The sculptural form and texture of this convoluted tree is picked out in black ink against the soft vibrancy of spring. Exploring her medium as well as her locality, Amanda combines line and flow with flair.
Amanda's lively work reflects the characters and stories manifest in her subject. Her current focus is on trees, with an emphasis on arboreal interaction with their surroundings and with people. Her exquisitely detailed pen and ink style is reminiscent of classic fairy tale illustrations, with a counterpoint of modern realism.
This wonderful ash was a lockdown find: I discovered the bridleway it stands on when I made a conscious effort to explore the less obvious walking routes around my home. The tree’s shape indicates that it may once have been part of a hedge embanked along the side of the track, but that hedge is long gone and the ash has asserted itself as a substantial presence. The drawing focuses on the base of the tree, where coils of ivy and thick-set roots, revealed by erosion, intertwine over a cache of blue-tinged flint nodules.