Artists shine a light on Pennine peaks

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TWO artists with contrasting views of the Yorkshire landscape are collaborating for the first time in an exhibition in Brighouse.

Paul Talbot-Greaves, formerly of Hove Edge, and Clare Haley, originally from Bradford, have been brought together at the Harrison Lord Gallery.

The exhibition, ‘Shining Light on the Landscape’, features Paul’s free-flowing watercolours and Clare’s dramatic oil paintings.

Paul, a former graphic designer, said: “I am a walker and mountain biker and I gain most of my inspiration when I’m outdoors. I love mountains and moors and the historical links that weave through them.”

He turned to painting full-time in 1998 and has enjoyed great success in the commercial art world. He was elected president of Halifax Art Society in 2002 and is a Professional Associate of the Society for All Artists.

He said: “I’m really excited to be showing my work alongside Clare - our work evokes totally different reactions to the landscape around us. I feel it is important that artists constantly develop and change their work through time.”

Clare, who used to work in the greetings card industry, was encouraged to consider selling her paintings in 2010 by Steven Lord of the Harrison Lord Gallery.

“I needed to frame a painting and took it into Harrison Lord. Steven liked it so much he persuaded me to keep it for the gallery and within a few weeks it was sold.”

Clare was so pleased that she decided to hand in her notice and follow her ambition of becoming a professional painter.

Cloudless skies hold no inspiration for Clare, she prefers the deep shadows, changes of light and mood and dramatic effects glimpsed in wild and brooding skies.

“I love the dramatic atmosphere a landscape painting can evoke at first glance.”

The exhibition opened on Saturday and will run throughout November. For more information contact 01484 722462.