Our friend, Jim Merriott, the superb Essex-based painter is at Ingatestone Hall for the next few days displaying his paintings there and illustrating just what a beautiful place we live in. Jim's work can also been seen within the covers of Essex Life and Hertfordshire Life where he also gives us excellent tips for our own creative efforts. "Remember the artist is on a journey of learning. The task is never easy, but with practice and patience, success will come!" Check out Jim Merriott's own website to see more of his work.