This work is entitled 'The sky widens to Cornwall' which is a line from a poem by Sir John Betjeman entitled 'Old friends'.

As a child I would sit with my sister in the back of our car, July heat bearing down, tucking into homemade sandwiches and full of anticipation for our holiday to North Cornwall.

As a place it has been under my skin ever since. It was my father who knew it best, having lived there as a child. But my mother adored the poems of Betjeman whose spiritual home was this stretch of the Atlantic coast and it features in a great many of his works.

My mother would recite these to us on the journey down and again whilst we were amidst the landscapes. She had a good strong voice and her words resonated with me. So this painting is a homage to those times and to my mother's voice and inspiration.

She always encouraged my art, despite school insisting on more 'befitting' academic pursuits. I had a crayon or paint brush in my hand from as early as I can remember.

She was bemused by my ambidexterity, yet encouraged me endlessly. My favourite photograph is a black and white one taken in the 1960s of her at her easel.

Read more about the artist Nicola Tyler here.

Artist : Nicola Tyler (Wethersfield)

Framed : YES

Original : YES

Medium : Oil

Height : 27 cm

Width : 32.5 cm

Depth : 3.5 cm

Availability : In stock.

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'The sky widens to Cornwall' - Painting

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