Curlew

bracken on birch  

 

The neighbouring heathland is a constant source of inspiration:

 

Heath Drawings

At the beginning of 2012, as at the end of every winter, parts of the heath overgrown with self sown nursery woodland shed their superfluous branches in the winds and weather, all helped along by the deer pushing their way through the crowded undergrowth.

(click on individual images for enlargement)

It is like an ephemeral, impermanent, constantly moving drawing, lines are going everywhere in all directions, evolving in to different shapes and forms. I couldn’t resist adding to them a little, but was careful to move nothing; the heath had spread its branches at my feet,   ‘tread softly …….  ‘

 

In the summer of 2014, these images were transported and transposed to Cley church in the Cley 14 exhibition:  ‘A Conversation with Materials’  – nature’s apparent chaos of the wild place constrained to the grid of the hessian, the restriction of the form, and presented as a work of art, on to a measured piece of canvas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bracken pieces

 

curlew-strip_web

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bracken Trail 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Changing seasons,

autumn:

and winter:

details:

                     

Heath Shadows II

 

 

Four Riders

 

 

 

Brush with Nature

 

Salthouse Heath houses many neolithic barrows.  Over enthusiastic felling of birch trees early in 2009 resulted in the making of this installation which consists of 31 pieces linking two barrows in the form of an avenue reminiscent of the ancient standing stones.

from the top of Three Farthing Hill (the 2nd largest round barrow in Norfolk)

 

and from the top of the 2nd barrow, more than 100 metres away

 

Spring 2009

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and Winter 2010

brushwithnature5_web

 

 

 

                                    

www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk NHER reference Nos. 6202, 6203