Driving forces..

Simon Kenevan child

From an early age, growing up on the coast of southern England, Simon Kenevan has long realised a profound love of the sea.  From the barefoot boy running through the foam, to the vibrant young man working on fishing boats, the need to be near, within sight, earshot, smell, has always been apparent.  Subconsciously in the younger years, and most formative since the moment of awareness.

The time of  his enlightenment was during the first year of working a small fishing boat alone.  Out at first light, pulling the boat across the sand to the shore, rowing through the breaking waves, out into deeper water against winds and tide.  Feeling the first touch of the sun's warmth cutting through the pre-dawn chill.  Every kind of weather, every kind of light, all conspiring to create a universe of wordless poetry inside.

Now, with over 25 years of experience, Simon Kenevan has found his vocabulary, via pigment and paper, brush and canvas.  Working with pastels, and oils, precious moments are relived through the creative process.  Each subsequent painting has its own resonance, unique to each and every viewer.

Kenevan Ocracoke Moonrise and thunderstorms

His passion lies between the waters, the tides, the sky, the weather; the narrow band where all elements come together, each one a factor in the behaviour of another.  Forever changing, no two moments ever the same, Simon feels the scale and the timelessness to his core, evoking a welcome level of humility, and a powerful sense of place.

"I was born to be near the ocean.  To paint the place where the elements meet.  Sky, Sea, Land.  The light, the weather, the space.  The peace, the tempest.  “I’m a grain of sand in the great scheme of things.  That’s all I am.  I’m just being tossed around in this life like everybody else, like a grain of sand in the sea. I like to be reminded of that fact.  It's good to feel the humbling power of Mother Earth."

Simon Kenevan


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