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...

The Night Watch

Created on panels of oak.  I wanted to capture the feel of badgers emerging from their sett. The dark of night illuminated by a silver leaf moon. 67x92 

Heidrun

Heidrun lives in the branches of Yggdrasil, the world tree of Norse mythology. She is said to produce mead from her udders to serve to the brave departed in the halls of Valhalla. Obviously a popular girl to have at a party also! Painted on a section of elm floor board. 80x38cm Sold 

Malkin

From the same section of floorboard as Heidrun, a home for Malkin to race through a misty landscape. 80x38cm Sold

Journey to Zazzura

This is a section of driftwood I had for sometime whilst I puzzled what to adorn it with. During one of our open studios, a lady who clearly has an eye for such things suggested the bleached wood resembled the desert sands and the rust marks, foot prints! Genius! So I had to paint camels on their way to the mythical city of Zazzura. 62x10cm

Selene.

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 Sold

Litha

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

Alycone

Taken from Greek mythology, Alcyone was changed into a kingfisher by the gods. Oil on aged wood panel. Currently on display with obsidianart

Daughter of the morning star

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

Journey to paradise

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