Laurence Belbin is a painter of light and atmosphere, with a fascination for sunlight – especially on water. Most of his work is painted on location where he captures the immediacy of people on a beach against the light and colour of windbreaks and tents, the activity of the Grand Canal on a sunlit day and the dazzling sunlight on the ever-changing surface of the sea.
With no formal art training but a compulsion to paint, Laurence taught himself in his spare time. He eventually gave up his career in graphic design and printing to concentrate on painting full-time and was elected to the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in 2017. He says that after 30 years of painting and drawing he is still learning and that he strives to paint truthfully and with feeling.