Café Oswald’s at Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall on Ullswater Road, Penrith is featuring a four week exhibition of paintings by local artist Maria Burton.
Former Queen Elizabeth Grammar School teacher Maria embarked on an ambitious career change into the world of photography and painting following breast cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy in 2014.
What followed was extensive courses at institutes such as Higham Hall and Glasgow School of Art and painting trips to the south coast, namely St Ives as well as hours and hours of practice.
The exhibition, which is in its second week, will run until 2nd January 2017 and features oil paintings of well-known landscapes such as Aira Force, the Northumberland Coast and the Solway.
'Something familiar, something uncertain' is the thread common to all Maria Burton's paintings.
After location sketches, in charcoal, pencil, oil or watercolour, Maria usually moves into the studio, to work with acrylics or oils to complete the piece.
Not everything reaches a public viewing and often, a number of paintings will be worked on before a piece is allowed out.
Maria said: “In any artist’s life, there are many hours of study, practice, exploration and decision making before the final piece emerges. This is why the question often posed, 'how long does it take to paint?’ is so hard to answer. If a painting comes together quickly, it is most often due to the ground work laid down over hours, days, months even years.”
Café Manager Joe Bowness said: “We are pleased to hold another exhibition by Maria. Her work is always fresh and interesting and invariably proves a hit with our customers.”