James Murch

James is a painter based in Paignton, Devon, working mainly in oils and specializing in local scenes and portraiture. 

James has received local awards and recognition for his paintings and drawings and on several occasions has been shortlisted for entry to the Mall Gallery Exhibition in London with the ROI (Royal Institute of Oil Painters) and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

James has spent many years practicing the classical approach of drawing and painting, using the proportional sizing technique which requires rigorous training in the ability to capture the overall shape or height/width proportion of a subject without pre-measuring.

For studio works, James practices the classical under-painting techniques and colour layering widely used by Boroque painters such as Rubens, Rembrandt and Velasquez. 

In previous years, James would take smaller studies and develop a larger painting from them, in the studio. These days, however, he prefers to work entirely from life and can be seen regularly painting outdoors in the abundant surroundings of Torbay, Devon.

James's latest works are developed by revisiting the sight over multiple sessions until the painting is completed, emphasising the need to be in front of the subject - 'To drink the wild air'

"Our eyes, unlike a camera, are dynamic and we can focus in and out of as many, or as few, things as we choose, responding intuitively to the subject with creative impulse and imagination" 


Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead;