Five miles south of the centre of Liverpool lies Calderstones Park, a beautifully maintained urban park and gardens and formerly the grounds of Harthill and Calderstones Houses.

The park contains the remarkable living record of a far earlier moment in the city’s history. An ancient sessile oak tree (Quercus petraea) which is likely to date from the middle ages.

The Allerton Oak is a much-loved feature of the park, inspiring generations of local people with its enigmatic presence.

Spring dresses its branches yearly in a riot of fresh green leaves, by winter the tree sits skeletal.

I wished to pay homage in some small way to this venerable oak.

In doing so I came to know it better, and to be bewildered by the possibility of its quiet sentience.

The Allerton Oak, Calderstones Park, Liverpool

All Hail Thee O Allerton Oak

Acrylic on canvas, (100x70cm) 

Working from field images and sketches, the artwork took 12 weeks and was completed in the Spring of 2014.

My intention has been to try and capture the inner light of this ancient living thing, to make a a canvas that was similarly ‘alive’.

The painting was exhibited at Corke Gallery Celebrating Landscapes (5-26th July 2014) and the 11th Open Art Exhibition (12 March-17 June 2015) at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester.

An Edition of 10 Giclée prints, individually signed and numbered, printed on 310gsm archival paper were created in 2016. Please get in touch if you are interested in purchasing one of the few remaining from this set.