Marsh Harrier over Cley

A marsh harrier hovers over reeds at Cley Marshes in Norfolk. A church tower and some houses are in the distance

Back in October, I finally managed to visit the UK's birding mecca, the North Norfolk coast, for the first time. Staying in a beautiful AirBnB in Stiffkey, I spent a luxurious 3 days visiting sites like Titchwell RPSB reserve and Cley Marshes. It was a heavenly experience and I took loads of reference photos. Coming from land-locked Oxfordshire, it was almost overwhelming how much there was to see.

This is the first artwork to come out of that trip, a painting of a Marsh Harrier hovering over the reeds in Cley, painted in Procreate on the iPad Pro. Although it started off life as a vector painting in Adobe Fresco

I'm not 100% happy with my style - I'm trying to break out of my illustration training and be a lot looser - less photographic. This has a lot of areas of 'loose-ness' but I still think I have a way to go. I've just turned 50, and I feel like I'm still trying to find my own style.