Watercolour artwork showing a vintage Star Ferry crossing Victoria Harbour, contrasting with the modern Hong Kong cityscape background. I worked from my own reference photo that was also taken from another ferry one sunny afternoon. Although the ride only lasts a matter of minutes, it’s still the best and cheapest way to enjoy views of this amazing city. The names of the 4 originals vessels, Morning Star, Evening Star, Rising Star & Guiding Star were inspired by the British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “Crossing the Bar” Which has the line “ Sunset & Evening Star, and one clear call for me”
Richard Crosbie is an Artist originally from South Wales, UK, and has been living in Hong Kong for the past 25 years. He enjoys sketching and painting where he draws inspiration from our local cultural surroundings, transforming his work into high-quality affordable art prints that make perfect gifts to those who love and have a connection with our city home. As Richard says:
"I love living in Hong Kong and everything about it. I enjoy seeing the vast vistas and the tiny details, from cityscapes and harbour views, bustling market and street scenes to observing reflections in puddles and slowing drying paint on fire hydrants, I love it all,".
Richard's work encompasses both 'urban sketching' and 'en plein air' painting created on location as well as detailed works of art created in the studio. He uses both pen, ink, acrylics, pastels, and watercolours and is continually inspired by Hong Kong's many different aspects. He goes on to say:
"I've been told that my style is quite distinctive. The words 'perspective' and 'detailed' come up a lot. I suppose that may be from my design background as I was a product designer for a number of years. Now that I am creating art, I feel like I have awakened and can see Hong Kong anew. My art has taught me to observe carefully my surroundings. The more I look, the more there is to see".