‘Lancashire Meadow’ in addition to its supporting botanical studies, was painted during the early days of the now well established Parbold Wildlife Group, whose objective is to promote the protection of local wildlife resulting in great benefits to its communities. This painting is a sample representation of the diversity at the Biological Heritage Site at Chapel Field Meadow in Parbold. The site is owned by the Parish Council who contribute towards its upkeep in addition to the subscriptions and hard work by volunteers. These seasonal tasks, maintaining its character, are organised by a professional and dedicated committee. The subtlety of this painting belies the delicate tapestry of its floral detail made up from Spotted and Southern Marsh Orchids, Yellow and Purple Vetches, Yellow Rattle, Mustard Garlic, (favoured by the Green Veined Butterfly), Guelder-Rose, Field Buttercups, Bramble, Wild Apple and Soft Rushes. A Whitethroat pauses over the scenery.
David Secrett’s painting of the landscape incorporates open country and woodland interiors. His love for the Creation of our natural world is expressed also in his poetry. David was brought up in the West country. His parents’ business in agriculture gave him that opportunity to cultivate a deep appreciation in many aspects of the countryside. In addition to his childhood enjoyment in nature study and drawing, his formal art education was at a private school in Plymouth under the tutelage of Miss Masters. Subsequently he studied fine art and then design at Plymouth College of Art and Birmingham Art and Design Centre. David’s work is mainly in private collections having exhibited at The Mall Gallery (London), The Nevill Gallery (Canterbury), Castle Street Gallery (Hay-on- Wye) and the Chapel Gallery Ormskirk, Lancashire.