Painting on the common with Bonzo

Painting on the common with Bonzo

Current project:

My outdoor and studio painting is concerned with the effects of light and atmosphere on the landscape and I spend as much time as possible painting from direct observation ‘en plein air’. Studies are made in front of the subject, usually around 10 x 8 ins in size so that I can block in the main lighting effects and composition in one and a half to two hours, before the light changes too much. If  this study needs more work, and I am lucky with the weather, I will make repeat visits to the same spot at the same time of day to develop the painting further. These studies can then be worked up into a larger painting back at home and might take a few days, or a few weeks. My regular painting haunt is Chorleywood common, and sometimes the river Chess valley. I am always looking for new locations and favourite regions include the Yorkshire Coast, Cornwall and the Lake District.

‘Light and Atmosphere in the Landscape’ is my ongoing theme and I am developing a body of work to present as an exhibition in the very near future. One of my coastal paintings was selected and exhibited at the Royal Institute Of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, December 2014.


Following an Art Foundation year at Wakefield College of Art I gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration at Maidstone College Of Art. I started my career as a freelance artist producing illustration for Publishing, Advertising and Design using traditional paint media of all kinds. Book cover illustration for Pan, Penguin, Harper Collins, Scholastic and Time/Warner followed, plus portraiture for BBC Panorama and several ‘how-to’ books such as ‘The Encyclopedia Of Airbrush Techniques’, ‘The Airbrush Artists Pocket Palette’, and ‘The Airbrush Artists Library’ series.

A few book cover examples…

The introduction to digital came at Team17 Software where I spent seven years in the computer games industry, and then a further ten years as a digital painter in London contributing to feature films such as ‘Gravity’, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’, ‘Paddington’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’, ‘The Prince Of Persia’ and ‘Australia’.

My full list of movie credits can be seen here: The International Movie Database – Mark Taylor