Carl Whitfield has been a constant exhibitor at Beckstones Art Gallery for more than twenty years during which time a large proportion of his work has passed through this gallery, earning for him a huge following of collectors. Born in Yorkshire in 1958, Carl Whitfield left school to pursue a career in commercial management but after several years he returned to his first love, painting, and decided to make it his life’s work. Having undertaken no formal training, Carl Whitfield closely studied wildlife and farm animals, spending the next few years practising and perfecting his technique. His main influences were the eminent English artists Grimshaw, Hunt and Herring. Carl Whitfield now paints well-observed traditional farmyard scenes and wildlife in close detail and vibrant tones, specialising in miniature style detailed paintings in oils. His reputation developed as the leading painter of chickens in the country, and he soon added ducks, mice, badgers, red squirrels, foxes, hedgehogs, birds and numerous other countryside creatures to his repertoire. He occasionally paints still life of a stunning, three-dimensional quality. The hallmark of Carl Whitfield’s work is the particularly fine detail and intense rich colours, resulting in a painting of rare quality, depth and great charm. Carl Whitfield paintings are widely collected both in the UK and around the world.
If approaching the gallery from Penrith or the M6 heading East on the A66 there is a major diversion in place to the gallery via Motherby. Instead of this we would recommend taking the first turning right to Newbiggin shortly after the Rheged roundabout, follow the road through the village and then turn left as you come out of the village. Follow the road up the hill past the recycling centre and turn right at the bend where you will see our brown tourist board sign, follow the lane and signs to the gallery. Altenatively take B5288 from Penrith to Greystoke turning left left to the gallery less than a quarter of a mile out of Greystoke.
Otherwise please follow the diversion signs on the A66 - they will successfully get you here but it will take 10 minutes longer.
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