People visiting Yorkshire and exploring its gorgeous countryside for themselves may feel inspired to attempt their own artistic endeavours and capture a slice of the countryside on paper or canvas. There are lots of art workshops around Yorkshire, hosted by those born and bred in the county or be people who have fallen in love with the area.
John Harrison is an artist with a special pen and ink style that is evocative of illustrations, and who lives and works in Yorkshire. The county inspires John in his own art but has also led him to run demos and workshops that offers locals and visitors alike an insight into this creative element of Yorkshire. John was keen to tell us about why Yorkshire has inspired such a committed art scene:
“The sheer breadth and variety of the county: its views, vistas, towns, cities, countryside and the coastline....inspiration for my style of art is around every corner, up-hill and down dale. Not for nothing is it known as God's own county. There is so much variety and sheer talent within the county - from the most traditional of representational art to the latest cutting-edge media driven disciplines, and Yorkshire is home to some of the truly great artists of the last century. David Hockney, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth for starters.”
When John was asked for his favourite view over Yorkshire, he struggled to pinpoint just one of the landscapes that this beautiful county offers:
“If I really have to choose just one (and it's a hard choice between the stunning coastline and the glorious Dales) it would have to be the Yorkshire Dales, with inspiration for days.”
John has some beautiful pieces on his online space Drawn in Yorkshire that would make a fantastic souvenir of the trip or a wonderful gift for someone who is also inspired or has enjoyed spending time in God’s own county.
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