My Work

Paul Riley Art Photo Owen Tozer

Rose with attitude

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Red Moon Rain


When I first start painting abstracts the biggest obstacle to success is a lack of confidence. In order to overcome…

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Silver River


Poly – many; Ptych – folds I have been exploring multi panelled images for some time; the reason being to…

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Mellow gold Autumn 57 x 76 cms

Land & Water Painting

Much of my formative life was spent in an urban setting surrounded by buildings and bustling traffic In fact my…

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Balance 29 x 39 cms

Flowers and Birds

As a child I loved flowers. I lived with my siblings in a large draughty house with no central heating….

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Joyous Springtime 28 x 38 cms

Still Life

When the weather turns harsh and the cold nights of winter hem me into the studio, I relish the time…

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River House


In my constant quest for images of self – expression I am aware of the numerous examples of subject matter…

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My reasons for painting are contained in this collection of images that show my diverse and varied interests. I am fortunate to live and paint in the countryside of Dittisham Devon a small village near to Dartmoor and the sea. 


Running beside my studio is an energetic stream replete with trout and all manner of wildlife. The stream ends in the River Dart a magnificent waterway bounded by statuesque oak trees that at one time furnished the timber for Nelson’s Navy. Bracketed as we are by so much water in all its varieties of character; stream, creek, river estuary, and sea, that it is no small wonder that I have endless sources of inspiration.

See my work

To see my paintings do visit Coombe Gallery, 20 Foss St, Dartmouth, Devon. Contact Mark Riley by emailing or call 07890314715.

A Visual Language

I have been painting most of my life and was raised by parents who are both artists. Therefore my language is the visual one and I use painting to illustrate what I see and what I feel about what I see. Because painting is a creative process I use it to explore all manner of subject matter reflecting my catholic taste in all things and activities.

This gallery contains a distillation of the areas I love to explore including the abstract, flowers, land and waterscapes, still life, and a miscellany of other types including life studies, pen and wash, building scapes you name it.

I am still exploring. The majority of the works are in watercolour, a medium first taught to me by my father, and which I have experimented with most of my life. From the age of four until now I have gradually matured as a painter but know full well there is still so much more of this world to explore, it is a multifaceted diamond that needs me to shed light on it.