From Brian and Janet Collings
It seems a long time now since a few of us all sat around after one of the Stoke Bruerne Artists' Weekends and floated the idea of forming a Guild of Waterway Artists. Harley was one of the regular exhibitors. He was always conspicuous on those occasions by the groups of people standing around him or frequently returning to view progress as a new image grew before their eyes. Without doubt he was a wizard with a knife, and readily conveyed his thoughts on what he was producing to those watching him work. He never failed to amaze me, anyway!
His other speciality as I recall was Ocean Liners, handled in the same way as his other paintings.
The Guild grew, new and different venues were attended and membership changed, bringing a greater diversity of art to a wider audience. At most of the events where artists were invited, the familiar campervan would appear, Harley would "do his bit" and then be off elsewhere to gain more ideas or to attend another show. He will be remembered by many.
The waterways have changed and a lot of water has gone under the bridge. Since those early days that led to the forming of the Guild, a lot of paint will have gone under Harley's knife.
His legacy hangs on many a wall and in the minds of those who knew him .
Brian and Janet
From Louise Moore
Very sad news to hear of the passing of one of the Guilds founders. What a wonderful body of work he has us left to remember him by.