studying the way light bounces off the different textures and colours of the various breeds of cows, sheep and horses that sometimes come to investigate a visitor to their field.

 

“Feel the Heat” Acrylic on Canvas, 21” x 15” by artist Mike Jory. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Feel the Heat” Acrylic on Canvas, 21” x 15”

 

I then return to the studio and set to work, usually with acrylic paint, typically beginning with fast, broad brushstrokes. There is little I enjoy more than the sense of expressive freedom and endless possibility that comes with the first few marks on paper or canvas.

 

“The Courage of Youth” Acrylic on Canvas, 20” x 30” by artist Mike Jory. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Courage of Youth” Acrylic on Canvas, 20” x 30”

 

As the picture develops, I typically use interactive acrylic paint on top of an under layer of conventional acrylic, and this provides the advantage of acrylics and oils combined.

 

“Seven in the Sun” Acrylic on Canvas, 21” x 16”by artist Mike Jory. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Seven in the Sun” Acrylic on Canvas, 21” x 16”

 

Experiments with colour produce dramatically lit cows, sheep, horses or goats. The animals in my paintings often peer out of the canvas at the viewer, but on other occasions they may be oblivious to being watched or may have just wandered into the edge of the composition.

 

“Scratching My Back” Acrylic on Canvas, 16” x 21”by artist Mike Jory. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Scratching My Back” Acrylic on Canvas, 16” x 21”

 

My work is vibrantly coloured and uses expressive line. I hope this conveys the way the beauty of nature makes me feel.

 

Artist Mike Jory making a video about one of his Devon landscape paintings. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Mike Jory making a video about one of his Devon landscape paintings

 

I’ve also worked as a research scientist—for me, art and science are similar in many ways. Both require a methodical, precise approach while remaining open to change and new ideas. My scientific work has also helped me understand the structure and lighting of what I’m depicting. This allows me to work efficiently and sometimes leads to new techniques.

 

“Roaming Free” Acrylic on Canvas, 16” x 21” by artist Mike Jory. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Roaming Free” Acrylic on Canvas, 16” x 21”

 

Working in different ways, using marker pens, dry brush, watercolour, pencils and biro and creating work in different styles is an important part of my process.

 

“Storm’s Coming” Acrylic on Canvas, 20” x 30” by artist Mike Jory. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Storm’s Coming” Acrylic on Canvas, 20” x 30”

 

Exploring alternative techniques and materials like this keeps things fresh for me so that when I return to my main style, I have new skills, styles and insights to explore. Consequently, I’m rarely short of ideas for paintings and always have a long “to do” list that I’m working through and adding to at the same time.

 

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Comments

  1. I love the sky I your painting “Storm’s Coming” the way the texture in the sky reflects off the back of the cow is so interesting. Also the red back ground in the goat painting is great. Really like your work! Keep painting.

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