'A Portrait of Highgrove'. 2013.

Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales.

In 2012, Jeremy Houghton spent fourteen weeks at Highgrove, in Gloucestershire, and produced a series of paintings, some of which you will see at this exhibition. It is a splendid collection of unusual watercolours that truly captures the spirit of Highgrove and the Home Farm.

It is extraordinarily generous of Jeremy to offer these paintings for an exhibition, the sale of which will ensure that proceeds will go towards the great work of the Countryside Fund, helping farmers and rural communities to protect our cherished landscape for the benefit of the future generations.

Foreword by Jeremy Houghton, Artist in Residence for The Prince of Wales at Highgrove

It was an immense privilege to produce these paintings of Highgrove for HRH The Prince of Wales, some of which are now in his private collection and the rest will be sold for the Prince’s Countryside Fund. Highgrove epitomises bucolic life in the Cotswolds where the fabric of the countryside is nurtured and loved. My style of watercolour painting is inspired by old printing techniques along with black and white photography of a bygone era. Hence these pictures have a timeless, nostalgic quality which acknowledges that to move forward we must look back.

Through my art I am interested in studying movement and light. This is enhanced by the seasons, and how farming communities adapt year in and year out to work in harmony with nature. The characters from these communities – both man and beast – are what makes such places tick. Highgrove is no different, and I hope my work illuminates their importance, and goes a small way in helping other less fortunate rural areas cope with the demands of the 21st century.