Landscape and figure painter David Inshaw is about to launch his new exhibition at the Fine Art Society in London.
A long way from Inshaw’s Staffordshire roots, it is the county of Dorset which has played a big part in inspiring his distinctive paintings.
Reading Thomas Hardy’s novels and poems in the 1960s showed Inshaw a way of expressing landscape in art.
An English Romantic painter, he paints nudes and lyrical landscapes in a style similar to William Blake.
Speaking from his home and studio in central Devizes – a former Quaker meeting house built in 1703 – Inshaw cites Hardy as a key influence on his work.
He said: “I first became interested in Hardy when I fell in love with a girl in the 1960s who was doing English at Reading University.
“What struck me was how Hardy used landscapes