Jurassic Coast | The Journey Begins

In collaboration with the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site




The sea has always been a major part of my life and painting the coastline is an important aspect of my artwork.

I’ve spent time painting in Cornwall and most of Devon, but the Jurassic coast is an area that I haven’t explored enough. The geology has always fascinated me but it’s something I’ve got very little knowledge of.

When studying life drawing, an artist is encouraged to look at anatomy. This knowledge of bone and organ structure will enhance the way the body is drawn. Without that knowledge the outcome would seem lifeless.

Producing paintings of the Jurassic Coast without exploring its geology would be difficult. Understanding a landscape is as important as a knowledge of the anatomy when drawing the human figure.

Without this understanding, a landscape is just a view.

I don’t paint views.

I paint landscapes, and landscapes are places full of history, drama, emotion and life.

In this project I’m going to tell the story of the Jurassic Coast by exploring its geology and history. The 95 miles of coastline divides up into 3 sections, the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. Each geological section will have a major exhibition.

Working on this 3 year project will allow me to have a deeper understanding of this amazing World Heritage site.

Colin Bentley


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