Art in the Hills

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.

Eileen Anderson

I moved to Cumbria in 2005 and returned to painting after a career in education. I like to draw birds and animals from life. I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture elements of a moving subject in my sketchbook before returning to the studio to translate the drawings into paintings. I paint in a loose style and I am always keen to experiment with the endless possibilities offered by mixed media as I attempt to retain the life of the original encounter in the final pieces.

I have been a finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year competition at the Mall Galleries in 2016 and 2017 where my entry was ‘highly commended’ in 2016.

Peter Brown

After occasionally dabbling in painting, I only took it up as a hobby on retiring to Cumbria in 2005. My Wife Gill persuaded me to attend Sarah Colgate’s Watercolour classes and I was hooked.I am a Member of the Gamblesby Art Group which keeps me focused. I am quite diverse both in medium & subject, Whatever I feel like at the moment.

I Exhibit at Langwathby Art Mart, Art in the Hills at Dufton,  Gamblesby & Culgaith Exhibitions..

David Drewery

David Drewery studied for seven years at art school in the early 1960’s specialising in ceramics and sculpture and latterly painting. As well as having his own pottery workshop he designed for most of the major ceramic factories in Stoke on Trent.

He now paints in oils, particularly landscapes of the Cumbrian countryside where he tries to capture a fleeting moment of time on canvas, it could be the way sunlight sparkles on a pool of water for a few moments and then is gone. For an artist very fascinating but difficult.

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.

Sue Foster

Sue creates contemporary landscape paintings in acrylic using bold colours and patterns to capture the drama and beauty of the Lake District. Living on the slopes of Blencathra it is no coincidence that this iconic mountain has inspired many of her recent paintings. Sue and her work feature in Terry Abraham’s latest documentary film,  ‘Blencathra – the Life of a Mountain’.

Christina Hargraves

Born a farmer’s daughter in the fells of the North Pennines, Christina now lives in Lanercost just across the road from the Priory.

She draws inspiration for her art from her country background, having worked on the land as a sheperdess which developed her deep love of nature, animals and the countryside. She now loves working in her beautiful cottage garden and paddock, full of wild flowers, honey bees and a few chickens.

Mostly worked in a wet on wet technique, the watercolour paintings are in impressionistic floral style using mainly pastoral colours, creating an atmospheric pictorial image.   

Barbara Hitch

I am a self taught artist, and since moving to Cumbria have expanded my horizons by attending a variety of workshops and sharing  ideas and techniques with fellow artists. The natural environment, the changing weather patterns, and the Cumbrian Fells have been the focus and inspiration for most of my work.  I enjoy the unpredictability of watercolour, but also work in acrylics, as well as mixed media pieces.  My style can generally be described as fairly loose, although I occasionally like to take a stylistic approach using bright colours to produce a more primitive result. I have been part of the C-Art trail for the past three years and exhibited  at the Up-Front Gallery, as well as a variety of local art exhibitions.

I am currently a member of the Eden Valley Artistic network  EVAN and also part of the Butter Factory group of artists who exhibit periodically upstairs at Mrs. Millers tearoom.


Jenny Higgins

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. Tonal values are important to me and I often paint with a limited palate of colours. I also use acrylics, gouache, charcoal and pastels. I am particularly inspired by Cumbria, The Isles of Scilly, and The Cotswolds and the beauty and moods of these stunning areas.

I moved to Cumbria in 2015 and in 2016 my paintings were selected for exhibition at The Lake Artists Society in Grasmere and Up-Front Gallery Open Exhibition. I have also exhibited locally with C-Art (Culgaith Artists), Cumbrian Artists Showcase, Penrith Art Club, Culgaith Art Group and Tirril Art Group. I am looking forward to exploring additional opportunities in 2017 through EVAN Art Trail in June (ButterFactory at Mrs Millers), and Art Mart and  Art in The Hills in July


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.


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 been used to pick out highlights.  Subject matter ranges from railway images to just about anything requiring a detailed technique.

Rosemary Koch-Osborne

I moved to Cumbria in 2006 and joined a drawing class at Ullswater College, having never done any drawing before.  I was hooked and still wonder at the marvels of creating a three-dimensional object on a flat piece of paper!  My current preferred mediums are pen and ink for detailed drawing, mainly of buildings, and watercolour, with which I try to capture evocative landscapes.  I love the sense of remoteness I get from both the north of England and from Scotland, with perhaps a touch of civilisation in the form of a remote cottage or bothy.  I prefer the “drama” associated with winter landscapes and the striking shadows created by winter sun.

I am experimenting with developing a looser style for my paintings (particularly when working on a gesso base with watercolour) and also working with layering transparent colours to create more delicate effects.

As a keen photographer, I, again, prefer to capture a “moody” landscape.  My photography helps me when taking source images and also in recognising tone and shade.

A member of Gamblesby Art Group and Penrith Art Club, I regularly exhibit at Art Mart, Penrith Art Club, Gamblesby and other local exhibitions.

Kay Leech

In 2014 I completed my City and Guilds Diploma in Stitched Textiles (Embroidery) and since then have exhibited in the Up Front  Open Exhibition, C-Art,  The Cumbrian Artists Showcase and The Scottish Quilt Show.  In 2017 my entry ‘Textures of Bark’ in the Journal Quilts category was Highly Commended.

My work combines textiles and art techniques and incorporates both traditional embroidery silks and stitches and non-traditional materials such as crocheted wire and string.  I dye materials and paint backgrounds on calico or khadi paper using gesso, acrylics, gouache or watercolour.  I often build up layers with print and collage – creating my own print blocks and lino-cuts.

I have developed a number of highly interactive workshops which offer participants the chance to experiment with various techniques and materials.  Courses range from one-day stand-alone courses to one-day a month for 5 months.

Louise Lockwood

Since exhibiting in last year’s Art in the Hills I have had my work exhibited in The Cumbrian Open at the Upfront Gallery. I’m presently exhibiting in The Courtyard Gallery in Appleby, and, this July and August, I will exhibit at the High Cup Winery in Keisley.

I paint in oils and occasionally in mixed media, such as acrylics and oils or watercolour and pastel. Generally, my themes reflect my surroundings: the home, the garden, the family, the fells; pots and pans, flowers and seed heads, the mother and child, a bird at its nest.


Carole Mann

I work chiefly in acrylics, pen and ink and occasionally watercolour.  My subject can be anything which captures my imagination and pleases my eye.  I like to paint seascapes, still life and portraits and generally they are of people, places and things which have a strong emotional appeal to me personally.

I started to paint seriously after retirement.  Having worked for many years with young children I was always impressed with their response to working with art materials and their delight in creativity.  So I took some classes and joined Art Clubs which encouraged me to paint regularly and to look critically at what I produced.  I have exhibited at Langwathby Art Mart, Gamblesby Art and Penrith Art Club’s exhibitions as well as the prestigious Cumbrian Open at the Up Front Gallery.  More recently I have exhibited for Brough and Stainmore Art Club’s exhibition and at Warcop where my painting “What the Sea left behind” was the winner in the popular choice voting.


Jean Mason

I moved to Cumbria in 1995 and live just outside Appleby.

My passion is painting portraits.

I have no formal training in art but would like to think my work is slowly improving.

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 three years ago.

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 and I love animals so together they make ‘Artful Regards’. All eyes speak and are the ‘heart’ of all animals ….. even us! 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, then if the photograph is good enough, I work off that. The better the photograph, the better the painting!

I 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 the newly formed EVAN (Eden Valley Artistic Network). EVAN @ Rheged is happening 3rd & 4th June and I will be there with a stall and then we have our ‘EVAN Art Trail’ on 16th, 17th & 18th June. Please pick up a directory and find me with other Evan members in T’aint Modern, Kirkby Stephen.

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.

You are welcome to visit my studio – just phone to make sure I’m in. The studio is at Burnrill, in the centre of Tirril, on the main road, 3 doors east of the Queens Head Inn.

Ann Mounsey

My name is Ann Mounsey and I am a member of Appleby Art Club.  My work is mainly based on illustrations   in charcoal , ink and  watercolour. I have displayed work at the Tourist Information Centre Appleby,   Art in the Hills at Dufton   and  Warcop Arts and Crafts Show. I have also had pictures for sale at The Cloisters, Artisan Gallery in Appleby since 2016

Ray Ogden

Ray is a printmaker and author/illustrator based in Culgaith in the Eden Valley. A graphic design graduate of Liverpool College of Art & the Royal College of Art he is a former B.B.C. Television designer, an art director and lecturer at Cumbria Institute of the Arts and Glasgow school of Art.

Working with digital, natural media, paint programmes, Ray mixes visual conventions, for decorative and creative effect. Playful graphic ideas and underlying abstract qualities underpin the seemingly figurative imagery of his work. Stylised bird and animal motif’s feature frequently, reflecting his interest in indigenous people’s art forms and the aesthetic of the Japanese print.

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

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.

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.



Margaret Shaw

I paint and draw because I enjoy it and get satisfaction from turning that blank canvas or paper into a unique artwork.  What I use for any artwork depends on the subject and the effects I want to achieve and how much I want to experiment.  Most artworks are inspired from places I’ve been and things I’ve seen or experienced.  Then there are the ones that have some added imagination.
Photography happens when a subject catches my attention, usually involving light, shadows, silhouettes and the occasional sheep.

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

Sara Sylvester

These days I paint landscapes in oils or acrylics in an impressionistic style.

I have always been influenced by what is around me and I like to move colour around  and I prefer to use a palette knife.  In Inverness I painted big skies, big seas and fantastic sunsets; in Nottinghamshire it was the trees and now we are in Cumbria it is once again the amazing sky-scapes and ancient landscapes! The ever changing seasonal colours are wonderful.

In the past I have sold my work through several galleries in the Highlands and from various exhibitions  and also in the East Midlands. More recently I have had success selling in Penrith, Kirkby Stephen and at Art in the Hills last year.

I attend as many workshops as I can in order to learn or practice new and different techniques.

I love being able to put a smile on peoples’ faces just by moving colours around!

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

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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