Currently on show at City Screen, York
A classic oil painting of Whitby Harbour with its distinctive piers and breakwaters, defying the wild North Sea and protecting the entrance to the river Esk which flows out here. This view as many will recognise is from St Mary's churchyard high above the town and well worth climbing the old steps to the top of the hill for (though there is a carpark up there).
Anyone familiar with the famous Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby here in the UK, will know this view well. Many photographers choose this spot hoping for glorious sunsets.
Whitby is an ancient settlement dating from 656 – Viking raiders destroying a monastery there in 867. This rich, if turbulent history, has continued throughout the town's existance, famous for Captain Cook, Whitby Abbey and of course Count Dracula. Apart from that, it's a lovely old fishing town, especially around Church Street, with expansive sands and delicious fresh fish and chips! What more could you want for a grand day-out at the seaside?
I'm so proud of how this Whitby painting turned out. I aimed to capture the feeling of being up high on the cliffs, in a slight fresh breeze gently agitating the grasses at the top.
I've more plans for Whitby art to add to my growing collection of Whitby paintings and prints, including one I've already decided I'm going to call 'The Winsome Captain'. There are other paintings of Whitby Harbour views I want to do too. I'm also planning plein air painting trips there too, so I'll end up with quite a lot in future.
I'm contemplating making 2019 the year I 'do-Whitby', so why not make a note and come back next year!.