I’ve begun working on my new paintings of England and have so many ideas I don’t know where to start. So I started small, with these two paintings of the Howgill Fells area of Cumbria in the Yorkshire Dales. Our good friends the Hartleys own a lovely country home just a mile from Sedbergh and have welcomed us there several times. Their daughter Geraldine will be married there this month, and there’s not a prettier setting in all the world. The old stone barn in the painting has been converted into guest quarters and an art studio for Barbara Hartley, a fantastic artist in her own right.