'Stolen Moments' - Claire Fort and Angela Watson

Painting of three dogs by Claire Fort

During October enjoy paintings by two talented Lincolnshire artists, Claire Fort and Angela Watson, that feature lots of dogs, horses and other animals.

Claire Fort 

Having a busy life, 'stolen moments' is literally how Claire finds time to paint. She's inspired by so many things, and then has to paint them. Recently she started to use pastels to capture those special moments.

Detail of 'Riding off' - watercolour by Claire Fort
Detail of painting by Claire Fort
Detail of 'Riding off' - watercolour by Claire Fort

Claire loves horses and has painted them since she was a child. There's something about their speed, grace, and muscle structure that captivates her. Growing up on a small farm in the Lincolnshire Wolds, ponies featured heavily in her life; Claire was always the cowboy!

Claire's medium of choice is 'Shmincke Watercolours'. She loves their fabulous vibrant colours .

'Freesia' - watercolour by Claire Fort
Painting of a freesia by Claire Fort
'Freesia' - watercolour by Claire Fort


Claire exhibited at the Cowdray Gold Cup Final with her polo paintings this year. The Gold Cup is played to decide the British Open Polo Championship and is the premier polo tournament in the world at 22 goal (High Goal) level. With all the international stars of the game in action in the incomparable setting of Cowdray Park’s famous ‘Lawns’, the event draws in polo aficionados from all over the globe. Claire paintings recently featured in an article in the PIPA polo magazine. 

'Snow Polo' - watercolour by Claire Fort
Painting of snow polo by Claire Fort
'Snow Polo' - watercolour by Claire Fort


Claire takes commissions, ranging from £175 to £400. Do ring her on 07990 755310‬‬ if you have any queries.

Angela Watson

Angela began painting again only a couple of years ago now after being involved in an accident that left her seriously injured. Having been a very outdoorsy person before the accident, she found it hard not being able to take part in the things she loved the most. Fortunately she did find an output for this: through painting.

Having spent her entire life around and worked with horses, livestock and other animals, she hopes her work conveys her knowledge of the subject.

'Show Tup' - drawn in pastels by Angela Watson
Painting of sheep by Angela Watson
'Show Tup' - drawn in pastels by Angela Watson

Angela's interests are now shifting to the elements. In particular she would like to start studying the sky and its many transformations. She's lived in some beautiful parts of the country and has been influenced by her surroundings.

'Hare' - painting in acrylics by Angela Watson
Painting of a hare by Angela Watson
'Hare' - painting in acrylics by Angela Watson

Angela uses several different media to depict the subjects in her work, these being watercolour, chalk pastel and acrylic. She recently also started to use oils. Using oil paints allowed her to fill a space on canvas with thoughts, emotion, and stillness in a highly visual manner. Learning a new technique of expression, painting allowed her to focus without interference, freeing her mind to think and express herself, to look closer and examine the medium, subject and form.

'Cob' - oil painting by Angela Watson
Painting of a cob by Angela Watson
'Cob' - oil painting by Angela Watson

Angela Watson was a contestant in the 2017 series of BBC One's 'The Big Painting Challenge'. Her painting of the Pier at Hastings was painted as part of one of the programme's challenges.

'Pier at Hastings' - painting in acrylics by Angela Watson
Painting of the pier at Hastings by Angela Watson
'Pier at Hastings' - painting in acrylics by Angela Watson

'Stolen Moments' will be in Orchard Gallery from 1 to 28 October. The gallery is open from 11am to 5pm daily and admission is included in the entry to Gunby.