Spain pro­vides artist's in­spi­ra­tion

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Clubs and Charities -

By Jack Troughton Tony Creasey’s pas­sion for paint­ing flour­ished af­ter his re­tire­ment to Spain and the chance to cre­ate colour­ful pic­tures.

As a young­ster his dreams of go­ing to an art col­lege were re­placed by a ca­reer in en­gi­neer­ing with Bri­tish Aero­space; his fa­ther had stressed the im­por­tance of hav­ing a ca­reer.

Tony and his wife Josie made their home in the Orba Val­ley which gave him the op­por­tu­nity to take up art and de­spite on­go­ing health prob­lems he is able to pur­sue his love of paint­ing.

Last week­end more than 50 of his orig­i­nal works were on show at the De­nia Mar­riott Ho­tel in a two-day ex­hi­bi­tion in aid of Jave­abased char­ity To­dos Jun­tos.

A preview took place on Fri­day evening, a cava re- cep­tion spon­sored by Hamil­tons; it was Tony’s sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion – an ear­lier show at the El Cid Res­tau­rant was in aid of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

“We de­cided to push the boat out and use a big­ger venue; the way the pic­tures are laid out is phe­nom­e­nal; it re­ally shows them off at their best,” he said.

He is in­spired by fla­menco, tango and jazz, but also Spain it­self and her cul­ture. He said the Span­ish im­pres­sion­ist Joaquín Sorolla and the mod­ern Ar­gen­tinean painter Fabian Perez.

“We have met Fabian and bought one of his prints – we couldn’t af­ford an orig­i­nal – and I said I had copied some of his paint­ings; he wrote on the back of the print ‘for in­spi­ra­tion’,” added Tony.

He ad­mit­ted he was “frustrated” at start­ing wa­ter­colour classes but was rec­om­mended Costa Blanca artist Marc Meyer as a tu­tor and has never looked back.

Now work­ing mainly in char­coal and acrylic, Tony said: “That was seven years ago and I have never looked back. I now see colours, he has taught me ev­ery­thing – I am now work­ing in a lot more colour.

“He is not only a very good artist but also an ex­cel­lent teacher; I still go to lessons, Marc is a cat­a­lyst and keeps me paint­ing which I very much en­joy do­ing.” Tony, who also paints life stud­ies and por­traits, also creates hand-fin­ished prints and cards, and will ac­cept com­mis­sions. He can be con­tacted by email at

Tony and Josie with a Perez-in­spired work

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