" I always painted, sketched and took any opportunity to fulfil the creative side to my character "

Meet Louise...

Louise Bougourd

Artist’s Statement

I create art inspired by my natural surroundings, combining naturalism with imagination to create expressive, vibrant and beautiful art that is engaging and a joy to look at. My painting process follows the same journey – I sketch on location creating bold interpretations of my surroundings; I make many sketches to use in my studio, where I work on larger pieces either oncanvas or wood panels allowing me to be bold and gestural in my mark-making. I will occasionally rip sketches up to make collages removing me from the restraint of a particular scene, helping me to eliminateany suggestion of representation. It is my intention to make art that makes you look at your surroundings in a new way, with fresh eyes!

I do not seek an actual representation, I focus on the connection with a place and feeling to steer my creativity.

I work on multiple pieces at the same time, this permits a sense of freedom as I move between panels; more importantly, it prevents me from becoming completely attached to a single painting which invariably means I begin to get too detailed early in its journey!

At the start of a painting my marks are intuitive and bold, as I move forward, considering composition, the painting has a way of determining my marks; the process slows and becomes considered – the balance between my initial responses and an analytical approach as I bring the painting to a resolution are crucial as I want to keep the freshness and vibrancy of my early marks which give the painting life and energy.


About Louise

Louise Bougourd is a painter of seascapes, landscapes, and still life, (selected subjects); she is largely self-taught and lives in Devon.  She has exhibited work at The Mall Galleries, London, with The Society of Women Artists and selected to exhibit with Chelsea Art Society.

Louise's work is regularly exhibited at art fairs throughout the UK, and was recently selected to exhibit with The Talented Art Fair, Brick Lane, London.  

Paintings are on display throughout the year at: Mayne Gallery, Kingsbridge, Devon, Bracken Gallery, Chudleigh, Devon and in Louise's studio (by appointment).

Louise receives frequent commissions; she enjoys the opportunity to undertake work that means something special to you.  She will take time to visit the location to sketch and gather resource material, or, work from your photographs to create a bespoke and meaningful piece

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Painting Holidays

20th - 26th May 2018

Painting Holiday with Louise; enjoy staying at the fabulous Mullion Cove Hotel for 6 nights with 5 full days of painting on half board basis.  Join Louise In the studio space, where she will share her passion for painting with you, demonstrate techniques, give 1-2-1 tuition, and paint on location.

Contact Louise for more information about suggested materials and format of the week.

Contact the hotel direct to arrange your accommodation; click on the link below or click take me there to connect with their website:



Mayne Gallery

The Bracken Gallery