A former school teacher has launched an exhibition of paintings based on Epping Forest landmarks.

Alison Chaplin, 60, of Beacontree Avenue in Walthamstow, is currently displaying four years of lifework at The View in Rangers Road, Chingford as part of her exhibition, En Plein Air.

The French expression translated as 'in the open air' showcases 41 paintings of well-known outdoor hotspots in Waltham Forest and Epping, including Connaught Waters and High Beech.   

Ms Chaplin, a full-time artist and former secondary school art teacher in Chigwell, says the artwork is personal to her upbringing.

"I have always lived in Waltham Forest and been beside Epping Forest. The forest is a big part of my life and I find it a constant inspiration," said the mother-of-two. 

The paintings with local and international appeal range from £65 to £900, and can be bought on Charles Saatchi's online gallery.

En Plein Air opened to the public on Saturday and will run every day between 10am and 5pm until June 15.