"Green and Golden"
Giclee print on watercolor paper 12 x 15
also included with print-
I paint a lot of trees. I have very few turn out in a way I feel gives them justice. They are like portraits of friends, and if everything doesn't come together, it doesn't work. This piece is one I feel hit the mark. I have had a deep love for trees as long as I can remember. Growing up in Kansas, they were somewhat of a rare commodity, When I was 4 playing in the snow, my mom within earshot, I suddenly wrapped my arms around the big elm trunk and yelled at the top of my lungs, "thank you, God, for trees!!" And I've always felt that way. They live long lives and show their scars and battle wounds with nature, yet continue to give beauty, shade and shelter. The Native Americans call trees " Grandfather", implying the wisdom and greatness they bestow on earth. As a people so connected to the earth, I think that is a perfect description of their majesty.