Photo of Suze Woolf painting of burned tree
Painting Details

Varnished watercolor on torn paper
52" x 12.25"
I saw this tree on Carlton Ridge south of Missoula, Montana. Exposed to high winds near the top of the ridge, its surface was like a smoothed stone sculpture.

As the climate warms, forest fires are becoming more frequent and catastrophic in the western United States. My deep anxiety with the impacts of climate change on wilderness are emerging in this series. Burned-over areas of forest are riveting. Unfamiliar tree forms are newly exposed. Formerly hidden terrain features become visible. Normal greens, blues and browns are transformed. All the worst fires of the last fifty years have occured in the last five years.

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