ACCOMPLISHED Irish artist Niki Purcell is to stage her first solo show in England, which has been inspired by the gardens at Crook Hall in Durham.

The Garden of Delights opened at the visitor attraction last weekend and runs until the end of May.

Each oil painting captures the atmosphere and colour of the gardens, and tries to convey a sense of the experience - enjoying their beauty, feeling the gentle breeze and sparkling sunlight warming your face.

Purcell said: “For me painting is creating a new world or story on each canvas that can live and grow in the viewer’s imagination, a magical place that should conjure up a new experience on every viewing, like repeatedly reading a favourite book.”

Purcell is a successful landscape artist who graduated from the Irish art college NCAD with an Honours degree in the 1990s and has since exhibited widely in Europe and has work in International collections as well as the Irish State collection.

She met Crook Hall owner Keith Bell last June while filming for the TV series “Sky Landscape Artist of the year 2016” in the Lake District.