Trees and light

I am producing a suite of paintings as part of the environmental art project Carry the Earth. See Earth 17 for a more detailed post about my part in this project. With the eye of an artist and the ecological focus of a landscape architect, I will look closely at five tree species native to Southern California—coast live oak, western sycamore, California laurel, white alder, and Santa Cruz Island ironwood. I explore each species with three paintings—whole tree/grouping; trunk/bark; and twig/leaf. This telescoping of scale mimics how we might appreciate the environment, from big pattern picture to small intricate detail. Below are the paintings to date.

White alder (Alnus rhombifolia)

Santa Cruz Island ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius)


I have worked on many paintings that focus on trees. Sometimes the whole tree, trunk, or leaf captures my interest. Sometimes it is the light on the ground.