About me

Stag and horse chalk figureWelcome to my blog. My name is Hannah Willow and I live by an old apple orchard on a large organic farm in Wiltshire, close by Stonehenge and surrounded by ancient plains, stone circles and white chalk hill horses. At the back of the orchard are tall redwood trees planted by the current owners grandfather, and high in the top of these trees live a family of ravens. I can often hear their low croaks to each other as I work in my little wooden workshop in the garden. The orchard is also home to a few deer who creep out of the shadows when they think I can’t see them, as well as owls, crows and a wild colony of bees. My chickens and geese also roam freely here.

Out on the farm, the fields are full of brown hares, the barns all have owl boxes to encourage owls, and the deer roam free. Foxes slink from field to hedge and badgers are protected here, free to live and roam without fear.  These creatures are a constant inspiration in my work and living alongside them in this ancient landscape gives freedom to my creative urge to connect deeply to the old ways and hold this in my work for others to feel.

Twisted Hazel and GeorgeI’m kept company in my workshop every day by my beloved cat George, who curls up and sleeps on his cushion, and Watney, my old dog also snores in tune to the radio as he takes up most of the little floor space I have.

I used to have a very different life, a house, a mortgage and an office based job… All of which strangled my creativity and left me in a constant depression. I broke free thirteen years ago and now live very simply with my husband and pets, spending each day in my little wooden hut painting and making… I hope to share some of this with you here as time allows. 🙂

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