Trees are a recurring subject. Alive, stable, resilient.

I may be interested in the whole tree against the sky, the shape of the trunk, the texture of the bark, or perhaps a single leaf. It is always engaging and challenging the variation of greens and the effect of dappled light.

I am have produced a suite of fifteen 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 painted five tree species native to Southern California—coast live oak, western sycamore, California laurel, white alder, and Santa Cruz Island ironwood. I explored 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, some of which have been acquired.

White alder (Alnus rhombifolia)

Santa Cruz Island ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius)