Christopher Ware

As the country’s only full-time professional Artist in Residence on a steam railway, my passion is capturing atmosphere and mood with watercolour, whether for a railway, landscape, seascape or portrait. I live and work in the heart of the North York Moors National Park in the north of England, splitting my time between welcoming visitors to my Levisham Station studio (see 2014 opening) at the old stationmaster’s house, travelling to paint around the country and working on commissions from my home studio.

I have always drawn and painted, progressing from a serious child-artist/scribbler, via an inspirational school art teacher, to life classes at St Albans Art College while (not) studying for A levels! I learn through scrutiny of my idols’ work: Sickert, Spencer, Cuneo and JMW Turner. In 2009 I spent time behind the scenes at Tate Britain, being allowed to handle and study Turner’s watercolours.

Having combined my demanding job as a TV journalist with my increasing workload as an artist for several years, I surprised my BBC newsroom in 1998 by going part-time to allow more time for painting. Then in 2005, aged 45 and with a family to support, I took an even braver step away from a secure salary and became a full-time artist.

Press and media appearances such as on BBC Countryfile and BBC Look North have drawn visitors from far and wide. Despite hard economic times I’m proud to keep working full time thanks to a loyal band of supporters who keep buying my cards, prints and paintings. I’d be lost without you!

Helmsley Art Centre have produced a short film about my painting, which you may find interesting – just click here. We are grateful to David Powley and the Arts Centre for its continuing support of local artists.

In addition to painting for my growing portfolio, I accept a few commissions. I’m happy to discuss new paintings, but have a long waiting list so can’t undertake to deliver for at least 12 months.

Why not visit the studio for special offers and studio prices. Artist in residence North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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