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At last I have found the perfect medium for my illustrations.
Recently I have taken up Pyrography, and now Slate Paintings are adding to the illustrative art mediums that are really working for me and some are now appearing in my Etsy shop.

Illustrations on a pieces of found slate in Suffolk are influenced by many different trees – so far they are the silver birch (my tree of hearts) the bonsai red berry tree (my white berry trees), wind blown trees on the moors of Yorkshire and trees in the moonlight.
The pieces of slate I’m working on at the moment are in the region of 4x5cm to 10x9cm with a thickness of 3-5mm. They are all washed and sterilised thoroughly before applying paint. The paint is waterproof, lightfast and permanent.

They are proving to be quite popular with lots of great feedback.
Here are some photos:
1. Tree of Hearts 1
2. Tree on the Moors
3. Tree under a Love Boat Moon
4. White Berry Tree 1

all ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2009

“I grew up in the countryside of Suffolk, England and began to capture the character of its landscapes at an early age. As I have developed as a painter and illustrator, my love for landscape and its richness has grown, and my current work reflects this.

Each painting starts with a basic sketch and plan. As it develops I allow the piece to show itself and breathe its own life. I look for opportunities to augment and enhance colour relationships, and sometimes I subtract to balance the composition.

The whole process of making art to me is like the natural growth and rhythm of the landscapes I portray – it starts with a seed and flourishes at its own pace, giving rise to a rich depth, vibrancy and texture.”