Matthew Davison – Landscape painter

          Matthew Davison

I’m a landscape painter based in Dartmoor Devon, I studied at Bradford College of Art, on the foundation course in 1975 developed by Martin Dutton followed by printmaking, studying under Alan Marks, Ian Gardner & Doug Binder.


I worked for most of my professional life in television and film as Director of Photography, winning awards for cinematography, photography, theatre & opera lighting design.

As an Artist my body of work starts in 1978 with elephant size screen prints, selected at RWA.

Painting in oils and acrylics I draw inspiration from Dartmoor and Devon, working from my studio in Bovey Tracey. I’m having an Open studio in September 9th – 24th 11am – 5pm.

Member of Devon Artist Network


From years of making images as a cinematographer, for me painting has re-invigorated the creative process beyond the strictures the camera.

I’ve looked through lenses all my life and have observed and learned about light. I’m not particularly poetic about my work, but I seek the pure joy of the landscape, its form and how it’s effected by light, it makes me feel happy.

By returning again and again to the same piece of landscape, observing the light and the emotions it brings to the fore it makes the centrepiece for each painting. Increasingly the sky and clouds and seasonal changes are there in my paintings.

My paintings are a transformation of the memories and observations into a new thing, a painting with a life and joy of it’s own.