If Trees Could Talk
Once upon a time, I was bored. Not every story starts out that way, but this one did. So I took my dog on a walk, more importantly, I grabbed my camera. This little hike up the hill led to me spending thirty minutes under some beautiful white oak trees. I pass by these trees daily, for over three years, but on this Saturday, inspiration struck me. I took over 80 photos, multiple videos and observed the light wind swaying these old giants. The trees have to be 50+ years old and sit together, five old friends. Their branches intertwined, so much so I lost track where one tree starts and another stops, just like best friends. But these photos and this little walk pushed me to make the biggest series of my career so far. So without further to do... if trees could talk.
Here are process shots, and soon to follow the finished work. Follow along for updates and find out where to get my watercolor studies on Instagram.
Our Home, the Earth
The earth is our current home. As responsible stewards, we should take care of our home. My current body of work explores the need to show care, to respect and to nurture nature. I also am exploring the idea of a “renewed earth,” by using pigments not typically found in nature and applying them to a typical landscape, I am imagining what the Christian Bible calls a restored earth. I build all my panels from recycled or discarded wood. My relief style work allows the viewer to imagine the landscape from all angles, exploring these ideas whilst one looks on. How can we continue to destroy, and show lack of care for this place we call home? And if our home will be renewed one day, what will that look like? To what degree are we responsible for the future of our current home?
For the Greater Good speaks to the lost art of controlled burns that used to run all across the United States. The lack of these smaller, controlled fires has brought larger, more threatening fires to the forests across the States, which is having a negative affect on the health of our forests. These small fires burn low brush and they restore the ecosystems by providing new nutrients to the ground surface. By depicting a small fire, I wish to bring awareness and understanding to the need for forest preservation through responsible controlled burns. This work uses a recycled door panel, cut and filled with found spray foam. Focusing on found materials, my work reaches further into the realm of sustainability, and responsibility. The rising smoke breaks the 2-dimensional surface, allowing the viewer to explore and imagine himself in the forrest around the low burning brush.