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Testimony to dedication of moorland men

1st June 2016


A year-long artistic study into heather burning on Jervaulx and Coniston moors in Yorkshire will be unveiled when the paintings go on show at Clifton Castle in Masham on June 30.

Nicky Brown’s collection of 60 paintings, entitled A Year on the Moor, will be exhibited over two days and can be seen on website

Her first solo show for more than 20-years, Nicky Brown heather moorland paintingmother of five Nicky has returned to a full-time painting career and says time spent on the moors brought some delightful surprises, such as healthy oyster catcher and curlew populations.

Based in Essex, Nicky said heather burning on the moors was necessary to protect the habitat of all moorland wildlife and to mitigate against wildfires.

She added: “It is carried out with immense care and skill and is totally controlled. There is much evidence of high levels of land management and conservation, including stone wall building, rethatching a hut with heather, mending butts and looking after livestock.”

“A year on the Moor is an attempt to convey my fascination with man’s connection to the landscape that is being forgotten in today’s frantic way of life; a small testament to those men’s hard work and dedication.”

The oil on board and canvas paintings, along with some charcoal drawings, will also be shown at a future exhibition in London.

nicky brown artist A Year on the Moor


Nicky Brown at work.


Did You Know?

75% of Europe’s remaining upland heather moorland is found in the UK – but this area declined alarmingly over the latter part of the last century. The Moorland Association was set up in 1986 to coordinate the efforts of moorland owners and managers to halt this loss, particularly in England and Wales.

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