‘James Grieve’

A still life oil painting of a fallen apple and Blackberries

Oil on panel 5 x 7 in 12.7 x 17.78 cm

This apple called James Grieve is an old variety of apple and gets its name from its breeder, these small fruit studies make charming paintings and have proven to be popular amongst collectors, there are well over1200 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 stylized fruit that I was trained to paint during my time working for Coalport China, part of the world famous Wedgwood Group. 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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