Resident in Kent but originally from West Yorkshire Kevin Clarkson graduated with a BA from Liverpool Polytechnic and an MA in Graphic Design from Leicester Polytechnic in 1980. 

Kevin pursued a design career, largely in London, for thirty years before a change of direction took him to his original passion of painting in 2010. Although he strays into other subject areas much of his work captures the elemental forces of land sea and sky and often the work has a historical theme or context. 


Kevin was Chairman of the National Maritime Museum Art Club from 2012 to 2014 and the Old Royal Naval College Art Club from 2015 to 2019. He now holds the position of Chairman of the Thames Maritime Artists, a small group of artists who paint along the river capturing its historic sites and vessels. 


Larger commercial projects have included work for the Guildhall Museum Rochester, Eastgate House Rochester, Upnor Castle and the Historic Dockyard Chatham, together with numerous exhibitions in galleries in Kent and the South East. 

Kevin has shown at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition several times and in 2020 was awarded the “Classic Boat Prize”. 


Having spent more than a decade exploring sea painting techniques Kevin occasionally runs workshops on how to capture the varied moods of the sea.