‘The sacred tree, the sacred stone are not adored as stone or tree; they are worshipped precisely because they are hierophanies, because they show something that is no longer stone or tree but sacred, the ganz andere or 'wholly other.'
Hierophany, the manifestation of sacred
This painting was made in response to a visit to an ancient wood on Exmoor - there was a sense of being both lost and at home in the forest, being at once outside and inside, a stillness and a wildness - a sacred space on the edge of another world. A hyper reality, dream-like realism. This is a space I like to visit and explore and try to portray this in my work.