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...
Odin had two ravens which would fly each day and return in the evening to him with news. In the Codex Regus of the Poetic Edda there is a verse referring to the ravens. I have translated this verse into runic, an ancient alphabet used in old Norse, and hand burned it around the wood.
In Greek mythology the 9 daughters of Peirus were turned into Magpies for claiming to be better singers than the muses.
Here I have painted this controversial bird on an interesting piece of wood discarded by a cabinet maker.
Oil and gold leaf on wood. 46 x 32 cms. Currently for sale at John Leach, Somerset
Hertha also known as Nerthus is an earth godess associated with fertility. Currently for sale at Bluestone Gallery, Devises
Many birds are associated with the goddess Aphrodite. I felt this cupboard door provided a wonderful perch for them and appeared as a window. Currently for sale in the John Leach Gallery, Somerset
You can tell these two are up to no good! I dare you to try to out stare them! Painted on a large oak panel that I saw as the well scratched farm yard floor. 116 x 54 cm. Currently on sale at John Leach Gallery Somerset
On beautifully grained oak I have painted the hog Gullinbursti. As legend has it, owned by the Norse god Freyr, this hog would pull his chariot, its path illuminated by his golden bristles! Recreated here with gold leaf! Currently on sale at the John Leach gallery, Somerset.
From Norse legend, Andvari was a dwarf who was tricked out of his gold by the infamous trickster Loki. When reunited with his gold, he hid it in the deep dark earth... Currently for sale with the John Leach Gallery, Somerset
In Norse mythology, Hati Hróðvitnisson is a wolf that, according to Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda, chases Máni, the moon, across the night sky. 48x36cm framed size
Named after the roosters the sit in the tree of life 'Yggdrasil'. These pheasants are prepared to battle to see who will rule the roost! 105x42cm framed
The birds of Rhiannon are 3 magical birds whose song can 'wake the dead and lull the living to sleep'. Here is my take on one of them!
Painted in oil and gold leaf on a little panel of wood. 28 x 18 cm. Currently for sale at John Leach, Somerset