Profile of Paul Corfield

Born in 1970 in Bournemouth, Paul Corfield has always lived within 10 miles from his birthplace all of his life. Learning how to draw at an early age, Paul quickly developed a good eye for detail, pushing himself to draw accurately everything around him which on occasion would lead to infuriating experiences. Over time, Paul's style developed and enabled him to achieve the artist he has aimed to become, drawing and painting the countryside that surrounds him in an enjoyable and liberating approach.

Paul Corfield initially applied to art college and study technical illustration but turned down his offer to pursue a career in an engineering firm which would later prove to allow him to become the artist he is today. With computers taking over a few years later, work as a technical illustrator would have proved to be difficult. Whilst working at the engineering firm, Paul met his future wife Sara who has supported and helped him throughout his career as an artist. Sadly, Sara was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder which would affect heavily upon Paul's family and as an artist. However, 5 weeks after the birth of their first child Sara made a full recovery and four years later, Paul and Sara had their second child. In 2002, Paul was offered an opportunity to take a voluntary redundancy from the engineering firm which would allow him to push his career as an artist for which he received full support from his wife.

Paul Corfield's work during the first 3 years were highly influenced by contemporary realism and photorealism which, popular in London and America quickly made his work very popular. However, in his spare time, Paul developed an idea which would evolve into his current work. After playing and experimenting with these ideas for over a year, Paul Cornfield decided to send his ideas off to Washington Green who encouraged him to pursue his new style. From then on, Paul has been able to release inner creativity and paint using visible brushstrokes instead of hiding them away. Now living in Poole, Paul Corfield is surrounded by the countryside and the sea which remain features in most of his work. Paul's children are also a great inspiration, taking ideas from the TV programmes they watch, allowing him to see through children's eyes. As a child, Paul enjoyed the Mr Men books with their rolling hills and little cottages, but at the same time admires paintings with good brushwork. Being self taught, Paul is always looking to develop his technique and find a middle ground between a child-like appeal and good traditional brushwork.

Paul Corfield tends to either have sketching days or painting days which he rarely mixes, preferring to focus his creative energy. When sketching, Paul puts his headphones on and fills his head with his favourite music which enables his ideas to flow. When stuck, Paul changes the style of music depending on the style he is trying to achieve. Sketching days can vary from focusing on one drawing all day or scribbling one after the other. Once Paul is happy and perfected his composition, he will then project his sketch onto the canvas in order to copy accurately the lines and shapes which he originally has in the sketch. This a technique inspired from his early style of photorealism. Once onto the canvas made of smooth french linen, Paul adds a red/brown wash in order to get rid of all the white and to give a base before painting over. He then proceeds to scrub painting onto the canvas using a limited amount of colour palette which he builds in layers and blends using a cloth. This technique can go on for 4 to 5 layers until Paul is confident that his painting is complete. If so, he then signs it and will not go back to rework it.

On weekdays, Paul Corfield gets up early and get his children ready for school. Whilst having breakfast and coffee, Paul checks his emails followed by heading to his studio for 9:30. In his studio at the end of his garage, Paul works under simulated natural light supplied by a large daylight bulb. Taking occasional breaks to exercise and for lunch, Paul works until 9pm often going back to his studio after feeding and putting his children to bed. Paul Corfield usually takes his weekends off to spend time with his family and do some gardening, but will always allow a couple of hours to paint as this is what he was born to do.