I had started planning ‘Lockdown Trees’ after the second lockdown, and a brief visit to Norfolk to deliver artwork to one of the galleries. There’s a range of trees just outside Holt near Spout Hill that had sparked my interest. We had returned to Kent as we were told to all stay in our own areas. On returning to Kent, I looked for a similar group of trees to finish the composition. I had made a start drawing the trees, but I believe the main source of the trees are near the footpath between Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory and Worth Village. As a nod to Norfolk and the original inspiration, the pink-footed geese are flying past the array of trees.
The original print is classed as a linocut. The background was made using a serigraph technique with tissue paper masks. It is due to the fragility of the paper masks that I was only able to create 17 in the edition.
The image has been named ‘Lockdown Trees’ so I never forget what has happened over the last year.
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