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 and 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 French Impressionists, 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 the town and village scenes of the Languedoc region of southern France where I often take other artists 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 shows 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 numerous awards for my work .  I have been a member of the Brush and Palette Club of London, and the Gallery Painting Group of London for the past 19 years.  I am also an Associate member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and the Central Ontario Art Association (COAA).  My work can currently be seen at the Portside Gallery in Port Stanley, Ontario and at St. Peter's Cathedral Parish Centre in London, Ontario (viewing by appointment).