Original paintings and drawings by David Shepherd
"1953 was a gloriously hot summer. I had for many years, been attracted by the marvellously gnarled and twisted shapes of the incredibly ancient oak trees in Windsor Great Park; some I was told, having been mentioned in the Domesday Book. With the unpredictable English weather for once kind to me as day followed day of brilliant sunshine, I spent seven days painting this particular tree, which, it seemed, would be there for all time. A large chunk of the tree had broken away (probably in about the year 1400!) and it gave me a wonderful opportunity to indulge in my passion for painting dead wood; a passion which was to develop several years later, in Africa. I feel that this painting came off quite well, like a few others of that period. I have kept it because no one would pay me the original asking price of, I think £50." David Shepherd, reflecting on his painting of 'Windsor Oaks'; Illustrated in the book "David Shepherd, The Man and His Paintings" Page 8.
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