Cotswold artist capture Highgrove scenes for Prince Charles
A COTSWOLDS artist is to exhibit his paintings of Highgrove House estate to raise money for the Prince’s Countryside Fund.
Jeremy Houghton, 39, a professional artist based in Broadway, has spent the past year capturing the grounds to the Prince of Wales’ home with his paintbrush.
And his work gained so much interest from Prince Charles that the heir to the throne has asked him to showcase his portfolio in London where it will be auctioned for charity.
Jeremy said: “I was given the freedom to roam around the estate and paint pictures of anything that captured my imagination.
“It was a great privilege to be able to wander around the wonderful estate.
“It wasn’t so much the garden or house I was interested in.
“For me, it was the bits behind the scenes that people don’t really see like the Shire horses and the traditional farming methods that you don’t see these days.
“The job came about when I had been working with Gentlemen at Arms, a ceremony of the Queen’s bodyguards, and when they heard I was a local Gloucestershire boy, they asked me to do some paintings at Highgrove House.
“I spent every morning with him, going through the paintings I have done.
“He was very passionate about the countryside and also passionate about painting.”
Every morning during his work at the estate, Prince Charles admired his work.
“It was lovely to be able to talk about art and farming with him,” Jeremy continued.
“It was an amazing surprise and privilege although, because I was kept behind the scenes, it didn’t feel like as high profile a job at the time.
“It was a wonderful experience for me.”
Jeremy has also worked in Africa, selling his painting of its wildlife to raise money for its conservation.
“I will continue my work with conservation,” he added.
“I did a lot of work in Kenya painting flamingos and raised a lot of money for the species.”