“The second of the pieces inspired by our trip to the North Pennines (the first was Pennine Ruin which has limited edition prints available here). Very local to where we stayed (Nenthead, which I would highly recommend) was a relatively small pine wood, with extraordinarily closely packed trees. We immediately knew that a piece of artwork needed to be done, but what composition would be best? We stayed in there for a very long time, trying to work this out, but it wasn’t until we looked up that the solution became obvious. Looking straight up created a drama that we hadn’t been able to create with other ideas and it also pays homage to the grace and grandeur of these wonderful trees!
This composition is also very unusual in that it works both in landscape and portrait orientation. The picture has been signed twice and has hangings on the back for both positions, meaning it can fit into any space… as long as it’s big enough!
I draw with Bic biros on raw linen canvas. To prepare the surface, I lighten the canvas with a white oil paint wash. Once this is dry, I draw with the biro, as I would with pencil on paper. After the drawing is complete, it’s varnished (to fix the ink in place) and more white oil paint is used to add light and finalise the composition. The Bic ink is actually surprisingly versatile, in terms of its colour. If I want a blue tinge to the work I can smudge it, and a sepia tinge can be achieved by layering white oil paint over it. The paint interacts with the ink as it dries, changing the colour.”
I make all my own frames for my original artworks, I use mouldings, paints and varnishes of the finest specification. The colours are individually selected to match each piece of art, ensuring the best finish possible.
At present, I can only ship to the UK via the website. I can ship to other destinations, but I’ll need you to get in touch, using the contact me form, for a quote if buying from outside the UK.
All the art I sell is packaged extremely carefully, to keep your painting safe for it’s journey, no matter how far. I have years of experience packaging original artworks for transport to all parts of the world, so you can have faith your unique piece of art will arrive safe and sound. This can take some time, especially with original paintings, however, I aim to ship all art within 2 working days.