These exhibitions represent one person’s ambition to capture the spirit of this beautiful, quintessentially English countryside in a series of 24 paintings inspired by the topography of that most ancient of tracks, The Ridgeway, steeped in history, fought over, threatened by population, housing, traffic, erosion, climate and agriculture; ever changing.

Anna’s collection of original oils and mixed media celebrates the diversity of this venerable landscape and are all painted from a variety of viewpoints along England’s oldest road. These pictures show a landscape tamed but still unique and captured in all its changing glory as a ‘painters diary’ from early January through to late December.

Anna Dillon was raised in Aston Tirrold, a spring line village to the north of the Ridgeway and has a studio there where she paints. Her inspiration for landscapes was born out of this area of rolling downland where far reaching views are dominated by the big skies which can change the light in an instant.

The Ridgeway passes through two very different landscapes; the open downland of the west within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the more gentle and wooded countryside of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the east.

Anna Dillon has successfully captured these two distinct geographic features in this exhibition with her bold, vibrant and colourful style.

Enjoy a pastoral passage along this prehistoric by-way and across our green and pleasant land during the year 2012 where we are celebrating all that is Great in Britain.

You can view the original paintings at her solo show at Art@Goring in Goring on Thames, from 8-22 September.

Her exhibition about the Ridgeway opens at The Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage, Oxfordshire from Tuesday, 2 October and goes through until Saturday, 27 October in the Squires Room and the Upper Gallery. She will have prints of her paintings on show as well as a vast array of interesting information about the Ridgeway, including poetry, photos, walking diaries and artefacts.  

Incombe Hole near Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamsire by Anna Dillon

Anna’s website can be found here.