Ray Balkwill is at home in pretty much any painting medium, but is perhaps best known among fellow artists for his mixed media work. Living in Devon, a great deal of his painting is done in the south of the county and this book has all the hallmarks of having had a decent amount of material to choose from: there’s nothing included that gives any sense of being a make-weight or, indeed, of the transparency being “good enough”; the reproduction is spot-on.
As you’d expect, a lot of boats, harbours and waterside scenes feature here, but Ray isn’t afraid to make a few trips inland for some landscapes and buildings as well.
The book will be required reading for any fan of Ray’s work, but will also appeal to anyone who has any contact with the area as well.
First published 2004, reissued 2006