Shelter – Ancestral Woods Collection

Shelter in the protection of the deep ancient woodland.

Bring warmth and a deep sense of stillness to your home with this small oil painting.

Painted on an 8 x 8 inch wooden panel, it is ready to hang with no need to frame.


Look deep into this painting and you will find shelter from the world. Listen to the wind rush against the leaves. Feel the spongy earth beneath your feet as you walk, deeper, twigs cracking underfoot. Can you hear the call of silence pulling at your heart? Feel the drop of temperature, the chill air on your face and relax into the healing power of the trees.

Ancestral Woods collection

Inspired by research into my family history, which took me to the tiny church in West Harling, on the edge of Thetford Forest, Norfolk. Ancestral Woods is a collection of paintings, making visual the deep connection I felt standing on my ancestor's land.

A note about the colours

The overall colour feeling is warmth. The shadows are deep greens and warm browns. The mid tones are ambers and rich red browns. Think conkers, autumnal rusty coloured ferns and dark sage greens. The light through the trees is milky, clotted cream-white with a hint of lemon yellow. There is nothing harsh or jarring, everything is soft yet draws you into the heart of the painting.

Materials and finish of the original

Painted in oil, on an 8 x 8 inch wooden box panel. There is no need to frame this panel as it comes ready to hang. It has been varnished with a matt varnish for protection. The matt finish means there is no glare from any angle


Please note there are no prints available of this oil painting as I was not satisfied with the colour matching. I will only make prints available where the colour of the print is as closely matched as possible to the original piece.

Where to hang it.

Due to its compact size you can hang this painting pretty much anywhere. It will go against pale walls beautifully and will match any kind of décor. It would look particularly good in rooms with natural coloured leather or wooden furniture. Equally, it would look great against a dark feature wall. Tuck it away in a small corner for an understated yet classy look, or make a feature of it on your main wall. The block panel it is painted on has white edges and feels 'clean cut' so this also lends itself to a modern minimalist décor. You could even be very causal about your newly purchased work of art and pop it between your favourite hardbacks on your bookshelf!

I hope you are enjoying your visit to my gallery. If you'd like to read a blog post on inspiration and where new ideas come from, pop over to my blog Drawn to Words.

Additional information

Dimensions 8 × 8 × 1.5 in
Original or print?

Original, Fine Art Print, Miniature Masterpiece