Dark Skies Cumbria Businesses - Local Artists and Writers The landscapes of Cumbria and the Lake District have always inspired artists, poets and writers and they are just as beautiful at night as in the day time. Many have captured the beauty of the night sky and landscape through their work, and we are pleased to share such local talent. Expand Emma Hunt, Artist and Teacher www.emmahunt.artFacebook: www.facebook.com/emmahuntartInstagram: @artistemmahunt Emma is a Cumbrian based artist that paints predominantly pastel landscapes as a way of therapy for mental health and pain management. Art offers a way of escapism from her condition, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. This is a painful disability that affects the collagen in the body. Her expression in art is a constant pursuit of learning. She enjoys teaching these techniques online and in the community. She offers free workshops from her facebook page to encourage everyone to take some mindfulness during these difficult times. Her work and community projects have been featured internationally and received widespread acclaim. Emma is known for painting beautiful dark skies in the lakes and sees a mental health benefit to be able to gaze upon them in the darkest parts of the lakes. Her favourite lake for least light pollution is Ennerdale, just a few miles from her home. Read Emma's blog and see some of her art Philip Laws Philip is a 55 year old self taught artist with a deep love of nature and wildlife. Originally from the northeast of England where he sold his work in galleries the length of the North East Coast, having moved to North West Cumbria thirteen years ago, he now paints in his spare time everything from landscapes, abstract through to scenes of distant galaxy's and nebula. Philip can be contacted at: [email protected] Harriet and Rob Fraser Harriet Fraser (FRGS) has been a writer since 1990 when she wrote the first edition of the Rough Guide to India. Exploring the world, near and far, has always been an attraction, especially if it means spending prolonged periods outside. In the last twenty years Harriet’s writing has been widely published, and she has exhibited prose and poetry across the UK in collaborations with visual artists. Rob has been a professional photographer for over 30 years and moved to Cumbria in 2003 to be closer to the landscape that he loves. He has worked all over the world and his images have been exhibited widely and published in numerous magazines. They live in Cumbria where their writing and images are weaved into a variety of creative and documentary projects, often in partnership. See www.somewhere-nowhere.com for examples of their collaborative work.