The Glastonbury Thorn is a real, twice yearly blossoming, hawthorn tree (or trees) and a potent myth. The original Thorn supposedly grew on the spot where
Joseph of Arimathea thrust his staff into the ground on Weary-All or Wirral Hill. Over the centuries it has multiplied and spread, been cut down, re-planted, re-
positioned and had its mythical power claimed by Christians and Pagans alike.
Two pieces completed during the pandemic lockdowns of 2020/21 responding to ancient sweet chestnut trees on the Felbrigg estate in Norfolk. Gouache on clay board.
Four small works on clay and scratch board made in response to a visit to woods in Somerset as part of the Arborealists’ Exmoor project.
Three drawings forming a composite image of an old vine in southern France.
Graphite drawings from photographs by Adrian Hollister of a eucalyptus tree at Inverewe.
Tree rubbings using sterilised soil, Inverewe.
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Root rubbings using charcoal from Inverewe Estate.
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Nine charcoal drawings forming a composite image of a historic tree.