Hope London, Root and Branch – (Spring Fling – Studio 60)

Ottersburn Gallery is as excited as ever to be presenting a new exhibition, the fact that it is our first Virtual exhibition makes us even more excited, if not also a little nervous of the endeavour we undertake as a result of these most uncertain times under Coronavirus. We are hugely privileged and thankful to Hope London for agreeing to present our first Virtual Exhibition. She was set to be our Spring Fling artist resident here at Ottersburn Gallery in May this year of Covid-19. We hope we offer as much insight as may have been provided in the physical show.


Root and Branch

The Story – The title piece of the exhibition, ‘Root and Branch (after the war)’ is based loosely on an old black and white photo from childhood I found in a shabby cardboard folder at the bottom of a trunk in my mother’s house just a few months ago.  That’s me, the dark little gender-ambiguous child pointing up at the bare winter apple tree, the survivor of an old orchard. My father saved it from destruction when our post-war tract house was being built on farmland in a New York City suburb. My mother had survived as well, having returned home after contracting polio in the last epidemic of the 1950s just before discovery of the vaccine.   It was a new beginning for our family.   The tree became the focal point of childhood for me and my brothers, our climbing frame, our clubhouse, our spaceship, our dreams.

Acrylic on canvas 150 x 100 cm

Medium: acrylic paint on canvas
Year completed 2020

Price £1,250

Long based in rural Wigtownshire, native New Yorker Hope London is a visual artist, songwriter, performer and co-creator of award winning arts-based education programs who believes in the trans-formative power of the arts.  After raising a family and a career in arts management, Hope now lives life as an artist and prefers the studio to almost any other place.

The Lonesome Pine

I passed this tree every day en route to work on a community mural for the CatStrand Arts Centre in New Galloway.  Trees that seem to be struggling for survival often get my attention, like this lone pine on the shores of Clatteringshaws Reservoir – a metaphor for our survival as individual human beings, more difficult when there is no one to turn to.  Last time I checked it was still hanging on.  The title is a tribute to an old song by Laurel & Hardy that always makes me smile.

‘The Lonesome Pine’ (Clatteringshaws Reservoir near New Galloway)

Acrylic paint on marine plywood

Year completed 2020

Size 59cm x 123cm.  Depth 1 cm

Price: £995


The name ‘Family’ seemed natural when I learned about the ability of trees to communicate and support one another through their root systems.  This family of trees is rooted together, communicating wordlessly and beckoning us into the woods.


Year completed 2020

Size 59 x 123 cm unframed
Medium acrylic paint on marine plywood
Family of trees communicating wordlessly, beckoning us into the woods.
Price:  £995 unframed

Study for Family (Kilsture Forest)

The first of the tree series started in 2019, this study for a larger painting was made after a visit to the ancient Kilsture Forest near Sorbie in Wigtownshire. I noticed how groups of trees seemed to grow in harmony together. I decided to leave the underpainting rough and gestural so that the underdrawing and painting process was evident.

Study for Family (Kilsture Forest)

Mixed acrylic paint media on marine plywood

59cm  x 40cm   Depth 1cm

Year completed 2019

Price: £425 unframed

Edge (Clatteringshaws Reservoir near New Galloway)

Acrylic paint on canvas 2020

Size 100 x 100 cm  Depth 4cm

The canvas has painted edges

Price £1,125 unframed

‘Edge’ (Clatteringshaws Reservoir near New Galloway)

‘Edge’ is like a snapshot, a glimpse of the story of a tree in a tough spot, battered by the wind and on the brink of destruction.  I know what it’s like to be in that position and hope viewers will relate to the experience of hanging on, struggling, perhaps realising it may soon be time to let go and slide into the water.   It references the cycles of nature and life, and the beauty to be found even in decay.

Please note; while this piece of work is freely available to purchase, Hope had earlier submitted it for a competition, so at the time of this exhibition the piece of work maybe called up for the competition.

Subject to Change

framed by Ottersburn Gallery and Picture Framing.
Scottish weather is notoriously unpredictable, like a person going through extreme mood swings, Bright sunshine, rain and hail may appear in rapid succession or even at the same time. Here, you can see the changes over Wigtown Bay.

Subject to Change

Size 31 x 122 cm unframed
Medium: Mixed media – acrylic paint, coloured pencils and oil pastels – on canvas
Price £950 framed

All the Same but Different

This was one of my first paintings inspired by fruit and vegetables at the local outdoor market in our rural Scottish town two summers ago. It inspired a series created for an exhibition in 2019, entitled ’16 Square Feet’ – 16 one foot square paintings of vegetables exhibited in a grid to demonstrate the minimum size garden needed to grow enough vegetables for one person for one growing season.  I hope the viewer will see that this painting is also an allegory, a comment about group versus individual identity – as members of a group we may share similar characteristics, but look closely and we are all different.

All the Same but Different

Size: 56 x 56 cm unframed

Medium Acrylic paint on canvas

Price: £625 framed   framed by Ottersburn Gallery and Picture Framing

Integrity (Golden Beetroot)

The very first of a series that inspired the 16 Square Feet vegetable project, the painting was inspired by irresistible bundles of golden beetroot and purple cabbage brought to market in Wigtownshire by a greengrocer from Girvan.  Luscious to paint, luscious to eat.

Integrity (Golden Beetroot)

Size: 56 x 56 cm unframed This piece has been framed by Ottersburn Gallery and Picture Framing

Medium Acrylic paint on canvas

Price: £695 framed

Foxglove (Life Cycle)

The foxglove may be a common plant but it embodies the entire cycle of life, from buds starting to bloom at the top to large, heavy bell-shaped blossoms ready to fall to the ground, fertilising the earth.  The rich colours reference Pre-Raphaelite painting and the decorative art of William Morris.

Foxglove (Life Cycle)

Size 31 x 41 cm unframed

Medium acrylic paint on canvas

Price:  £475 framed.

This piece has been framed by Ottersburn Gallery and Picture Framing

Purple Tulips Yellow Wall Red Table

When someone gives you purple tulips during winter weeks of relentless grey and stormy days, it’s all about the colour.

Purple Tulips Yellow Wall Red Table

Size 27 x 84 cm

Medium: Acrylic paint on marine plywood

Year completed: 2020

Price £395 unframed

‘At Dawn’

The tree across the road outside my kitchen window, silhouetted by blazing early morning winter sunlight

Mixed media on cold-press acid free watercolour paper 300gsm (acrylic paint, graphite, coloured pencils)

38 x 56 cm

Year completed 2020 –

Price £295 unframed

Roadside Trees at Dusk

Mixed media sketchbook drawing (pen and ink, coloured pencils, graphite on paper)

Size 16 x 12 cm

Year 2019

Price £125 unframed

Silver Birch, Threave Gardens

Sketchbook drawing, pen and ink

Size 13 x 20 cm

Year 2017

Price £110 unframed

Gnarly (apple tree)

Sketchbook drawing, pen and ink

Size 11 x 14 cm

Year 2018

Price £95 unframed

Wigtown Ewe

Sketchbook drawing, black biro pen

Size 14 x 14 cm

Year 2019

Price £90 unframed


  • All images displayed here in this Virtual Exhibition are freely available for purchasing at time of compiling this show.
  • All sizes shown are approximate.
  • Prices shown are set by the artist and include a gallery commission.
  • Please note that colours you see on your monitor or device may alter the appearance of an artworks true colours.
  • Ottersburn Gallery and Picture Framing take no liable for any inaccuracies in the information provided.
  • You are free to contact us if you have any queries arising from your visit to this exhibition. Sean Mckay – Ottersburn Gallery