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Secret Forest - mixed media

I started working with pen and ink back in the early 90’s. I love this medium, it has a quality of agedness allowing the artist to create something new whilst reflecting on the old. This piece is hand drawn with micro-pens on paper then painstakingly cut out with an exacto knife and applied to anther piece of paper. Following on from the previous series i wanted to capture the fragility of nature and that being said the fragility of our very own lives. Many of the florals are inspired by 17th century french and english botanical drawings. Many of the plants in these drawings are extinct.

I weave these specimens in with made up plants from my imagination, creating scenes that are magical and inspiring. Life and death stand together, hand in hand.

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