Bark Painting 0937
Ash bark painting in acrylic, paint, chalk and ink 280mmx180mm inspired by Northern European animal and bird totems. From the Nørthlands series.
I've always had a fascination for indigenous art and so called primitive art. Since working in archaeology and timber I always wondered if the wood was painted in the houses, henges and gathering sites here in Scotland. This is just a response to it all. These wood tablets, bark sheets, stag oak branches and bog oak pieces are all painted on offcuts from the workshop - ash, elm, oak, sycamore - whatever is lying around. All painted and carved tablets are made from Scottish hardwoods. They are storylines in themselves, partly mine, partly the viewer. Colourful, non descriptive, ancestral messages held on wood from a primitive place.