Painting the changing seasons with poetry

A self-taught artist who grew up in Tring has published a book of his oil paintings and poetry inspired by his love of the local countryside.

Sunday, 13th March 2016, 7:00 am
The Meadow, from Secrets of the Seasons by Leigh Cripps

Leigh Cripps, aged 40, who attended Tring School and Aylesbury College and worked as a postman in Berkhamsted for 10 years, began painting at the age of 18.

His observations of nature while growing up inspired a belief that we are all deeply connected to the land and the changing seasons.

His new book, Secrets of the Seasons, takes the reader on a seasonal journey through the British countryside.

The poems are inspired by walks in places such as Tring Park, Marshcroft Lane in Tring, Wilstone reservoir and Ashridge woods.

Leigh’s observations of the landscape aim to bring the reader closer to Mother Nature and reawaken an appreciation of the countryside and the food and shelter it provides. Secrets of the Seasons is available from Waterstones or from

Leigh and his wife, who lived for a time in Australia, returned to the UK after their daughter was born and the family now live in rural Somerset.

Leigh is currently working on his second book. .

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Uplifting, thought‐provoking, joyful and sometimes sad, the poetry will connect with all readers and would appeal to any countryside enthusiast.

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Leigh Cripps is 40 years old and is a self‐taught artist who grew up in Tring, He left the UK in 2009 with his wife for a new adventure in Australia. It was after their daughter was born that the family thought about returning back home. Although Australian citizens and still full of the Australian spirit, Leigh knew that his family roots belong in UK soil, surrounded by the countryside that has both inspired and influenced his life. He now lives with his wife and daughter in a small rural village in Somerset. Through simple poetry and beautifully illustrated oil paintings, Leigh’s book invites the reader to take a seasonal journey TYou can contact him on [email protected] Secrets of the Seasons is available from YouCaxton Publications ( ,Waterstones and will soon be available through Amazon.

my book is available from YouCaxton Publications, Waterstones and will soon be available through Amazon.