Artisan & Author
I feel very fortunate to live in beautiful East Anglia, which is full of history, delightful scenery and bristling with a remarkable array of wildlife.
My latest works
‘Songs of the Trees’ has grown out of the many journeys I have made within this gentle county; from visiting mysterious places and ancient churches to observations within the woods; of wildlife and of walking in nature.
Being in nature can lift our spirits and is now promoted as a recognised way of dealing with worry, anxiety and depression. The character Aelfwynn loves to visit woods and trees because it makes her feel better. Her walk, her journey, becomes a metaphor for life and contains the mythical Jack-in-the-Green or the Green man who in this story can represent our relationship with nature/God/the Divine. Aelfwynn finds herself walking into a labyrinth and there she meets four trees who impart their gifts to her in the form of values/characteristics that will help her heal her sadness.
The illustrations themselves are a journey too. Look very carefully ………… you will be amazed at what you find!
’The Lost Key’, again stems from the many adventures I’ve made within the area, but also my interest in Anglo-Saxon history and the mythology surrounding the pagan symbol of the Greenman which we see extensively in churches in Suffolk and Norfolk. The story centres around a particular area in Suffolk known as ’The All Saints’, just south of the River Waveney. Containing much analogy, ’The Lost Key’ is a tale of adventure and fortitude; about the complexities of human nature, and our attempts to conquer our demons. With equal importance, it is a story about friendship and the soul connection between the enigmatic characters of Leof and Elswyth.