I adore trees. They are mighty beings who live only to serve by purifying the air and providing wood, shelter, medicines and foods. It is their benevolent spirits which I seek to portray.
Sunlight filtering through trees has been a love of mine since I was a child. I could gaze for hours at the beams streaming through the trunks creating fingers of light which track the passage of the sun. I have experimented with several versions of this work, with shadow and patches of heavy sunlight on the road.
Oil on Canvas 120x92cm
The apple tree in my garden was just crying out to be painted. The blossom was heavier than any previous year. I painted this en plein air while the visiting garden birds vocally criticisedmy progress.
Oil on Board37x30cm
The image for this painting was etched in my head on waking one morning with a suspended water droplet hanging in the light. When I am visited by such a strong image, the creative process happens without any seeming effort: It paints itself. Ash was the obvious choice as I'm so fond of their straight linear lines terminating in distinctive black buds: a promise of Spring.
Oil on Canvas70x50cm