The 8th Art in the Hills will be held in Dufton Village Hall over the weekend of 19th to 21st July. This very successful show continues to grow in popularity with artists and we have invited a number of exhibitors from previous years to show and sell their work as well as welcoming some new contributors to maintain the freshness of the event.

Most pieces of work will be for sale but cannot be collected until after the show ends so there will not be blank spaces on the boards if you cannot come early. Many artists also sell prints and cards.

There are two prizes on offer for the artists. The long established   ‘Favourite Piece’ voted by visitors to the Exhibition. It is the second year of ‘The Dufton Prize’ . This is for any abstract still life, portrait, figure or natural history piece worked in any medium apart from photography.

There will also be a competition for primary school age pupils housed in the marquee. The subject is ‘ Place’  see children’s flyer for details. New this year is the young adult competition on the theme of land or sea scape.

Over the weekend we would like to encourage artists of all ages and abilities to join us and paint or draw what they can see from the green. It would be lovely to see your interpretation of the fabulous views Dufton offers.  We are hoping to be able to share your work in the marquee and T tent.

Opening Times

Friday 19th              6pm -8pm                   Formal Opening with Wine Bar

Saturday 20th  10am to 8pm               Wine Bar available from 5pm

Refreshments on green 10 to 5pm

Sunday 21st      10 am to 5 pm            Refreshments on green 10 to 5pm



Tea, coffee and homemade goodies will be available on the green.


Entrance Fees

£2.50 accompanied under 16 free.

Please put the dates in your diary. If you have been before you will know the range and quality of work shown, if not here are some examples and information about the artists who are showing.

Meet the artists

Elizabeth Acland

Working principally in watercolour and ink, and to a relatively small scale, I seek to convey my delight in the natural world using strong line and colour. I like to paint quickly and intuitively, in response to the vivid changes in light which define the northern landscapes of Cumbria, Western Scotland and my native Donegal. Most of my pictures start with watercolour which I often enjoy enhancing with Indian ink. The happy accidents which this wet in wet technique inevitably produces often give me a new and exciting direction in which to develop the work. A few of my favourite wild flowers in a jam jar can end up as an image altogether more exotic.

All proceeds from my artwork are donated to the charity “EDUCATE FOR CHANGE” which seeks to improve the life chances of Ugandan AIDS orphans. I currently support two girls at boarding school in Kampala.


Norma K Adamson

Painting started when I retired but there was always a love of art and it’s history. I am a member of the Cumbrian Artists Group. Carlisle Border Art Society & Penrith Art Club. I was Chairman of Carlisle & Border Art Society for a number of years.

In July I attend an annual summer school led by the artist Brian Campbell, enjoying the company of other artists seeing varied styles and use of mediums.

My oil paintings often feature Carlisle, my home city, where I try to find unusual viewpoints. The Solway coast is a source of inspiration both the English & the Scottish coastlines.

Watercolour subjects are often chosen from plants & flowers in the garden.

I exhibit work with clubs & groups to which I belong & enter other exhibitions usually in Cumbria.


Fiona Alderson

I  went to York School of Art to complete a Foundation Course way back in the mid 70’s, but that is as far as it went as I thought everyone else was far better than me and that the art world is so competitive I didn’t stand a chance.   I just dabbled until 3 years ago when my daughter got engaged on top of one of the mountains in Moidart, Scotland, where her now husband took a wonderful photo of the mountain range – so I decided to try and paint it for part of their wedding present.  I then painted more and joined Brough and Stainmore Art Group, and with their encouragement and support I entered my mountain painting into the Leisure Painter category at Patchings  – I was lucky enough to be chosen to exhibit and then also won the Atelier Award at the exhibition!  Now I paint as much as I can, mainly landscapes often views from the working hill farm where I live and work with my husband, Alan.  I sell originals, prints and cards, some at The Old Schoolhouse Gallery ‘Muker, and at Chapel Gallery, Hawes and some gift shops.


Graham Bassett

I am passionate about gardens and gardening and my early work follows the style of impressionists such as Monet and Pissaro.  Further work bordering on abstract include “Kissing Chairs and Acer Branches” depicted through the four seasons and more recently a set of four paintings in a “Through the looking Glass” style showing interior rooms of a house.

Taking exhilerating walks close to my home in Kikby Thore gives me the opportunity to take photographs of the Pennine “Pikes” and “Nicks”; Paintings resulting from these outings will feature in my submission to Art in the Hills

I am putting my picture framing equipment and skills to good use and am pleased to invite enquiries to supply bespoke picture frames, as well as offering a more “standard” framing service. I relish the challenge of creating the unusual; some of the results can be seen in the  E.V.A.N. Gallery and Studios in Penrith


07930 318622


Alison Birkett

Mum of two, wife of one, local teacher and wanting to paint more.

Painting to me is a juggling act, a passion of paintbrushes, taxi runs and work.  Over the years I have found myself painting in the passenger seat while waiting outside Brownies, or finishing off a Christmas card commission while feeding a baby and propping up drooping Helibore with pencils and wires for just a few more hours.  It was during one such occasion I found black coffee makes an effective shadow but dirty paint water doesn’t taste so good!

I have loved art since school but opted for a typing GCSE rather than art, don’t regret this.  However, I am therefore mainly self-taught.  Over the years I have attended  community painting sessions where there is as much crack over the canvass while locals put the village to rights.  While the kids were young I attended a group led by Wigton artist Brian Campbell.  Brian was very much an oil and acrylic artist and challenged me to step outside my comfort of watercolours, working on a grander scale and experimenting with textures.  Acrylic is much more forgiving but oil doesn’t wash out of even my best jeans!

While living and working overseas, it was the energy of the waves and turning tides which captured my watercolour box.  While living on Ascension, I worked alongside Caron King, a glass artist. I discovered kiln fused glass, the simplicity of making mosaics and stained glass.  We worked together to make large community mosaic on the side of our diving hut. The kids would spend a whole morning playing on the beach and for some of that time we would talk about the colours in deeper pools, reflections and refractions.   The paintings from that time which hang on my wall hold the warmth of the South Atlantic in the splashes of my children and in our hearts.  There is still sand in the corners of my wooden box, forever trapped with a leaky masking fluid pen.

Born and bred in the Eden valley my family have always farmed here.  I like to paint outdoors, take photos and bring work home to develop on the dining room table.  I am still a watercolour addict; I love the immediacy of capturing a sky or the shape of a petal.  My daughter is now preparing to take her GCSEs and I’m astounded at the level of skill, creativity and risk taking she shows.  I’m not envious but I’m aiming to travel a little of that journey alongside her and look forward to sharing the dining room table with her and learning more.


Maria Burton

Maria Burton paints evocative, atmospheric landscape paintings that hold drama and intrigue, inviting the viewer to make their own connection to the sense of place.

Maria is an award winning artists based permanently within the EVAN Gallery and Studios, Penrith and is also represented by the Northern Lights Gallery, Keswick. She very much welcomes discussions on potential commissions and currently produces work from Cumbria, Northumberland, west Scotland, Norfolk and Suffolk. Maria’s book, ‘Catching Constant Change’ will be available from June 2019.


Linda Bussey

I’ve been a professional photographer now for the past thirty years, serving a variety of clients within the private and public sectors and I feel privileged to be in a profession that still excites and inspires me.

What I find really stimulating about my profession is that it’s multi-faceted, with many layers to be explored. In the late 80s I went to Blackpool and the Fylde College, where I learned the nuts and bolts of becoming a professional, commercial and editorial photographer. Inspired by the college environment, I later enrolled on a part-time Fine Art degree course at Sheffield Hallam University. It was here that I had a kind of photography epiphany, and began to investigate its theoretical side, learning how to use the medium as a form of self-expression and creative response. My academic and artistic interest in photography culminated in a Masters degree at DeMontfort University in Leicester.

Five years ago I moved from the Peak District to the Eden Valley area of Cumbria. It’s both exciting and challenging to be living and working in a new county. Here I am continuing to work for commercial clients and to research personal projects in response to my new area.


John Campbell

John Campbell  b.11/3/1950,  is a watercolour artist who’s inspiration comes from his love of watercolour as a medium and from his love of mountain scenery. He has been a keen and active rock climber and fell walker since he was first bitten by the bug in 1969. Most of his work features the mountain scenery of the lake District, but now and again he’ll venture into other areas of UK and the Alps.


Jane Chantler

Painting is a different way of seeing the world. I promised myself a trip round New Zealand if I could produce an illustrated diary.

I am still learning how to paint and have not had my trip yet.


Kate Durdy

These intricate collages are created using recycled papers, paint, hand stitching and haberdashery treasures.
My work is usually inspired by the beautiful area in which l live and the routine of everyday life or anything that catches my eye.
Most pieces have a strong narrative element,  that is very personal to me, this helps me know when it is finished.
I like people to look at my work and then look again and again.


Debra Esterhuizen

Debra is a self-taught professional Artist whose main medium is Felt. Debra gained a working knowledge about felt making whilst in Nepal many years ago and has since exhibited extensively across the UK with great success. More recently she has been commissioned by Jo- Berryman studio in London creating giant felt panels. One of Debra’s passions is travel in the Hebrides and it is here she takes inspiration for many of her landscapes as well as being inspired by the nature in her Eden garden. Debra’s love of hares is due to seeing them almost daily despite their declining numbers in the UK. Now with a new studio in Appleby and co-director of a community gallery, Debra continues to lead workshops in Felt Art both in schools and in her studio. Debra continues to pursue her studies in Art therapy and loves the alchemy of felt making as a therapeutic practice.

Lynne Everett

I am an enthusiastic amateur artist gaining experience from various classes, workshops and courses, and inspiration from art books, exhibitions and other artists.

I paint mainly in watercolours and inks and love the way they mix and mingle on the paper. The excitement is in never quite knowing what will happen! However, I also enjoy experimenting and trying new media and methods. I am continually striving to be looser and more interpretive in my work, which is always a challenge.  My subject matter is anything which catches my eye, but mainly landscapes, flowers and the effects of light.

I have exhibited locally with Penrith Art Club, Tirril Art Group and  EVAN, and have taken part in C-Art. I also belong to Culgaith Art Group and a small group called the ButterFactory Artists with whom I have exhibited at Mrs Miller’s in Culgaith and T’Aint Modern in Kirkby Stephen. I have taken part in Art Mart at Langwathby and Art in the Hills at Dufton.

Before moving to Cumbria I participated in several exhibitions around Windsor, including having three solo exhibitions in Windsor Great Park which were very successful.

I hope the viewer gets as much enjoyment from looking at my pictures as I get from painting them.


Roy Fleming

I feel very privileged to have grown up and lived in this beautiful corner of the world which is the Eden Valley, having such a diverse landscape on my doorstep is what’s made me a Landscape Photographer.

When it comes to capturing the moment I shoot medium and large format black and white film with what most people would call old fashioned and cumbersome cameras but for me there’s an honesty and realism in this type of photography, no electronics or clever processing just the very basics of the craft.  This does mean a lot of waiting around for the right conditions/light and carrying heavy equipment but that’s the challenge I enjoy and when on those few occasions all the elements come together it’s quite a special feeling.

I also favour time consuming traditional wet darkroom processes. The print itself is crafted by the “drawing of light” as the original negative is projected and worked onto the photographic paper.

Each hand printed Silver Gelatin print can have up to fifteen separate processes, this makes no two prints identical and they are as unique as the landscape itself.


Fran Flower

When considering career choices I was encouraged by my art teacher to think about applying for place at Art College. In ‘those days’, the mid sixties, the opportunities for women in the world of art were limited apart from those with outstanding talent. I didn’t fall into this category! So I chose a career in nursing; a decision I never regretted.

For many years my paintbrushes lay dormant. In 2001 we moved  from Warwickshire to Cumbria and a few years later I started to ‘dabble’ once more. Firstly with watercolours, then acrylics and occasionally oils. I then ventured into  trying pen and wash, graphite and charcoal. However, I possibly enjoy pastels more than any other medium. So I am the artistic ‘Jack of All Trades, Master of None’!!

My husband, who was a talented artist and sculptor, encouraged me to persevere with my painting and reminded me of an artist we met in Florence some years ago who said ‘You must paint every day’. If other commitments didn’t intrude on my time I would!


Sue Foster

Sue Foster paints contemporary landscapes in acrylic. Strong colours and patterns are used to depict the drama and beauty of Cumbria. Living on the lower slopes of Blencathra has been the inspiration for much of her recent work. Her painting is influenced by her geographical background and her travels.

Sue and her work are featured in Terry Abraham’s film, “Life of a mountain – Blencathra ” and her paintings are used in the BBC series, “The A Word”. She exhibits with Keswick Society of Art and has recently had exhibitions at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.

Studio visits are welcome and can be arranged by appointment.

Contact details :



tel              07786385142


Janet Gettins

I have always wanted to paint but never had time until retiring.  I started with watercolour but since joining one or two Art groups and attending various workshops, I prefer to work with Acrylics and Pastels, though I love the translucency and lightness of watercolour.  Flowers, trees and landscapes are my favourite subjects and I never fail to be inspired by the lovely Eden Valley.

I find painting very relaxing and very frustrating in equal measure and strive for that elusive perfect painting.

I owe much to Diane Lawrenson for her teaching, patience, guidance and inspiration.

Christina Hargraves

Christina was brought up on a family farm in the North Pennines. She now lives in a cottage at Lanercost in the Irthing Valley in north east Cumbria. It has a large garden and wildflower meadow from which she draws much of her inspiration.

She had always drawn and painted but it wasn’t until her family had grown up and left home that she took herself off to college. Studying Interior Design first and then an Art and Design course, Christina gained a distinction in every module.

Christina says ‘I am very easily inspired. I just need to go for a walk in the countryside with my little dog and I will get an idea for a painting.  Sometimes I can see a beautiful piece of fabric or wallpaper and will be inspired to paint’.

I love the whole process! Just to have the freedom to pick a bowl of flowers from the garden, mix some paints and then just go for it!

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Twitter  @christinahargr3


Jenny Higgins

Bark Mill, Temple Sowerby,  Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1SD

tel: 01768 362985       email:


I work mainly from my home studio, in oils, using colour and light to interpret the energy and atmosphere I observe in land, sea and snow. Having moved to Cumbria fairly recently, much of my work is inspired by the beauty and moods of this stunning area. Regular visits over many years to The Isles of Scilly have also provided a source of inspiration; the light and colour in the islands is amazing. Tonal values are important to me and I often paint with a limited palate of colours. Acrylics, gouache, pastels and charcoal also feature periodically.

Where you can see my work:

At Bark Mill Studio throughout the year (please phone first).

Exhibitions and Galleries this year include:

Upfront, T’aint Modern in Kirby Stephen, Mrs Miller’s Cafe, Culgaith during August and September, Art in the Hills and Art Mart in July, Penrith Art Club in August and ‘Art in Eden’ at my studio in September.

Work selected for:

Open Exhibitions at Upfront Gallery and Lake Artists Society,

Patchings Art Centre Nottingham (Prizewinner), Bath Society of Artists,

Clifton Art Society and Friends of the RWA in Bristol.


Alan Huxtable

Born in Edinburgh in 1945,  he is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University. While there he studied woven tapestry, stained glass, mural painting, drawing and painting. He had the good fortune to be taught by William Gillies, Robin Philipson, James Cumming, Elizabeth Blackadder and others.

He spent many years teaching Art to 8 -18 year olds in a large Edinburgh school.

Following his retirement in 1995 he moved to Cumbria with his wife where his main subjects changed from the Figure to predominately Landscape work.

His work is in Art collections across the UK and abroad.


David D Jackson

I was very fortunate to be born bred and buttered in Cumberland and my passion for landscape photography was ignited by two influences. The first, and most important, was my Dad. By lending me his old Agfa camera at the age of 13, setting up a makeshift darkroom and taking me up Latrigg in the dead of night to take a photo of the lights of Keswick, he introduced me to a wonderful hobby. The second element is the privilege of living in the Lake District at Castlerigg, surely one of the most beautiful places on earth.


Mary Kennedy

Mary loves painting on wooden surfaces and has been painting the boxes and trays produced by her partner Richard for over 20 years, in Cumbria.

Her easel paintings are usually the result of travels with a tent and sketch book, in the UK and abroad. She loves landscape, buildings and sunshine.

Richard Kennedy

Richard designs and makes furniture and jewellery boxes in local hardwoods. His style is a fusion of Arts & Crafts and his own take on modernity. He also carves panels, the carvings inspired by medieval misericords, African carvings, and wildlife.

Jennifer Kirby

I have been a portraitist since my son, my first “sitter” was born in 1973. As a self taught artist, I was happy that each portrait was better than the one before until they had, not only good likeness, but true character.

During sittings I watch for a pose that tells a story about the subject’s personality. When people look at a portrait, my intention is that the portrait should look back at them with an expression of kindness and love.


Peter Koch-Osborne

My first attempt at art since junior school was some 30 years later!  I had later worked in technical design in the building services industry.  Upon early retirement, the draughting skills learnt at work were put to good use hand writing and illustrating a series of mountainbiking and walking guides which I researched and wrote during my 12-year interlude in the Scottish Highlands from 1994 to 2006. Here I also developed my interest in photography.

A move to Edenhall, near Penrith, Cumbria prompted me to attend a couple of courses in drawing, and later in watercolour techniques.

These built on my previous drawing board skills turning what I used to do for a living into a pleasurable hobby.  As can be seen from samples of my work I have now settled on a detailed style which originates from my engineering background.  I work mainly in ordinary pencil and watercolour pencil; sometimes using “Inktense” acrylic ink pencils; paint; coloured pencils; and black ink.  Also, the odd spot of white gouache is used to pick out highlights.  Subject matter ranges from railway images to just about anything requiring a detailed technique.


Telephone:  I can be contacted on 01768 881274


Rosemary Koch-Osborne

I moved into the Eden Valley in 2006 and until that time, photography had been my main area of artistic interest and it has been a great help with regard to my observational skills and making me more aware of composition and tone.

I had never done any drawing or picked up a paintbrush in my life but decided to join a drawing class in Penrith late in 2006 and have never looked back!  I was enthralled by what one could achieve with a pencil, so extended my knowledge by joining a watercolour group and also by attending workshops involving ink and other mediums.

My main love is attempting to capture the moods of the landscape in watercolour (sometimes with a gesso base).  I prefer dramatic, “lonely” landscapes, with perhaps an odd building to suggest habitation at some point in time.  Scotland and the Northern Fells often feature in my paintings.

I also like to do detailed drawings of buildings in ink, often in Penrith, Staithes or Whitby.  Sometimes I use colour in these images and other times I prefer to concentrate on tone and contrast to capture the feel of the place.

I exhibit at local exhibitions, including Art Mart and Art in the Hills and am also a member of Penrith and Gamblesby Art Groups and also contribute to their annual exhibitions.

I can be contacted on 01768 881274 or email:


Kay Leech

Kay Leech is an award winning mixed media textile artist whose work combines traditional and experimental textile techniques with paint, print and collage.    In 2018 she was awarded the first Friends of Higham Scholarship which culminated in ‘Connections’ an exhibition linking art and geology through textiles.  In 2019 Kay was awarded a silver in the Contemporary Quilt category at the Scottish Quilt Show for her quilt ‘A Journey Through Time’ depicting the geological time scale   She is a member of the Eden Valley Artistic Network and ButterFactory artists.

Kay runs a range of textile workshops details of which can be found on her website


Jan Marshall

Jan has made her living out of art since 1994 when she set up a specialist paint finishes business, Rainbow Designs, in partnership with her brother Dixon. Their main work being the creation of commercial specialist finishes to the Night Club, Pub, and Hotel industry. This encompasses many artistic facet’s from the creation of wood grain or marbling effects on bar’s, walls, pillars, etc. to full scale, and in some instances, larger than life murals, ranging from the abstract through to classical designs. Themed rooms within the holiday let sector has become a recent addition to their commercial portfolio. A recent commission was to produce specialist paint finishes and some art work at La Petite Chatuex,  a new wedding venue located at Otterburn Northumberland. This was a large commission and took over 3 months to complete. The venue has just received Wedding Venue of the Year Award from Bride magazine. The owner said that the quality of the specialist paint finishes and art work have contributed greatly to the achievement of this award. See

Jan’s interest in art stems from her childhood. Her farther was a Northumberland miner with a natural talent, passion and enthusiasm for all things artistic and she was greatly influenced by this in her formative years..

In the 1970’s, after leaving school, Jan attended an arts degree course at Liverpool University before getting married and settling down to have a family.

Over the past few years Jan has begun to develop a greater interest in producing canvas and water colour working from her newly built studio in the quiet village of Ruckcroft.

Jan’s main painting medium is acrylics on canvas, often but not exclusively working with an airbrush. A characteristic of Jan’s acrylic art is that she likes to produce large pieces. She has also produced some smaller watercolour and other mixed medium art works some of which are on display here.


Wilf Maw

Wilf was born in the north-east of England and worked as a miner in Northumberland for 20 years. After being made redundant he moved to Cumbria where he retrained and secured full-time employment.  Wilf moved to Dufton in 1995 to enable him to indulge in his love of outdoor pursuits.

He took up metal sculpturing as a form of therapy to help him rehabilitate after a serious accident. The sculptures are all made from recycled metal, including pieces of chain, other bicycle parts and cutlery.

His beautiful and innovative creations reflect the current desire to re-cycle otherwise waste materials to give them a second life.

Wilf was the winner of the ‘Best Artist in Show’ at the first Art in the Hills.


Anna McKay

 As a water-colourist I enjoy experimenting with texture and colour and the unpredictability of the paint on the paper. The quality of the light in the Eden Valley and on the Solway coast excites me; especially the reflection and refraction of light in and on the water and through the trees. My work tries to recreate that feeling of fragmented shimmering light.  I paint with watercolour, salt, sand, inks and pencils and anything that comes to hand.

Recent work includes the end papers for the children’s book Katie and the and the cover illustration for Joe and Storm Desmond ( Joellen publications 2016) in collaboration with the author Susan Fox and illustrator Irene Sanderson.

Recent exhibitions include Spirit of the Eden 2016 and Artex 2016,  Alex boathouse Talkin 2016 and C Art as part of Unstationary Artists.


Karen McSkimming

I am a self taught Scottish artist living in Cumbria. I love painting, I love animals so together they make ‘Artful Regards’. All eyes speak and are the windows to the soul! I always work off photographs and like to take my own when possible. I like to meet the pet and get a feel for their personality. When that’s not possible, I ask for a favourite photo to be sent. The better the photograph, the better the painting!

I can put my artistic hand to anything. Flowers, tractors, landscapes ….. Any commission is a great challenge to me.

I am proud to be a member of EVAN (Eden Valley Artistic Network). I have my paintings hanging in ‘Evan Gallery & Studios’, Corney Square, Penrith. This year I was lucky to be picked to be on the BBC1 show ‘Home Is Where The Art Is’ with Nick Knowles. Great experience and opportunity to showcase my work.

I am at Lowther Show in August with Dog Food specialists ‘Skinners’

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Find me on Facebook ~ ‘Artful Regards’

Follow me on ‘Instagram’   ………..Thank You


Tricia Meynell

Specialising in abstract photography, Tricia’s work crosses the borders between photography and painting. Inspired by the wonderful scenery around her, she strives to make images which reflect that beauty in an unusual way until the images are more imaginary than factual. It’s all about the light!

Her work is often studied in local schools as part of the GCSE & A Level photography curriculum and she has taught on the foundation photography course at the University of Cumbria. For those beginning to explore the art of digital photography, Tricia also offers bespoke courses to small groups or individuals.


Haydn Morris

I paint impressionistic oils and watercolours, inspired mainly by nature and man’s involvement with it. I express the excitement I feel about places I like.

For me, atmosphere is more important than too much detail. Leaving something to the imagination may stimulate you to engage with the work more closely and perhaps enjoy it more too.

Another reason for my impressionist approach is that I want to create an interesting composition in an abstract sense – through an appealing arrangement of colours, lines, tones and textures.

This leads me to move things around a little and perhaps change or exaggerate the colours – but I always aim to express the atmosphere and sense of place which I experienced. Morris Artist


Ann Mounsey

I’ve always been interested in art. After leaving school I went to Hartlepool College of Art age 17 and later did a foundation course at 25 years old at Sunderland College of Art.

I am currently a member of  Appleby Art Group and have recently joined Penrith Art Club. Over the last year I have mainly been interested in portraiture and figure drawing. My work has been in various mediums including pencil, ink, pastels and watercolour.

Ray Ogden

Ray is an illustrator printmaker based in Culgaith, in the Eden Valley.

Drawing with a graphics tablet and natural media software, he interweaves visual conventions, in the construction of his prints. Underlying abstract qualities also lie behind the seemingly figurative imagery of his work, which often features stylised bird and animal motifs. The prints could be described as a form of graphic theatre, inhabited centre stage, by characters drawn from the natural world. References to Ray’s interest in indigenous people’s art forms are usually evident, as too, in one form or another, is a fascination with the relationship between illusion and reality in the drawn image.

The full story, and a portfolio of images can be seen on Ray’s website,


Eddie Potts

I have drawn ever since I can remember, starting with copying the cartoons from comics such as Beezer and Topper as a small child, and Pencil work is still my first passion.

I was given some watercolours in my late teens but found the media very limiting and lacked the intensity of colour and versatility I wanted. I then progressed to acrylics which were a revelation.

Fifty eight years of stubborn perseverance has seen my work rejected by some of the most prestigious galleries and competitions in the country; although the RA nearly dropped the ball when they shortlisted a piece of my work for the 2014 RA Summer Exhibition, but sanity prevailed and it was subsequently rejected.

But, as a wise man once pointed out to me….you don’t necessarily have to be good, you just have to be dead.

I’m still here, still painting, and still being rejected.


Val Powell

Why be an artist – It is a challenge to get your emotions, perhaps memories onto a canvas, to communicate something you cannot put into words.

Val is fascinated with patterns of light and dark, of nature or that influenced by man.  It doesn’t matter what the subject is, she starts with an idea sometimes leaving the painting for a while other times the paint takes over and the magic works first time.

Val works mostly in oils and loves the richness, texture and versatility you can get with them.  At present she is experimenting with mixed media using wax and oil, not a new method but one used by the old Masters.  She is inspired by Turner (not many artists aren’t), Constable, Pissaro, Brietner, Monet and Joan Eardly to name just a few.

Mostly self taught Val studied with Martin Kinnear at the Norfolk Painting School in 2016

She exhibits in the EVAN Gallery and Studio at 5 Corney Pl. Penrith and has exhibited at Upfront Gallery, Unthank.



Mary Prince

I was born in 1946 at Great Asby in Westmorlond, studied at Carlisle College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, where my tutors included Sir William Gillies, Sir Robin Philipson ond Elizabeth Blackadder. I specialised in Mural Painting under James Cumming.

I graduated in 1966 and taught in Edinburgh primary schools and also ran a handcraft department in a residential home for the elderly.

After raising a family I returned to the Eden Valley in 1995. My pictures are domestic in intent and although apparently simple in concept I try to make them sufficiently complex formally that they give up their secrets slowly and repay contemplation. My subject matter is always

personal and rooted in the idea of the family and the objects that gather around family life over the years, linking past with present. I am very excited by colour and try to attain maximum vibrancy of each colour area balanced with neighbouring colours and the harmonic demands of the composition.

These pictures are all made with Rembrandt pastels which give on immediacy and potency to the colours whilst allowing infinite subtlety of technique.

I have had various commissions including work for Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. I also hove work in private collections throughout the world.


Beryl Pryde

Although I wasn’t interested in art at School, as I grew older I decided I wanted to ‘have a go’.

I started about 20 years ago by attending a painting and drawing course for beginners at our local Higham Hall  College.

It was inspirational and I now enjoy ‘playing’ and trying different mediums. It is ‘so good for the soul’ to be completely absorbed in something as well as, maybe, produce ‘a masterpiece’.

As well as painting sessions I spend time as Secretary of the local Parkinson’s UK group. This is extremely rewarding, helping people with this condition and their partners to meet together, to share their problems as well as have some good times.

Sarah Reid

Sarah Reid is an artist based in Penrith, Cumbria, an ideal base to explore the Lakes, Cumbrian coastline and the Eden Valley, which so inspired her work. Sarah is fascinated by the ever changing light upon the landscape and our place within it. Working primarily in pastel, her work captures an emotional response to the scenery and invites the viewer to explore the scene – drawn in by unexpected hints of light and colour, strong lines and bold stripes. Sarah also has a love for 60s/70s kitsch and enjoys sharing her sense of fun with her kitsch inspired ‘Book of Fish’ series and Sylvac inspired still life painting.

Sarah currently exhibits at the EVAN Gallery, 4 Corney Place, Penrith.




Lesley Rowe

Lesley Rowe works from her 1st floor studio at her home in Kirkby Stephen.

Having been awarded a scholarship to High Wycombe College of Art during her early teens in Buckinghamshire, and she’s been creating art ever since.  Her work’s been exhibited in Brighton, Driffield, Upfront in Penrith, Leeds Museum/Art Gallery, and in the Cass Art Gallery as part of Glasgow’s Arts Festival last year. I won a national landscape competition this year run by Sky Arts and the Radio Times with – A View From My Studio.

Kirkby Stephen, York University and Dufton are on her exhibition calendar for this year.

She draws inspiration from a handful of old masters – Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Goya – with more contemporary master artists, Hockney and USA’s Robert Liberace who, unbeknown to him, is her ‘virtual’ guru!  The resultant pictures cover a wide range of subjects – eclecticism [is there such a word?!] being her USP/style. Lesley also took part in the BBC’s, The Big Painting Challenge 2017.


Margaret Shaw

I paint and draw because I enjoy turning blank canvas, paper and more recently stone into a unique artwork.  The media I use depends on the subject and the effects I want to achieve and how much I want to experiment.  My artworks are inspired from places I’ve been, things I’ve seen or experienced and added imagination.

Some photo shoots are planned – taking favourite places, subjects and conditions – light, shadows, colours, silhouettes, flowers and the occasional sheep.  Others are opportunistic by carrying a camera with me most of the time.

I like to try new things and continue learning to develop my skills.  I’m aware that my artistic journey has some way to go – it will probably never end.


Isabella Lepri Simpson

Isabella is a studio potter based in North London and soon to be in Dufton.

She trained as an anthropologist, but in in 2010 she fell in love with ceramics and has never looked back. She studied Ceramics at City Lit in London. She makes stoneware vessels, both functional and decorative. Her work is intuitive and organic and her shapes develop in an on-going, tactile conversation with the material.

In 2017, she was rated one of the top 20 UK ceramicists and potters by MakeItBritish. She is a founding member of the Muswell Hill Creatives makers collective.


Sara Sylvester

Originally from Scotland,  I became an ‘army wife’ and have travelled a fair bit, but  now, with husband and current three cats, I’m more than happy to call Cumbria my ‘forever’ home.

The massive skies, shapes of clouds and weather, the wonderful shapes and colours of nature on the fells and the ancient landscape around never cease to inspire me!

I’m an intuitive artist, always painted and I go along to as many workshops as I can to learn new techniques and to try out new media and products. My preferences are for oils and acrylics but I occasionally have a little dabble with watercolours and soft pastels. Anything to do with shapes and colours!

I paint from a conglomeration of memories, sights, smells and shapes – moving the paint around (usually with a palette knife) until I find a pleasing result. If the finished piece reminds you of a favourite place or memory, then that’s a bonus!

In the past, I’ve sold my work through several galleries in the North of Scotland and from local exhibitions. My work has travelled to Canada and New Zealand as well as to other areas of the UK.

As well as owning and exhibiting in T’aint Modern in Kirkby Stephen, I’m a member of EVAN – Eden Valley Artistic Network, and I exhibit some work in Penrith.


Steven Taylor Lake District Water Colour

Steve was born in Barrow-in Furness and grew up walking the Lake district fells, something he has done all his life. This love of the outdoors combined with the drawing lessons from his dad developed in to a love of drawing and painting in the outdoors.

After graduation from Imperial college, London as a biologist, Steve became a qualified teacher. He now works part –time as a senior lecturer in leadership and as an executive coach and as a professional artist.

Both Caroline and Steve work out of their home offering bed and breakfast accommodation to their art clients. Art courses are taught in their Eden Valley home near Ormside in a purpose built Art studio and small gallery in the garden which is ideal for one to one and small group art coaching. For larger courses the village hall in Ormside is a perfect place to learn and work.

Steve has painted all over the world and especially enjoys plein air water colour painting and drawing. He specialises in teaching watercolour landscapes and has a passion for painting wildlife.


Bill Taylor

A teacher and artist who has lived in the Eden Valley for many years, Bill has exhibited his work widely including:

Sunday Times Watercolour Exbn,      Mall Gallery

Britain’s Painters                                    ,,      ,,

The Discerning Eye                                ,,      ,,

British Watercolour Society Ilkley, Prize winner.  Silver Longboat Exbn., Darlington prize winner.

Centenary Open Exbn.,Bolton, prize winner.  Cumbrian Open Exbn., Up Front Gallery  prize winner

Laing Open Exbn.,Newcastle.  Teesside Contemporary Open Middlesboro’. International Pastel Exbn.,  Denver Colorado

Published work;

Painting Shapes and Edges                  Quarto Publications

Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Landscape   ,,       ,,

Art of Drawing and Painting                           ,,       ,,

Light in Watercolour                              Studio Vista

Painting in Gouache                                   ,,          ,,

Drawing Basics                                            ,,          ,,

Landscape Drawing and Painting         Readers’ Digest


Simon Whalley

Simon Whalley is a professional photographer and artist, starting to experiment with mixed media formats. His work seeks to connect people with nature and to challenge environmentally destructive behaviour. He uses ‘magical realism’ a genre of narrative fiction, expressing a primarily realistic view of the world while also adding or revealing magical elements.


He has an MA in Photography and has produced 4 books. He works in the outdoors and has a gallery at Brougham Hall, CA10 2DE