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About the Artist Paul Corfield

Some budding artists travel far and wide to seek fame and fortune. Not so Paul Corfield, who has steadfastly remained within a 10 mile radius of his Dorset birthplace his entire natural. Born in Bournemouth in 1970, Corfield can’t recall the precise moment that his love affair with art began, but he can remember as a youngster displaying borderline OCD when it came to recreating every exact detail and design nuance of an inanimate object, and would consequently be very hard on himself if he failed. Only recently has he declared that he’s become liberated from these creative shackles and evolved to feel like the artist he aspired to be. Indeed, Corfield’s journey – despite being a geographically short one – has been a long and at time, torturous one from an emotional viewpoint.

Accepted on an art college, only to have to turn it down, Corfield’s career as a professional artist started and ended there, so he believed at the time.

Works By Paul Corfield

  • Secluded Retreat by Paul Corfield
    Secluded Retreat
  • Sailing By by Paul Corfield
    Sailing By
  • A Warm Evening Glow by Paul Corfield
    A Warm Evening Glow
  • Tree Lined Country Lanes by Paul Corfield
    Tree Lined Country Lanes
  • Dawn by Paul Corfield
  • The Way Home by Paul Corfield
    The Way Home
  • Dusk by Paul Corfield
  • Sunrise Over the Village by Paul Corfield
    Sunrise Over the Village
  • Summer Nights by Paul Corfield
    Summer Nights
  • The Tree Lined Pathway by Paul Corfield
    The Tree Lined Pathway
  • Sunlight Over the Tree Tops by Paul Corfield
    Sunlight Over the Tree Tops
  • Emerald Mist by Paul Corfield
    Emerald Mist
  • Summer's End by Paul Corfield
    Summer's End
  • Closing of The Day by Paul Corfield
    Closing of The Day
  • Amber Sky by Paul Corfield
    Amber Sky
  • The Great Outdoors by Paul Corfield
    The Great Outdoors
  • The Coastal Trail by Paul Corfield
    The Coastal Trail
  • Paradise Bay by Paul Corfield
    Paradise Bay
  • Sunburst by Paul Corfield
  • Orange Dawn by Paul Corfield
    Orange Dawn
  • When The River Meets The Sea by Paul Corfield
    When The River Meets The Sea
  • Mornings Misty Veil by Paul Corfield
    Mornings Misty Veil
  • Watching the Waves Roll In by Paul Corfield
    Watching the Waves Roll In
  • Sailing Into The Sunset by Paul Corfield
    Sailing Into The Sunset
  • Hues Of Gold by Paul Corfield
    Hues Of Gold
  • Our Place By The Sea by Paul Corfield
    Our Place By The Sea
  • Sailing by Paul Corfield
  • View From The Hill by Paul Corfield
    View From The Hill
  • Wild Flowers & Meadow Grasses by Paul Corfield
    Wild Flowers & Meadow Grasses
  • Dreams Are Made Of This by Paul Corfield
    Dreams Are Made Of This
  • Daydreaming by Paul Corfield
  • Home Before Sunset by Paul Corfield
    Home Before Sunset

His reasoning was that with the advent of computer design lying just around the corner, the demand for the production of graphical illustrations manually would have subsided alarmingly, had he chosen to study Technical Illustration which he was all set to do at the time.

Instead Corfield sought employment with an engineering company – where he stayed for the following 13 years - and maintained and developed his interest in art during his spare time. Whilst with this firm, he met the woman who was to become his future wife, and who Corfield describes as his rock, and who he credits as being the person without whom he wouldn’t have go on to achieve what he has to date, namely Sara.

Not long after they were married Sara fell pregnant, yet tragically this normally happy, optimistic time resulted in Sara being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, which essentially meant she’d keep having miscarriages. Thankfully, the couple now have two children, courtesy of the marvels of modern medicine as Corfield refers to it as, yet before this the outlook was a lot bleaker. Corfield describes how just a week after the birth of their firstborn; Sara had come off the medication that had kept the baby alive and physically made the birth possible in the first place, which in turn colluded to give her a massive stroke. As you can imagine, their lives were thrown into immediate turmoil, and Corfield was planning for a potential eventuality that could easily see him looking after Sara for the rest of their lives together. Understandably any thoughts toward his art went straight out of the window as they faced up to a less optimistic future. Just when Corfield believed his art career would remain a distant dream, things with Sara turned around, as she made a full recovery and returned home to be with their new arrival. Four years on they went against people’s better judgement and tried for another baby, and mercifully Sara’s continued medication meant that this birth went according to plan. Corfield concurs that pivotal events like this in your life alter the way you address aspects, and underlines that old adage about life being too short to waste.

With this very much at the forefront of his mind, Corfield made a momentous and life-changing decision in 2002, in the aftermath of receiving news that was out of his control, yet he used to his advantage as a positive platform from which to launch his professional art career. In light of the engineering firm for which he still worked struggling and employee downsizing being very much on the cards, Corfield made the bold and brave decision to opt for voluntary redundancy. His idea was to live off his severance pay for 12 months whilst he committed himself to his art. For a year he simply painted and painted, with the opinions of those against the idea ringing in his ears throughout, and proving an inspiration. Detractors had reasonably argued that with two young mouths to feed, Corfield perhaps shouldn’t have cut his losses and left full-time work to follow his dream, whilst people also mused that familiar notion that nobody could make a living from being an artist. His wife, Sara on the other hand, stood resolutely behind Corfield, offering her full support.

Reverting to his passion for the intricacies of detailed artwork delivered with a realist’s edge, Corfield spent the next 3 years manufacturing highly elaborate pieces, which he classifies as ‘contemporary realism’ or ‘photorealism’, to coin a phrase and generally perceived genre. Success soon arrived, and it wasn’t long before Corfield’s work was being exhibited to massive audiences in both the UK (notably London) and further a field in America. All the while in the background, Corfield was labouring away on a concept that would evolve into more widely recognisable landscape studies, examples of which we observe in his most recent compositions, however he toyed with this concept for in excess of a year before being provided with the opportunity to develop it. That was in direct response to him having forwarded his ideas to Washington Green, who themselves saw the potential and the natural evolution in Corfield’s work. For the first time the artist felt sufficiently emancipated from his own self-imposed restraints to create more fluid, freer flowing brush strokes, with greater emphasis placed on movement and rapidity of thought, and to embrace the confidence to float off into the realms of fantasy once in a while, rather than be constrained by this dogged adherence to linear lines which had characterised his earlier works

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