My exhibition for Artweeks this year is, more than ever, an immersion into the beauty of the Oxfordshire countryside.
From birds, blossom and berries to fields of the bluest borage .
From the tiniest of wrens and long tailed tits in the hedgerows to hilltops and woods full of bluebells.
From otters, swans and geese in the streams and kingfishers by the babbling brook to swallows swooping over the moat reflecting the honey-coloured stones of historic Broughton Castle.
Escaping from lockdown into the joy of nature, this year’s exhibition is full of delicate, natural paintings, large and small, watercolour and acrylic, celebrating the wealth of beauty in the local countryside of North Oxfordshire.
Earlier this year I moved to what seems to be the perfect place for me, an artist who loves to paint birds, nature and the local landscape.
My new home and studio nestle into the hillside, surrounded by ancient ridge and furrow pasture, below an incredibly beautiful bluebell wood on top of the hill, within walking distance of the enchanting Broughton Castle and its acres of parkland, where I also work as a guide.
As Spring progresses, the ancient hedgerows bordering the fields are beginning to unfurl as blackthorn, plum, honeysuckle, rose and hawthorn produce their blossom and tiny green shoots of leaves appear.
The number of wild birds immediately outside my window is astounding. Goldfinch, chaffinch, greenfinch, great tit, blue tit, blackbird, song thrush, wren, robin and flocks of long tailed tits. Woodpeckers, owls, crows, ravens, doves, red kites, sparrow hawks, buzzards and pheasants.
In the woodland deer, rabbits, badgers, squirrels and foxes live in the undergrowth amongst violets and wood anemones, with waves of white blossom above before the bluebells make their show.
SO much to paint and SO much to smile about!