TREE SERIES

~2013;2014~

Batik forest field
Batik forest field
Oil on canvas 700 x 600mm
Jacaranda Tree in a Cloud of Grey
Jacaranda Tree in a Cloud of Grey
Oil on canvas 760 x 760mm
Yellow Tree Forest
Yellow Tree Forest
Oil on canvas 1000mm by 1000mm
Oak Tree Tapestry
Oak Tree Tapestry
Oil on canvas 102 x 102cm
Weaver Tree Forest with a Tiara of flowers
Weaver Tree Forest with a Tiara of flowers
Oil on canvas 910mm by 910mm
Indian Birch
Indian Birch
Oil on canvas
Olive Tree Mesh
Olive Tree Mesh
Oil on canvas 510 x 510 mm
Apple tree with an embroidered carpet
Apple tree with an embroidered carpet
Oil on canvas 500 x 500 mm
Wild blue and yellow forest
Wild blue and yellow forest
Oil on canvas 500mm by 500mm
Light in the Forest with a Carpet of Stone
Light in the Forest with a Carpet of Stone
Oil on canvas 510 x 410mm
 Fir tree woodcut with Japanese markings
Fir tree woodcut with Japanese markings
Oil on canvas 400 x 510mm
In the Depth of the Forest
In the Depth of the Forest
510 x 410mm
Against the Fence
Against the Fence
510 x 410mm
Protection
Protection
Oil on canvas
Survival
Survival
Oil on canvas

I am now working on the sensual aspect of the collective tree – The  Forest.. I have broadened my visual sense, to work alongside , and to embrace, my sense of touch. My feelings of cold, shivers down my back, dampness on my under souls , and goosebumps on my arms and legs, embraces me while I am at one with nature. My sense of touch continues to prickle as I rub my fingertips against the towering scaly, tree trunks.  The branches emerge at diverse angles out of the trunk, and finally shoot further into a smaller network of spiky twigs, they crisscross into a mesh like net, that spreads across the skyline of the forest, as if it were a spider web.

I enjoy the rhythmic pattern that is formed by the vertical pillars of the trees. The upright regal trees give me comfort. They are strong and masculine and provide me with a sense of completeness, a feeling that reflects back to my youth. The forest is ‘my sanctury’ and a place that allows me to be a free spirit.

The forest filters light into the otherwise shadowy space and sunlight glows unexpectedly down onto the earth in irregular intervals. As I emerge from the forest and go indoors, I am blinded by the change of light and I have to adjust my eyes.   Once focused, I experience the same visual joy of the forest, but now by having my feet touch the cold quarry tiled floor, and then the kelim rug. I am entranced by the beautiful pattern, woven into a carpet with earthy colours and executed by a master weaver from another land, from Persia, India, Turkey. The pattern is symbolic, and relevant to a “primitive” society.

Again my sense of touch, warmth and home, spreads through my body and I relish in the feeling.  I feast on the aesthetics, design and intellectual stimulation that my home provided for me in my youth and stays with me always.

My paintings express the profound effects of both the indoor and outdoor. They are tactile, emotional culminations of my relationship with nature and in specific the forest and its surrounds. They portray my obsession with pattern and textiles. My paintings are executed with sincerity and honesty.  They show my passion for paint and colour, design and texture.

CAPTURING THE MOMENT – THE WORLD AS I EXPERIENCE IT

I capture the moment in photo.  It is the unplanned, involuntary visual experience that I translate into compositions on canvas.

As a child the forest at the bottom of my garden seemed to symbolise the essence of nature in an urban context.

Rather than work from the generic concept of a tree, I have been more specific in accessing the soul of particular kinds of trees.  Referring to the ancient Celtic symbolism that was used as an alphabet, I have brought into existence personal metaphors for the feelings associated with those trees.  Thus each painting evokes a specific mood that connotes that kind of tree.

The contemporary works seem to make manifest my preoccupation with mark making and colour, conveying my profound response to the world as I personally experience it.