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Artist: Tom Burley

Dame Catherine Harpur’s School Ticknall

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Title: Dame Catherine Harpur’s School Ticknall

The Dame Catherine Harpur’s School house is next to the village hall in Ticknall, Derbyshire.  I sat outside in the evening sunshine and sketched the building while waiting for the last visitors to leave the on the final day of the summer art exhibition so that I and other artists could collect our unsold work.


Ink and watercolour on paper.

Artist Bio:
Working quickly with a fountain pen, waterproof ink and watercolour, Tom captures views of cafes, city streets and rural views in an urban sketch style.  Some of these are worked into larger pictures back in the studio using pen and wash or oil.  Sometimes an image demands to be painted and battles a path via sketches and photographs to be released from just an idea to become a finished piece of work.

Tom has always been fascinated by our impact on the landscape and started sketching the urban environment of cafes, railway stations and airports while travelling for work.  Now Tom can often be found sketching and painting in and around Derby and enjoys chatting to onlookers about art techniques, the history of local buildings or where to find the best coffee and cake.