John Muir Trust ‘Creative Freedom’ exhibition

A charcoal drawing of birch tree branches by Tansy Lee Moir
‘Douny’, charcoal on panel, 30x30cm

I’m pleased to have my drawing ‘Douny’ included in the John Muir Trust’s ‘Creative Freedom’ exhibition. Submissions were invited from artists of all disciplines for their 40 year anniversary celebration of ‘freedom for wild spaces’.

This charcoal drawing captures the unruly growths of Witch’s broom, found on a downy birch in a Scottish ancient woodland. It’s a striking tree which I use to navigate by when I walk there, an impossible tangle of tiny branches against the winter sky. To me it represents this self-willed tree’s ability to respond to its environment and thrive despite its challenges.


The John Muir Trust ‘Creative Freedom’ exhibition is on show from the 18th March to the 25th May at their Wild Space Visitor Centre, Pitlochry and online. My drawing is included in the online gallery.

a photograph of witches broom growths on birch trees by Tansy Lee MoirYou can see more of this series of birch inspired drawings in my ‘Landmarks’ gallery.