I got hooked on painting when I was a boy, under the influence of two inspiring teachers. They gave me a lifelong belief in painting as a serious activity. After a career as a working forester and farmer in Whitbourne, about ten miles west of Worcester, I am lucky to have been able to become a full time painter, and much of my work is inspired by places I have known all my life.
My paintings start from a response to something seen, and I usually make a drawing or oil sketch ‘on site’. Back in the studio each painting is a new challenge, and I never know where it will take me. I get involved in shapes and colours, space and light, and a battle to create a coherent image that has a life of its own, but the impetus to make the painting in the first place is what drives the whole enterprise and I hope that the finished painting reflects that.
Herefordshire Art week every year since 2013, and in 2021 took part also in Worcestershire Open Studios (having at last got a suitable studio!)
Numerous group shows at local galleries, 2014 - 2022.
Solo shows in Malvern (2018), Bromyard (2019), Pershore (2022) and Whitbourne (2022)
Royal West of England Academy Open, Bristol, 2018 and 2019
Royal Society of Birmingham Artists Open 2020
Shortlisted for the last two John Moores Painting Prize exhibitions, Liverpool, 2019 and 2021.
For more images see www.billevanspaintings.co.uk
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