The River Great Ouse is the fourth-longest river in the UK. At 143 miles long, it runs from Syresham in central England, into East Anglia before entering the Wash and it’s best-known tributary, the Cam, runs through Cambridge.
As a local St Neots artist i’ve spent a lot of time along the River Great Ouse observing its understated beauty. Five years ago I bought a barge and made the river my permanent home. This gave me the opportunity to explore the water and banks from St Neots right through to Ely, and what struck me about the river is that it’s most attractive and majestic stretch is right here in St Neots.
I was inspired by this beauty and so a couple of years ago I started painting St Neots using a variety of materials. I began making images after I discovered a pack of oil pastels on the boat that belonging to my daughter. This triggered the creative impulse to render images of my local environment – the river in St Neots.
In the last few years I’ve created quite a large body of work and I continued adding to this over this summer. I enjoyed taking my boat along the river and mooring it away from the riverbank so I can paint and sketch the scenery. Over this autumn and winter i’ve been painting scenes looking out the window, as the aft deck can get too cold to paint outdoors.
I feel I’ve only just made a start on this project and intend to continue painting St Neots for some time to come. I’m keen for people to see the work i’ve created and writing this blog and showing some of the the works is part of that. In 2016 I’m hoping to exhibit the work in the gallery space in St Neots Museum but for now I wanted to share some of the work. I hope you get as much pleasure as i’ve had creating them.