When people ask what I do for a living, this is the most frequent response and question that I receive, so I thought it would be a great subject for my first blog post.
Until now I have allowed my work to speak for itself, or hoped that it would, but actually, this year I have shown my work at a number of art fairs and have discovered that people really enjoy hearing about the inspiration and the reason behind what I do and where I want to take it in the future. Speaking about my work has also given me the opportunity to find out about you, about your work, your interests, hobbies and your expertise, and what I have learned from this is that many, many people are interested in the same things that I am, and are as passionate as I am.
Environment. Our surroundings: whether that be the people in our family, our friends, who we work with or for, our garden, the walks that we like, how we fill our day when we can't get out much anymore or at the moment, what pets we have and what wild species of animal we particularly adore. Before long, the subject of mental health and well being crops up and an engagement occurs, a mutual understanding that the most important aspect of life is to love what you do, appreciate your surroundings and be thankful for the little things.
My special love is trees, since being very little I've been fascinated by them, the things that live in them and on them, the plants that grow at their feet, their sound in the wind, the fruits that they bear. I've drawn them since primary school, read all about them, wrote poetry and learned of their uses.
Whether it be folklore and medicine, ship building and fuel, food and shelter or simply the enjoyment of landscape, trees feature greatly throughout our history, and therefore people and where we live, our communities and the species that surround us are very much part of my interest too. Without trees, much of what we have would never have happened and would certainly be lost.
Through my work I want to explore the appreciation and love of the natural world that we are all part of, and I want to do this in a variety of ways that appeal and interest me.
The first image in this blog is a charcoal drawing of a very beautiful Monterey Cypress tree in my local park, that I drew from life. Cypress meaning 'large seed', this is the tallest tree in the park and is one parent of the Leylandi. I love the cathedral like quality of this giant, it's branches reminding me of gothic arches, quite fitting for #Whitby. The second image is a repeat pattern that was created from my original charcoal drawing, and could be printed on a wide range of surfaces, bringing a little bit of the outdoors into your home or office and reminding you of the little things that really matter.
Thank you for reading :)