Terry Harbinson of Jarrow, took up art after retiring from teaching six years ago, and is due to host his next exhibition later this month.
Terry works in oils, paints landscapes and still lifes and has also produced illuminated calligraphy and recently completed a seasonal Book of Hours which is in print.
The full-time artist held his first exhibition in 2013 in the Mayor’s Suite at Newcastle Civic Center, raising £3,000 for CAFOD – World Food Crisis Appeal.
His other two exhibitions have been in local churches – St Bede’s Jarrow Landscape in 2017 and St Paul’s Still Life in 2019.
The exhibition at the Jarrow Hall Museum is titled ‘Coast, Moor and Mountain Sculpted by the Sea’ showcasing the landscape of the North East in oils.
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Terry said: “The inspiration for this work was the title itself, taken (with permission) from a hymn recently written by Father Michael Humble, a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle; the hymn speaks of the saints of the North.
It struck me that the thread that connects the North East and Northumbria depicted in the anthem and that of today is the largely unspoiled rugged beauty of the landscape.
The exhibition takes place from July 22 to August 29, Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
He added: “I’m so looking forward to seeing the reaction to my work and whether I’ve succeeded, in part, in capturing the spirit of this ancient land, from Celtic to that of the Northeast today.”