The Artists’ Isle – Painted Moments on Bryher

The Isles of Scilly are a haven for visiting artists. Painters, from Winifred Nicholson to Kurt Jackson, have been drawn to the islands again and again, to paint in the open air.

Bryher’s simple barefoot beauty was irresistible to our Seasalt artists. Our loosely painted memories of this peaceful island became the starting point for our March collection.

It’s an island of contrasts, with serene white-sand beaches on the east coast and the rugged granite shores of Hell Bay and Shipman Head on the west. We loved the feeling of solitude, as you walk the narrow coast path through carpets of heather and drifts of wildflowers.

Like in Cornwall, the island weather is changeable. You can experience all four seasons in one day, ranging from bright sun in the morning to storm clouds and showers in the afternoon.

We took our sketch books and captured our impressions of the islands and boats. With blissfully little to do but potter and paint, we worked ‘en plein air’, capturing the ever-changing light on the land and sea.

Sketch of the view of Bryher from Carn, by Seasalt Artist Matt Johnson

We hope the collection brings a sense of the wild remoteness, incredible colour and natural beauty of this place.

Chapelle Dress in Flower Marks Harbour
The view of Tresco castle from Bryher, by Matt Johnson