Win a watercolour painting of the Essex Coast by artist James Merriott

PUBLISHED: 17:32 11 September 2020 | UPDATED: 17:43 11 September 2020

Alresford Creek: I adore this spot. It has everything I love,  including a weatherboarded cottage and a superb view of Brightlingsea Church (artwork by James Merriott)

Alresford Creek: I adore this spot. It has everything I love, including a weatherboarded cottage and a superb view of Brightlingsea Church (artwork by James Merriott)

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Artist James Merriott showcases the beauty of the Essex coastline in his latest collection of watercolours of the county - and you could win one!

Recent months have seen a suspension in my regular visits to various villages around the county to explore their beauty.

In the mean time, I have been revisiting some of my favourite places in the county through the files of pictures that over the last 10 years have provided my inspiration.

Southend-on-Sea: This watercolour is a favourite composition of mine (artwork by James Merriott)Southend-on-Sea: This watercolour is a favourite composition of mine (artwork by James Merriott)

Before returning to my monthly series of Essex villages, I had a desire to showcase aspects of the beauty of the 400 or so kilometres that make up our fabulous Essex coast.

From the bright lights of Southend to the isolation of Bradwell, I simply adore our county’s coastline.

Maldon: This is a world-famous view from the Quay (artwork by James Merriott)Maldon: This is a world-famous view from the Quay (artwork by James Merriott)

Not only is it a privilege to visit such sublime landscapes that I have chosen to paint for publication, but the sheer joy of portraying them has, for me, no equal.

Discovering where the tidal waters penetrate so gracefully into the Essex mainland, at places such as Maldon, Battlesbridge and Alresford, is for me to find my ultimate sanctuary, a special calmness isolated from the modern pace of life.

Battlesbridge: On the tidal River Crouch, the former maltings is a much-loved building of artists and antique hunters alike (artwork by James Merriott)Battlesbridge: On the tidal River Crouch, the former maltings is a much-loved building of artists and antique hunters alike (artwork by James Merriott)

So many of my coastal excursions with my paint box have been made with family and friends, adding so much pleasure.

If I can end mentioning our greatest local painter, it is to say that John Constable painted Hadleigh Castle to give us all our very own Essex masterpiece.

For your chance to win James’ original painting of Alresford Creek (pictured top), fill in the form below and answer the question:

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You can visit James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2RU (please call 01277 210728 to make an appointment)

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