Judy Scott

Bircham Gallery

It may be winter outside but in the Bircham Gallery it is summer. Judy Scott's latest exhibition provides warmth for the eye and soul.

Quintessentially English scenes of gardens in bloom, still lifes and corners of North Norfolk abound.

Judy is a local artist with a national reputation. A brilliant draughtswoman, it is no surprise that she has exhibited at two of London's top galleries, the Cadogan Gallery and Abbot and Holder. Her work has also been shown at the RA and the RI.

I fell in love with Apples on a Windowsill when the invitation fell through my door. A windowsill with geraniums in bloom in terracotta pots and apples ripening in the late summer sun. A bright blue teapot in the foreground-it reminds me of home. A beautiful use of light and shade.

One of my favourite Norfolk pastimes, winter or summer, is captured in Strolling on Cromer Pier. Promenaders strolling underneath the fairy lights strewn from pillar to post whilst looming above them are the magnificent Cromer church tower and the splendid of the Hotel de Paris-a reminder of Cromer's grand past. So evocative of that crabbing capital of the coast.

Girl in a Straw Hat is the perfect English summer scene. The girl and companion sit at a table underneath a leafy tree. A Norfolk red brick house in the background and roses and shrubs abound.

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There is softness to Judy's pictures that remind me of a former age and her subjects echo the simple pleasures in life, which mean so much in this hurly-burly world.

The exhibition continunes until January 3.