Renowned Sussex photographer Steve Cobb not only produces stunning images from behind the lens.
He is also an accomplished artist.
Now Steve is focussing on raising the profile of his amazing paintings and there will be a rare chance to buy five originals entitled The Gathering, Blue Cafe, Their First Date, Blue Harbour and Evening Meeting.
For 30 years Steve has worked for the West Sussex County Times - a sister title of this publication - but says the future now sees him taking a new creative direction.
“My life as an artist began in earnest last December when I was exhibited in the Horsham Museum and Art Gallery to popular approval. Much encouraged I continued to paint and from the end of November I am offering five framed 20 x 16 original acrylic paintings for sale, for the first time in Horsham.”
The five pictures offered for sale at Art Ache Gallery, above Rachel’s Kitchen in Horsham’s Carfax, from November 22 to January 9, represent a cross-section of Steve’s efforts during the past year.
“I’ve tried different forms of expression, and when first starting a literal representation of what I saw was the ultimate goal. More recently I’ve tried a much looser approach. After all, as a photographer what use do I have for an accurate reproduction of a subject? I could photograph it and be done with it.
“For me, I’ve come to appreciate the artist has to enter the process more explicitly. The picture must convey more than just a copy of any scene. I want my pictures to convey a mood, my emotional response to a subject. I want to enter the picture as ‘artist’ and transform the image into a feeling, a physical two-dimensional expression of how I respond to the subject.
“Sometimes the picture is simply a delight in a particular colour. But isn’t that just an expression of what I feel too?
“Painting for me is a pleasure; an escape from tribulations in life. It is about he enjoyment of facing a blank white rectangle and beginning a journey. The process of painting is interactive and the paint can take me in directions I never intended at the outset. But that is indeed the pleasure. The journey. The freedom to take a chance and make mistakes. “Sometimes the mistakes lead to something better than I had ever intended.”