How Dorset’s "feminine landscape" inspired one artist’s latest exhibition

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

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