A series of unique pieces of art, which are as much about the wood and its history as the painting. This wood has lived before, as a tree, then as an item that may have been loved or used, but then lost or discarded. I want to give it a new identity. Each piece of wood offers wonderful possibilities: the sea- worn textures, grain patterns and old, flaking paint might suggest misty landscapes, rippled water and other settings. I paint creatures which will enhance each background and which I feel is appropriate to the wood. And then the wood continues with a new life...
According to Greek mythology, Selene is a goddess not just associated with the moon but the personification of the moon itself. Oil and silver leaf on aged wood panel 81x25 cm
Painted to celebrate the summer solstice. Litha bounds under the full summer sun. For this hare, a symbol of fertility herself, it will always be summer. Oil and gold leaf on aged wood panel. Currently on display with obsidianart
Taken from Greek mythology, Alcyone was changed into a kingfisher by the gods. Oil on aged wood panel. Currently on display with obsidianart
According to Greek mythology, Alcyone married Ceyx who was the son of the morning star. If you wish to be picky, this would make Alcyone the daughter-in-law of the morning star but that just doesn't have the same ring to it now does it!? Oil and gold leaf of oak panel. 40x25cm
Now back to Norse mythology, Mani the moon (thought maybe to be the origin of the man in the moon story) is pursued across the sky by the wolf Hati Hrodvitnisson. Painted on a very special piece of wood, a 17th century drawer back given to me by a restorer. Oil and gold leaf on wood panel. 25x18cm
Each piece of wood is unique yet some pieces just appear a little 'more' unique, this is one such piece. This sizeable side of a boat was found washed up on Eype beach Dorset, its history can only be imagined. The wood suggested a tumbling sky over the sea, perfect to house a pair of Arctic Terns. Their scientific name is Sterna Paradisaea, so 'Journey to paradise' was born. 157x75cm