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The Special Oak

The Special Oak-1

Original - Not for Sale
Limited edition Giclee prints from £40

This tree has been my rock throughout the last lockdown. I discovered him when walking with a friend in fields near her Stratford-upon-Avon home last summer (2020) after the first Covid lockdown and instantly felt a bond. I visited him many times and felt great joy connecting with him and photographing his fine stature.

Early last November, I was sitting on a hospital bed hundreds of miles away from home (in Cambridge) feeling that I needed to call upon his strength to help me through surgery. As I flicked through the photos on my phone I suddenly realised I needed to draw him. Luckily I never go anywhere without a sketch pad and pen.

As we were in late autumn, it seemed fitting that my drawing should reflect this, hence the falling leaves and acorns and the cool autumnal shades. His message is simple – ‘stay strong and steady. Believe in yourself. Never underestimate your ability and what you can achieve if you put your mind to it. You’ve got this!’

This tree has been by my side ever since offering protection but giving me courage to move forward