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"I suppose I was most interested in focusing on winter for this exhibition as we finally had a good fall of snow this year," says Paul. "It was so refreshing to see the landscape under a good covering of the white stuff that I walked the local fields and got as much reference as possible while it was here. The light reflecting off the snow is so changeable and unique, and a joy to paint."

If you think the cold months denude the landscape of colour, Paul sees it differently, and the pictures in this book splendidly back up his case.

Becky Mills - singer, songwriter and poet

I was lucky enough to meet Becky Mills in my gallery a couple of years ago, and we have kept in touch every since. I told her of my plans to produce an exhibition on the theme of winter, and she was so chuffed that she agreed to collaborate on writing two wonderful songs to accompany the exhibition. The text of these will be included in the catalogue and book. She has recorded the songs, and we are making a CD with these two winter songs which will be included with the limited edition book.

Becky spent the early 2000's recording solo albums, gigging far and wide, and supporting the likes of Pentangle, Fairport Convention and Barbara Dickson. She has played Glastonbury, Trowbridge, and Cambridge Folk Festivals to great acclaim. In 2013 she released her debut solo album "Dandelion". Her highly anticipated next solo album, to be released in January 2019, is "Tall Tales and Home Truths".

Paul's latest book comes with an exclusive CD of two Winter songs by Becky

Download the words for Crocus and Winter Song

"Surprisingly, there is far more colour in a snow covered landscape than most people realise. It reflects the light back, and so if there is a particularly stunning sunset the snow will glow with the colour. And then on a very grey, dull day the colour drains from the landscape, but then the focus is the bare bones of trees, and to show the cold crisp weather in the paintings. A lot of people have said that they'd always assumed that the landscape is only grey and white in winter and are quite surprised when they see my work, which has far more colour than they expect. Often they come back to the gallery saying that they've noticed the colours for the first time after becoming aware of them through the paintings."

He points out that it is the light which can pinpoint something specific in a landscape amongst the greys and whites. It might just be fleeting moments as the light moves.

I wonder if he is on reconnaissance during the spring and summer to see if somewhere might work well as a winter vista.

"Most often the places I paint are ones that I know very well indeed, which I walk through during the seasons," he says. "They get under my skin, and so they are the same places I walk to in the snow. Each place is the same, but different, according to the season, and I enjoy the dramatic variation one particular place can show me. My aim is to then translate these kaleidoscopic changes into my painting, to give a true sense of place in my work."

As you read through this book, or study his work at his end of year exhibition, you won't be surprised to know Paul's paintings are a magazine designer's dream. Rich colours, a variety of perspectives, and images that brilliantly showcase rural and coastal Suffolk as well as several other parts of England too (he often paints in Cornwall, Devon and the South Coast).

When laying out his paintings in Bury & West Suffolk magazine (or any of the other marketing publications I produce) for variety's sake I'd like the occasional portrait shape image to work with, but that is such a minor quibble. He paints landsapes so his scenes are nearly always high, wide and handsome.

He has his imitators, people who may try and mimic his style, but there is only one Paul Evans, Suffolk artist. Long may that continue.

Richard Bryson

Publisher and Editor BBP magazines

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Winter

2018 Exhibition

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