The much-loved Norfolk painter Leon Bunnewell died earlier this year, leaving a legacy of wonderful paintings filled with the skill and vitality. An enthusiastic ‘Plein Air’ painter, Leon was a well-known figure on the beaches of North Norfolk and the streets of Norwich and all over Norfolk and Suffolk where he loved to paint.

Cows on Halvergate Marshes

Largely self-taught, Leon nearly always worked outdoors, on the spot, throughout the year and in all weathers. Leon said “I paint quite quickly, in a single session, working loosely and often vigorously and aiming for spontaneity and freshness. My wish is to create a painting with character, personality and feeling; evoking how the subject behaves and feels – and the sensations it creates in me – rather than just capturing how it looks.”