The Seeker In the Shadows

                                                                  TREE PAINTINGS BY IAN DAVID SPENCER

I have been taking photographs since 1979 and creating digital art since 2011. I work from home which is in beautiful Cornwall in the South West of England.

I love trees. There is nothing more joyful and invigorating than being surrounded by them, where I find their presence very peaceful, healing or magical. Whether they are old gnarly oaks in woodland or ancient forests, tall slender majestic pines in coniferous woodland, trees that line country lanes or lone stunted trees on wild and windswept moorland. Spending time in each of these settings encourages and cultivates special feelings, perhaps redolent of something very ancient, timeless or even mystical. I can almost sense a vitality, an aura or energy coming from trees  coupled with an atmosphere in their domains that feels very special. I also feel liberated from life's trials and tribulations and a strong sense of connectedness to nature. It's as if I am longing to rekindle something deep from our ancient ancestral past. Dreams are forged, "portals" will open and my imagination and creativity start to flow.

My work is a result of that imaginative vibe. Using my photographs as a blank canvas, applying digital painting techniques, special effects and even composite imaging, I create work by allowing my imagination to flow freely and without judgement. As a result, my tree "paintings" can be ethereal, magical or even psychedelic. Filled with compelling narratives, palettes of beautiful arrangements, colours and textures, added sparkle, a dash of mysticism or spirituality - whatever "comes through" at the time and created very intuitively. I also draw upon my passion for science fiction and fantasy to help inspire me. Think a mix of Alice Through The Looking Glass, The Lost World or Stargate. But I also look to the spiritual plane too. A healing place for a healing or journey piece, perhaps sending the viewer on a spiritual path or to help with meditation. Each process of creation is unique and it is the unknown and unpredictable end results that are a powerful motivational force for creating my art.

However you view my work, it is my hope that you will feel a special connection to it and its narratives and perhaps even allow it into your space to bring special attention to you and those who view it. I will feel very honoured indeed. So, when you are ready, head over to my print collections page.

Thank you for reading and enjoy browsing my art.

(While trees are my main subjects and one that I feel a special connection with in my work, I have also worked with other subjects such as standing stones, of which Cornwall has plenty! A selection of these other works are showcased on my print collections page).



Each month I will be offering a discount on one piece of artwork. 

             A4 Print From Just £27.50 Was £30.00 

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Amanda Dobson, Reiki Teacher, Holistic Therapist, Devon

' I first saw Ian's work at a Mind Body Spirit fair and was instantly drawn to them. It was hard to decide which one I wanted as each and every image seemed to draw me into a unique and mystical world. I finally decided on "Night Of The Ancestors". It was placed with care above my sofa and I instantly knew I would be buying more of Ian's beautiful images. Everyone who has seen it has commented on how lovely it is. It has now been joined by "Something Enchanted This Way Comes" and I have no doubt there will be more as my husband already has his eye on another image. Ian's work is individual and ethereal and I don't think I would ever tire of looking at it. He is a very talented artist'


Beautiful high quality open edition Giclee prints from 2012. To view them larger, please click on the images where you will also be able to scroll through the gallery. My prints are on standard “A” paper sizes from A4 to A3+ (13 x 19 inches). The actual size of the image will depend on the original crop at the time of creating each piece. All prints include a white border to help with mounting and framing. A range of additional options are also available such as larger print sizes, mounting options, a print on canvas or even metal. So do please get in touch directly if you would like to explore any of these additional options.


I offer a greetings card version of all my prints. They are handmade from 4 x 6 inch semi-gloss prints mounted on brilliant white 5 x 7 inch card stock and come with a matching white envelope. They are packaged in protective sleeves that are made from biodegradable cornstarch. I title and sign each card, making them a little more personal than most other cards. They are also blank inside for your own message. Many customers find they make great miniature works of art for framing.