An apple called James Grieve

An oil painting of an fallen apple and Blackberries on a natural ground

‘James Grieve’

Oil on panel 5 x 7 ins

‘James Grieve’ is an old variety of apple and gets its name from its breeder, James Grieve’

These small fruit studies make charming paintings and have proven to be popular among’st collectors. There are over 1200 varieties of English Apple, they have enchanting names: Acklam Russets, Barnack Beauty, Nutmeg Pippin, Knobby Russet…and many more.

The inspiration for these paintings stems from the stylised fruit that I was trained to paint during my time working for Coalport China.

Studies, such as these , which I paint today, have much more realism. I have a grower of various varieties of apple locally and can set them up in the studio and work from life.

There is no substitute for observation than working from nature, nature being our greatest teacher.

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