Artist’s Yorkshire on canvas

Artist Ian Scott-Massie with one of his paintings currently being displayed at  Fountains Hall, Fountains Abbey.

Artist Ian Scott-Massie with one of his paintings currently being displayed at Fountains Hall, Fountains Abbey.

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Masham based painter, Ian Scott-Massie is revealing the magic behind some of Yorkshire’s most stunning landscapes in a special exhibition being staged at Fountains Hall at Fountains Abbey, near Ripon.

Two years in the making, the exhibition captures the beauty of the ancient abbey and Studley Royal as well as Hackfall, near Grewelthorpe.

Mr Scott-Massie, 58, who is also a music teacher at Queen Mary’s School, near Thirsk, said: “The idea for the exhibition came from a previous one I did at Fountains Abbey two years ago.

“Talking to people at the time I became interested in John and William Aislabie who designed the gardens at Studley and Hackfall.

“This was done in the 18th century and at the time I think most of the local landowners were building follies.

“William Danby from Swinton designed the Druid’s Temple, they were all at it but the Aislabies came up with something far better than everybody else.

“I wanted to capture this in an exhibition.”

The exhibition runs until Sunday, October 16 from 10am to 4pm daily. Log onto www.fountainsabbey.org.uk