“People ask: ‘Why should I care about the ocean’?  Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet-we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won’t get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power.
Everybody has the capacity to do something.”


Dr. Sylvia Earle, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society


With the ever changing influences of man upon our natural spaces. Trevor Scobie’s paintings encapsulate areas that may look very different in years to come, because of this he is drawn to recording these coastal areas year after year. He observes the marine landscapes across the South Coast of England, making images of impermanence, abundance and diverse coastal life; within these turbulent expanses a wealth of inspiration.

In a space a little over 24 hours with each lunar day the tide ebbs and flows twice, in this process an intricate seabed of flora and fauna is unveiled, transforming throughout the seasons. The effects of this constant, immediate and slower seasonal change are witnessed and harnessed within Scobie’s painting, mirroring the ever changing state of our own lives. The process of change is present within the adaptability of seaweeds, remnants of sea creatures past, the array of rocks and eroded surfaces.

Whilst the tides are out an illusion of stillness prevails, it’s in these moments that the opportunity for meditation presents itself, this impression of stillness is pursued in each painting often taking many months to convey. Looking beyond these observations of the world and of the artists’ mind – the viewer is invited to delve into their own personal reflection and contemplation.


Trevor Scobie was born in Brighton and worked as a professional Illustrator, designing and painting book covers for London publishers for over 30 years.
From James Bond novels to conceptually lead science fiction covers for Ray Bradbury, Puffin Classics amongst others. With the opportunity to utilise technology and
the birth of creative software he moved into branding and graphic design working  as a Freelance Designer.
He is now pursuing his passion, studying and painting in oils his ongoing series  of the Sussex Coast, focusing on the ever changing scene at low tide.
With great patience each piece develops over months, capturing a single moment in nature, celebrating the beauty of it’s impermanence. Like many children he was mesmerised by rock pools and now revisits his childhood fascination with this collection.