Christopher Ware is the country’s only professional Artist in Residence on a heritage railway. Based at Levisham Station House, visitors are welcome to browse or buy his watercolour originals, prints and cards. Chris’ passion is capturing atmosphere and mood with watercolour, whether for a railway, landscape, seascape or portrait.

As the country’s only full-time professional Artist in Residence on a steam railway, my passion is capturing atmosphere and mood with watercolour, whether for a railway, landscape, seascape or portrait. I live and work in the heart of the North York Moors National Park in the north of England, splitting my time between welcoming visitors to my Levisham Station studio at the old stationmaster’s house, travelling to paint around the country and working on commissions from my home studio.

I have always drawn and painted, progressing from a serious child-artist/scribbler, via an inspirational school art teacher, to life classes at St Albans Art College while (not) studying for A levels! I learn through scrutiny of my idols’ work: Sickert, Spencer, Cuneo and JMW Turner. In 2009 I spent time behind the scenes at Tate Britain, being allowed to handle and study Turner’s watercolours.

Having combined my demanding job as a TV journalist with my increasing workload as an artist for several years, I surprised my BBC newsroom in 1998 by going part-time to allow more time for painting. Then in 2005, aged 45 and with a family to support, I took an even braver step away from a secure salary and became a full-time artist.

For more details and for a full list of opening times visit www.warehouseart.com