Cornwall Living

Jewell of the lizard

A creative duo whose differing styles and sources of inspiration make for a fabulous insight into the Lizardís art scene. 

Established artists Simon and Rebecca Jewell, live and work on the beautiful Lizard peninsula from their studios at home in the village of Mawgan. Since getting married in 2001, they have pursued their passion for all things artistic. Working together gives them the opportunity to bounce ideas off, and support, each other in the work they do, helping one another to gain inspiration.

Simon has always taken an interest in extreme weather, which he tells us has become a real passion: “There is nowhere to run and hide down here so you just need to embrace the elements. My work focuses on the untamed seas and the large open spaces of Goonhilly Downs.” He works in oils on large canvases, building up layers of paint to give a real textural feel to emulate the ruggedness of the south west coast line. 

Rebecca paints contemporary botanical pieces, from large scale to small detailed works: “An important part of the process is to grow, pick and photograph the flowers I use in my work in order to capture the unique forms created by nature. Spring into summer is always so exciting, waiting to see what will emerge. Every flower has its own personality, from big blousy peonies, the intricate structure of a dahlia or the elegance of a rose. Placing the flowers against dark backgrounds really makes them pop, but also using light backgrounds gives a sense of fresh air and calm.”

After the challenges of the past couple of years, the pair are very excited about the future, especially as they will be participating in Open Studios Cornwall this year, starting at the end of May. It looks like it’ll be a busy year preparing work for galleries and solo exhibitions, both here and as far away as New Zealand!

While taking on commission work and relishing the challenge to create a bespoke work of art, if you would like to discuss that special piece or find out about future exhibitions, make sure to get in touch with Rebecca and Simon!