Jenny Birchall

I have been living and working in Cornwall for the past 20 years and have found that one of the most interesting things is the diverse selection of people who are brought together here for the purpose of a holiday. People who wouldn’t normally come within 100 yards of one another in their day to day lives are suddenly half naked and within feet of each other on a beach.

As I started to paint beach scenes bizarre combinations of people arrived – Cornwall has become populated by rock stars, gay icons, film stars and sometimes even the occasional artist. The Beatles have never split up in my Cornwall and where else would you find all the Doctor Who’s hanging out together, Michelangelo’s David wearing pink pants, Grayson Perry playing beach tennis with Van Gogh and Ghandi dancing with Pamela Anderson.