They are a familiar sight in rural parts of the county and new artwork by the official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire features sheep as cycling spectators.
Richmond-based pastel artist Lucy Pittaway has been chosen as the official artist for this year’s race and her colourful picture, entitled Hills, Dales and Woolly Tails, depicts the excitement, endurance and tenacity of the race, set against the unique Yorkshire backdrop.
Available in a limited run of 595 prints, the piece will be launched at the Lucy Pittaway Art Gallery in Brompton-on-Swale, on April 16 and will be available to view at a number of venues across the region, including Harrogate Flower Show and the Great Yorkshire Show.
“As a local Yorkshire resident, I am so proud to have been named this year’s Tour de Yorkshire artist and to be associated with such a fabulous event for our region,” she said.
The Tour de Yorkshire returns from April 29 to May 1. “There is something for everyone in Lucy’s piece, from fluffy sheep and yellow bikes, to rolling hills and Yorkshire landmarks,” said Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire.