These paintings are my response to the excitement I feel at the image of old trees…the texture, lines and shapes…and possibly the story they tell about age. When they have fallen as many did during the storms, they become sculptural, the beauty and incredible designs on the outer surface are suddenly up close, their hugeness is magnificent, the colours in the bark indicate a life and energy which is retained even as the tree lies on the ground.
The first of these paintings is done on a tinted surface. I wanted to place the fallen tree in a context, emphasising that life even at its end is expressing the energy, beauty and rhythm of another reality. This painting was very difficult and took quite some time as it was not easy to express what I wanted to say in the image of the fallen tree. After the initial washes in watercolour, I added soft pastels and worked up the tones of the bark.
The next two images are a pure response to the excitement I feel with the subject. In both I’ve made little attempt at realism but just let the line and the paint work together.