Elisabeth Clarke Watercolours

Elisabeth Clarke lives and works in Cornwall. Drawing inspiration from the land and sea around her, she works in watercolour to recreate the atmosphere of the dramatic coastline and the wild interior of this wonderful county.

Elisabeth and her husband David came to Cornwall in 1976 when David was asked to manage one of the tin mines for the owning company with whom he had worked for 10 years in Africa. During that time in Africa Elisabeth taught art and crafts, for which she trained originally at college in Cardiff where she and David met - a marriage of art and science! Both of them took a change of direction when they came here initially, buying a small farm and exchanging the heat and drama of the African veldt for the peace, tranquillity and beauty of Cornwall.

However the power of Africa drew them back again to resume their careers for another 5 years until they returned to  their farm in 1981. At the same time they bought a craft shop and art gallery on the coast in Coverack, which they ran until 2009, with Elisabeth’s original paintings and prints of them being held in collections both in Britain an abroad.

Now Elisabeth spends her time painting, both for galleries and for commissions, as well as for the range of prints of Cornwall which they supply to shops and galleries around the county. The wonderful landscape provides inexhaustible inspiration for the painter; the clear light on the most southern tip of Britain has always drawn artists to its shores and to the scenery and beauty of the county which delights the visitors, many of whom wish to return home with an Elisabeth Clarke painting, or a print, to remind themselves of their holiday.

Her work is available in many galleries and shops throughout Cornwall. Elisabeth and David now live in an old mews cottage, within a stone's throw of Penzance harbour in the historic heart of the town. Here Elisabeth paints in an upstairs studio overlooking their walled garden.

About Elisabeth Clarke


Abbey Mews, Abbey Place, New Street



Tel: 01736 362350