These paintings of Sussex Oaks originally stem from the Deanland Project. There are two oaks next to the runway at Deanland Airfield, which are now in effect the only sentient witnesses to its construction in 1943/44. I began drawing them in charcoal on the first day I arrived at the site. Back in the 1970’s there was an oak next to the caravan where I lived as a boy, with a little wooden platform made by my father on one of the lower branches where I would climb and sit, I always felt safe there. Meanwhile today, about thirty feet from the studio, we have a 350 year old oak with a bench underneath. I sit there when I’m having a break from painting if the weather is warm, again I wonder what this tree must have seen since it was a sapling, who has sheltered under it, leant against it or glanced up at it as they passed by. I’ve always lived among oak trees and it’s a subject I will probably keep returning to.