Jocelyn Campbell, an Arkengarthdale artist, this year publishes a book of detailed paintings of flowers of Swaledale.
It’s the latest in a long line of artistic projects from a long family line of artists. And for her wildflower project, Jocelyn didn’t even need to travel far from home: some of them even grow in her garden.
It was a natural move for Jocelyn to become an artist as, she says, “All my Mother’s family were artists.”
Now, Jocelyn is on a quest to track down other members of that family, the Burnands. She says, “My Mother’s family were professional artists for generations, in France and Switzerland. Part of the family, the Swiss, came to Britain generations ago, but one section came in the late 18th century. The most eminent among them was Sir Francis Burnand, who became editor of Punch.
“My Mother wrote a book about her childhood in Switzerland, where the family home still exists. The book is called ‘The Swiss Family Burnand’, and I illustrated it – I was aged 18 at the time.”
Another illustrious relative was Eugène Burnand, who became known for pastel portraits he did during The Great War. ( See them at http://www.eugene-burnand.com/pastel%20selection.html)
Jocelyn’s Mother married a Swaledale man, which led to her life-long connection with the Dale. However, she leads a double life, as her husband’s work took her to Lebanon, where she still exhibits her paintings.
Over the past few years, Jocelyn has enjoyed tramping the Dales, drawing and painting flowers and trees for her books.
Now, she is attracted by the idea of social history research, having joined the local archaeology group. And, she says, “I’m looking for Burnands living in Yorkshire and the North East.”
Jocelyn can be contacted via her publishers, Hayloft Publishing