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Above: Artist John Dyer painting in the rainforest of Borneo with endangered orangutans.

Celebrated artist John Dyer talks to “County to Sea” about his view of Cornwall

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Celebrated artist John Dyer talks to “County to Sea” about his view of Cornwall

“County to Sea” – the brand new property magazine from Lillicrap Chilcott, Cornwall’s award winning Estate Agency, features a full page article on artist John Dyer.

The magazine features well know Cornish names, artist John Dyer, musician Tim Rice and Neil Haydock, Executive Chef at Fifteen Cornwall. Copies are available from the offices in Truro.

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John Dyer is one of Cornwall’s best loved and most celebrated artists.

2009 sees him taking on a new challenge as painter in residence at Newquay Zoo for the Darwin 200 anniversary celebrations. As a 21 year old student John took a life-changing trip to the Amazon – a trip that was to open his eyes to Cornwall afresh . . .

“When I returned to Cornwall after my experience of the Amazon I noticed what I had taken for granted for years; the plants growing in Cornwall, palms on the sea front, sea ferns and cactus mixed together in gardens – places like Trebah Gardens and The Lost Gardens of Heligan were being rediscovered. Taking a boat trip up Frenchman’s Creek was a deja vue experience for me – large fallen trees half submerged in the water, foliage tumbling down steep slopes, birds echoing in the undergrowth – this was as Amazonian as it got for me and I realised Cornwall had it all.”

“The light . . .”

“When the sun comes out the landscape fills with colour, the light pours over the vegetation filling each leaf with radiant colours, and turning cool waters into Mediterranean delights. I love living in Cornwall and I love painting.”

“damp noses and peeling paint . . .”

“I spend every day that I can out and about painting what I see – bright colours, sunshine and fun, small dogs with damp noses, peeling paint and peeling people, shells on the beach, sea spray in the air, jazz bands in bandstands, picnics on cliff tops, bright coloured smocks, cactus plants

on walls and banana plants in the park, small coves, surf and still waters, the red moon on the horizon and stars, comets and crickets; lighthouses and cottages, fishing boats and floats, clear skies and big skies, seagulls, greedy gulls and silly gulls, buckets of crab, fishermen in yellow oilskins, cats stealing fish, sea pinks and mermaids, ferry boats and flags.”

“My inspiration . . .”

“These are just some of the things that inspire my

paintings. My work documents my trips out into the landscape and the things that I enjoy. Through my paintings I hope to lift people’s spirits and provide an optimistic outlook on life.”