Garden Art Series.
Recently I have been drawn to various gardens, often being invited by the owners to paint them.
One garden in particular, a victorian walled garden, has captured my imagination because of its unspoiled nature and sheer diversity of plant life. Located in the middle of and urban district, it is a haven of calm, colour, and original unspoiled architecture.
Below are a number of what began as sketches but developed into pen and ink drawings.
In response to these drawings I have created a series oil paintings. I would like people to feel as though they are actually present in the garden, and sharing it with me.
This work extends the theme of garden art, letting the memory & imagination create a magical & even rural oasis within an urban environment. It progresses towards the vast rewilding of wastelands, rockfaces and demolition areas. Minute unnoticed flowers and green foliage stretch towards the light with a vigour far extending their initial size to rewild or transform their surroundings. There is a need to recognise the power of plants to change the character of wild and neglected spaces.
The Paintings begin with the ultimate rewilding of "Flanders" with poppies, followed by "Rewilding", "Rockfaces", & "Meadowlands". "Softly Silently" depicts the process of self rewilding, while man's intervention is portrayed through schemes such as The "Eden" Project, which showcases the beauty of nature's diversity in a disused kaolinite pit .