AN artist ‘castaway’ on North Pennines moorland has revealed the fruits of her labours during that year.

Durham-born artist Gillie Cawthorne celebrated 12 creative months living on remote Alston Moor with a solo exhibition of her paintings.

Titled simply: A Year on Alston Moor, it featured a selection of her watercolours and pastels, all inspired by the life and landscape of what she considers, “the beautiful high Pennines”.

She said: “We’ve loved living up amongst the scurrying clouds, in spectacular light and ever changing weather.

“Every day I’m inspired by walking in the rugged landscape and enjoying the sights and sounds of all the animals and birds living around us.

“From red squirrels to lead mines, the list of paintings I’m planning is growing faster than I can paint.

“This landscape has it all.”

The free weekend show, at Alston Town Hall, included originals, cards and prints, which were available for sale.

Married with two grown up sons, she has worked part-time as a professional artist since graduating from Durham University in the 1980s, exhibiting widely.

Her paintings, including a portrait of former Durham University chancellor, author Bill Bryson, have sold world-wide.

She can be contacted by email to, while her website,, portrays her work.