Painting Details

Varnished watercolor on torn paper
52" x 23"
This tree was the Tripod Burn on Tiffany Mountain, near the Methow Valley in Washington State. I focused in much further than usual for the series-- the magnified swirls of carved out layers reminded me of psychedelic music posters of the '60s. I remain fascinated by the topographic qualities of burned wood.

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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