Nel Whatmore Exhibition “A Year in the Garden”

30th June - 29th July
RHS Garden Harlow Carr’s First Year-Long Artist in Residence
Nel Whatmore Paints the Seasons

Yorkshire artist, Nel Whatmore, is painting the seasons at RHS Garden Harlow Carr as its first year-long Artist in Residence.  Her collection of 12 paintings, one for each month, chart the changing seasons and horticultural highlights at the most northerly RHS garden in Harrogate. It will be a delight for us at Chantry House Gallery to be exhibiting this beautiful collection of new work for a month. We are very excited about this project that Nel has wholly embraced over the last year and it is a pleasure to see Nel’s enjoyment spending time in the gardens explicitly portrayed in this new exhibition of work.

“I am loving my time in the garden, even in the bitterly cold winter. There are so many beautiful colours to appreciate at all times of year from the rich colours of autumn and quiet beauty of winter, through to the brilliance of spring and summer”.

Paul Cook, Curator at RHS Garden Harlow Carr says: “This is the first time we have embraced an artist’s work so completely and had a first-hand record of each month in the garden on canvas. Nel’s paintings have not only captured the beauty of the garden but our visitors’ interest too, with many people chatting along to her as she’s painted numerous scenes in a variety of locations throughout the garden. Her fantastic floral work is a perfect fit for our work here, and we’re all looking forward to seeing the full collection on display in June.”

Internationally-known fine artist and designer, Nel has produced a large variety of work over thirty years, from florals and abstracts to landscapes, working in many different mediums, primarily pastels, but also with oils. Nel is a regular exhibitor at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where her stand has won multiple awards including a Five Star Award in 2017. Nel lives in North Yorkshire with her family.

“It has been a real pleasure to study the garden over an entire year. Every time I enter the garden there is something new to see and it has been fascinating to see all the work that goes on in the garden to make it the inspiring place it is. I have met so many  people in the garden, each of them visiting for different reasons, from people trying to escape their own company and have a change of scene, to Mums with kids needing to let off steam to the faithful regulars who come whatever the weather.

I have been to the garden in all weathers and often been surprised that the colder months are often the most beautiful. I will be sad when it’s all over. I have painted all over the garden and produced a series of paintings focusing on my particular interest that month. I have not been drawn to doing grand vistas but rather to just seeing what gems appeal to me be they beautiful small cyclamen to the glorious winter Cornus.

I hope everyone enjoys my journey through the garden along with the poems that I have written for each month too”.