Painting Details

Varnished watercolor on torn paper
52" x 31"
This tree was in the Holiday Farm Fire, near the Mackenzie River in Oregon. I saw it during my Sitka Center for Art & Ecology residency. The knots on the lower part of the trunk seemed like small faces, the "community" of the former tree.

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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