Arbutus, a botanical watercolor by Ruth Councell
11" x 14"

Unframed Print $50

On the grounds of Jesus College, Cambridge England, its branches overhanging an eight-foot-high wrought iron fence, grows this
"Strawberry Tree". Though I dearly wanted a sprig of it to paint (a) I couldn't reach it and  (b) I couldn't justify stealing it from Jesus College.

While I stood looking wistfully upward, my companion,  Su Roberts, the artist wife of the Principal of Westcott House
School of Theology, climbed up on the fence, grabbed a huge branch,   yanked it off and handed it to me with a smile.

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Updated 13 August 2009