I’m exhibiting paintings and sculptures at an exhibition at Lancaster City Museum next month, alongside Fay Collins. Our work focuses on nature and wildlife and it’s relation with humans and the human environment. Most of my paintings are of landscapes very close to my home, the woodland alongside the River Wyre, and the Lune Estuary, as well as some from Scotland. This is partly because I love to depict places and subjects which I really know, and partly due to the constraints of combining creativity with a schedule imposed by a tiny tyrant who is nonetheless far too big for me to actually carry any distance. So all the places I have painted are places that can be reached with our trusty green off road buggy, I probably ought to have included it in at least one painting. Here are two of my new paintings which will be on show.
Limited edition prints are now available of my oil painting “The Last Skydancer”, which I painted earlier this year in memory of Hope and Sky, two young hen harriers who went missing, presumed shot, shortly after fledging from their nests on the Forest of Bowland. Following the recent news of a further five hen harriers missing in Bowland and elsewhere in Northern England, rendering them all but extinct in the country, I decided to try and raise some money to help tackle the illegal persecution of these beautiful birds. I’ve never seen a hen harrier except on the road signs around the Forest of Bowland. I would like to hope that this painting is mis-named, and that one day I will see a Skydancer swooping over the moors near where I live.
£16 from every print I sell will be donated to the campaign group Birders Against Wildlife Crime, to raise awareness of the plight of the hen harrier.
You can order a print of The Last Skydancer here. Please note that the prints are printed on demand, and delivery times are up to one month. Postage is free within the UK.