Steve Dodd:
Island City Views

We’re thrilled to bring you a collection of atmospheric local landscapes by painter Steve Dodd, whose love for our city is revealed through his art.

We think Steve really captures the feel of the places he’s painting with just a few confident brushstrokes!

Springtime Warblington by Steve Dodd
Spithead by Steve Dodd
Southsea Esplanade by Steve Dodd
Rain Over Hayling by Steve Dodd
Pembroke Road by Steve Dodd
Old Portsmouth by Steve Dodd
North Lake by Steve Dodd
Night Ferry by Steve Dodd
Harbour Entrance by Steve Dodd
Farlington Marshes by Steve Dodd
Drayton Park by Steve Dodd
Camber Sunday by Steve Dodd

We asked the artist…

How would you describe your work?
I am responding to my experience of Portsmouth. Places I love, experiences I remember. Matisse said, “Exactitude is not the truth”, so I try to capture what the subject I’m painting means to me, rather than something the camera on my phone can do better.

What inspires you?
I was born in Festing Grove and have lived in Pompey for most of my life. When I paint, I want to paint all the places that matter to me, from Southsea seafront to Farlington Marshes, from Spice Island to Portsdown Hill.

What materials do you generally use?
A neighbour gave me a box of old oil paints. They were so dried out that I had to use pliers to open the tubes, but right away I felt comfortable with this medium. Preferably painted on a bit of old hardboard that I can rest on my knees.

What’s been your favourite project to work on so far?
Recently, I have concentrated on Old Portsmouth, where I’m lucky enough to share a studio with the Fire Monkeys. There are so many places to paint there, that I have really enjoyed finding inspiration around the Hotwalls.

What are you currently working on?
I have just begun a series of paintings about the places I miss visiting around Portsmouth.

Where can we find more of your work?
I regularly update what I’m doing on Instagram (@stevedodd_artist) and always respond to DMs, plus my website ( includes a contact page.