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Borders countryside vista provides a natural backdrop for Ancrum artist

An exhibition of botanical and wildlife-inspired paintings by Ancrum-based artist Lynne Henderson is proving to be a highlight of the autumn programme at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre.

Paint by Nature is open daily in the Gallery from 10 am to 5 pm until Thursday, October 6 and includes a video of the artist’s work showing the progress of individual paintings from the first sketch to finished piece.

Speaking from her studio Lynne Henderson, who is influenced by medieval paintings and the decorative arts said: “I love the concentration involved in close observation of the natural world.

“Nature is such a rich source of fascinating forms, textures, line and colour. I get many of my ideas from walking in the local fields, registering the seasonal changes, as well as from tending my garden.

“Put simply - I love to create something pleasurable to look at inspired by nature.”

Harestanes Centre Manager Michael Scott said: “I am delighted that Harestanes is showcasing Lynne Henderson’s paintings and illustrations. Lynne’s passion for her subjects is clear, from detailed botanical studies in watercolour to her more creatively interpreted pieces using acrylic paints on canvas.”

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive, Live Borders, commented: “Lynne’s work is inspired by the close-up patterns, forms and vivid colours of nature that our region naturally provides.

“This exhibition is a must for anyone who has a passion for nature’s infinite shapes and colours.”

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, near Jedburgh, is part of local charity Live Borders Museums and Galleries Service. The centre holds a Gold Award for Green Tourism and is a VisitScotland 4-star attraction. Admission is free.

For more information, telephone 01835 83030 or email harestanes@liveborders1.org.uk