About My Work

Boats, coastlines, industrial fishing equipment, the moors, seasons, glimpses and aspects of views, textures, fields, meadows, human influences on nature and natural patterns in our landscape – a brief summary of the influences in my environment.

My process for painting begins with having a design in mind. I subsequently have a fluid, evolving process on the canvas board and/or wood panel which is relatively instinctive – repeatedly reworking and layering colour, applying paint and rubbing it back, scoring and sanding. I paint using cut cloth and brush work, tailor made paper stencils and oil colours. However, I also use acrylics, charcoal, carborundum and other media to build up texture and base colour. I particularly love the way the erasure and layering of paint emulates the effects time has on paint and our environment. I sometimes even leave the canvas or wooden boards quite bare in areas to utilise their beautiful natural texture.

I live on the south coast of Devon in the seaside and port town of Teignmouth. I work from home in my studio.

It’s a 10 minute walk from my house to the seafront, harbour and fish quay area. The rural landscape, with stunning skies and views out to Dartmoor, starts immediately driving out of Teignmouth. Both settings are often depicted in one form or another in my paintings.

Heidi Archer - at work
Heidi's desk