drawing

‘MOTHER TREE’ series
double-layered drawing - pastel+graphite on tissue paper over card

We recently had the great pleasure of hiking in the Temperate Rainforests of Vancouver Island, Canada, with our great friends Will and Cindy.
Whilst walking in the forest we were confronted by vast fallen trees dozens of metres long. These so called ‘Mother Trees’ or ‘Nurse Logs’ have single or colonnades of younger trees growing out of them. These dead rotting hummus-rich trees nurture Hemlock and Spruce seedlings, a process that can take hundreds of years.
Our collection focuses on our observations of this phenomena which symbolise the re-generation of the forest at a time when the whole expanse of the Canadian West Coast Forest is under threat of destruction from industrial logging.

‘HOODOO’ series
double-layered drawing - pastel+graphite on tissue paper over card

Our trekking has also taken us to the desert region of Utah/Arizona in South West USA to explore its extraordinary, unworldly rock formations, created over 85 million years of geologic time. ‘Hoodoos’ are formed when soft and hard sandstone rock are found together; the softer rock erodes away leaving the hard sandstone precariously balanced atop a narrow column.
Our collection focuses on our observations of this phenomena, to illustrate the power of natural forces. Our collection would not be complete without a series of 'Saguaro' cacti drawings which symbolise the complex, unique desert flora of southern Arizona.