Dock Drift

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"This painting was the result of a freezing walk last year near Ashmore, the highest village in Dorset. On the open fields, windswept snow had drifted around a stand of dock plant stems creating a heaped line leading to the woods. Many of the woodlands in the area are made up of endangered ash. There are 1,058 UK species associated with ash trees, ranging from beetles to birds, lichens to mammals. All will be affected when we lose up to 90% of the UK's ash trees from dieback disease. Research is ongoing into replanting these trees with ash bred with tolerance to the infection. Written into the painting are the names of some of the 1,058 species."


Gary Cook
Ink, watercolour & charcoal
70 x 89 cm

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This work was exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) Annual Exhibition. Discover more about the RI and its history or find out more about artists opportunities for future RI exhibitions

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