I am passionate about the world that we live in and my works reflect how I believe our oceans and coastlines ideally should remain, natural and revered.

My intention is to capture moments in time that leave a positive memory in the viewer, to create an almost scuba diving experience of beautiful realms beneath the water’s surface. Enabling the viewer to swim amongst clean sea beds and be washed over by the ever moving tide; or brush past sea turtles and be filled with color as they pass through schools of tropical fish. It is hopefully a welcome introduction to a beautiful world deep beneath the surface for those who live nowhere near the coast or who don’t have immediate access to the sea, a world that maybe only a few can manage to see with their own eyes.  

Art for me has always been about creating a positive feeling within people, whether it is someone who commissions me or an original piece to invoke an emotion. Positive art and imagery attracts the attention of people and remains in their memory. In these times, we need to color the world with happiness and positiveness, to give our world a helping hand and bring a bit of love back through our art if we can.

To describe my artistic style, I use lots of vivid color that represent the colors I see within nature and I try to achieve realism by painting every aspect of a new piece with small or fine brush strokes, recording all the details that I can find. My work usually takes several weeks to complete.

Ocean art that carries this positive subliminal message can have such an impact upon people too, especially children, because they are naturally drawn towards nature and natural scenes, so I paint to hopefully inspire others to want to do something positive towards making our oceans a cleaner safer environment, both for us and its inhabitants. Whether these activities are beach clean ups, recycling of waste household products that might end up in the sea or even to inspire them to support a charity or organization that cares for our planet and seas.

One of my original art pieces, ‘Tropical Ocean’ was inspired by the beautiful turquoise waters of Thailand that my friends visited on holiday. As I cannot be there physically, they sent me the photos and I mixed and matched different elements to end up with an idea for my painting. I have since sent the original canvas painting or giclee print to The Ocean Artists Society in California where it now resides in the archives, in the hope that it may help with conservation in any way that they see fit.

I believe that the OAS does a great deal to help conservation and increase people’s awareness of issues that have an impact on our environment, such as whaling and the slaughter of dolphins and other precious marine wildlife.

Our oceans are becoming more fragile and they need all the support we can possibly give. Without clean seas and healthy marine wildlife, all living creatures and eco-systems would suffer. Evidence of this is the recent contamination of our oceans in Japan. Poisonous chemicals from the recent nuclear meltdown are being digested by wildlife and as a result, the effect on these life forms is doubled each time they are consumed by other species.

Over fishing and pollution are two other aspects that need to cease if all balance is to be restored.

Being a member of the OAS means that now I can reach a larger audience with my artwork whom I hope will leave with a feeling that our oceans are beautiful yet fragile eco-systems that need looking after and preserving.

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Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on May 18, 2011 at 5:10pm
Beautiful words & beautiful work!  I can feel the power of the ocean in this piece.
Comment by Robin Lamarche on May 23, 2011 at 3:48am
I can feel the passion you feel in your painting. What medium of painting do you like best
Comment by Alan Minshull on May 23, 2011 at 12:27pm

I paint using acrylics Robin, 

Oils are wonderful as is every other media, and I especially like the richness and slow drying time of oils as that help me to blend and mix colors on canvas; but something keeps pulling me back to acrylics and I dont know why haha

Comment by Robin Lamarche on May 23, 2011 at 2:59pm
 Thansk Alan, I have not yet used oils. I have been doing alot of watercolor painting, but find I keep trying to make it Bold and think like you can with acrylics. maybe I need to just stop fighting and do acrylics.
Comment by Alan Minshull on May 23, 2011 at 6:37pm


Think of acrylics as being fast drying thicker watercolors that do come out Bold ;) Try them my friend but do be prepared to use a very little at a time or use a retardant (Slows down the drying process). Otherwise you will end up with hard paint on your palette all the time hahaha

See my acrylic retardant substitute in the forums;) Or purchase some from the store here on The Art Colony, a percentage of which goes to the website to keep it up and running.

Its fantastic, acrylic.

Comment by Alan Minshull on May 25, 2011 at 12:55am

Thanks Margie,

Its the one place that I go, to take a walk and clear my mind. There is something soothing and relaxing, healing even about the sound of waves.

Thanks for visiting me Margie and I wish you a wonderful day my new friend:)



Comment by Alan Minshull on May 26, 2011 at 3:10pm

Hi Kierra,

Its one of my acrylic paintings my friend, that I uploaded :)

Thankyou Kierra 


Alan :)

Comment by Doreen Cross on May 30, 2011 at 9:09am
Awesome work Alan.   I  Loved reading your post which is so inspiring me to get back into oil painting again.  I am looking forward to many of your oil pieces..
Comment by Alan Minshull on May 30, 2011 at 12:47pm
Thanks Doreen :)
Lovely to hear from you too and please do get back into your paintings. Your work is brilliant and captures that 'positive art' feeling. I especially love the immensely colorful birds that you painted. What a beautiful picture :)
I wish you a lovely day friend filled with smiles and a great big thanks from me

Comment by Ginger barthel on June 7, 2011 at 12:56pm
Your work is inspiring and beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to seeing more of your work.


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