Culbone Wood Fernery and Whitebeams


oil on canvas

75 x 50 x 4 cm


Culbone Wood Fernery and Whitebeams

75 x 50 cm

oil on canvas

Culbone Wood Fernery and Whitebeams was painted as part of a project by The Arborealists on the trees and woodland of Exmoore and Dartmoor national parks. I painted this view after walking in the incredible Culbone Wood which lines high cliffs along the beach in North Somerset. I was torn between painting the view out to sea through the trees and the incredible ferns growing amongst trees on the steep slope of the woodland floor. I was told about how the Victorians used to collect ferns from the woods for their homes as they were so prolific there. I wanted to paint in a limited palette and it all ended up very pink as much as my work does, but I think it conveys the richness and beauty of the place.

Painted on a professionally stretched deep edged canvas, ready to hang.

On Trees and Woodland of Exmoore and Dartmoor:

‘Environmental campaigners believe that the majority of the population feel unconnected to nature and that there is no simple solution to this problem. We have become separated from our primordial roots and our once instinctive reliance on the cycle of life of our native flora and fauna. Many of us do not see ourselves as part of nature and so we do not understand or even care that we depend on the health of the natural world for our survival.

It is recognised that doom and gloom reports of wild-life extinction and the destruction of vital environments can have the opposite effect to that intended. We readily accept a depleted state of nature as a baseline that continues to creep; biodiversity is slipping away without being noticed. We refuse to accept or digest the evidence and we bury our heads in the sand.

There is a consensus however that fostering some kind of personal connection to nature is vital in order to awaken and mobilise a largely urban population to take action, and that this could include spirituality and the arts as well as science. The project will draw directly on this premise.

The Arborealists have visited specific tree and woodland sites on Exmoor and Dartmoor, as advised by Exmoor and Dartmoor National Park Authorities, in different seasons and have made work for a specific exhibitions.’ Philippa Beale


Additional information

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 75 × 50 × 4 cm