Wye Valley artist, photographer and sculptor Gemma Wood knew exactly what we were looking for when we said we’d like to create a piece of artwork to celebrate the Wye Valley River Festival. We wanted something that reflected the theme for this year’s festival – wood and trees – and the idea of a woodcut seemed to fit perfectly. It needed to capture the beauty of the Wye Valley, with its ancient woodlands and fabulous springtime bluebells – and that lime-green, new leaf colour that lasts for just a week or so in early May. Gemma understood exactly what we were looking for and came up with this beautiful design, full of lime-green leaves, glorious garlic and bountiful bluebells.
Gemma has always lived in the Wye Valley and considers herself to be exceptionally lucky to do so. She can almost always be found somewhere outside creating her work, come rain or shine. Although able to turn her hand to many things, her two favourite passions are photography and sculpture. A lifetime of study and observation through her photography gives an intimate account of her life here in the valley and it’s ever-changing rhythms. You will see many of Gemma’s superb photos both on this website and our new sister Wye Valley AONB website.
Gemma’s sculpture echoes her respect for the landscape, sourcing wood sensitively from the environment that inspires her. After nearly 20 years of running a landscaping business, she is happily able to bring all these elements together at the Wye Valley Sculpture Garden.