“A painted landscape is always more beautiful than a real one, because there’s more there. Everything is more sensual, and one takes refuge in its beauty.”

– Fernando Botero, Colombian artist, b.1932


Think of Somerset, think of apple orchards and cider. But this old county also has a rich and inspiring diversity of landscape from the high Mendips, the Quantock Hills and the majestic wilds of Exmoor, to the mysterious Somerset Levels, all waiting to be rendered in paint on canvas – or in a humble sketchbook.