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Ernest Ager

Where I come from...

From childhood drawing has always been a part of me.  Interpreting what I see in pencil seemed just natural.

I have had no formal training, having made a career as a scientist. I started painting around twenty years ago, after joining the Exmouth Art Group.  I settled quickly into pastels, which have a strong affinity with drawing, then later moved into acrylics, and most recently oils.


I am drawn to a subject by my emotional reaction to it. I like the play of light on water, or wet pavements, the different moods of water under different skies, and the contrast of shadowy figures against the light. I like dawn and evening light, with long shadows and strong highlights. My interiors also tend to have a strong directional element to the light, with a nearby window or doorway illuminating the subject.


I paint mostly land and seascapes, often with an architectural interest. I also paint portraits in pastel, again emphasising the drama of light and shadows to bring out the character.

Vladimir: painted as a gift to my son’s father-in-law, from a small photograph taken at the wedding.
Late evening  exmouth 2018
Late Evening, Exmouth, 2018
Exmouth colour 2018
Exmouth Colour, 2018
Approaching storm topsham 2018
Approaching Storm, 2018
Tidal pool  exe estuary sept 2018
Tidal Pool, Exe Estuary, 2018
Exe estuary sunset crop
Exe Estuary, Sunset, 2018