Jeffrey Dinning


An accountant by profession, I have had no formal training in painting. I started drawing and painting cartoon figures for my daughter when she was a child before trying my hand at watercolour landscapes. However I found time was at a premium due to family and work commitments therefore painting took a background seat until I finally retired a few years ago. I am self-taught and have painted in watercolours and oils but my recent paintings have been in acrylics with the subject matter generally being mountain landscapes. This obsession with mountains stems from over 40 years backpacking and mountaineering in the Lakes, Scotland and the Alps. As osteoarthritis now prevents me from participating in mountaineering, painting their grandeur and wildness helps me to preserve the memories of days passed. Whether having such a close affinity with the crags, gullies and cols of the wild mountain landscapes permeates through into my paintings is for others to decide. The close proximity to the magnificent Northumberland coastline is also a source of inspiration and frequent visits to places like Craster, Dunstanburgh. Bamburugh etc have proved another source of inspiration.