‘Why paint the sea? That heavy, turbulent, unfathomable, deep, dark mystery of a place which artists, poets, musicians, writers, explorers and photographers have been obsessed with forever. Humans rely on it for food and sustenance, and most ancient civilisations still standing today, were built near its shores. It remains unknown, yet so appealing.
When looking at the work of an artist who is focused so intently on one thing, and there have been many who are lured in by the sea, It is interesting to think about why. For Jethro, It is a combination of fascination and proximity. A short time away from Cornwall whilst at university in Manchester made a return to the South West essential. From that point on, Jethro has been painting and constantly exploring ways to convincingly describe a sense of these scenes.
Talking to Jethro about why he paints in this way, and why he has chosen such a notoriously ineffable subject, it is clear that the uncertain power of the waves, the iridescent colours and rhythmical tides appeal to him the most. It’s the continuation of a cycle that he can be very involved in. Day in, day out, Jethro observes the ebb and flow of the tides, the colour of the sea at dusk and the glitter on the surface of the water on a calm afternoon. Perhaps he’s not always aware of it, but he has been present for these moments and through a unique process of absorbing information and painting, Jethro has found a language that echoes what he has experienced – his paintings capture a sense of this place.
“The things that inspire me remain constant – memories and emotions arising from the textures of the land and the effect of the light on the sea. I remain connected to the environment that surrounds me, and the more time I spend in it, the more it becomes embedded in my memory.”
Words by Lucy Ward, 2017