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From the City to the Hills

Tony Walling Posted: march 5, 2021 / Modified: march 5, 2021
From the City to the Hills
After twenty years spent running a busy design agency in Covent Garden, London, Tony and his family moved up north, to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Here, he enjoys painting and photography and discovering as much of his surroundings as possible
Artist and photographer, Tony Walling, studied fine art, photography and graphics at Medway College of Art in Rochester, Kent. For over 20 years he ran his own design consultancy in London’s West End. He moved with his family to Harrogate in North Yorkshire in 1989. Tony Walling Creative Arts is an online exhibition featuring his digital photography, digital art and fine art. Many of the subjects are all inspired from Yorkshire landscapes, particularly in the Dales.

«During the journey home, dramatic rain clouds appeared from the west and the whole landscape was bathed in a magical blue light»

Tony recalls, «i remember my first visit to the picturesque village of Kettlewell in the Dales, nearly 20 years ago, as we travelled along the Bolton Abbey route trailing the River Wharfe. The landscape was iconic and breath-taking. During the journey home, dramatic rain clouds appeared from the west and the whole landscape was bathed in a magical blue light, the same dramatic light transformations that have excited so many artists and photographers. After 30 years my inspiration has not ceased and I still gasp at the county’s wonderful natural beauty. ”

With some subjects I enjoy the experience in creating a metamorphosis of an image, from digital photograph to a piece of fine art. The methods I employ and the evolution created by the sequence of creative events, often results in multiple pieces of work emanating from the original source. Taking an image right through to finally applying'real'media such as oil or acrylic is time consuming but magical transformations often happen along the way. The original photograph was pleasing in its own right and one of my most rewarding, with wonderful early morning light creating dramatic hues on the water.
More information: tonywalling.com

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