With this lino cut, 'Winter Tree', the Scottish artist Tom Davidson has created a graphically rendered depiction of a winter landscape scene. Tom originally trained as a graphic designer before rediscovering an interest in printmaking. The main feature of the print is a detailed drawing of a tree that sits in near isolation amidst a snow-covered backdrop. The tree's branches almost entirely cover the top half of the composition, while the snowy landscape seems to fade into the background of the work.
Tom's wintry scene can perhaps be described as melancholic. There is a haunting quality to the tree's sprawling branches. As well as this, the misty landscape in the background helps to set a general tone of otherworldliness. The near isolation of the tree almost evokes a resemblance to the work of the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. This connotation might lend the work some spiritual or even religious undertones.
Born in Galashiels in 1956, Tom Davidson initially trained as a graphic designer at the Cumbria College of Art and Design, 1974-77. He worked as a freelance graphic designer for several years before rediscovering printmaking, particularly lino- printing, in 1984. He has exhibited extensively around Scotland and the north of England in both solo and mixed exhibitions, producing over 100 prints, lino-cuts and etchings.