Nine Fields From The Cliffs Of The Coastline at the end of a bumpy track lives renowned local artist Kurt Jackson. Kurt’s richly coloured work is enjoyed all over the world, with his canvases fetching £8,000 to £40,000.
Cornwall is Jackson’s inspiration and the environment is his passion. His art is heavily influenced by an in-depth knowledge of natural history and he uses his highly-developed observation skills honed during a degree in Zoology at Oxford. All this was long before painting was on the agenda as his chosen career.
“From my childhood, it was always Natural History for me, so I studied zoology at Oxford but spent a lot of time attending courses at Ruskin College of Art and painting,” Jackson tells me as we grab a coffee in his kitchen.
Like many graduates, on leaving university, Jackson travelled the world, painting wherever he went. He travelled to the Arctic alone and hitchhiked across Africa with his wife, Caroline. He moved to Cornwall in 1984, where he still lives and works, drawing on the rich scenery of St Just surrounding his home. The house is situated at the end of a long track.