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Many of these images are included in my book Severnside: An Artist’s View Of The River Severn, published in November 2018. 

September 2019

New works coming out of the studio now – developing ideas that embrace printmaking thinking, x-ray imagery, framing, landscape, panoramic’s and even video film.

You can see the first four on the walls of the expanded Bookshop Restaurant and Shop in Hereford, which re-opened this week following wonderful refurbishment. It’s even mentioned in the Waitrose Good Food Guide!

They did an open call on Instagram – interesting approach, called on the theme of black and white. Where better to go and get amazing food and see a wide range of art, all black and white. Right up my street. They are not for sale in the restaurant but if you are keen to buy your own copy get in touch.

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Experimental Videos




The Severn Series of drawings has concluded (for now) with the publication of my book.

I’ve been considering the best way forward for my studio work. One is to make new work about the Wye, the other relates to exploring the many ponds in the Forest of Dean.

Am exploring working on black Fabriano paper at different scales. The challenges are to get strong whites by building up density and being able to create fine marks. The rubber brings the black through, then others blacks can sit on the surface.

Soudley Ponds 60cm wide panoramic, chalk & charcoal on black pastel Fabriano photo by Pete Simpson

May Hill, 60cm wide panoramic, chalk & charcoal on black pastel Fabriano paper photo by Pete Simpson

Below are two fairly large-scale works I have recently completed. A bit of information about each is below them.

Evening Light on Soudley Pond
Soudley Ponds January 2019 1m x 0.75m chalk & charcoal on black pastel Fabriano paper photo by Pete Simpson
Brockweir Bridge Over The Wye
Brockweir Bridge Over The Wye, 1m wide panoramic, watercolour, charcoal & chalks December 2018 photo by Pete Simpson

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Find out more about the book here.


Most of the originals are sold. Digital prints are available at custom sizes, do get in touch to discuss. All prints are professionally produced and of archive quality.

Photos of drawings by by Chris Rennie and Peter Simpson

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Slimbridge, New Ground, opposite Awre putcher racks, charcoal on paper 
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View across to Garden Cliff from Popes Hill (private commission) SOLD
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Aust, under Severn Bridge SOLD photo by Chris Rennie
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Beachley, under Severn Bridge SOLD photo by Chris Rennie
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  Purton Hulks opposite Purton Railway, chalk and charcoal on paper SOLD photo by Chris Rennie
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Putcher Rack at Awre, framed, chalk and charcoal on paper SOLD photo by Chris Rennie
Newnham Church
Newnham Church to Arlingham – chalk & charcoal on paper, 2 metres wide. The original was SOLD at auction for £1500, as fundraiser for renovation of St. Peter’s Church Bells photo by Chris Rennie
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Looking across from Shepperdine to to Stroat, with Oldbury Power Station behind the cottage on the left.  Charcoal, chalk, pastels, watercolour & ink 
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Newnham on Severn, nr. the ferry.  Charcoal, chalk, pastels, watercolour & ink
perfect-trimmed-river-001-img_0016-for-web The River Severn . Charcoal, chalks, pastels on paper 2017 SOLD
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 Stroat, opposite Shepperdine Charcoal, chalk, pastels, watercolour & ink photo by Chris Rennie
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Pleasant Stile to Arlingham, framed as pair, charcoal, chalk on paper photo by Chris Rennie

Close ups, showing detail:

I’m delighted to say I have been awarded a Grants for the Arts to pursue the next stage – a publication – about the drawings, the River Severn and this fascinating landscape.

“What a fascinating and enriching exploration. The glimpse of your drawings makes me want to draw. Your text makes me want to walk to a river. The panoramic horizon makes me want to think far deeper and further than ordinarily.” Anthea Nicholson, author

Carolyn Black Artist Resume March 2019

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