THE cream of Cornwall's artists over the past two centuries is represented in Elford Fine Art's latest exhibition of select oils and watercolours, opening today at the National Trust's Trelissick Garden near Truro.
The pictures, all of which are for sale, celebrate Cornwall through the eyes of some of the most talented painters associated with the county, including those who set up their studios and art schools in Newlyn, Lamorna, Falmouth and St Ives.
Many of these artists had trained together in Europe and came home enthused by the latest ideas and techniques of painting outdoors and using quick, square-brush strokes to translate the impressions of colour, light and shade on to their canvases.
The result is a rich artistic heritage which can still be enjoyed today and the exhibition, which continues until Monday, features many of those pioneering painters who found their inspiration in Cornwall a century ago.
Complementing these traditional works there are 21st-century pictures, with colourful coastal scenes in oils by Duncan Palmar, beach and seascape pastels by Julie Brett and exquisitely detailed miniature watercolours by Rosalind Pierson, president of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers .
The exhibition at Trelissick, which is near Feock, is open until Monday, June 2, from 11am to 4pm daily.
For more information, call 07712 137272 or visit www.elfordfineart.co.uk