Shaded Path

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Yew trees on a hill fort in Hampshire. Drawing made using pen and traditional Indian ink, varnished and presented in a black wood tray frame.

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Amanda Bates

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. 



It was a sunny day and the cool path between the dark yews looked very inviting…

It seems unlikely that such a slow growing thing as a yew should be thought of as a weed, but yew trees have earned the epithet “Hampshire weed” at some time in the past. Here, just outside the embankements of a Hampshire hillfort (Danebury Hill, between Andover and Stockbridge), there are several groups of yew, many of them growing densely together on the steep slopes of the hill. These trees were not so forbidding. I found them pleasingly gnarled, with roots tumbling down towards the path – maybe the remnant of a ditch? –  and patches of light and shade animating their aged countenaces.

Framed size: 44 x 34 x 4 cm


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