AN artist and author and illustrator of children’s books is starting up a new oil painting group in Skipton.

Professional artist Hilary Roper will host painting sessions at Christ Church Hall from noon to 5pm on Tuesday afternoons. The first sessions starts next Tuesday.

Hilary said: "Painting landscapes/cityscapes with linear patterning, colour and form can be exhilarating and the Dales surrounds us with so much inspiration.

"If you are a professional painter and established artist you should love painting with other professionals," she said. "If you are a keen beginner, come and learn skills and techniques.

"Whether you want to use thick paint and palette knife or use the finest of brushes for detail you can explore and enjoy developing your work amongst talented people.

"I will bring a still life some weeks and books for you to enjoy browsing through," she added. "In the warmer months, we could sometimes paint out in the field."

The sessions cost £8 and can be booked by ringing Hilary on 07428 773772.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.