Lockdown prompted me to explore my local area more carefully, and I was rewarded with sunken lanes, grown-out hedges and hornbeams. Ever fascinated by the tales that can be told, I am drawn to landscape features that bear evidence of the past.
But I took a different approach when Artikinesis (a group of four diverse artists, including me, and a poet) took the plunge into the world of online exhibitions with "Arabesque". My contributions were virtual - digital artworks created using vector techniques, based on woodland flowers. These are realised as full colour prints and greeting cards.
You'll also find a number of woodcut prints in my portfolio. This medium demands a simplified, graphic approach, in contrast to the elaborate detail and textures seen in my tree portraits. I have applied it to a selection of landscape subjects, but also to a series of squares containing imagined figures. This is my "Boxed" series, a visual exploration of form and internal identity, that will become a handmade artist's book. I hope to have completed this by September.