Studio Gallery: Steffie Richards

11th April 2020 - 9th May 2020

Steffie Richards


This body of work was made possible and supported by an Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts Award.

The paintings are all relative to an idea, exploring my relationship with Coastal Cornwall and just what it is that draws me to the St Ives bay area again and again…

Finding myself becoming totally entranced by the environment when visiting for holidays, as an artist I started to question just what it was that pulled me there – I still frankly do not know the answer to this but do know how strong this urge to be there can be.

Watching the waves crashing along the shoreline and discovering what the last tide has left behind on the beach fascinates me beyond all reason – it’s a beautiful sensation being here and standing on the beach, realising how powerless we are against the sea, walking over the coastal paths all around the area and experiencing the special light that falls on St Ives which is nothing short of magical.

Starting to form an idea for my project wasn’t an easy task as there is so much here to base it upon; but just photographing all that interested me made me able to pin down what it was that I found amazing here – the tide itself and the residual formations and patterns sculpted upon the shore after each residing tide.
I started to think about how often the tides ebbed and flowed, bringing forth new formations and then erasing them again, and how I could represent this through painting and make a body of work.
Considering everything as I do – to have an aura about it rather than a definitive edge, I aim to represent this transience – always changing, never the same again.
My project grew simply from these aspects and keeping in mind the techniques I use in my practice my aim was to elevate this “something” that I feel remarkably goes unnoticed – as we tend to consider the sea as just ‘present’ when it is actually forever transient – rising and falling twice daily with remarkable timing and the realisation that where we walk on the beach, will twice daily also become the seabed. Amazing!

Steffie Richards