Artist’s Janet French and Emma Buckmaster will be at Art in Action 2014 from 17-20th July demonstrating the collaborative project that they have been working on. ‘Tree Portraits’ are a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper made from the trees’ own leaves.

The newest addition to the series, Fraxinus Excelsior, an etching of an ash tree printed on to ash leaf paper, was shortlisted for this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. It will be on display in the ‘Best of the Best’ exhibition at Art in Action.

Over the last 36 years, Art in Action, held at Waterperry Gardens, Oxford, has created a new sort of art show and now attracts around 25,000 visitors. The public comes to Art in Action, not just to see works of art, but to see the art of creating art. Janet and Emma will be working in the Printmaking marquee. For further information please visit www.artinaction.org.uk.

The Tree Portraits will also be exhibited at the Artworks Annual Exhibition in September 2014 and can be viewed on Janet and Emma‘s websites.


Art in Action 2014
Thursday 17 July to Sunday 20 July 2014. Open 10.00am – 5.30pm each day
Waterperry House
Near Wheatley
OX33 1JZ


As today is meant to be the hottest day of the year I decide to vacate the studio and head to the woods with my sketch book.  I need to keep an eye on the ash trees before the deadly ash dieback disease takes them all away.

I can’t escape completely as there is work to be done on the beech etching plate. As it is a steel plate it needs intensive cleaning and preparation before storing it away again until next time the leaf paper is ready.  I can at least open the doors and windows to clear out the white spirit fumes!

Then its off to the framer to collect work for the next exhibition!

http:www.emmabuckmaster.com http:www.janetfrench.com