Recognition is on the cards for nature artist John

John Caffrey with one of his original paintings that have now been published as notelets cards by Greater Morpeth Development Trust
John Caffrey with one of his original paintings that have now been published as notelets cards by Greater Morpeth Development Trust

A WELL-KNOWN local artist has made his work more widely available with the publication of new notelets.

The beautiful illustrated series has been produced by former Herald columnist John Caffrey in support of the Greater Morpeth Development Trust.

Mr Caffrey has drawn on his lifetime’s love of art, the environment and nature to create the six-card set.

Each notelet depicts a different bird commonly found in the Wansbeck Valley – a bullfinch, wren, redpoll, goldcrest, greater spotted woodpecker and goldfinch.

Mr Caffrey said; “Birds are like people, they are all different and no two are alike, so I like to think of my work as a portrait of an individual bird from my mind’s eye.”

The artist’s work can already be seen around Morpeth as his illustrations have been used to bring to life interpretation panels along its many footpaths, woods and riverside trails where access has been improved by GMDT.

He has also been exhibited and published in America through his admiration for the 19th Century writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, and for many years contributed seasonal illustrated features to the Morpeth Herald in a Wansbeck and Beyond column.

GMDT Heritage Officer Barry Mead, who worked on the publication of the notelets with Mr Caffrey, said: “The cards are all works of art in their own right and we are sure they are going to be popular not only with local people, but with ornithologists around the world through our website sales.”

The cards cost £2 each and all proceeds will be used to support the trust’s natural heritage activities in Morpeth.

They are available from local retailers, as well as from GMDT on 01670 503866, or online at www.gmdt.net