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News Release - Issued by The North York Moors National Park

Celebrating Nature in all its Glory

Two exhibitions celebrating the wildlife and natural beauty of the North York Moors National Park open at the Inspired by… gallery, Danby on 19 March. ‘A Fascination with Fauna’ features new work by artist Emerson Mayes while ‘Nature and the Environment’ showcases the considerable talent of artists James McGairy and Peter Reynolds and sculptor Darrell Evanes. Both exhibitions run until 14 April and entry is free.

People visiting the gallery on 21 March between 12 and 3pm will get an opportunity to meet all four artists and in addition, James McGairy and Peter Reynolds will also be hosting a number of demonstrations, talks and workshops to give an insight to their techniques and inspirations. More information and details of how to book is available at

James McGairy has been working as an artist in Guisborough, on the northern edge of the North York Moors, since 1991. Inspired by the visual splendour of his local landscape, he often returns to familiar subjects, invariably finding a fresh view and changing the feel of his paintings with the season and time of day. He says:

“I search for subjects that inspire and I often look for a ‘light’ – in fact, for me, light is the key. I use photographs as reference point, though I need to spend time at the location. The painting process involves layering paint, in an effort to achieve depth, and thus I feel my way into my paintings. I am continually thrilled by the magical quality of paint.”

James will be painting at the Inspired by… gallery and talking about his work between 11am and 3pm on 22 March and 6 April. Admission is free and booking is not necessary. He will also be holding a one-day workshop on 7 June focusing on acrylic paint, a forgiving medium for beginners and more experienced artists alike. James will share his methods to help attendees paint their own picture. Tickets for the workshop are £45 including all materials, lunch and refreshments.

Peter Reynolds moved to the North York Moors upon retirement from West Yorkshire police. He now pursues a love of painting that he’s had since an early age, combined with an endless fascination with the natural world. From his home on the edge of Newtondale, Peter takes his inspiration from the wildlife and landscapes seen on his walks. He’s always on the lookout for a good prop for a painting and can often be seen returning with a fallen tree branch or other find to add to his studio collection.

Peter paints mainly in acrylics, enjoying the medium’s ability to allow fine detail, but he also works in watercolour, relying on simple brush strokes and tone to convey mood and atmosphere. People can join Peter for an evening talk about his work and inspiration at the Inspired by… gallery on 9 April starting at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £5.

Darrell Evanes is a Leeds-born artist and sculptor who currently works from his studio in Oldham, Lancashire. In 2013, Darrell was short-listed for Royal Academy of Arts summer show. He uses recycled metals to create unique sculptures of boats, planes, trains, birds, insects, animals and human forms. Chains are often found within the sculptures, symbolising the link between the present and the past.

Emerson Mayes is a Yorkshire-born landscape painter who enjoys a growing reputation for a fresh, honest and uncontrived approach to his work. Whenever possible, Emerson works outside, directly from the landscape. He says:

“It’s the emotional reaction and sense of place that's most important in a finished piece, not whether a tree is in exactly the right place.”

At the start of 2010, Emerson decided not to paint during the calendar year and to concentrate instead on his first love, that of drawing. He also took this process a step further by honing his skills as a printmaker. To make it a clean break from painting, Emerson embraced the challenge of a completely new subject – the wildlife that has surrounded him in the landscape for all these years. His aim has been to produce work that displays the life and impact of the wildlife depicted, while retaining an element of artistry that elevates the work above mere representation.

Emerson's work can be found in many public, private and corporate collections worldwide, including the House of Lords and The National Trust.

The Inspired by… gallery is at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby which is open daily from 10.30am to 4pm (10am to 5pm in April) with free entry. Information on forthcoming exhibitions can be found at Tickets for the James McGairy and Peter Reynolds events can be booked by calling 01439 772738.

More information on the artists exhibiting at the gallery can be found at, and (Darrell Evanes).


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Tel: 01439 772700

Rachel McIntosh, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

The North York Moors National Park

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