Crown of Broken Branches

Crown of Broken Branches is a watercolor painting by Suze Woolf

Painting Details

Watercolor on 555 lb Arches archival paper, burned edges sealed with varnish
51 x ~36

The last of the burnscape paintings that I worked on during my residency at the Banff Centre. This burned, downed tree was in the Sawback Prescribed Burn west of Banff off the Bow Valley Parkway. I painted it on a purposefully imperfect rectangle, to emphasize the capriciousness of fire as a shaper, as well as the restless energy with which I attacked the task.

Juror Rock Hushka of the Tacoma Art Museum gave this a Merit Award at Art Port Townsend's Expression Northwest competition.