Winter trees book
I love tree silhouettes. In the summer, trees boldly turn our country green, but in winter you can see their underlying structure and intricacy and delicacy of the branches. This book celebrates winter trees and the impact they have on our landscape.
Looking Out is based on the same image as The Bench, but it is a much larger picture with colour and it has a different feel to it. I imagine sitting on the bench and looking out over the surrounding countryside, from a place where the sycamores are covering my back.
The bench in this picture is nestling under a group of sycamore trees, part of the avenue of trees on the drive to Lyme Park. I was attracted by the contrast of scale between the wooden bench and the trees, and by the juxtaposition of the vertical slats of the bench with the sycamore trunks.
The Other Way
The Other Way is based on a photograph taken at Lyme Park at a point where two paths meet. I saw it as an allegorical choice between keeping to the security of the wall or heading out into a bright but less well defined and potentially exposed future.
I like walking next to water, I find it calming and a time for reflection. I saw this scene on a walk down the Macclesfield Canal between High Lane and Marple, and have recreated it as a screen print.
This lane is little more than a farm track near Tegg's Nose Country Park. It is a place where I can envisage dramas from nineteenth century romantic novels being enacted.
“Tatton Oak” was inspired on a day that had started frosty and white. Later the winter sun rose in a cloudless sky, and highlighted the undulations in the ground and the surface colours of the bark of this oak. It turned the tree, which in a different light looked dull and lifeless, into a harbinger of Spring.
This picture was produced in an edition of 25 prints with 12 artists proofs for the 20:20 print exchange
and touring exhibition in 2013/14. The square format required for the 20:20 can be awkward, but I liked it for this tree as it emphasises the unruly branches which are struggling to escape an /otherwise orderly and symmetrical existence.