Like many trees growing on the steep cliffs and banks of the sunken road, this ash has extended its root system sideways. The sturdiness of those roots and the way that they disappear into fissures in the bedrock is remarkable and tells of adaptability and resilience. The tree appears to be firmly anchored despite its precarious position.
There’s a lot of texture happening here: the fine descriptive detail of the bark and rock contrast nicely with the looser silhouettes of the holly bushes on top of the bank.
Ink on kaolin-coated board,
16 x 12 inches,
framed (black wooden tray frame)