New Wood on Old Land


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Acrylic on board by Sue Graham.

The painting measures 60cm x 60cm. Supplied framed in a hand-painted pale grey wood float frame. The outer frame measures approximately 63.5cm x 63.5cm.

This piece can also be purchased using Own Art - interest free credit, payable in 10 equal monthly direct debit instalments of £62.50 - contact the gallery for an email application form.

Artist Statement: About 'New Wood on Old Land'

"One of the reasons we are moving to Scotland is because we want to plant trees. Land is cheaper up there, and Scotland has lost so much of its native forest due to human activity over many hundreds of years. Scotland also has many hopeful rewilding projects.

Reforestation to restore wildlife habitats and to mitigate climate change makes me feel less hopeless about the state of our planet.

When an area rewilds itself, the first tree species to re-establish are birch and willow, which in time serve as ‘nursery trees’ to young oak and other species. That’s why the trees depicted here are mostly birch. The bluebells bloom where forest used to grow. Now the forest is slowly coming back. Not in my lifetime, but for the future nature- lovers and wildlife.

Painting on board is fun – it is less bouncy than canvas, which means brushstrokes and palette-knife marks turn out differently and it’s more ‘thirsty’, drying very fast."

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About Sue Graham

I can barely remember a time when I didn’t paint, or wasn’t thinking about painting. I have had various other ‘real’ jobs; PR, Retail Management, Special Events. Somehow though my heart was never in them and I’m not sure I was ever truly good at them. 

Ideas for paintings keep on coming. Sometimes I worry the well of creativity will run dry… but so far every time I go there I am able to bring something back. There is an endless variety of inspiration in the world.

My working style is quite chaotic, usually launching straight into a painting with an idea in my head and seeing where that takes me. There then follows a period of ‘retrenchment’; lots of adjusting and assessing. And sometimes things are scrapped. Some paintings come fast and some emerge through a more convoluted process.

Over the years I have received so much encouragement from friends and, touchingly, from random strangers too. It means a lot to me, so a big ‘thank you’ to you all. Somebody once asked me to reflect on why it is that I paint: the question has sat with me for years but I think the answer is this: to communicate feelings and ideas and to be accepted for who I am.