Geoff Dodd is an artist, born in the City of Wells.
He specialises in seascapes and landscapes, painting in acrylic and sometimes, mixed media and watercolour. He is a member of the Lydford Art Group and also a member of “Drawn to the Valley”, a membership of over 160 artists living or working in the Tamar Valley area of Devon.
From days as a child, he has been fascinated and inspired by nature and the natural world. He loves to be out in the elements to experience the seasons and their changing features at first hand.
He gains inspiration from raw nature; the power of the wind; the changing character of the sea from calm serene beauty to ferocious and unyielding power. The local Cornish and Devon coasts and the wild wilderness of Dartmoor provide tremendous material for his paintings. As a leisure sailor at home and abroad, he learnt to respect the sea, but also to appreciate its changing beauty.
As a young man, he spent considerable time on Dartmoor engaged in expeditions, camping and various ‘character-building’ experiences for his future job and for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Little did he realise at the time, that his experience of the wild surroundings, the horizontal rain and his struggle against the elements would give him first-hand experience and understanding, in his artistic pursuits of the future! Safe to say he loved every minute of those adventures and still draws on those experiences, which undoubtedly left an impression and influence his paintings today.
In his children’s formative years, most holidays were spent on the north Cornwall coast, on the beaches, in the sea enjoying the surf, scrambling over the rocks, collecting shells and walking the coastal paths.