In Search of Pattern

A very Personal View

Anthony Marshall March 2018


Posted by Anthony Marshall on Mar 09, 2018

I have known and visited the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield all my life, it’s very accessible 

Sitting on the edge of Sheffield city centre, and has a micro climate and there is an extraordinary range of trees, plants, shrubs and flowers, and as the seasons change the garden generates exquisite textures, shapes and colours.

Anthony Marshall “impressionist Trees” 80x80cm on 

Aluminium. Botanical Gardens Sheffield.


In Search Of Pattern 

I think our brains are hot wired to search for pattern. We can see pattern in words, music notation, mathematics, art and so on. Recently I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and inevitably I had many scans including MRI scans of my spine because the cancer had affected one of my vertabrae. I had the opportunity to go through these scans with my consultant and then download them onto my iPad. It soon became clear just how difficult it was for the Doctors to find clear evidence of cancer even using the extraordinary scanning technologies available today. AI software is being developed to assist doctors make more consistent diagnoses.


It was very important to me to

to connect this personal abstract 

image to the landscape, it was 

created using an Image of a tree 

in winter in the Botanical Gardens 

and an MRI scan of my spine. It is 

skeletal outline of tree combined

with a piece of my own skeleton.

Creatively I found this a powerful 

statement which as had a very 

Positive effect on the way I view

My ongoing illness.

Anthony Marshall “Early Spring” 80x40cm on Canvas.

Botanical Gardens Sheffield.


Anthony Marshall “Abstract Flowers” 80x80cm on

Aluminium. Botanical Gardens Sheffield.


I am delighted to introduce an extraordinary new poem by Frances which seems to me to capture the very essence of Pattern. 

Poetry pulsates on metric feet

As musical motifs play and repeat,

While the rhythm of time beats on and on

And the rhythm of time beats on.

As frost crazes window panes, paws print snow -

and each snowflake a filigree of ice

While the rhythm of time beats on and on

And the rhythm of time beats on.

Tigers' fierce symmetry, giraffe's elegant

marquetry, cheetah's spots, camouflage

And the rhythm of time beats on and on

And the rhythm of time beats on.

Tame the world with repitition, tame the

world with routine, deaden sense, be immune

To the rhythm of time beating on and on

To the rhythm of time beating on

Each dawn breaks, each night falls, each season turns

passing into years, to decades, to eons

While the rhythm of time beats on and on

And the rhythm of time beats on.

Reflect upon nature's patterns, shapes and

Forms of every hue, diverse paradigms

While the rhythm of time beats on and on

And the rhythm of time beats on.

Numberless starry constellations wheel

Across the sky – through a myriad designs

While the rhythm of time beats on and on

And the rhythm of time beats on.

Frances Tivey February 2018


Anthony Marshall “Abstract Tree” 80x80cm on Canvas,

Botanical Gardens Sheffield.



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