She Had Trees in Her Eyes
I created this print for the exhibition 'Walthamstow Stories' currently on at Artsnug Gallery in London. For the show we were asked to make a work inspired by the local area, and I chose Epping Forest as my subject.
I'm so deeply inspired by trees. Although I rarely portray them, they are perhaps my favourite feature of this earth. I love that trees are what they are. To sit with a tree is to sit with the bare truth of what it is to be alive: being itself. There is no story, no ego, no fear, no control, no regret. Trees remind me to get beneath all of the manufactured drama of the human predicament and rest in being. London is wonderful for its wealth of green spaces, and Epping Forest is one of the best.
I visited the forest for the first time during the summer of 2021. It was the farthest from home I had been in the previous pandemic year, having spent much of that time within the direct vicinity of my house in South London. Entering the shimmering canopy I felt shrouded in peace. The dance of light and shadow, glimpses of wild rabbits and other wildlife, and muffled sounds were a welcome refuge from noisy London.
To have a forest within one of the world's great capitals is truly a gift. My print 'She Had Trees in Her Eyes' speaks to the blanket of calm that came over me upon entering this green sanctuary.
As all prints are hand pressed, each will have some minor differences, which I believe adds to the character of the print. I cannot guarantee that you will receive the edition featured in the photo.
16.5"x 15.5" linoleum print hand printed on a 21" x 18" sheet of Masa paper. Limited edition of 10.