Born in Hampshire in 1964, Duncan Palmar had a love of painting and drawing from a young age. At school he would try and find any excuse to go to the art room. He first sold his work as a means to pay for driving lessons, when he would paint pictures of peoples homes before approaching them to buy his work.
Although they recognised his talent, Palmars parents discouraged him from pursuing a career as an artist, believing it to be impossible to make a living from. Despite this, Palmar took a leap of faith and followed his dream of becoming a professional painter at just nineteen. His efforts quickly paid off, as he held his first solo exhibition within the year.
Palmar has since gone on to experience phenomenal success, with several sell-out exhibitions to his name and an ever increasing following of enthusiasts and collectors.
"I concentrate primarily on architectural landscape, seascape, harbour and beach scenes.
"I love to look at the work of other artists past and present. It fascinates me to see how they have portrayed a particular subject and very often one that I am trying to come to grips with myself. I am really inspired by the Newlyn School of Artists who worked in Cornwall in the last century. When painting in my looser style I tend to look at the work of William Turner, Julius Olsen and Edward Seago. I try to capture light, texture and atmosphere in my landscapes and coastal scenes, but also concentrating on the small details, for example, giving the effect of damp seaweed on a harbour wall or reflections of clouds on wet sand. Family holidays have provided more inspiration for my work, particularly in Devon and Cornwall. The beauty of the environment and the quality of light are an irresistible pull for me to return time and time again. This helps me to produce evocative paintings capturing the changing moods of different seasons and different times of the day and the movement of the sea in it’s diverse moods, rhythms and space."