APRIL – For the Love of Plants by Judith Hartup and Marianne Harlington
For our April exhibition, we are excited to welcome two local artists, Judith Hartup and Marianne Harlington. Both are inspired by the natural world and produce colourful works in a variety of mediums.
Upon retirement 10 years ago and not having painted since leaving school, Judith wanted to find out if she could learn more about how to paint and attended a course at RHS Harlow Carr on Botanical painting with tutor Colin Swinton and continues to learn, feeling fortunate to have found such an excellent teacher. Still attending classes and workshops whenever able, as a result she has been able to produce work for several exhibitions, for example in Newton-on-Ouse, Easingwold, York, Wetherby and Beningbrough Hall.
Her paintings are often very detailed, mostly in watercolour. Being a lover of visiting gardens and a confessed “Plantaholic” at home she sometimes use a magnifying glass to look at flowers and leaves etc. that she is painting – it’s often amazing to see how they have grown and the striking or subtle changes to colour and form.
Occasionally painting on vellum for a special flower as it is rather expensive, takes time to prepare and can vary in quality, but it does allow for fine detail and allows the watercolour paint to retain a richer colour than use on paper.
She is inspired by nature which provides so many subjects in addition to botanical subjects – insects, birds, fungi, squirrels, shells and of course stunning views.
Judith likes to experiment with other media including gold leaf, and acrylics and with different papers etc. although watercolour will always be her favourite.
Several of her paintings have been sold which greatly encourages her to continue to learn and develop her work.
Since moving to the rural outskirts of York some nine years ago, Marianne’s garden design and horticultural disciplines have enabled her to create a garden of charm and variety in which birds insects and a host of wildlife now reside and treat the garden as their very own natural habitat; from this Marianne derives much of her inspiration for her undoubted artistic talent.
Previously, wildlife on her extensive travels in the southern hemisphere had captured her imagination, and on her return she made the decision to undertake a series of wild life art courses provided by the renowned artist Vic Bearcroft from whom she developed her skills in the use of pastels to portray her majestic wild life subjects.
Now, in the quiet backwaters of her garden, Marianne enjoys commissions for pet portraits especially cats, dogs and horses whilst still continuing to experiment with different subjects using a variety of mixed mediums.
More about our art exhibitions:
The art exhibitions are located in the tea room and are open to the public during regular garden opening times.
Admission to the tea room and art exhibitions are free.
The works of art are available to purchase, please ask at the entrance hut.