Roseberry Topping by Ian Burton

Roseberry Topping by Ian Burton

Landscape photographer Ian Burton stages his first solo exhibition this week.

The qualified engineer from Middlesbrough draws his inspiration from his parents, wife and three-year-old daughter.

“To lose both my parents before I was 30 was hard,” he says, “and I have found that photography helps me to find solace and appreciate life. Now I am married to Helen, with a three-year-old daughter, Evie, who both inspire me all the time.”

Ian’s work will be exhibited at the Inspired by…gallery at the The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, from 27 April to 13 May.

He took up photography in 2003 when he bought his first digital compact camera. Not content with taking random snapshots, he looked at ways to improve his technique and with the help of his father-in-law, an experienced photographer, soon developed his own self-taught style.

Stories from the Moor by Ian Burton

A seaside scene by Ian Burton

The title of the exhibition, Inspirations, Mood and Life, is something Ian has had in mind for some time and it encapsulates why he loves landscape photography.

Ian, who was born in 1978, says, “Most of my images centre on Roseberry Topping, as my mother loved to spend time hiking around this area. I love it too, as I now live in Great Ayton. Stepping away from the camera, I venture into the National Park with my family and our beagle, enjoying the freedom and tranquillity as well as observing the wildlife and appreciating the local history and heritage”.

Ian’s exhibition coincides with another exhibition at the gallery called A Country View. Watercolourist Les Packham and figurative artist David Allen will be showing beautiful paintings that present a nostalgic view of the North York Moors.

These are complemented by the pottery of Claude Frere-Smith who has been inspired by creamware – a refined earthenware once used for jugs, bowls, teapots and platters.

Members of the public can meet the artists on 27 April at the gallery between 12 noon and 3pm with music by harpist Sarah Dean.

Les Packham is one of Yorkshire’s best-known watercolourists. He was originally inspired by the early English and Victorian watercolourists and, to him, it’s the ultimate medium – quintessentially English, and by far the most difficult to master.

He has exhibited in Yorkshire, London and the USA, and his clients include Arla Foods, English Heritage, Halifax Building Society, Shell Oil, Yorkshire Television, and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Ceramic artist Claude Frere-Smith has been making pots for 40 years. He combines his pottery work with teaching, and also with running a successful pottery group called the ‘Roseberry Potters’.

David Allen has been painting professionally since 1990, specialising in landscapes and seascapes.

He first painted in oils as a teenager, but over twenty years ago was given a set of fifty pastels and has used the medium since for most of his work. Although larger works are done in the studio, around half of his paintings are executed outside, in situ, using a palette of some six hundred pastels carried on a lightweight wooden easel.

His awards include Professional Artist of the Year Award, Society of All Artists (2011) and the Conway Maritime Sail Award, Royal Society of Marine Artists (2006).

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