The English Garden

Natural Selection

Debbie George’s gentle, almost naive depictions of well-loved flowers in English china have won her a swathe of admirers across the country – and far beyond, thanks to social media. But it is the quiet view of the sheep-speckled hills of the Pennines from her studio, near Holmfirth in Yorkshire, that keeps her painting. “I am really lucky to be in such a beautiful part of the country,” she says. “Nature is a big influence on my work, I like to surround myself with flowers, plants and animals.”

Nature is one of the themes of Debbie’s life. Born in Nottinghamshire in 1970, she lived in Gloucestershire until the age of seven, and later studied at Bretton Hall College, which

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