Catching the Light

Friday 18th June - Wednesday 21st July 2021


An exhibition of paintings by two Wensleydale artists who have a shared enjoyment of the changing light of the Dales and the wide open spaces of Northumberland and the west coast of Scotland.

Hilary Grisewood has been drawing and painting all her life. She is largely self-taught and currently paints in watercolours and acrylics. She lives in Wensleydale where she is inspired by the austere landscape, and changing light. She is fascinated by human traces of past lives in the landscape - by derelict barns, rusting machinery, gates and old tractors. Hilary also has family connections with North Northumberland and with the west coast of Scotland where the space, light and huge skies are also a source of inspiration.

Eithne Henson studied at Leicester College of Art, and went on to textile design, but family and other interests meant that it was not till she came to live in Yorkshire that she was inspired to paint again by the special Dales landscapes, always changing through different seasons and weathers, whether limestone hills, or the trees and meadows of lower levels. In contrast, the North Sea coasts, and the West coast of Scotland and Western Isles offer further rich subjects. Eithne enjoys experimenting with different media - acrylic, watercolour, charcoal, watercolour pencils, or palette-knife impasto, on a variety of different surfaces, and continues to learn from the work of other painters.

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