Recent Landscape Paintings

Spring Ash and heavy showers over Eden. (0)
Oil on board. Framed. 1750. 91cm x 87cm.

Eden valley near Renwick looking towards Blencathra and Keswick. Ash buds bursting out in early June like decorations.0
 
Finding the Way (NPM 59) (0)
Oil on canvas 950. 101cm x 78cm.

Unframed. A farmer on her quad bike meanders up the far side of the valley in the early morning sunlight. A coppice of larch hides in the cool frost of the eastern slopes. An old lead mining flue stands below the distant fell top. A pink cloud crusies silently under a blanket of grey. All fictitious - all true.

Haslam's of Hallgate Gallery, Hexham 2012
Calder Gallery 20130
 
Mineshop, Carrshield (NPM 56) (0)
Oil on board, framed 510. 59cm x 56cm.

Framed in dark stained oak. An abandoned mine shop decays on the fell side above Carrsheild in the west Allen valley. Layers of the troposphere evolve. Light is filtered. Process of change and memory.

Alston Artspace 2012.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. 0
 
Wild Boar Fell from Ravenstone Dale (YP4) (0)
Oil on canvas 750. 100cm x 50cm.

A cloud inversion over a North Pennine dale. Morning sun picks out Wild Boar Fell near Kirby Stephen and Malerstang, the high entrance to the mysteries of Swaledale to the left. Sky mirrors land. Land becomes sea. All is one.

Alston Artspace 2012.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. 0
 
Twilight Sheep Knock Pike (0)
Oil and Acrylic on canvas 1300. 120cm x 0cm.

Unframed. Based on memory of crossing a boggy clay field at dusk near Knock Gill. The sheep seemed to glow in the dark and instinct probably made them very wary of a dark figure crossing their space .
Calder Gallery 2013.0
 
Cloud Fleet (NPM 75) (0)
oil on canvas 550. 0cm x 0cm.

North Pennine hills generate banks of clouds which feed the peat mires blanketing the lead laden rocks. A chimney points to a vapour trail which points to a city far away.0
 
Cumbrian Watershed (NPM 53) (2010)
Oil on board 1200. 79cm x 75cm.

Imaginary landscape based on experience of walking among the high moorland blanket bogs of the North Pennines. This landscape is shaped by two opposite geological forces. The layers of stone were built almost 500 million yeas ago in shallow warm seas which were periodically inundated producing the typical layers of limestone, sandstone and shale of the North Pennines, over 2000 feet deep in places. More recently waves of glaciation eroded most of this stone away leaving remnants such as Cross Fell at the very tops. In this painting a mountain like Cross Fell floats like a serene snow clad island above the peat bogs of the east Cumbrian moors- another world, mysterious and wild like the sea.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.
Upfront Gallery Jan -March 2011.0
 
Auden's Finger, First Quarter. (2010)
Oil on board. 1200. 75cm x 79cm.

Based on drawings and memories of the Northumberland landscape around Bolts Law above Blanchland which I visited a lot in the 1990s. The waxing moon falls behind Bolts Law hill. The crumbling Jeffrey's chimney is a prominent lead smelting flue and is one of two surviving chimneys on this moor, the other being a steam engine flue. W.H. Auden referred to this chimney as a finger,"The finger of all questions", pointing skyward in the still centre of his great poem 'New Years Letter 1940' in which his discovery of the lead mining landscapes of the North Pennines around Rookhope represent an awaking of his true poetic soul. Writing in his Manhattan apartment contemplating Europe tearing itself apart he remembers a place:"Whenever I begin to think About the human creature we Must nurse to sense and descency, An English area comes to mind,.."

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 210 + p&p or 150+p&p mounted print only or 125 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Blanket Bog Watershed (NPM 1) (0)
Oil on baord. Framed. 850. 0cm x 0cm.

Floating framed in dark stained polished oak. Low clouds from the west brush over a moorland hill in the North Pennines watershed near the source of the Tees and the Tyne. A rich eco-system grows on a deeping blanket of post glacial peat. Approximately 1 metre of peat accumulates every 1000 years over the boulder clay storing carbon away for millenia to come.

This painting featured in the 60th anniversary celebrations exhibition by Natural England of Moor House Moss and Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve in Garrigill May 2012.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.

Calder Gallery Oct 2010- Jan 20110
 
Arms across the Valley (NPM 7) (0)
Oil on canvas 1200 unframed. 122cm x 91cm.

A group of hunters emerge over the browe of a hill as the military jets chase up the valley and the mists cling to the sodden moorland.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Seldom Seen (NPM 54) (0)
Oil on canvas framed 995. 70cm x 94cm.

Mist rises off rain soaked moors swirling around Cross Fell towards sunset. A Chinook helicopter heads for base after a day training. A swollen river Balckburn meanders under the mist towards the North Tyne and Alston.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Frontier (N003) (0)
Oil on calico on board 2200. 155cm x 93cm.

Hadrians Wall from Sewing Shields Crag. A film crew on the crag top. Jets fly low over hills. Sheep graze. Clouds shift form and change colour allowing sunlight through to varying degrees.
Congregational Gallery, Rothbury 2012.
Gateshead Art Fair 2012.0
 
Frontier (N003) detail (0)
Oil on calico on board 2200. 0cm x 0cm.

Film crew detail. Housteads and Cuddy Crags above them.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Perigee (HP 17) (0)
Oil on canvas 825 Unframed. 50cm x 100cm.

Notional view across vale of Eden from Blencathra to Cross Fell. Lights of Penrith and the M6 glow through the mist. A perigee moon rises above the Pennines. One of a pair of balancing paintings. Living North annual art guide 2011.
Gallery at Rheged 2010
Currently (May-June 2012) on show at Alston Art Space gallery, Alston, Cumbria.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Westward (HP16) (0)
Oil on canvas 825 Unframed. 50cm x 100cm.

Notional view across to Blencathra from the Hartside Pass. One of a pair balancing east and west evening and morning. Currently undergoing change.
Gallery at Rheged 2010.0
 
Black Burn under Cross Fell with Quarry House, (NPM 17) (0)
Oil on board 995 Framed. 75cm x 79cm.

Dark brown polished wood bespoke frame (Simpsons Bros. of Skelton, Cumbria). One of a series about the Black Burn valley which drains the north eastern slopes of Cross Fell the highest fell on the Pennine hills. The painting changed a lot in its creation just as the clouds and sun move and the grass grows.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Border Watershed (0)
Oil on canvas 1200. 120cm x 76cm.

Idealised memory of The Cheviot from the watershed of the Scottish-English border. All Forestry Commission trees have been erased. Just wind and peat bog and yellow winter grass and a path to steer by. The melody of glacial erosion on hard rock. Sun born clouds caressing silky skin of earth. A little bit Marks & Spencers perhaps but elemental for all those unfortunate advertising cliches that are so hard to avoid in the present age.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Park Fell (0)
oil on canvas. SOLD. 0cm x 0cm.

Park Fell over looking Alston with the Maiden Way Roman road and the A686 running beneath.0
 
Road to Eden (HP13) (0)
Acrylic on canvas SOLD. 85cm x 70cm.

Now available as an A3 limited edition framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Original painting framed in waxed ash with pale cream insert. Based on drawings of the view above the famous A686 Hartside Pass Road from Penrith to Alston looking towards Renwick with Carlisle and Dumfriesshire beyond. A motorcyclist cruises down past the shepherds hut. Colour has been allowed to have more of its own voice in a fight between naturalism and feeling. Rejected from Lakes Artists Society Summer Show 2010. Currently on show at Alston House Hotel, Alston, Cumbria.

Calder Gallery Oct 2010- Jan 20110
 
Land Breathes Sky (NPM 19) (0)
oil on canvas SOLD. 0cm x 0cm.

The layering of clouds in the atmosphere mirrors the slower layering in the rocks of the North Pennine cyclothems. The interface of land and sky is where it matters for us- it's the only place we can live effectively. Up above the clouds humans transit in the perpetual sunshine of Airbus and Boeing land.
The atmosphere passes through our bodies as food and oxygen as it does through all the plants, animals and jet aeroplanes. So too the minerals of the land surface in the form of food and metals. The water flows from sky to land and back and through our bodies and jet engines, so we're in this nexus which is felt closely up in the peat bogs of the North Pennines.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Land Breathes Sky (detail NPM 19) (0)
oil on canvas SOLD. 0cm x 0cm.

The junction between land and sky where we try to live.0
 
Rising Over Burnhope Seat (EJ 19) (0)
Oil on board NFS. 0cm x 0cm.

Waning Moon rising over Burnhope Seat and Yad Moss in the North Pennines.
Private collection Cambridge.
Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Threshold (NPM 60) (0)
oil on canvas unframed 895. 80cm x 60cm.

Miuddle Tongue Crags above Harbour Flatts, High Cup Gill near Dufton in Cumbria. One of W.H.Auden's 'holy places'.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.

High Cup Winery Gallery, Dufton, geology and art Exibition with the North Pennines AONB in 2011.0
 
Blue Whale (Chev 4) (2010)
Oil on board SOLD. 63cm x 57cm.

Now at Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, N Yorkshire. Floating framed in stained oak. The Cheviot as imagined with a late winter sun setting behind creating complimentary colours in the snow. This painting develops the rhythms of the Cheviot Hills as a kind of dance or musical balance so although superficial realistic it's real life is more abstract perhaps in the way that Roger Fry thought that all painting was. This series of Cheviot paintings is based on the memory of one walk.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.
Calder Gallery March 20110
 
Cloud base 800m (NPM 25) (0)
oil on board SOLD. 0cm x 0cm.

Visit Alston House Hotel, Alston, Cumbria to see this painting. Floating framed in polished stained dark oak. Clouds roll low over the blanket bogs of the North Pennines. An RAF jet screeches silently back to base. A glimmer of sunlight breaks through here and there. A hill of uncertain size or distance surfaces through the shallow dome of peat bog. Currently on loan to Alston House Hotel, Alston, Cumbria.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Hartside mid September. (0)
Oil and acrylic on canvas. SOLD. 0cm x 0cm.

Unframed, painted deep sided canvas. Painted on location near the top of Hartside Pass in Cumbria. The AA described this road as the 10th most scenic in the world! The 2 story building at 1800 ft above sea level used to be an overnight stop for prisoners. Great views over to Cross Fell but a bit draughty and inclined to rain a fair bit. Alston Aspire 2014.0
 
Grasmoor (0)
Oil on canvas. 895 Unframed. 0cm x 0cm.

Unframed. View of Grasmoor, Whiteside and Raven Crag from Mockerkin How in NW Cumbria. Heavy cloud rolls in from Ireland in November 2009 and dumps its load in the Lakeland fells.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Meander under Black Band (NPM49) (0)
Oil on canvas. 550. 50cm x 60cm.

Floating framed in dark stained polished oak. The heavy rains of November 2009 seep out and drain off the slopes of Black Band into the swollen river South Tyne at the meander by Peter Eliot's yard.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.
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Road to Eden (HP11) (0)
oil and acrylic on canvas 950. 85cm x 70cm.

Framed in lightly limed ash with paler insert. View of the vale of Eden from Hartside Pass looking towards Penrith with Blencathra and Keswick beyond. Based on drawings made on location.
Currently hanging in Alston House Hotel.
Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.

Hartside Cafe 2010.0
 
Springtime near Hexham, (N001) (0)
Oil on canvas 1500 framed. 101cm x 76cm.

Framed in waxed ash with insert. Based on sketches done on location around the Devils Water valley south of Hexham in Northumberland. Spring sunlight dapples the grass on which the early morning cows sit. Jackdaws caper above the trees. 0
 
Lunar Eclipse 1 (2007)
Oil on card. 15cm x 15cm.

Donated to OCG Gallery Ambleside Cumbria charity auction.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Entry Level, North Pennines, (NPM 18) (0)
Oil on board 1200 framed. 79cm x 75cm.

Framed in simple dark stained wood. Based on a derelict lead mining entrance at Nenthead in the North Pennines. Three Swaledales graze from stage left to stage right. Clouds roll backstage. Strong illumination from stage left.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.
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After the Rains 3, Allendale. NPM 8 (0)
Oil on canvas 590 . 47cm x 47cm.

Framed in dark stained and waxed oak. Based on drawings in upper West Allendale where old lead miners small holdings lie derelict overlooking a stream valley cutting through the limestone and sandstone cyclothems which characterise the North Pennine moors. The moorland bogs were full to overflowing after days of rain. Rejected from lakes Artists Society Summer Show 2010.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
After the Rain, Cross Gill.(NPM45) (0)
Oil on canvas 425 framed. 51cm x 41cm.

Box canvas, side painted, floating frame - hand painted. Mist hugs the ground as the rains clear over Cross Gill and Cross Fell.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Sailing By (NPM 47) (0)
Oil on board SOLD. 0cm x 0cm.

Framed in hand painted beech floating frame. A fleet of clouds sail over the horizon. In the North Pennines one is close to the clouds. Complex layers of condensed water vapour veil the blue sky. Such forms are in part a repsonse to the land form. With climate change these volumes of sky-water are set to increase.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Wuthering Heights 2 (0)
Oil on board SOLD. 92cm x 89cm.

Floating framed in dark stained polished oak. Based on a view from the footpath leading up to Top Withins where the fictional mansion Wuthering Heights belonging to Emily Bronte's complex character Heathcliffe is assumed to be set. A bracing late summer day with a westerly curling over the edge of the moors.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
North Pennine Transhumance, (NPM 20) (0)
Oil on board 1400 framed. 106cm x 84cm.

Floating framed in simple dark stained polished oak. An imaginary Hartside Pass road twists and turns up the wild open moorlands of the North Pennine transhumance land as autumn clouds roll up from the Vale of Eden just grazing the Cross Fell ridge. A derelict lime kiln sits crumbling by the road side, snow markers remind drivers of a past era of cooler climate and peat bogs continue to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The summer shepherds from the Eden have long disappeared but their huts remain isolated on the slopes of Cross Fell. A 21st century Romantic landscape.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.

Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire 2010.0
 
Blanket Bog (North Pennine Moor 43) (0)
oil on canvas SOLD. 122cm x 91cm.

Currently lost. Unframed, 3cm deep edges painted dark brown. High up on a North Pennine moorland watershed a low sky rolls in from the west with clouds back-lit by the sun. Here and there gaps in the clouds reveal bright light beyond. The moors are an alternative world where humans cannot survive easily but which for wildlife hovers between abundance in summer and cold wasteland in winter. Beneath the surface lies a 10 000 year blanket of accumulated peat covering the glacial clay. To walk on this and hear the redshank is to be carried away from everyday human concerns.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Dog Walk North Pennines (0)
Oil on board 695 Framed. 59cm x 53cm.

Framed in dark polished oak by Simpson Bros. of Skelton, Cumbria . Imaginary North Pennine winter landscape with lens clouds over West Allendale and Killhope Law. A tiny figure of a man walks with a dog over a well remembered path.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Cheviot Odyssey (Chev7) (0)
oil on canvas SOLD. 122cm x 76cm.

Based on drawings done for the Freeman Hospital Newcastle in 2009 this painting has been through a number of transformation the most recent of which was inspired by the heavy snow falls in December 2010.

The drawings were made in the Breamish Valley above Ingram but the painting does not pretend to be a picture from a particular view point. Rather it is best to think of it as a fresh studio exploration of memories or a re-discovery of a place through the imagination. The viewer could follow routes along paths or off track through the foreground space and into the remote uplands, a process of imaginative exploration which walkers often do when surveying a real landscape for ways in and across. We exercise primitive mental faculties when doing this as every landscape can be seen a changing set of prospects and refuges for the neolithic hunter within.

There is a reasonably faithful reference to both Ritto Hill and Shin Moor at the head of the Breamish Valley.0
 
Cross Gill and Cross Fell, (NPM 46) (0)
Oil on canvas SOLD Framed. 51cm x 41cm.

Box canvas, side painted, floating frame - hand painted. Memory of the view from Loaning Head over to the Pennine Way near Cross Gill.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Evening Chimneys, Sikehead (0)
Oil on calico on board 1800. 155cm x 93cm.

Unframed. Based on drawings made at Sikehead under Bolts Law hill between Blanchland in Northumberland and Rookhope in Weardale (North Pennine moors).This is a location I have returned to many times because it has a powerful sense of space and history. There are old wagon ways (C2C) a lead smeting flue, an engine house chimney, a pumping house with chimney, a mine (Sikehead) and a reservoir for the mine. All this is set in a heather moorland well known for grouse shooting but criss crossed with public footpaths. There are a series of old ruined farm houses leading down from the moor towards Edmundbyers with much of their interiors still intact. From Bolts Law on a clear day you can see to the Scottish Borders, across to Newcastle and the North Sea and over to Cross Fell and the Lake District Fells beyond.0
 
Blue Road to Hartside (NPM51) (0)
Oil on calico 550 framed. 101cm x 45cm.

Floating framed in cherry. An unreal blue road sweeps up the moors to Hartside top. The distant blue of Cross Fell guards the left horizon.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Under Cross Fell, North Pennine Moor 35 (0)
oil on canvas SOLD. 46cm x 56cm.

Looking up the silvery riband of the Black Burn river to the layered slopes of Cross Fell, the highest and wildest mountain in the Pennines famed for its sublime views over Cumbria, Teesdale and Scotland. Low pressure down wind of Cross Fell generates its own stream of clouds like the cooling towers of a power station.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.

Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge , West Yorkshire, 2010.0
 
Afternoon Sun Catching the Moorland Top, (NPM 33) (0)
Oil on canvas 450 Framed. 51cm x 51cm.

Box canvas, side painted, bespoke floating frame - hand painted. Winter sun illuminates the snow dusted tops of the moors. Melt water drains off the peat bog through deep meandering gullies. A rabbit sits alert behind a tussock.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Evening Rain, Bolts Law and Sikehead (NPM 40) (0)
Oil on board 950 Framed. 110cm x 71cm.

Platinum moulded wood frame with ivory insert. Painted from sketches and memory. After days of moorland rain began to ease, a strange light permeated the veils of thin mist towards sunset over Bolts Law on the borders of Northumberland and County Durham near Blanchland.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Hartside Pass to Eden, (Hartside 9) (0)
Oil on canvas 695 Framed. 76cm x 61cm.

Box canvas, side painted, bespoke floating frame - hand painted. Imagining a very hot dry Vale of Eden at sunset where the earth is Devonian orange and the shadows Jordanian blue. Odd to see snow markers along the side of the road. Paint never really captures the intense radiant light of sunset.0
 
The Calling,Burnhope Seat, North Pennine Moor 36 (0)
oil on canvas SOLD. 76cm x 61cm.

Memory of a walk over the border between Cumbria and County Durham where peat hags are guarded by redshanks in the cooling wind at dusk.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.

Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge , West Yorkshire 2010.0
 
Lake District Exursion (0)
Oil on canvas 450 unframed. 51cm x 51cm.

A Lunar Exursion Module stands bizarrely on the slopes of a hill under Blencathra slowly rotting.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Easterly, North Pennine Moor 11 (0)
Oil on canvas 495 Framed. 51cm x 51cm.

Floating framed in dark stained polished oak. A north pennine lead miners small holding lies in slow decay half way up a bare moorland side below the ancient peat bogs higher up. An easterly hurls the clouds over the ridge behind. Heavy snow blankets the whole landscape.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.


Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Long Haul, North Pennine (Allendale 4) (0)
Oil on board 450. 47cm x 45cm.

An imaginary scene based on the landscape around Paxhill and Killhope Law near Allenheads, Northumberland. A cyclist on the C2C route slowly climbs the valley in low gear. Lenticular clouds stack up like tri-plane wings in the low pressure wave over Killhope Law. A derelict lime kiln and quarry gradually, silently give themselves back to nature.0
 
Light on the Black Burn, (NPM 37) (0)
Oil on canvas SOLD. 41cm x 51cm.

Box canvas, side painted.A patch of sunlight moves swiftly across the silvery Black Burn river near Alston. Gone in a blink.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Onwards and Upwards (0)
Oil on canvas SOLD. 120cm x 95cm.

An imaginary TESCO lorry crawls up the A686 road to Hartside top declaring that no land however wild and remote is untouched by the network of global enterprise. Although the lorry has not yet been spotted on this particular road, like the spread of the grey squirrel, it is possibly only a matter of time before the prediction comes true. Latest news is that TESCO have now made a delivery to my home which is only 6 miles from Hartside Pass. Cross Fell on the left horizon is the highest point of a dramatic sedimentary Pennine escarpment flanking the eastern side of the Vale of Eden having been pushed up thousands of feet by a huge underground bubble of granite hundreds of millions of years ago. The fictional lorry is crawling up the gentler eastern slopes scraped out by glaciers in more recent times.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Left to Melmerby, (Hartside 10) (0)
Acrylic on canvas 425 Framed. 51cm x 51cm.

Box canvas, side painted, bespoke floating frame - hand painted. Sharp bend on the A686 Hartside Pass road from Alston Moor to the Vale of Eden, Cumbria. Dawn rises over an Alpine Blencathra. A luxuriant Vale of Eden in cool shade. A crow pulls meat off a road kill rabbit.
One of a series about the Hartside Pass.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Old Mine Buildings, Garrigill, (NPM 39) (0)
oil on canvas Not For Sale. 76cm x 61cm.

Box canvas, side painted, floating frame - hand painted. Frosty morning overlooking Low Skydes farm, gritter lorry in the distance, Cross Fell commanding the horizon like a sleek white lion. Based on sketches and memeory.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Chevron Day, North Pennines, (NPM 26) (0)
Oil on calico SOLD. 92cm x 25cm.

Floating framed in cherry. Painting inspired by road journeys through the North Pennine dales such as South Tynedale and Upper Weardale. The clouds sweep low over the peat moors and a flock of ravens rolls around in the turbulent air.0
 
Moon over Ashgill, (NPM41) (0)
oil on canvas SOLD. 41cm x 51cm.

Box canvas, side painted, floating frame - hand painted. Memory of a mid winter moon over the moors above Ashgill near Garrigill from the Pennine Way. Private collection.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Road to Eden, (Hartside 6) (0)
Oil on canvas SOLD. 73cm x 110cm.

Dark polished wood frame. 5th of a series of paintings about the famous A686 Hartside Pass from Alston Moor to the Vale of Eden with the lake District mountains on the western horizon.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Lapwing Spring, Allendale (NPM 30) (0)
Oil on canvas SOLD. 41cm x 51cm.

Box canvas, side painted, floating frame - hand painted. Based on sketches in Allendale, North Pennines. The lapwings do there spring time thing.0
 
Over Hill and Dale, (NPM 44) (0)
oil on canvas SOLD. 41cm x 51cm.

Box canvas, side painted, floating frame - hand painted. Imagined Pennine road in winter. Private collection.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
North Pennine Moor 28 (0)
Acrylic on canvas NFS. 51cm x 51cm.

Hot dry colours for a cool damp moorland.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Ice Road, (Hartside 7) (0)
Oil on board SOLD. 90cm x 45cm.

White floating frame. The road over Hartside Pass with the Lake District fells in the distance as imagined at sunrise with mist over the Vale of Eden. Number 7 in the Road to Eden series.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.

Hartside Top cafe 2010.0
 
Ocean Suture, Allendale (0)
Oil on board 550 Framed Missing. 67cm x 59cm.

Floating framed in heavy dark wood. Imaginary view of Northumberlnd from Dryburn Moor, Allendale overlooking Hadrians Wall and the Cheviot Hills at dawn. Geologically the area of land in the middle distance was once the Iapetus Ocean between Scotland and England. When the tectonic plate on which Scotland was being carried crashed into England the ocean vanished into a subduction zone the scar tissue of which, known as the Iapetus Suture, now stretches across Northumberland and north Cumbria .0
 
White Van under Black Band, (NPM29) (0)
oil on cnavas SOLD. 41cm x 51cm.

Box canvas, side painted, floating frame - hand painted. A white internet delivery van races towards Rose House Studio, Garrigill under Black Band hill, part of Rotherhope Fell and Cross Fell in the Cumbrian South Tyne valley. Two crows head up the valley. Sold at the Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire.0
 
Bolts Law, August (0)
Oil on board SOLD. 87cm x 71cm.

Black oak frame. Painted on location at the Sikehead lead mine flue near Blanchland on August 11th. Insects fill the air above the blooming heather. Bolts Law hill shimmers in the afternoon sun filtered through cotton wool clouds.0
 
Cheviot 3 (2008)
Oil on board SOLD. 63cm x 57cm.

Third version of a view of Cheviot from the Scottish border based on a sketch. I each version I have altered the rhythm of coloured shapes to create a new feeling of harmony in the landscape against a neutral sky.0
 
White Horse of Kilburn (0)
Oil on canvas NFS. 41cm x 51cm.

Painted for the White Horse Exhibition at the Zillah Bell gallery, Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Based on memory observations of the moon on nightly walks in Garrigill in the North Pennines.0
 
686 Road to Eden, (Hartside 2) (0)
Oil on canvas SOLD. 93cm x 83cm.

Platinum frame with cream insert. First of a series of paintings about the famous A686 Hartside Pass from Alston Moor to the Vale of Eden with the lake District mountains on the western horizon.
Now available as a limited edition pigment ink giclee print 49 + p&p mounted, or 79 +p&p framed.
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Hartside Pass to Eden, (Hartside 8) (0)
Oil on board SOLD. 79cm x 90cm.

Simple platinum frame with cream insert. This painting is based on drawings up Hartside Pass in east Cumbria near Melmerby. It is an imagined early morning cloud inversion over the Vale of Eden with Blencathra and the Lake District Fells beyond. Private collection.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.

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Commute, Hartside Pass, (Hartside 5) (2006)
Oil on board SOLD. 87cm x 79cm.

View from the famous A686 Hartside Pass road from Alston to Penrith voted the 10th most scenic road in the world by the AA. This scene imagines the Vale of Eden drowned in an early morning cloud inversion as if sea levels have risen a lot. The moon and the limestone look on at the passing of time. Private collection.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Road to Eden, (Hartside 3) (0)
Oil on calico SOLD. 40cm x 100cm.

Based on the famous Hartside Pass road overlooking the Vale of Eden towards the Cumbrian mountains. Number 3 in the Road to Eden series.
Private collection.0
 
Road to Eden, (Hartside 4) (2006)
Oil on canvas SOLD. 120cm x 160cm.

A686 from Hartside Pass looking towards Borrowdale over the Vale of Eden. Number 2 in the Road to Eden series, this painting is based on a quick pastel sketch and a large charcoal study made on location. There is a romantic pull down the snaking road across the Vale of Eden and into the northern Lakes through the gates of Blencathra, the distintive saddleback shaped mountain on the centre right.0
 
Black Band, August (2006)
Oil on board SOLD. 61cm x 73cm.

Based on a drawing from Rose House, Garrigill looking up the Pennine Way to Black Band on Rotherhope Fell below Cross Fell.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
North Pennine Watershed (2006)
Oil on board SOLD. 59cm x 72cm.

This painting is one of a series of imagined North Pennine landscapes constructed in the studio through a process of change over many weeks. Part of UBS Wealth Management's corporate collection. Image appears on the cover of author Andrew Bibby's latest book "The Backbone of England" published by Frances-Lincoln, 2010.0
 
North Pennine Watershed (2005)
Oil on board SOLD. 55cm x 100cm.

This painting is one of a series of imagined North Pennine landscapes constructed in the studio through a process of change over many weeks.
Private collection.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Passing snow shower, Tynehead (0)
Oil on canvas SOLD. 120cm x 95cm.

Snow showers roll across the watershed of the South Tyne under Cross Fell and Great Dunn Fell, the highest part of the Pennine chain. Traces of lead mining are visible in the foreground.0
 
Arkengarth Dale (0)
Oil on canvas SOLD. 130cm x 70cm.

View of Arkengarth Dale in Swaledale North Yorkshire as imagined in an autumn sunset. Private collection.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Cross Country (2005)
Oil on board SOLD. 0cm x 0cm.

An imaginary Cross Fell in an imaginary (and perhaps fast disappearing) winter. Oil paint on deep dark red underpainting. Under Cross Fell and the rest of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a giant bubble of grannite whose ancient heat created all the rich veins of minerals for which the area is geologicaly famous (now a European Geopark). W.H. Auden was atracted to the hard won feel of this sparten mining landscape. Private collection.0
 
Horseshoe Hill, Edmundbyers Common (2000)
Oil on paper SOLD. 0cm x 0cm.

Painted on location between Blanchland and Stanhope just above the C2C national cycleway. The road began to disappear under driving snow as I painted this from the tailgate of an estate car. Had to stop the picture so as not to get stranded on this exposed moor. Private collection.0
 
Coalcleugh Moor from West Allen (2002)
Oil on calico SOLD. 122cm x 61cm.

Painted on location north of Carrshields in the upper West Allen valley, Northumberland in February. A south easterly vaulted the clouds across the valley which gave me a little bit of shelter from a biting February wind. The picture was painhted on top of an earlier abstract painting which gave it some interesting but subtle colours and textures. Private collection.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
House and Yacht in the Country, Allendale (2005)
oil on canvas SOLD. 84cm x 84cm.

Near Paxhill, East Allendale. Based on a drawing made on location on a cold day in February when the clouds were threatening to lower themselves onto the whole landscape. At the top of the hill stands a group old ex miners cottages with a yacht parked permanently outsideas if waiting for the sea level to rise and lift it off. Private coillection.0
 
Killhope Law, Allendale (2005)
Oil on board SOLD. 57cm x 49cm.

Memory painting based on upper East Allendale near Allenheads and Pax Hill. A recreation based on several aspects of this particular area from drawing photograph, memory and imagination. Private collection.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. Prices for larger sizes on application.0
 
Clouds on Moor 3, North Pennines (2005)
Oil on board SOLD. 0cm x 0cm.

Inspired by the music of Phillip Glass in which patterns are clearly discernible but never quite repeat. The North Pennines has an internationally important area of blanket bog which acts as a vast but living storage of captured atmospheric carbon going back 11 000 years. The surface is a rich ecosystem of plants, invertebrates, mammals and seasonal birds but it has been heavily managed and drained by the hunting estates that own it and make a living from it. There is a balance to be struck between exploitation for short term human gain and conservation for the well being of nature and of our current existence on the planet. Gloomy inaccesible blanket bogs which act as a sponge for the capture of rain water which we drink down stream has now become the focus of both scientific and artistic attention. The grips, dykes and drains are now being blocked with the land owners consent and research is being conducted by many universities into the capacity of good quality bog to capture carbon and the best practical and cost effective ways to restore eroded peat back to prime condition.

Every time I move the Golden Plover tweets a sweet/sad warning to my ear atop a peat hag.0
 
©2004 Tom McElderry