Paintings by Len Hughes
Watercolours and Oils

Len Hughes - here's some information about me as an artist

Len getting ready to paint out of Cucugnan, France in 2009

I was born in England where I  first became interested in painting at an early age. A busy career prevented me from following my interest in art until 1985 when I was able to take up painting once more.  I now live in London, Ontario with my wife, Sheila.

I paint primarily in watercolour but also in oils.  I particularly love the transparency, fluidity, speed and convenience of watercolours. In all mediums I tend to use colours boldly with rich applications exploiting and exploring the vibrancy and capabilities of each medium.

I have been especially influenced by the works of the British artist, W. M. J. Turner, as well as Tom Tomson and the Group of Seven, in their use of colour to convey the effect of sunlight. My philosophy towards painting is modelled on that of Sir Winston Churchill, an accomplished artist in his own right, who said; "contentment is a joyride in a paint-box for which audacity is the only ticket."

Landscapes featuring water and reflections are one of my favourite subjects. So too, are people in street scenes, whether it is in my home town of London, Ontario or in the Languedoc region of southern France where I have often travelled to paint.  My preference is to paint on location where I can truly experience the scene before me with all my senses.

I have exhibited my work in solo and group exhibitions at various locations in the London, Ontario area and at the McMichael Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, while having been privileged to receive various awards for my work .  I am a member of the Brush and Palette Club of London, and the Gallery Painting Group of London.  I am also an Associate member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and a member of the Central Ontario Art Association (COAA).  My work can currently be seen at St. Peter's Cathedral Parish Centre in London, Ontario (viewing by appointment).  I am also available for commissions.