AN artist’s collection of pitman paintings has been pulled together
to create an illustrated picture book that explains
coal mining to children. Working with children’s author and
Rupert Bear illustrator, Stuart Trotter, Derek Slater, of Ferryhill,
said he is proud to see his art in another format.
The Coal Mine is Mr Slater’s first book although he
hasn’t ruled out the prospect of another.
The fine art graduate said: “I have really enjoyed the process and
it’s nice to have something with my name on.
“My family and friends think it’s great,
and my grandchildren each have a copy.
“I painted my first oil painting in 1978 and I still have it today.
“There are around 40 of my paintings in the book,
I also paint portraits and make ecological pictures.”
The 32-page book has been published by
Mr Trotter’s publishing company, Rockpool Children’s Books.
Mr Trotter said: “The idea to create a story using Derek’s pictures
came after we were introduced and he told me he was a painter.
“We’ve collaborated on the text and now Derek has this
wonderful book that acts as a window into his artwork.”
Stacey-Lee Christon - The Northern Echo