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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A trusty tractor hauls a fishing boat across Cromer’s sea-varnished sands.
It is a time-honoured seaside sight enjoyed by locals and tourists alike - but which has also inspired generations of artists.
Paul Darley, pictured, is a regular figure on the resort’s beach where he captures the action, light and shadows in oils straight on the canvas “live” rather than taking photos and sketches back to a warm studio.
In winter it can often just be him and he fishermen.
In summer he mingles among holidaymakers, adding their activities to the seaside backdrop, and answering their questions.
Norwich-born Mr Darley, 54, who moved to Cromer in 1989, said he never tired of the location he visits at all times of day and in all seasons.
“Every day is different. I like the movement, the light, the fishermen, the architecture. Mornings are a special time when the sun is still dappling over the sea,” he explained.
Painting direct to canvas also provided an immediacy for his impressionist images. Only the occasional finishing touch, or working of smaller pictures into bigger ones, took place in his studio.
Mr Darley’s work features in an exhibition by the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists at Forum, Norwich from September 28 to October 2. More information at www.eastangliangroupofmarineartists.org.uk