Trees.

Groups of trees.

Walking through them again and again.

The linear tangle of their branches contrasting with

light and color in spaces between.

I am fascinated by spaces between lines.

After collecting images with a cell phone, I go home and begin at the beginning: drawing.  Then I try watercolor. Dissatisfied I draw on top of it. I want more contrast and the grain of charcoal and chalk on rough paper. Bits of remaining color remind me of light coming through leaves.

Using cell phone tree-pictures, I make photo etchings layered with various other print techniques. By layering images and color I find a balance between photographic “realism” and the experience of walking through trees.

And I paint. Tall oil paintings of trees. What I learn through drawing and printing informs the paintings. It helps me find that same balance between realism and experience.