James Shand

James Shand

Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France

About James Shand

Born and brought up amid the more muted tones of London, I now live in Vence in the south of France, enjoying its famously vivid light.
I am a watercolourist. I admire the work of many other artists from Turner to contemporary painters. Understanding their work and reading their books has helped me to criticize my own work and improve my technique. My finished paintings are the product of a process of experimenting, which can include starting a painting again if it has not worked (watercolour cannot be painted over!).

Education

In watercolour I am mostly self-taught, but my drawing technique is grounded in the outstanding tuition I received at school over seven years. I won a scholarship to study art at Charterhouse school where I learnt to draw architecture and the human figure, both of which feature in my work today. This training included various media, but I am currently passionate about using watercolour paint (and different papers and brushes) to its fullest extent to capture effects of light, tone and colour. It can be frustrating sometimes but equally rewarding.

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