Author: Charlie O'Sullivan

Looking around my studio I sometimes wonder how I arrived at this point.... being a full time painter...... a romantic notion in itself !! Well I guess from being a small person the act of drawing was a way of escaping and that still holds true, I just do it now on a larger scale and with a paint brush. However the absolute answer is I just worked hard at something I love to do......often frustrating, nearly always all consuming..... but so satisfying and rewarding when it comes together. Painting is a very solitary activity and my paintings become a conversation with myself. So its no surprise to me that an odd figure, an upside down house, a strange dog or teapot appears in my work......its only a reflection of my thoughts and memories. From shelf stacker to postwoman, student to wife, mother to illustrator, lecturer and I could go on..... I have a wealth of experience, although not all artistic in themselves they all feed and seep into my paintings in one way or another. As well as a personal reflection I find that I also incorporate the narrative of others which I trip over either in person or through the media. I am a proud Scot but I now live and work a mile from the Devon coast at Bigbury, a great place to live. The studio is where I retreat to work...... though it is also somewhere I need to escape from, at times when things just don’t seem to be going the way I intend. So then the beach is where I head to...... walking and talking through my thoughts which tumble in my head not always about work but also about decisions of the day to day, which I need to resolve before I can paint. So living by the coast for the last two years hasn’t turned me into a seascape artist. Rather it has influenced elements, like colour and scale, but most importantly it has given me a place to clear my head and restore my thoughtsf both before and after painting.

Detail of Progress


Detail of a new work!

Detail of a new work!



Working away on my development of style, colour and abstrarrative (abstract-narrative). here’s a small detail of a work in progress

Make sure you also take a look at the inspirations tab where I’ll be uploading a song I’ve been dancing to a lot recently, and a new book!


Experimentation With Abstract Painting

Here’s a teaser photo from the works I made whilst on a course in Newlyn.(

Feeling very happy to have found a halfway point between my narrative endeavours and an ease with visual abstraction, and successfully challenging myself,

A small gallery will be uploaded this evening, but for now, I’ve got to get back to the studio


Abstraction Work

Abstraction Work

Hot Summer Studio Assistants

Meg in The Studio

Meg In The Studio


Working in new studio based in Kingsbridge for fast approaching exhibitions with the help of two new studio assistants, Meg and Jye. The new boards have had Gesso applied, and are ready for painting!

I’ve got some new photos and sketches from the abstraction course I’ve attend, which I’ll upload soon, so keep your eyes open!

Meg and Jye with the Gesso

Meg and Jye with the Gesso