...is an artist who draws his inspiration from the Wensleydale scenery. He’s lived here for 36 years and has exhibited his oils, watercolours and ink drawings in many parts of the world.
What makes mid-Wensleydale such a special place?
Its beauty, even on grey days…and we do have a few of those! My family came from Shropshire and my father bought this place as a holiday home. My first major drawing was of Addleborough when I was a boy. It still enthralls me now…that’s why I chose to live here rather than Shropshire.
Where is your favourite place round here?
The top of Ellerkin. It is just behind my studio which is an old field barn. With the sun in your face and the wind at your back you can see the whole of Wensleydale in one 180 degree sweep. It’s changed little in a hundred years.
What is the best event to take place in the Leyburn area?
I’m addicted to being an artist so I seek out the private viewings of other artists‘ work. There is usually one a month to go to in the wider area…West Burton, Richmond, Thirsk and York.
What single piece of information should people have when they visit?
Walk as close to 2,000 feet as you can. Choose the highest peaks and ridges. There you are on top of the world and can really appreciate the area.
What’s the best kept secret in the area?
Farmers round here might have their trousers held up with baling twine and they are famously careful with their money, but it is so surprising how many of them are millionaires!!