Seeing out the year with some snow (even though it’s actually raining!)

I’ve enjoyed showing work at the lovely Harrison Lord Gallery this year, and I’ve got some new pieces in their winter exhibition. ‘Snow covered Hills, Swaledale’ is a suitably seasonal snowy piece. It might be dismally raining everywhere else, but you can usually rely on Swaledale to supply some snowy inspiration in the depths of winter.

I remember the day that inspired this painting – the roads were rather hairy in places and I was beating a hasty retreat home when the light broke through the clouds, so I pulled over and scrambled up a slope to get a better view. The last of the light was shining over tops of the hills, the valley below already in evening darkness, and the characteristic Swaledale barns and bare trees were picked out against the snow.