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About Glenys Flint
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Glenys Flint is a painter of large-scale seascapes in oil. From a young age she always enjoyed drawing, however, her painting journey started in 2018 after retiring from a career as a designer in the fashion industry to live in Madeira. Being surrounded by beautiful flowers, dramatic landscapes and the Atlantic Ocean influenced her to pick up the brushes.
Her painting journey started in 2018 with a series of fashion portraits as a nod to her former career and experimented with various mediums. This quickly evolved into detailed large scale floral paintings in oil before the ocean surrounding Madeira made a huge impact on her desire to paint it. “It’s the unique changing state of the ocean, still and sparkling in the sunshine one moment then whipped up by the wind, roaring and frothing with an unstoppable force the next that inspire me” she said. “The beauty of the water in all its moods motivate me to capture it on canvas”.
Glenys’ recent work has increased in size with the largest measuring 2 meters wide. “The large-scale gives a real feeling of being in front of the waves” she said. “The subject is one purely of the ocean, no other distractions, the perspective is as if you were walking from the beach into the water for an evening swim”.
She spends many an hour just looking out and studying the waves before taking reference photographs. “I try to freeze that moment when the wave is at its highest point, just as parts of it start to curl, when the light passes through and the beautiful glistening translucent colours are visible for a split second”. Using light and shadow to create the semblance of a three dimensional wave, her paintings look realistic but “it’s the illusion of detail” she said.
Viewers have described her latest creations as being “powerful, so consuming...” and “hearing the roar of the ocean”. Others state that they can “Hear Gods thunder in your paintings” and “I hear the seagull cry as he glides above the tumbling crest”.