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Christine Longmire (Morton)

I grew up on a hill farm in a quiet corner of the Lake District in Cumbria. I have lived in the area all of my life. I am a self-taught artist, drawing and painting as a hobby since early childhood.

Christine on her fell pony
Photo of Christine After leaving school I worked on my parents farm for 16 years. This is where my interest in painting pictures of cattle, sheep and horses stems from and it has given me a good understanding of, and affection for, my subjects.

I'm also very lucky to live in such a beautiful area where you cannot help but be inspired by the landscapes. In my pictures I like to capture the animals in their natural surroundings.

I work mostly in gouache which I use to produce work with high levels of detail and a good depth of colour. My understanding of my subjects enables me to capture their character and produce life-like images of them.