Shropshire Folk-lore

Illustration

FOLK-LORE

Myth, Magic, Gods and Monsters

 

I was born in the county of Shropshire, and in adult life I discovered the wealth of folk-lore and archaic myth that inhabit it's hills, forests and waterways. Traces of forgotten gods, hints at lost heathen religion, murmurings of supernatural forces and the ghosts of folk long past; these wonders are not born of epic prose or renowned icons of culture; but from the experience of the local landscape and the remnants of human thought and feeling that have left their distinct mark upon it for generations uncounted. 

All Gods Around the Wrekin
All Gods Around the Wrekin

Cover motif for my book on characters from Shropshire folk-lore.

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All Gods Around the Wrekin
All Gods Around the Wrekin

Original painting for the cover image of All Gods Around the Wrekin (untrimmed).

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Sabrina's Youth
Sabrina's Youth

The maiden of the River Severn; Sabrina or Hafren. Based on the 'young' river near it's source in Wales.

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The Devil's Chair
The Devil's Chair
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The Man with the Evil Eye
The Man with the Evil Eye
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The Golden Torc
The Golden Torc
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The Horned God Greets the Sun
The Horned God Greets the Sun
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Great Wrekon's Seat
Great Wrekon's Seat
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Wild Edric's Hunt
Wild Edric's Hunt
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The Worm King
The Worm King
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The Worm that Gnaws the World
The Worm that Gnaws the World
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The Midnight Dance
The Midnight Dance
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The Two Brothers
The Two Brothers
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What Sleeps but Never Dies
What Sleeps but Never Dies
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The Beast of Dary's Pit
The Beast of Dary's Pit
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British Folk-lore

In addition to my interest in the folk-lore of my native county, I am engaged in exploring themes and motifs found within such traditions throughout the British Isles, where thousands of years of changing culture; the appropriation and amalgamation of ancient ideas from successive occupiers and religions, have left us with a myriad of strange, mysterious and wonderful traditions, many of which are in danger of being lost and rendered obsolete in modern society. I am very passionate about representing and renewing this rich heritage that is, in it's very patch-work nature, distinctly British.

Spring Tide
Spring Tide

Based on and incorporating a 14th Century English rhyme.

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Magpie Magpie
Magpie Magpie

A lyric for the magpie.

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Yule Goat - Good Tidings
Yule Goat - Good Tidings
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Jack Frost
Jack Frost
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The Golden Bough
The Golden Bough
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Fey Woden Rides
Fey Woden Rides
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The Green Man (2015)
The Green Man (2015)
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The Green Man
The Green Man

Self Portrait

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The Winter King's Feast
The Winter King's Feast
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A Very Old Tree
A Very Old Tree
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The Ill Made Knight
The Ill Made Knight
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Solve et coagula