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OneOak tree portrait - mounted

OneOak tree portrait – mounted version

With just four weeks to go to Christmas, we have some remaining limited edition prints of the OneOak tree, drawn by internationally-renowned artist Sarah Simblet. Available to buy online from our shop, it would make a perfect Sylvan gift for any tree lover.

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A stunning pen and ink portrait of the OneOak tree drawn by internationally-renowned artist, and author of Botany for the Artist, Sarah Simblet. Generously donated to the Sylva Foundation by the artist. All proceeds from sales will be used for our charitable work. Only 100 limited edition prints have been made, and each hand signed and numbered by the artist.

Sarah Simblet is an artist, author and teacher of drawing at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. Sarah made an original pen and ink drawing of the OneOak tree before it was felled in 2010. In the tradition of the teacher and art critic John Ruskin, her botanical drawings are a great aid to our understanding of the structure of plants by encouraging the viewer to study their intricate detail. Such meticulous drawings made by the human hand can be more compelling than photographs which are now commonplace in everyday life.

Printed with pigment-based inks on acid-free 310gsm FSC grade cotton rag paper, with UV coatings providing light-fastness in excess of 100 years. Double-mounted (where applicable) with off-white cotton rag board. All materials are sustainably sourced. Frames (where applicable) are made with FSC grade ash finished with natural wax.

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Watercolour Artist Rebecca Hind is holding a one day masterclass called The Colours of Sylva. It will be held in the stunning surroundings of the Blenheim Estate on 1st September. The course will focus on watercolour painting of the beautiful trees.

the old couple by Rebecca Hind

The old couple by Rebecca Hind. Two veteran oaks at Blenheim.

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This is the latest installment from Terry Hardaker on his progress in carving a relief portrait of the OneOak tree in its own wood.

Terry has had to deal with a large split that developed in the wood but nevertheless is making good progress. In this photograph taken in late June, it is possible to see some of the leafy canopy emerging in the carving. He will be working on the carving and demonstrating at Art in Action in July (read more).

OneOak relief carving by Terry Hardaker as of 26th June 2012

OneOak relief carving by Terry Hardaker as of 26th June 2012

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Our amazing team of OneOak photographers has been joined by another photographer: Simon Murison-Bowie. Simon works only in medium format and in black & white film.

Simon Murison-Bowie

Simon Murison-Bowie: self portrait

Simon has been interested in photography since he was a teeneager when he set up his first darkroom in a garden shed. As an undergraduate at Cambridge he worked for the university newspaper Varsity and became the photographic manager during his final year. Photography then took second place to the need to earn a living, He worked for over 30 years with Oxford University Press as a publisher of academic and educational titles for international markets, and initiated video and electronic publishing for the Press.

Returning to a more serious involvement with photogaphy in the early 1990s, he continued with black-and-white, film-based photograph, which he still uses. He also began to curate a series of exhibitions of photography creating a gallery space in the redeveloped offices of OUP—34 exhibitions from 1993 to 1998. He has since exhibited regularly and in 2008 published Fragments, a book of photographs shown in the previous year during Oxfordshire Artweeks for which he was awarded the Mary Moser Prize.

This year, 2012, he completed a project photographing artists and craftspeople in their studios and workshops. The resulting 150 photographs were exhibited at Modern Art Oxford and The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury in celebration of the the 30th anniversary of Oxfordshire Artweeks, who, with Arts Council England, sponsored the exhibition and the accompanying book Artists and Studios: Private Views. He has also published several articles on photographic issues and has an ongoing research project on European photography in the period 1917–1929.


The OneOak project has been supported by the following very talented photographers, all of whom have volunteered their time very generously:

  • Angus Beaton
  • Jane King
  • Simon Murison-Bowie
  • Simon Norfolk – website
  • Sam Scott-Hunter – website


The Colours of Sylva – painting the Trees of the Blenheim Estate

Saturday 1st September 2012

Watercolour Artist Rebecca Hind is holding a one day masterclass called The Colours of Sylva. It will be held in the stunning surroundings of the Blenheim Estate, focussing on watercolour painting of the trees.

QR code Rebecca Hind

A handpainted QR code by Rebecca Hind that points to her website

Timed for you to enjoy the colours of foliage as late summer slips into autumn. Tuition is by demonstration and one to one, and all facilities are to hand.

Working 10 am – 5 pm, the £110 tuition fee includes entry to the park and gardens.

Please bring your own materials. Booking and further details are available from or 01865 340633. Early booking is advised.

Rebecca Hind is affiliated to the OneOak Project and this session will run alongside the OneOak Exhibition at Blenheim Palace, in support of the Sylva Foundation.



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