Decorating the Christmas Tree

Decorating the Christmas Tree

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About this piece

Ely cathedral staff adorn the Christmas Tree with over two thousand decorations and five hundred lights.  This is mammoth task takes a week to complete and the finished tree is placed underneath the octagon by the south transept, making a splendid back drop to festive services and events.


Size:  90 x 60cm

Medium: Oil on canvas

Price: £250

About the artist

Gail Stephens

I live in Ely and enjoy drawing and painting as a means to relax from a professional career in the NHS. The joy of creativity has been life-long and only on the last few years have I had the opportunity to explore and develop my art further.

Life drawing with OuseLife has enabled me to bring together my profession as a physiotherapist with my passion as an artist in capturing the human form and spirit.

I’m inspired by Paul Cezanne and David Hockney and I love exploring and playing with colour, mark making and texture. I enjoy using graphite, chalk/charcoal, pastels, as well as oil and acrylic paint.

If I haven’t got a paintbrush in my hand, it’s likely there is a knitting needle or crochet hook instead. There is great joy to be had in creating something out of nothing, simple focused playing, allowing creativity to flow, the brain to settle and the heart to sing.

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