Eleanor Tomlinson is an award-winning artist and illustrator based near South Cave, East Yorkshire. Selling her artwork since her mid-teens, Eleanor’s work has travelled across the UK, but she received global recognition just three years after graduating from University with her piece known as ‘Jubilee Marmalade Tea’ which celebrated HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

Great British Life: Eleanor Tomlinson's cover art for the Yorkshire Life May 2023 issueEleanor Tomlinson's cover art for the Yorkshire Life May 2023 issue (Image: Yorkshire Life)

Her latest collection titled ‘The Coronation Collection’ celebrates the coronation of King Charles III which will include her biggest, boldest and most elaborately British piece to date – ‘Coronation Capers’. Not only will this include signed limited edition prints, there will be a range of artwork available as open edition print ranges, stationery, gifts, homeware and other products.

To shop ‘The Coronation Collection’ and explore Eleanor’s other artwork visit eleanortomlinsonart.co.uk

Something in Yorkshire that makes you smile?

Stepping out on a spontaneous late evening walk during summer with my little spaniel and top assistant, Bramble, following in tow. The glowing light is warm and inviting, the golden hour, is a perfect opportunity to make the most of those summer rays and to catch sight of the local wildlife on my doorstep I am so fortunate to have; deer and barn owls to name just a couple.

A place you love to eat?

There’s no doubt in my mind, it has to be Mannion & Co. – a wonderful bistro in Helmsley. They make the best

warm pork belly and harissa sandwich on huge ciabatta, oozing gherkins and mayo; everything is perfect about it – the textures, flavours, smell, it’s locally sourced and sustainable. Fortunately, I have work exhibited at Lazenby Visuals in the town, so I have the best excuse to visit!

Great British Life: Puffins (credit: Getty)Puffins (credit: Getty)

A place to take friends?

The east coast from April to see the puffins at Bempton Cliffs. The RSPB nature reserve is a favourite of mine and one of a kind, I love introducing the area and the puffins to friends and share my passion for wildlife and nature. Some of my favourite birds are puffins, their unusual shapes and characteristics makes them perfect to capture form an artistic point of view. Their facial expression is just one of a warm smile in my opinion. Who wouldn’t want to share that?

A childhood memory?

I’ve always loved exploring and Yorkshire provides endless opportunities, culturally and physically. My father was in the Fire Service, so my happiest memories are when we could drag him away from call and spend delightful family time together. I cherish memories of the North Yorks. Moors, near Kirby – I recall a magical daffodil walk and even at a young age I was inspired by those seas of yellow and gold where we picnicked.

A cultural go-to?

I can probably track my childhood and early adulthood through trips to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, all organised by my teachers of the time. Of course, I gleaned more on different levels with every visit. It is eye opening when you consider how much internationally recognised artistic talent our county offers. Barbara Hepworth really struck a chord with me.

Inspiration outdoors?

I love the outdoors and often find enough nature literally on my doorstep to inspire me to sketch. I have birds, insects and small mammal life in my garden, deer in the fields minutes from my house and barn owls hunting at dawn and dusk. I embrace not having to travel far for these pleasures and it causes me to reflect on the inextricable link between the managed farmland landscape and thriving ecosystems. The human element provides the basis for my work – Land Rovers and Labradors, pheasants and foxgloves – I’m a great advocate for conservation, which makes me particularly appreciative of the wonderful wading birds available for my studies in the Humber Estuary and game birds on the moor.

A place for indulgence?

My great luxury is a spa day. I love to share it with friends at the Devonshire Arms Hotel on the Bolton Abbey Estate. It’s just close enough for a day trip and provides a total sanctuary for me. It’s intimate, beautiful and the staff and treatments are wonderful.

Great British Life: Reaching the top of Simon's Seat via the valley of Desolation near to Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales (credit: Getty)Reaching the top of Simon's Seat via the valley of Desolation near to Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales (credit: Getty)

A Yorkshire view that inspires?

Simon’s Seat on the Bolton Abbey Estate in the Dales never fails me… whether I’m alone, with family or friends; this spot is my reminder of why Yorkshire is ‘God’s own county’. I find it emotive, even an ethereal escape. The vista is stunning year-round, regardless of the weather and I always feel that I’ve earned the view after a fairly tough walk to the top, sometimes through a sea of purple heather. It’s a scene so provocative that I long for artist and friend, Robin Grover-Jacques, to capture the landscape on canvas, I know he has the ability to express my sentiments through brush strokes.

Great British Life: Kilnsey village and farmland above Conistone in Wharfedale (credit: Getty)Kilnsey village and farmland above Conistone in Wharfedale (credit: Getty)

I’m never happier than when…?

I’m trekking with the hacking centre team at the Kilnsey Estate. There are endless places to explore in the Wharfdale and by taking a horse I enjoy the views without the hard, steep climb…

Three words that sum up your best Yorkshire life?

Peaceful, friendly and diverse.