ART, in its broadest sense, is a form of communication.

It means whatever the artist intends it to mean, and this meaning is shaped by the materials, techniques, and forms it makes use of, as well as the ideas and feelings it creates in its viewers.

Art is an act of deeper observation, as one artist discovered by watching the passing seasons at the Yorkshire Arboretum.

Meg Huby, from Alne, near Easingwold, is showcasing an all-new exhibition based on her year as Artist-in-Residence at the arboretum.

The exhibition, called The Yearly Trick of Looking New, will feature a selection of original artwork until Monday, October 19.

Meg, who began her career as a biologist before becoming a lecturer at the University of York, discovered a passion for drawing and painting six years ago.

“Anyone in academia understands that once you retire, you never truly walk away,” said Meg.

“After retiring, I decided to pursue a relatively new interest of making art by signing up to a drawing class.

“I slowly started experimenting with painting, sketching, printing and using my lifelong bond with the natural world as my subject.

“The natural world is endlessly changing and cycles of dereliction and regeneration in the man-made world reflect decay and growth in nature.

“The Yorkshire Arboretum itself constantly changes in a cycle of breakdown and regrowth.

“The opportunity to explore the arboretum through all the seasons has provided fantastic inspiration.”

The exhibition will feature original artwork, with oil and watercolour paintings, collagraphs and eco-prints.

It is free to view in the visitor centre, while wearing a face covering.

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