John Ashton – The Implacable Kiss in the Cool Stream Like A Mirror

Original, Painting | 79 × 95 cm | Framed


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John Ashton’s inspiration comes from sixteenth century Japanese woodblock prints and his oil painting’s title is derived from a poem by Miyamoto Musashi, one of the first Samurai. Egrets first appeared on John’s local estuary in Devon in the early 1980’s and he has been joyfully studying and painting them ever since.

Oil on canvas


John has been passionate about wildlife and art for all of his life. Whilst at grammar school in Somerset he taught himself taxidermy, and also went on to discover a way of screen printing pictures in the style of the old Japanese masters; hence his inimitable cartouches bearing his signature on all of his paintings. Now in his seventies, John has settled on the beautiful Avon Estuary in South Devon, where he is a prolific painter, book illustrator and and writer on all things ornithological.


Please note that shipping costs are not included in the purchase price for this artwork, and there may be additional customs charges for deliveries outside the UK.  Upon purchase, a member of the DSWF team will be in touch to discuss collection or delivery options. All artworks will remain at the Mall Galleries, even if sold, until the exhibition concludes on 6 July 2024.


At least 50% of the proceeds from this sale will support the charitable work of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) and our ground-based conservation partners across Africa and Asia.