The geology of the Jurassic Coast is celebrated in a series of artworks.

Dorset Council’s Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston Country Park will host an exhibition of new paintings and prints by artist Sally Maltby, celebrating the geology, coast and landforms of Purbeck, Dorset and beyond.

It can be seen from April 27 to May 15.

During her career, Sally’s artwork has explored botanical and architectural themes, and she has illustrated many books, but she has always been interested in rock formations – their circumstances and change. On moving to Purbeck, Sally became fascinated by the cliff forms of the Jurassic Coast. The contrast between the rolling hills and the explicit geological shapes sliced out by the sea – and the adventitious plants that try to grow on them and further define the shapes.

She said: “The Jurassic Coast is best viewed from the sea and I have braved small, and quite large, boats to experience the huge variety of rocks displayed - and the unimaginable forces that have distorted the originals. It’s a constantly changing environment through erosion. There have also been manmade erosions through quarrying throughout the centuries which by now have melded into the cliffs.”

Ali Tuckey, Ranger at Durlston Country Park, said “I can’t think of a more fitting setting to explore the geology which lies beneath our landscape. Sally’s pictures are not just beautiful, but also insightful and we are really looking forward to the exhibition.”