Shoreham beach is one of the richest vegetated shingles in the world. It hosts an extraordinary mixture of plants and animals, all of whom contend with salinity, fierce wind and a lack of fresh water – not to mention trampling and destruction by humans. The landscape can look slightly surreal, the haphazard clumps of vegetation make formations that are silhouetted strangely against the flat planes of shingle, sea and sky.
Sea kale (Crambe Maritima) is a wild cabbage often found on shingle beaches in vigorous clumps that disappear in the winter. Around March, tiny succulent purple shoots push up through the cold pebbles. Before long there are masses of flowers, then hard seeds, then – once again – nothing but a few shrivelled brown leaves.
I used coloured pencil – as a medium it lends itself particularly well to the rendering of pebbles.