Emsworth Arts Trail regular Dave Evans tells us about his creative background, his royal connection and what we can expect from him on this year’s trail.

Who are you?
My name is David Evans (most people call me Dave), and I have drawn, painted and made models since childhood.
What type of artist are you? 
I would describe my work as traditional and mainly maritime, as ships and boats have been a major factor through most of my life. But that doesn’t mean I choose the sea all of the time, subjects can be varied from flowers to railway engines and anything in between. HRH The Duke of York has one of my paintings, which he greatly appreciated when it was presented to him.
Do you have a background in art/design – when did you first start your creative journey? 
I am a retired graphic designer, and worked freelance for many years, designing for Lonsdale Boxing, Jaguar motors and the Royal Navy to name but a few, including the Wimbledon Championship Logo.
Can you describe your creative process?
I take my inspiration from almost anything I see on my travels, and try to record them accurately. I sometimes sketch, but more than likely now a quick photo is enough to remind me of the subject, then some research and onto the drawing board at home for the real work!
What keeps you going whilst you work – soundtrack? Snacks? A fluffy assistant?
I find playing music, usually traditional jazz, blues, country and sea shantys keep me going, with the occasional cup of coffee.
What can we expect to see from you on this years’ art trail?
This year I will be displaying some of my paintings on sea charts and marine pieces, plus some unusual lino cut prints of Emsworth
Artists on the Quay is a group of artists from Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club of which I am a member, and I look forward to welcoming the public for a chat and hopefully enjoying my work.
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