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Rosemarkie Pictish Tree Of Life

This piece is a miniature artist’s reconstruction of the Rosemarkie Pictish “Tree Of Life” panel. This small sandstone carving, dates back to the 8th-9th Century AD. It was discovered at Rosemarkie Churchyard in 1974. Today it is on display at the Groam House Museum, Rosemarkie.

The original Pictish carved stone was likely used as a decorative panel within a stone church building. It depicts a “Tree Of Life” design. The tree had great meaning in the Pictish and Celtic worlds. In earlier pagan belief, It begins from below the ground, the otherworld and reaches upwards towards the heavens, connecting both. It symbolises growth and development of knowledge and wisdom. Trees provide shelter, building materials, fuel, foods and medicines and for these properties were greatly respected both physically and spiritually. In later Christian belief the Tree of Life was the “tree of eternal life” in the Garden of Eden.

I have re-created part of the Rosemarkie Tree panel and using artistic licence, depicted it as it may have looked fully painted and integral to a small, long since demolished church that was possibly founded by St Moulag on the site of the present church.

Indoors Wall Hanging. This piece comes ready with a hanging hole on the rear to enable it to be hung flush to a suitable wall from a pin-nail.


HOW THIS MINIATURE WAS CREATED


After many hours researching a subject, I travel the country to measure, sketch and photograph it. This information is brought to my workshop where I set about producing a detailed scale drawing. Once this is completed I use the drawing alongside the photographs to enable me to carve and sculpt the subject in miniature. This whole process  takes many hours, often running into the hundreds. At the end the miniature sculpture becomes the master model with which I make the molds. Each resin casting I make from the molds is an exact reproduction of my original sculpture. I then spend a great deal of time with each and every casting to prepare and paint it using a variety of spray and brush techniques to create a realistic representation of the original, ancient subject. Every stage of this piece you see here is crafted entirely by hand.


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Hand Painted. Resin-cast reproduction of Stuart Fellowes’ original sculpture.

Size: H=215mm W=155mm

W 15 Rosemarkie Pictish Tree Of Life

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