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The Journey

Welcome to my new website and blog. Here I hope to share my work and inspiration, along with news of exhibitions, new work, workshops and news.

It’s been a long and winding path I’ve taken through this ancient landscape, through magical valleys and along hidden coastal pathways. Years of looking and listening to the landscape that surrounds my home, and learning my way through the hedgerows and thickets, deep into a place lost to modern life, a place where the sacred landscape comes alive and where deer and foxes lead you down a myriad of pathways into the green remembering hillsides and woodlands.


I used to live a very different life, one of mortgage, and a bricks and mortar house, supported by a job that sucked at my soul until it nearly dried up and died of hunger. One day I decided to jump, and be brave. I left my old life behind, left my job and my home, and drove away in my car, which was to become my home for the next three months. I met my now husband Phil who was working as a forester, planting large woodlands all over Wiltshire, Hampshire and Berkshire. I decided to do some work with him to clear my head of offices and the corporate world, and to start to deepen my relationship with the landscape.


One of my first jobs with Phil was planting trees and hedgerows in the fields overlooking Avebury and West Kennet Long Barrow, up early mornings in the frost and snow of January and February, the planting season. We worked high up on the hills that looked down on Avebury and Silbury, often shrouded in the dawn mist as we arrived and unloaded hundreds of tree saplings to plant. l used to wrap myself in so many layers of clothing I could barely walk, but the clear frosty air felt fresh and healing in my lungs and working outside started the slow recovery I so desperately needed. I still love to drive


over to Avebury and West Kennet occasionally, and see the trees and shrubs maturing as they grow ever stronger and bigger, it feels as if they’ve mirrored my own journey from those early days of tiny shoots of possibility, to now, strong and green and able to withstand the storms life blows in.


We live together on an old organic farm, tucked away hidden from view and next to an ancient apple orchard. The orchard and fields that surround us are full of animals and birds. As I lie in bed I can hear owls calling to each other from the gnarled apple trees, back and forth in their conversation. Deer come very close to our home, stepping silently out of the trees and warily helping themselves to anything we try to grow in the garden. Ravens live in the tops of the enormous redwood trees, planted by the landowners grandfather, and now the tallest trees on the farm. Foxes call and badgers dig... in the next field to us is a huge old badger set that stretches along the hedgerow for at least two hundred feet. Hares crouch in the fields and I’ve sometimes found leverets hiding in the long grass. I’m so lucky to live so close to the things that inspire my work, hares, badgers, owls, foxes, deer, squirrels, hedgehogs and much more. We have buzzards and red kites, goshawks and yellowhammers, and even, occasionally, we have sea eagles fly in and stop over for a week or two before they journey onward to their destination.



I love to paint these creatures in my images, usually under a night sky, with moonlit landscape. I am drawn to the night as a quiet time, when humans have mostly slowed down, their endless noise reducing in volume and their doors closed against the outside world as they sit in brightly lit rooms, blind to the nocturnal activities and landscape that comes alive at dusk.


My inspiration also comes from the history of the landscape, folktale and folk ballad, and our rich Celtic mythology. I try to instill in my work a sense of otherworldliness, of a connection back in time to a quieter place of earthly wisdom, and into the magical worlds imagined by our ancestors.


And now, eighteen years later I now have a beautiful studio in a nearby village where I craft my jewellery and paint my images. Phil, having given up forestry, now occupies the opposite studio, and he looks after the growing business of selling my cards and prints. He produces all our prints in his studio, making the box canvases and working with our lovely assistant Annika. She packs all our cards and prints and works tirelessly putting up with Phil’s appalling sense of humour!



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Thank you for your inspirational beautiful words and video. Your artwork reflects the beauty of the world in which you live. Living as you and Phil do is really the only way to live in this mad world we find ourselves in. Your art reflects your passion for the land, animals and the magic of living in peace and harmony with the earth. I find comfort in your work. It feels like a warm hug from a cherished friend. I find myself walking into your artwork during meditation. It's a necessary soul journey for seekers. As someone said in the comments, it'll "help us find our way home."

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❤️Thank you Hannah for sharing some of yourself with us! I am trying to reconnect with myself and have always found comfort and peace in the work of artists like yourself.....Artist who bring out the magical in nature, who connect us with the sacredness of life.... I was a painter 15 years ago and stopped painting when my little boy was diagnosed with cancer.... Life changed forever and I feel I have been trying to survive ever since. I feel lost and so want to find myself again ...it's time!! .So, I am trying to connect with you, your work, others who inspire me .... Thank you for sharing your beauty with this world...and with all who feel lost i…

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Sara Merrick
Sara Merrick
23 de abr. de 2021

Your art is very evocative and magickal. This was such a lovely video, thank you for giving us a glimpse of your process.

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Jillian Goodwin
Jillian Goodwin
07 de abr. de 2021

What an idyllic setting for your work. I can see where your inspiration comes from. I love the countryside and am looking forward to visiting again when the lockdown finishes. Thank you for sharing your story.😊

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Ann Leadley
Ann Leadley
20 de mar. de 2021

Dearest Hannah , so delightful to hear about the background & growth of your beautiful magical Art work . I can appreciate how you feel about the part of the Countryside in which you live as I have fond memories of that area from my childhood as I grew up in Hampshire & Berkshire but often spent time in Wiltshire too, and visiting my daughter who worked with Horses in Wiltshire for a while , so it has a deep warm place within my heart.

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