Since we requested local artists to contact us with examples of their work, we have had a terrific response and struck gold with the amount of talent there is out in the Black Country and beyond.
Ron Wyld is the latest wizard of the canvas to step forward and we are delighted to show two views he has painted depicting day and night in the Black Country.
Ron told us, “I have painted since the late ’50s when my art teacher, Peter Barry Gross, took the trouble to teach me the basics at Tividale Comprehensive School.
“At the time Mr Gross was President of the Birmingham Society of Artists, and I was very lucky to have had such an illustrious tutor who inspired me to want to become a true artist.
“But, as is often the case, life and living get in the way and that’s just what happened to me.
So over the years, whenever I’ve had the urge to fill a blank canvas I have painted simply for pleasure.
Dudley “The ‘by day’ painting is the view from the highest part of my garden in Bennetts Hill, Dudley, looking across Cinder Bank, Merry Hill, and out towards Brierley Hill, with the chimney at the Lister Road council depot on the right-hand side of the canvas.
It’s a view seen at sunset at the end of a misty, murky day in January 2013.
“The ‘by night’ scene is viewed in a similar direction, with this part of the Black Country lit up like a Christmas grotto.”