A closer look at Ireland's great trees

Born in Dublin in 1963, Atalanta Pollock spent her childhood in County Meath before going onto study art at both City and Guilds of London and then St. Martin’s school of Art. There, she studied as an apprentice gilder in the restoration studio of Salvatore Titian in Ladbroke Grove, becoming head of the gilding department two years later. She went onto establish her own studio in London, which soon started producing original decorative works along-side her restoration business.

Over the next decade, her artisan crafts took her around the world, including teaching in New Orleans and painting sets for the Australian Opera Society in Sydney.  Marrying in 1992, she settled with her husband in Kent, had three children and started to paint again.

In 2004, Atalanta returned to Ireland with her family. Back in her native landscape, she was surrounded once again by the light and shapes of her childhood, which re-kindled her passion for drawing organic forms and capturing the fugitive but vivid light effects of her surroundings.

Atalanta's studies of trees around the Headfort estate in Meath are captivating in both their detail and their strength.

Atalanta has had several near sell-out exhibitions, featuring among others, the extraordinary trees at Headfort Estate.

Atalanta has recently been filmed by TG4, drawing the Douglas Fir at Powerscourt, which at 61.5 meters is the tallest tree in Ireland.

 A selection of Atalanta's work is available to buy here on Desartin.com