Mark Yardley

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Mark is a freelance artist, specialising in natural history and wildlife painting. His work predominantly focuses on subjects reclaimed by nature, such as old abandoned fishing boats, rusted chains and even the door latches of shoreline beach huts. He likes to zoom in on these subjects choosing interesting areas where paint may be peeling and patterns may be forming.

Much of his art is of the Norfolk and Suffolk coast: Burnham Overy Staithe, Brancaster Staithe, Holkham Bay,  Aldeburgh and Southwold. He sketches and photographs his subjects, later interpreting these drafts back in his Norfolk based studio.

He works mainly in watercolours and gouache. Using a fairly wet page he lets the paints blend and seep out and then adds detail with dry brush strokes once the page has dried. He also incorporates texture into some of his paintings using card, layers of paper and textured pastes.

Mark was born in England in 1974 and spent his childhood in Africa. He graduated from Swansea University in 1999 with (BA Hons) in general Illustration having previously obtained a BTEC HND in Wildlife Illustration. He is currently based in the historic market town of Wymondham near Norwich, Mark spends time searching for new subjects to photograph and paint.