Welcome to my gallery and on-line shop. Here you will find some prints from my private collection.
A while back, after a lifetime of watching birds, and inspired by books, and memories of childhood walks and picnics in the country, I started to collect old paintings, prints and books, of landscape and wildlife; which celebrate both the British countryside and its birds. It has become my passion!
My chief delight is in nature, and when I look at a picture it is to find something about nature in it, especially some expression of the feeling produced in us by nature, which is, to me, the most important thing in life … (With apologies to W H Hudson – ‘Afoot in England’ – 1909)
The artists are known for being the best in their field, painting and recording a time when Britain was perhaps more in tune with its traditional countryside pursuits. Through their art they can transport us back into nature and somehow keep alive those bygone days.
Many of the prints are rare or not easily found elsewhere. Almost all are old and will show some signs of wear and tear – that is part of their charm. They each have a story to tell ….
My prices may be seen to be a little high when compared to similar pictures on eBay. However they have been professionally mounted, framed and glazed, with individually selected mounts and refurbished vintage wooden frames – to best complement the picture. Sometimes it has taken years before I have found a combination of mount and frame I am happy with! That makes the difference.
So share my passion – buy a picture – write a Review – and be part of the story …
Welcome to my Blog – a celebration of birds – in art and anecdote, poetry and prose – part memoir, part anthology, part nature writing, with biographical snippets about favourite artists. Follow me as I ramble through the year writing about the birds I see – share your own encounters with birds, or tell me about your patch … More
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As an only child who grew up in the countryside I am used to open spaces and feel at home in the company and beauty of natural things. My favourite books as a child were those which engaged with the outdoors, and which seemed to hint towards an equally rich inner life or territory. As […]
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