Above: St Luke, Portia. Holly King Oak King.
2010. Ink on tinted paper highlighted in white.
Original Available.(Also available as a poster or as note cards from Zazzle.)
Fix yourself a cup of hot chocolate while I tell you an old story from my homeland, with piece of artwork from a couple of years ago...
The tale of the Holly King and the Oak King is a timeless myth with origins that run throughout the British Isles. The Holly King was believed to be crowned every year on the Summer Solstice, only to cede the throne every year come the Winter Solstice to the young Oak King. The Oak King takes his rightful place, knowing he, too, will have to relinquish that same throne in his time. So it is that the seasons turn, winter to summer and back again.