After retirement from working as a GP, Chris Watkins studied for a BA in Drawing and Applied Arts followed by a Masters in Multidisciplinary Printmaking from which he graduated with Distinction in 2017. He has exhibited his work in a number of public exhibitions, including the ‘Screen and Stone’ Masters exhibition, in 2018, at the Southbank Gallery, organised by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
Several times a week, for the last thirty years, he has walked from his front door along paths through wooded Somerset Hills. He has drawn in these woods repeatedly and knows them intimately.
The work on display here is based on drawings made at an intersection of four woodland tracks. When the artist was making these drawings, he remembered conversations that he had with his children, family and friends and the games which they played together at this place.
As TS Eliot says: ‘And the children in the apple-tree Not known, because not looked for’ TS Eliot, ‘Little Gidding’ (Four Quartets).