Rachael Errington

"I grew up living in the middle of an English wood, where my brother and I spent most of our time making dens and treehouses. It is undoubtedly this experience that created my fascination with painting trees. I would stand for ages with both hands on a tree, trying to see if there really are tree spirits. I believe there are.

I studied fine art, textiles and then a BA hons in Illustration in the UK; all of which directed me into the way I paint now. After years of traveling I moved to New Zealand eight years ago, and got lost in the diversity of the landscapes that I was surrounded by.

From doodling intricate ball point pen drawings to loose wash water colours; I’ve always been trying to capture the images that I see. As time has progressed, the tree paintings that I create have taken on life of their own; I try to push new boundaries of perception and dimension to the eye. I recreate the texture of bark with modelling paste and other ‘secret’ mediums that are tactile and 3-dimensional, giving the paintings a sense of realism that draws the viewer in further.

The colours that strike me the most are the depth and warmth of autumn, and the fresh lime green tones of spring. I’m endlessly fascinated with using different techniques to recreate the colours.

Painting and art is my passion; it’s all I ever want to do. The trees paintings are an extension of that passion."