“I have always loved the scenery of the great outdoors and living on a relatively small but beautiful Island is truly inspirational. Of course being surrounded by the sea is wonderful, with a never ending array of coastal views, harbour scenes and the ever changing mood of sea and sky, there is truly no end of subject matter. We Islanders are also blessed with a huge diversity of landscape from ancient woodland and chalk down-land to salt marsh and everything in between.
I endeavour to portray the natural world to the best of my ability hoping to give the viewer a sense of the beauty as I see it, both here on my Island home and in the world at large. I first saw John Constable’s ‘Haywain’ when I was just 11 years old, the sheer size and beauty of this painting and the portrayal of trees and sky in paint was awe inspiring to me and have loved both the landscape and landscape paintings ever since.
I work mostly in water-mixable oils as with this medium I seem to be able to convey at least some of the affinity I have with the natural world whether it be landscape or seascape and am happiest and enthralled when creating at my easel.”
Murray William Cole Ince
Murray was born in Newport, Isle of Wight in 1957 where he enjoyed his school days and developed a love of drawing and painting very early on. After leaving school he became a furniture maker and gradually moved into design and manufacture. Murray took up painting seriously, though not full time in the early 1990’s and in 1996 did an A level Art and Design at the local college to gain experience of structured art teaching and learning. In 1997 Murray studied for a teaching qualification as he soon discovered a love of teaching people to draw and paint going on to become a lecturer in fine art at the Isle of Wight College, tutoring in his home studio and demonstrating for art groups. Murray also tutors painting holidays in the UK and Europe.
His first love is Landscape painting and uses Winsor and Newton’s ‘Artisan’ water-mixable oils on which subject has written a book ‘Landscape Painting In ‘Artisan’ Water-Mixable Oils’ and is also a featured artist and product ambassador for Winsor and Newton and is a regular contributor of ‘How To’ articles for ‘Leisure Painter’ and occasionally the SAA’s ‘Paint’ magazines, Murray is a professional associate with the SAA.
Murray is self taught and attributes his love of art and particularly landscape and seascape painting to his aunty Pat who was the first person to take him to a major art gallery, the National Gallery in London and says that he was stunned when viewing Constable’s ‘Haywain’ and took art seriously from that point onward. Later in Murray’s career he was asked whether the Victorian artist Joseph Murray Ince RA was a relative or was it a coincidence, truth is he hadn’t heard of him but on checking the family history found that Joseph was indeed Murray’s four times great uncle and the name Murray had been passed down the line with Murray receiving it as his Christian name, however Murray maintains the view that anybody can learn to draw and paint!
Murray has twice won the Light Space and Time “Landscapes” competition winning in 2016 and again in 2019, with over 750 entries to each from 27 and 28 countries.
You can see more of Murray’s work and information on his website…