Exhibit: Natural Partners at Danby’s Inspired By ... Gallery

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We spotlight artists currently showing their work at Danby Moors Centre’s Inspired By ... Gallery, in the Natural Partners exhibition, which is now under way.

Freya Horsley is originally from the south west of England but has been been living in Yorkshire since graduating.

She has developed her painting practice, drawing on the landscape around her as well as on her travels further afield. Led by her responses to landscape, light and weather – and also by the process of painting itself – Freya attempts to capture the intangibility of the changes that rain, mist, sunlight, cloud, snow and wind bring to the face of the land.

“Led by my responses to landscape, light and weather and also by the process of painting itself, I make paintings that refer to both the permanent elemental nature of land and a more ephemeral sense of fluidity and change,” she said.

“I also love to record my travels, whether in Britain and Europe or further afield such as trips to the Himalayas and Canada.

“I am increasingly exploring in greater depth the relationship between what is being painted and how it comes about, how much is real place and how much painted space.”

James Morgan Williams has worked in education, set design and illustration, as well as fulfilling a variety of commissions, from portraiture to mural work, as a freelance artist.

He now lives and works in Saltburn, on the North Yorkshire coast, and his art reflects his interest in the drama of the physical, from storms at sea to the human figure.

“I am a figurative artist working in a variety of media,” he said.

“​I’m interested in the physical world as a working metaphor for the spiritual, and in the narrative drama inherent in the human condition.

“​In 2015, I exhibited at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition for the third consecutive year.

“My work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally. I am represented by Staithes Gallery.”

Jan Richardson was born in Lincolnshire and studied Fine Art and Illustration at Grimsby and at Harrow School of Art. After moving to North Yorkshire with her family in 2008, she adopted a natural, free-flowing way of painting that evolved from her compulsive drawing of her surroundings.

Through her paintings she tries to convey her experience of the spirit of a place, through its patterns, rhythms and emotion.

Well-known artist Peter M Hicks takes up her story.

“Jan Richardson is one of those remarkable individuals who has discovered her own unique vision as a painter,” he said.

“At present, this perception is mostly connected to where she lives and how she sees things around her.

“Jan has rediscovered a natural free-flowing way of working that fits with the way she sees things.

“In her new work she is enjoying the discovery of a visual poetry and drama in the remote, lonely, harsh and sometimes tender environment where she lives.

“The wild Pennine region is her home and central source of inspiration and this new work is tapping into its spirit in a way that only those who truly experience its hardships can understand fully and see the source of her creativity.”

Caroline Riley grew up on the North York Moors and went on to study Textiles and Fashion at Winchester.

She worked in London for several years before returning to Yorkshire and gradually switching to full-time painting and drawing. She now works from her studio in a converted tractor shed in Commondale and is inspired by all things local, particularly trees, working in whatever medium best suits the subject.

She has devoted more time to her painting until it has become her main source of income.

Her studio is a converted tractor-shed on the North York Moors where she is surrounded by dramatic moorland, full of sheep and highland cattle, and not far from the north east coast.

She is inspired by these local surroundings but also travels north to Scotland and Northumberland in search of fresh subject matter.

Natural Partners is a group show which will run until January 24, 2016.

Free entry 10.30am to 4pm, daily; telephone for January opening times 01439 772738

Visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/inspiredby