THE FREEDOM that people often feel when they’re standing in a vast, beautiful landscape is captured in the latest exhibition at the North York Moors National Park’s art gallery.

The Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre at Danby is exhibiting a solo show by Yorkshire Dales artist Penny Hunt entitled: The Feel of Freedom.

The collection of paintings, ceramics and prints all aim to capture those moments in the mountains, or on the moorlands and coast where the landscape puts life into perspective.

Penny often incorporates elements of the landscape into her paintings, such as earth and grit to surfaces or using paint ground from locally sourced stone, to heighten the sense of place.

Based in the Yorkshire Dales, Penny’s studio gives wide open windswept views of mountains, moorlands and mist; her work is about the little things that make up that landscape of freedom, the places where you feel the full force of wind and weather and find some perspective on life.

Her Fine Art degree, MA and many years teaching helped develop her paintings, printmaking and ceramic work, each material feeds back into the other, the layering, overprinting and intaglio techniques are present in all.

Penny said: “Incorporating elements of the landscape into the paintings, applying earth and grit to surfaces and using paint ground from locally sourced stone. I work outside, directly from my surroundings to express a sense of place, the feeling of the landscape and our own relationship to it more than a simple visual representation.”

The collection also includes seascapes where the artist explores the feeling of timeless movement and space when watching the way water moves around obstacles.

The Feel of Freedom continues until Monday, September 4.

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