Immerse yourself in the colourful, large-scale paintings of Heather McAlpine, a St Ives based artist and NSA member inspired by the sea and her love of wild swimming. As Heather McAlpine prepares for her inaugural solo exhibition at the Crypt Gallery, aptly titled Immerse, she has undertaken the challenge of painting her largest canvas to date, a monumental 2 x 1.7m. Her paintings embody the essence of St Ives’ unique colour palette and reflect not only the striking visual aspect of the ocean but also the sensory and emotional experiences that come with it.

Born in Stirling, Scotland, Heather McAlpine’s creative journey led her to London, where she earned an MA from the Royal College of Art. Then, after 16 years of living and painting in Vancouver, Canada, fate guided her to the rugged shores of Cornwall, where she has found solace and inspiration for the past eight years. She now works from her studio in historic ‘Downalong’, nestled in between three of her favourite beaches.

The exhibition promises an immersive experience into her world, reflecting her deep affinity for the sea, wild swimming and the immersive process of painting itself. The exhibition will include a range of paintings, from her small ‘captured moments’ on paper to her large, semi-abstract expressive canvases.

Crypt Gallery, Norway Square, St Ives, TR26 1NA.

Saturday 11th – Friday 17th May 10 – 5pm daily.

PV Sat 11th May 4-7pm. (All welcome)