THE PRESENCE OF TREES
Trees have been entering my work since way back in 2006 when I was drawn to the texture and beautiful shapes in the tree trunks at Audley End in Cambridgeshire. Later in 2009 I made prints inspired by Winter in the Lake District. In 2014 the trees framed by the windows at York Cemetery caught my eye and in 2016 in Sussex, the copses placed between me and the Downs were an inspiration. The spaces between trees interests me and the sound of silence in the quiet woods of Corris in North Wales. The shapes of the trees seem to me to have human qualities and these I have explored in my sketchbook using watercolour and inks. Since my residency in Corris, North Wales, the feeling of trees really 'kicked in' and after a move to a new studio this theme has fully captured my attention. 2016-2017 may well be my serious 'Tree Period' as I enter a different phase of my artistic practice.
The Presence of Trees: Plein Air Ink Drawings
In amongst birdsong, air, breeze and feeling of tranquility inspired by tree copse looking towards the South Downs Chalvington, Sussex, May 2016
Ink on Snowdon acid-free Cartridge 300gsm
size approx 70 x 33 cms